December 9, 2018

Our Pagan Culture and Its Gods IV: Aphrodite

Aphrodite (Venus in the Roman pantheon) is the goddess of erotic love and sexual desire.  This is a good and a necessary, God-created, part of our humanity. As with most instincts, it’s a good servant of human flourishing, but it makes a poor master.  Are there people around us today […]
May 5, 2013

Twelve Gates to the City

[The Angel] showed me Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down out of heaven from God… Its wall was of a great height and had twelve gates… — Rev. 21:10ff, today’s second reading
April 28, 2013

Enchantment as the Path

I saw the Holy City, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready like a bride adorned for her husband. — Revelation 21:2, NEB
April 21, 2013

“…a Great Multitude, Which No One Could Count.”

I, John, had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation… Then one of the Elders said to me, “These are the ones who have … washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. … God will wipe away […]
April 14, 2013

Revelation — A Diagnostic Manual

At Mass during this Easter season we hear the highlight passages of the Book of Revelation. If you’ve ever tried to read the whole thing, you know that a lot of the good stuff gets left out.
April 7, 2013

The Book of Revelation (no “s”)

The second Scripture reading through the Easter Season this year is from the most puzzling book of the New Testament, Revelation. So here’s some background.
March 31, 2013

Practicing Catholic X: Easter Faith

First, a welcome to all who gather with us to celebrate the Lord’s resurrection but who are not part of our regular congregation from Sunday to Sunday! You are welcome!
March 24, 2013

Practicing Catholic IX: How to Go to Confession

Especially as we approach Holy Week and Easter, some people make it a practice to seek forgiveness for their sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (also called “Penance” or “Confession.”) Here’s a refresher course:
March 17, 2013

Practicing Catholic VIII: How to Go to Mass

I’m going to wrap up this “practicing Catholic” series with some tips on two central practices of Catholic worship fitting for Holy Week: Mass, and Confession. Here are a few suggestions for getting the most out of Mass:
March 10, 2013

Practicing Catholic VII: Spreading the Good News

We learn to love by being loved well. Last week I encouraged you to think of the people who loved you into who you are right now. Let me tell you a story.