I have the funniest, smartest friends. Like Paul Greene, who is singlehandedly advancing the English lexicon, a word or phrase at a time. I particularly like wAsh Thursday, which greeted me this morning. I wanted to start Lent by reflecting on the meaning of Ash Wednesday, but life got the best of me and I… Continue reading wAsh Thursday
Bishop Robert McElroy. Don't miss this Commonweal Magazine coverage of his recent remarks. Disrupting Donald will take more than a village. (Photo from Commonweal) "I want you to sit back in your chair for a moment. And close your eyes, and I want you to think of someone you have known that our economy has… Continue reading TSV’s Voice in the Wilderness Award Goes to…
"O, You who are ever giving life to all life, moving all creatures, root of all things, washing them clean, wiping out their mistakes, healing their wounds, You are our true life, luminous, wonderful, awakening the heart from its ancient sleep." Hildegard of Bingen Kim Langley of LifeBalance Enterprises offers a retreat that you can… Continue reading Keeping Green: A Retreat with Hildegard of Bingen
From Msgr. Keith Derouen. 19 things you might consider giving up this Lent and beyond: Fear: God is on my side. In Him I am more than a conqueror. (See Romans 98) The need to please everyone: I can’t please everyone anyway. There is only one I need to strive to please. Envy: I am blessed. My value… Continue reading 19 Things (other than chocolate)…
Simple, wise thoughts from my friend Pastor Mary Brown about spotting and engaging homeless youth: "Youth who are homeless often will hang out in malls or other warm public places. If you are leaving a mall after hours and see a youth still there, s/he may need help. If a youth is hungry, s/he sometimes… Continue reading “Stay Awake”: Homeless Teens
I've moved beyond the crazy-busy, young-child years but I remember them well. I was touched by the candor and thought of this article by Jennifer Fulwiler, who offers a practice we might all benefit from in Lent. "Shortly after I converted to Catholicism, I found myself hopelessly overwhelmed. I had three children under age three, a seemingly… Continue reading 8 Reasons to Turn the Lights Out in Lent
Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2)
“Do not conform” is difficult advice in a generation when crowd pressures have unconsciously conditioned our minds and feet to move to the rhythmic drumbeat of the status quo. Many voices and forces urge us to choose the path of least resistance, and bid us never to fight for an unpopular cause and never to be found in a pathetic minority of two or three.
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Consistant with his statements in Laudato Si, Pope Francis affirmed the rights of indigenous people in regard to their ancestral homelands.
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