Fresh bread A Word for Bread

Editor’s note: This is the fourth post in a series commenting on the first words of Christ as presented in the Gospels. It is written,“One does not live by bread alone.” (Lk 4:4) With our modern dietary aversion to gluten and carbohydrates, bread has fallen on some hard times. The full weight of these first words of the adult Jesus from Luke’s... [Read more...]

The Standing Now

In a few days we will celebrate Christ the King, which anticipates the moment when Jesus returns, time ends, and eternal life begins. But what do we mean by “eternal”? Is it the same sort of eternity as a traffic jam or a long line at the grocery store, when we notice every passing second? The easiest way for us to conceptualize eternity is as an... [Read more...]

Loving Shepherd I Shall Not Want

“Don’t wish your life away” is a piece of parental wisdom that especially stands out from my childhood. It was always my mother’s immediate retort whenever my brother or I would verbalize our impatience at the approach of events like Christmas, summer vacation, or birthdays. As a child it always seemed like a rather pointless statement, since... [Read more...]

Liturgical Time Travel

What a long, strange trip it’s been, hasn’t it? Yesterday we kept the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, usually celebrated on the day nine months before Christmas. The Word through whom all things were created enters His creation just like any child—at the beginning, in the womb of His mother. But this year, when the usual date of March 25th... [Read more...]

The Eternal Present: Advent and Time Orientation

[T]hough we cannot experience our life as an endless present, we are eternal in God’s eyes; that is, in our deepest reality.  —C.S. Lewis It’s Advent, so let’s talk about marshmallows.   No, not the seasonally-themed ones. I mean the ones used by psychologists to conduct a time-orientation study. Time orientation? That’s the term social... [Read more...]

The Heartbeat of the Universe

Editor’s note: This post is dedicated to Fr. Sylvester Willoughby, O.P., a much beloved friar of the Dominican House of Studies. At the time of publication, Fr. Willoughby is gravely ill and close to death. For a while I hoped the relatively steady beeping would simply fade, peacefully, into the background like the ticking of a clock, but it was... [Read more...]

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