Joseph became much more real to me when, instead of starting with the image Joseph in scripture or art, I started with thinking of Joseph in terms of our experiences of the best of human fatherhood.
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As St. Vincent was becoming aware of the depth of many forms of poverty that he had not appreciated while growing up, Madame de Gondi asked Vincent. “What must be done?”
In following Jesus, the miracle worker, early Christians never imagined their lives and heritage reduced to the rubble in Roman persecution. How could they make sense of all this?
After viewing the presentation of Sr. Claire Sweeney, DC on Frederick Ozanam and Social Justice, I fantasized what he might say if he, like Pope Francis, were invited to address a joint session of Congress.
Jews asked why was the temple destroyed? Jesus was a miracle worker. How could he let this happen? How could they make sense of their suffering?
“Right out there, reverberating in the air, echoing in my own ears. My father wouldn’t do this to me, and God my Father wasn’t doing this to me either.”
Where do we find our identity: in nation, culture, class, race, gender — or first and foremost in God and a new and international community of God’s people?
Is the Church like a closet where we wistfully keep things from the past, a dreary chamber filled only with us, our problems and our disappointments? Then it will be impossible to recognize God’s silent and unassuming presence.
“The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller. The storyteller sets the vision, values and agenda of an entire generation that is to come.”— Steve Jobs.
Making room on our plate to pray… O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Vincent and Louise were at best an improbable couple. We are blessed to know the outcomes of the 35-year intersection of these two lives. In their final chapters, they were true collaborators and equals.
Do we understand “Body of Christ”? If we do how does it challenge our way of thinking and the systems we live with?
Memorial Day began as a rememberance of those who died in the Civil War and then extended to all wars. What has happened to the visits to cemeteries and parades?