March 2005 Archives (15)


This is a portion of a letter I wrote to one of my students recently: Yesterday, you mentioned something about being a little uncomfortable at Mass lately because you feel unworthy. I hope you never forget what I whispered to you after Mass yesterday: “Wherever the Blessed Sacrament is, you are welcome there.” You say […]

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Prayer as Sacrifice

We are true worshipers and true priests. We pray in spirit, and so offer in spirit the sacrifice of prayer. Prayer is an offering that belongs to God and is acceptable to him: it is the offering he has asked for, the offering he planned as his own. We must dedicate this offering with our […]

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Reformatting Faith

The experience of losing your faith, or of having lost it, is an experience that in the long run belongs to faith; or at least it can belong to faith if faith is still valuable to you, and it must be or you would not have written me about this. I don’t know how the […]

Receive, Not Take

The following story and commentary by Ronald Rolheiser, in Against an Infinite Horizon, has completely pushed my understanding of sin to new depths, depths that bring tears to my eyes in regards to my own sinful and broken nature. Fr. Rolheiser recounts a story told by James Mackey about a man who went on a […]

Learning to Float

The soul must long for God in order to be set aflame by God’s love; but if the soul cannot yet feel this longing, then it must long for the longing. To long for the longing is also from God. — Meister Eckhart Maiken at A Case of Me isn’t “feeling all that Jesus-y lately”. She has […]

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Three Quotes

From Happy Catholic, via Flos Carmeli, via Summa Minutiae, here is a blogger challenge: Describe yourself with three quotes—serious, ironic, humorous, whatever—from various (literary?) sources. My quotes: Life is a gift, not to possess, but to share. — Henri Nouwen If I am not [in God’s grace], may it please God to put me in it; if […]

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An Irish Blessing

May you have many friends and may they be as mature in taste and health and color and as sought after as the contents of this glass. May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and the road downhill all the way to your door. May every […]

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Prayer Bracelet

You know how they have those plastic colored bracelet bands with sayings on them? Lance Armstrong started the fad with the yellow band that read “Live Strong”. They have dozens of different colors and sayings on them now, from breast cancer awareness to anti-hate slogans. My wife has been wearing one from the hospital where […]

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Shepherd me, O God

Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death to life. — refrain from a song based on Psalm 23

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Now it is all over. The work of our Redemption has been accomplished. We are now children of God, because Jesus has died for us and his death has ransomed us. Empti enim estis pretio magno (1 Cor 6:20), you and I have been bought at a great price. — J. Escriva, The Way of the Cross […]


Resurrection—not progress, not evolution, not enlightenment, but a call from heaven to us: “Rise up! You are dead, but I will give you life.” That is what is proclaimed here, and it is the only way that the world can be saved. … We do not like to see that we are deeply imprisoned, and […]

The Pause

What if St. John was afraid of the Empty Tomb because he realized what that would truly mean? What if in that moment St. John became aware of the reality of the Resurrection? His pause may have been the instant when he first grasped the possibility that Christ had been raised from the dead. Entering […]

Windshield Wipers

One rainy afternoon, I was driving along one of the main streets of town, taking those extra precautions necessary when the roads are wet and slick. Suddenly, my daughter, Aspen, spoke up from her relaxed position in her seat. “Dad, I’m thinking of something.” This announcement usually meant she had been pondering some fact for […]

Lord’s Alphabet

Although things are not perfect Because of trial or pain Continue in thanksgiving Do not begin to blame Even when the times are hard Fierce winds are bound to blow God is forever able Hold on to what you know Imagine life without His love Joy would cease to be Keep thanking Him for all […]

For the Departed

Receive, Lord, in tranquillity and peace, the souls of your servants who have departed out of this present life to be with you. Give them the life that knows no age, the good things that do not pass away, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. — St. Ignatius of Loyola

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