My Table is Spread: It's been a bloody January in France. I suppose most months are bloody there, as here, but not in a way I notice.
More often than not, the first reading for the liturgy correlates to the Gospel, and today's texts are no exception. The motif is suffering -- first bemoaned by Job, and then faced head-on by Jesus.
It is in these streets where God dwells among us, calling, luring us into new possibilities of nonviolent love and transformation.
Simply Spirit: Scripture reflection is a gift for everyone, especially for our elders who were denied access to the Bible after being told as children, "It will only confuse you."
A small c catholic: If religion loses its capacity for wonder and is instead stuck with nothing but creedal formulations, it is a serious detriment to civilization.
If you think somebody's famous because they've written scads of books on spirituality, traveled the world speaking about God's love, and have 150,000 people on a daily email list for meditations, then brace yourself for when that person sits down for a televised face-to-face interview with Oprah Winfrey.
"We interrupt our regular programming for this very important news." Some version of this familiar phrase has become the routine segue for informing the public of world events. When the "breaking news" announcement indicates that a world leader will be speaking shortly, the ambience may be all the more charged.
Spirituality: Had he not died in 1968, what would America's most famous monk, mystic and hermit, Thomas Merton, done? We shall never know.
When Trappist Fr. Matt Torpey speaks of his mentor, teacher and friend Thomas Merton, the words flow like a gentle stream.
Now that the candidates have committed themselves to deepen their experience of Jesus and prepare for the special coming of the Holy Spirit into their hearts at confirmation, it's important that they, and all of us, try to listen now deeply to the word of God to try to understand what this word of God means today as we celebrate this ceremony that begins the program of preparation for confirmation for these parish members.