Highway to Heaven

Editor’s note: This is the third post in a series commenting on the first words of Christ as presented in the Gospels. Let it be so for now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness. (Mt 3:15) In the beginning of the Old Testament, God’s first recorded words are “let there be. . .” The whole cosmos leaps into creation, delighting... [Read more...]

The Humility of St. Peter

Though St. Peter Claver, SJ (1581-1654), was a very holy and remarkable man, he was “forgotten” during his earthly life in the very city in which he toiled: Cartagena, Colombia. How is it possible to overlook someone who worked tirelessly for four decades—baptizing an estimated 300,000 slaves, visiting them frequently on their various plantations,... [Read more...]

Pharaoh’s Hardened Heart

  During the Exodus story, which features the mighty manifestations of God’s power and love, God puts on a virtual fireworks display before all of Egypt. Pharaoh, the Egyptians, and the Israelites each react differently, and Pharaoh’s response – the “hardening of his heart” – always puzzled me. The author of Exodus repeats the claim... [Read more...]

Escape from Humanity

Saint Dominic famously didn’t sleep, except for a bare minimum.  Instead, he held vigil in the chapel, weeping.  Alone in the darkness with the Blessed Sacrament, St. Dominic would sob loudly, “What will become of sinners?” He had the gift of tears – he knew what it was to mourn.  And, knowing Christ, he also knew God’s consolation; he... [Read more...]

Advent Journey: From Nazarite to Neonate

The figure of John the Baptist personifies this season of Advent – assiduously preparing for the coming of the promised Messiah; fasting; enduring physical discomfort; crying out day and night; conveying the need to look within ourselves and root out anything not fit for the kingdom of heaven that is so near. With his tough, observant character, John... [Read more...]

Tatts and Talismans

Even though St. Columbanus or St. Frances of Rome are the patron saints of motorcyclists, you’re far more likely to see St. Jude riding a Harley – generally on a biker’s bicep.  With the exception of Jesus himself and his Blessed Mother, St. Jude is the saint most likely to appear on tattoos.  Maybe this has to do with St. Jude’s penchant... [Read more...]

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