FRIENDSHIP: Compassion and Reverence by Carmen L. Caltagirone

July 30, 2013

From Friendship As Sacrament The compassion of others is but another way through which we come to more deeply know and experience the love of God.  When we experience an enticement to go out of ourselves, to risk ourselves, and to become one with another human being, compassion happens. Jesus was the enfleshment of the father’s compassion.  The incarnation was deeply personal in that it ushered God’s compassion onto the human scene in a whole new way.  God, the Father’s compassion became flesh in Jesus, and so now it must become flesh in us.  Our basic mission as God’s people is to articulate the nature and extent of God’s compassion which is freely given to us.  If we receive it with open arms it will enrich us to such a [...]

GOD 101: Back To Basics

April 22, 2013

I have spent my entire life listening to God.  And for almost that entire time, I have been taught about the basic tenets of God’s love: three things, respect, courtesy, and gratitude.   I could run them off my tiny child’s fingers probably even before I could talk. And, for the most part, I saw this lesson as something that belonged in Every Child’s Book of Virtues, that is to say, for me it was a lesson that received something akin to, yeah, yeah, yeah.  Respect, courtesy, and gratitude. Whatever. But I found myself the other day, now gray-haired with achy knees, saying to someone else, The older I get, the more I am impressed by that seemingly simple lesson.  I can’t get over how important these three [...]

SPIRITUALITY: Finding God In All Things: A Spirituality For Today, by Monika K. Hellwig

February 21, 2013

Excerpted from Sojourners, 1991 Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the largest Catholic religious order, the Jesuits, has been attracting widespread attention this year, the five hundredth anniversary of his birth.  Ignatius’s legacy goes far beyond the founding of the Jesuits – he launched a distinctive style and tradition of spirituality that is particularly apt for our time. The Spiritual Legacy of Ignatius In their basic form, the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius consist of a silent retreat of about thirty days in which four or more hours are given each day to certain prescribed meditations.  In an alternate form, the Exercises are spread over a much longer period of time and are done while a person follows his or her ordinary [...]

A MEDITATION: On Reverence — Through the door of stillness

January 31, 2012

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. (Albert Einstein) Due to circumstances beyond my control, last fall I found myself attending one of the start-up Anglican mission churches in my area.  It was radically evangelistic, making quite a shocking contrast to my somber, foggy, high-church Anglo-Catholic tradition.  What were considered hymns were projected up on a screen, with appropriate art flashing up the words.  There were no prayerbooks.  There were no kneelers.   So I satisfied myself with sitting during prayers, except when I couldn’t stand it, as during the confession, when I just knelt on the carpet. I must have stood out like a sore thumb. After a few weeks, having adjusted somewhat to [...]