Monthly Archives: April 2011

Connections: Daily Gospel

I have recently found a beneficial website: “Daily Gospel” It follows the daily lectionary of the Roman Catholic Church, with a special focus upon the daily Gospel lesson (although you can have the entire daily order of readings, if … Continue reading

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Listenings: Assessed Value

When we travel in a foreign country, the value of our currency is in relation to our home country.  Similarly, the value of our lives is assessed in relation to our “home country,” which is God.  We are citizens of … Continue reading

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Special Report: A Matter of Decency

Rev. Terry Jones’ refusal to accept any responsibility for the flare up of violence in Afghanistan is like someone throwing gasoline on a fire and disclaiming any responsibility by saying, “I didn’t cause the flare up, the gasoline did.” Rev. … Continue reading

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Soul Byte: “Time Out”

“Soul Byte” takes a break while I am on Spring Break. It will return on April 11th.

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Soul Byte: Spontaneity

Spontaneity is a result of discipline, not a substitute for it.

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The Holy Gospel: April 3, 2011 (Year A)

Read:  John 9:1-41 Meditation:  “Nobody’s Fault” We must fight the tendency to automatically connect personal and social tragedies to somebody’s sinfulness.  From Jesus’ time until now, we seem to prefer a cause-and-effect approach—there has to be someone to blame.  Some … Continue reading

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Special Report: When Will We Ever Learn?

Media outlets are reporting the murder of at least a dozen people in a United Nations building in Afghanistan.  The killings are a revenge act against Terry Jones’ recent burning of the Koran during a worship service at his church … Continue reading

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Soul Byte: Insomnia

Sometimes, insomnia is God’s “wake up call.”

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Benedict’s Rule: Stability

Chapter One of the Rule describes four kinds of monks.  At first glance, this chapter seems to have very little to do with us.  But it raises an essential element in our spiritual formation:  stability. Stability is the quality that … Continue reading

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