The Challenge of Grace

I have been obsessed lately by the statement in Georges Bernanos’ book The Diary of a Country Priest, also found in a biography about Flannery O’Connor:  “Everything is grace.” It’s a challenge to see grace everywhere, especially in difficult times. Yet grace is everywhere,...

Embraced by the Crucified One

When we try to pray, God often beats us to the punch and prays in us, offering us gifts of quiet assurance, challenge, and consolations that appear to come out of nowhere. God recently gifted me with an image of saving grace that was born of God’s good Spirit touching my imagination and creating in my...

Easters Past

Holy Week is coming. This annual celebration of the Church’s high holy days reminds me of Easters past. As a third grader I took part in the first restored Easter Vigil celebrated in my home parish. It was the early 1950’s. Our parish was well prepared for the celebration. There were special booklets for...

Ready or Not, Here’s Your Sign

My wife and I have just started The Great Adventure Bible study from Jeff Cavins at a parish near us. This week, I heard an amazing story in our small group discussion.  We were talking about God wanting us to come out of the wilderness, out of our comfort zone, when a member of the group began her...

The Way of the Cross

We come to walk with you, Jesus, confident that following your journey to the cross will lead us closer to God’s loving heart. In your bruised face and wounded body, we have a powerful image of God’s extraordinary care for us. Saints like Francis of Assisi shed streams of tears as they contemplated the...

A Little Quiet, PLEASE!

I recently spent a blissfully quiet weekend of retreat at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. I’m not a loud person by nature, but even I didn’t realize how much noise there is in my life until I shut it off for a few days. Oh, there were still sounds—of birds in the trees outside my window, of water...

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