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Category Archive for 'Lent'

O God of earth and altar, bow down and hear our cry, Our earthly rulers falter, our people drift and die; The walls of gold entomb us, the swords of scorn divide; Take not Thy thunder from us, but take away our pride. From all that terror teaches, from lies of tongue and pen, From […]


When I was full time at the Spiritual Life Center I had miserable living conditions and a great ministry. But since it was not a parish many could not figure out what it was we managed to do all day. When asked, I said our job was to rescue contemplatives. There are folks out there […]

Not Thinking for Lent

We are pestered by thoughts or more likely by emotional judgments not particularly rational. In any case, Lent is a time to take a chance on a change of consciousness. Meditation is not what you think. It is simply not paying attention to what you think or feel. Picking a “heart” word that is a […]

9 months to Christmas

Today, March 25, is the Solemnity of the Annunciation. That is the formal title and it means among other things even though it is Friday we are not at all penitential today. We will be, in fact, penitential as a Church for quite some time because of the continuing impact of the botch our leadership […]

We all know of families who had a beloved member die at Christmas time and we thought how terrible because every time Christmas comes around the trauma of the death will be remembered and spoil the holiday. In fact, I think one secret of Christmas, kept very much to ourselves is that if there is […]

Blog block

Today with Holy Thursday Easter begins. The last blog was about Lent and spring. Today after this long Lent, I am supposed to preach on priesthood and Eucharist. Several months ago I began to prepare the homily but events of the last few weeks have me blocked. What can I say? The emphasis on sex […]

Orthodoxy Sunday

The first Sunday in Lent for Eastern Christians including, for example, both the Orthodox and Byzantine Catholics, is called Orthodoxy Sunday. The icon traditional for the day is an icon of icons celebrating the restoration of icons against super conservatives who were so conservative that they became heretics and tried to ban icons for fear […]

Lent means Spring!

Out the window delicious wet and heavy snow clings to everything like…like…a Disney movie! I remember being able to finally travel around some in my 20s and 30s and discovering that the Disney cartoon features were romanticized but based on real plants, mountains, streams. So it is with snow this Ash Wednesday. It looks like […]

Winter wonder and blunders

In thevirtualoratory.comĀ  I posted a brief review of a book called Winter, a Spiritual Biography of the Season, a collection of very short essays by writers ranging from Kathleen Norris to Basho. Even people in warm climates face interior winters of discontent that resist the sun and beauty leaving hearts buried in darkness, covered over […]

+++ THE DONKEY G.K. Chesterton When fishes flew and forests walked And figs grew upon thorn, Some moment when the moon was blood Then surely I was born; With monstrous head and sickening cry And ears like errant wings, The devil’s walking parody On all four-footed things. The tattered outlaw of the earth, Of ancient […]

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