Inspiration, Uncategorized

“Quick! Be Spiritual!”

My life has been a bit overfull of late. Some events were extraordinarily challenging, and others bordered on ecstatic. Really. Almost everything was on one end of the spectrum or the other. And I was not as on top of my calendar as I should have been. So when Tim, the editor of this illustrious… Continue reading “Quick! Be Spiritual!”

Inspiration, Uncategorized

Honor your mother… Earth

“Honor your father and mother,” is the first part of the Fifth Commandment. In our hasty recollections, we might find ourselves forgetting the second part: “So that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” This past Sunday was Earth Day,… Continue reading Honor your mother… Earth

Inspiration

“Love has come again, like wheat arising green.” A reflection for Easter

“Now the green blade rises, from the buried grain…” “Now the green blade rises, from the buried grain…” The great Episcopal preacher Barbara Brown Taylor writes, “Resurrection is always announced with Easter lilies, the sound of trumpets, bright streaming light.  But,” she insists, “it did not happen that way.  If it happened in a cave,… Continue reading “Love has come again, like wheat arising green.” A reflection for Easter

Noteworthy

“Cardinal’s plan for laypeople to lead parishes”

For those of us who uphold the centrality of the Eucharist, this still has issues (the phenomenon of circuit riding priests for Mass) but it is definitely a move in the right direction. --TSV "Cardinal Reinhard Marx has announced plans to allow laypeople in his Archdiocese of Munich to lead parishes where there are no… Continue reading “Cardinal’s plan for laypeople to lead parishes”

Noteworthy

TSV March “Voice in the Wilderness” Awardee: Cardinal Tobin

"Several dozen clergy members marched toward a federal building in Newark in support of a man facing possible deportation. "Clergy including Cardinal Joseph Tobin, leader of New Jersey's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese, led a rally for supporters of Catalino Guerrero on Friday morning along with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez." Read more in the America article.

Noteworthy

Pope Francis on Married Priests, More…

Those who know me will not be surprised that my reaction to Pope Francis' qualified remarks about married (male, of course) priests was less enthusiastic than that of many of my friends in ministry. As reported in America magazine: "Describing the vocation crisis as an 'enormous problem,' Pope Francis suggested he sympathizes with Catholics who… Continue reading Pope Francis on Married Priests, More…

Innovation

A Church that Young Adult Catholics Can Believe In

My friend Nicole Sotelo, who is an astute observe of life in the Roman Catholic Church, wrote an article worth reading. "Where are the young people? It's a common question at Catholic parishes across the country, and soon church officials may understand why so many have left. The Vatican has invited bishops to fill out… Continue reading A Church that Young Adult Catholics Can Believe In