POETRY: Flight by Jeanne Murray Walker

December 13, 2017

The angel speeding down the runway pulls up her wings flaps, and, wouldn’t you know it, wobbles, then dribbles to a stop. She stands on the windy tarmac, embarrassed, brushing her blond hair from her eyes, trying to remember how to elevate herself, wishing she’d worn jeans instead of the girly skirt that works for flying. It’s gravity’s old malice, showing up in the strangest places, for instance at the corner where the fortune cookie truck forgets how to turn, tipping gracefully, sliding on its side as cookies spill into the summer night. Around the city good luck stalls, turning us into bodies, just protoplasm for a wasp to sting. Even love is a sad mechanical business then, and prayer an accumulation of words I [...]

PRAYER: On The Love Of God by Bernard of Clairvaux

July 3, 2017

I will love you, O Lord my strength, my stony rock and my defense, my savior my one desire and love. My God, my helper, I will love you with all the power you have given me; not as much as you deserve to be loved, for that can never be, but as much as I am able to. Whatever I do, I never can discharge my debt to you, and I can love you only according to the power that you have given me. The more power to love you give me, the more I will love you; yet never, never, can I love you as much as you should be loved. [...]

JESUS: Apostles, by Mark G. Boyer

April 29, 2017

  Scripture:Jesus went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him.  And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, and to have authority to cast out demons.  So he appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); James son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. (Mark 3:13-19) Reflection: In Mark’s gospel, twelve men are named apostles by Jesus.  The passage above is not focused on [...]

PRAYER: Prayer To Saint Peter

September 12, 2016

Author unknown Saint Peter, O glorious Saint Peter, who, in return for your strong and generous faith, your profound and sincere humility, and your burning love, was rewarded by Jesus Christ with singular privileges. In particular, you were graced with the leadership of the other apostles and the primacy of the whole church, of which you were made the foundation stone. Please obtain for us the grace of a lively faith, that shall not fear to profess itself openly, in its entirety and in all of its manifestations, even to the shedding of blood, if occasion should demand it. Make us willing to sacrifice life itself rather than surrender. Obtain for us, likewise, a sincere loyalty to the church. Grant, moreover, that we may follow, in all [...]

HOLY SPIRIT: Approaching God And The Family Of Faith by Volker Rabens

July 20, 2015

From A Biblical Theology of the Holy Spirit The Initiating Word of the Spirit Christian life begins with the work of the Spirit.  In 1 Thessalonians 1:5, Paul narrates how the gospel came to the Thessalonians “not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.”  This formulation conveys one of the two aspects of Paul’s holistic mission to which I want to draw attention to this section (the second aspect being its relational nature).  Namely, 1:5 demonstrates the charismatic nature of Paul’s mission activity.  The gospel does not come to the Thessalonians merely as words but also as power and in the Holy Spirit.  Two parallels from later Pauline epistles, namely 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 and Romans [...]

HEALING: On The Path To Hell

December 12, 2013

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into Heaven.  (The Apostle’s Creed) Why hell? Why after all that he endured did he have to go to hell?  Did he go to the frozen blackness, put on ice, as it were, until the necessary changes took place in his body?  Or did he go to the fiery reaches, there to have the imperfections of his earthly body burned into a new state of cleanliness? It is Advent.  Advent ends in Christmas.  So, for me, it is a walk.  A serious walk.  Sometimes a very slow walk. This year I received my prayer [...]

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Second Station — Jesus Bears His Cross, by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

February 16, 2013

From The Journey to Peace Finally, when they had finished making a fool of him, they stripped him of the cloak, dressed him in his own clothes, and led him off to crucifixion. (Matthew 27:32) Suffering and the Cross are at the Heart of Christianity Suffering and the cross are at the very heart of the Christian faith.  In his letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 1:22-25), Saint Paul tells us about the paradox of the cross.  Suffering and death are signs of human weakness, defeat.  It is for many an obstacle, a scandal, a stumbling block.  But Jesus turned suffering and death into victory. If we are to share in that victory, we, too, must be willing to take up our cross and follow him.  There are, of course, many costs, and risks [...]

POETRY: Lullaby, by Kate Farrell

January 24, 2013

For my mother Lullaby When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. (John 21:9) I think I was dreaming of the atmosphere of dreams, or is it only certain dreams: low clouds almost hide the water; you slip outside, untie the boat, take it out beyond the harbor; a world that knows you pulls you into just the knowing it’s composed of; Then heading home, you wake up dreaming of the atmosphere in which you still half-float or think of the kind of lullaby where a child sets sail for a distant kingdom; the singer sings as if the boat will return, as if sleeper and singer meet in the dream; the singer watches from the dock; the boat, the farthest dot on the sea; I think I was sailing to that kind of [...]