Published: Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:43:10 +0000
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Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:43:10 +0000
We are called to trust that our God is eager for us to enter into his Kingdom. Faith bids us perceive that every moment of our existence is an opening into eternal joy.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:37:59 +0000
We must reconsider the fantasies our minds have woven. We must affirm that God holds our life in his hands.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:28:50 +0000
Is it possible to bargain with God? Abraham thought so. Our pleading in prayer leads us to purify our intentions. God is eager to give us the help we really need.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:23:46 +0000
The homilist was away the past two Sundays. -- Hospitality need not lead us to anxiety. Paying attention to our guests in fact leads us to the peace of contemplating the goodness of God. Our sufferings are united with those of Jesus.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:17:07 +0000
Elisha eliminated obstacles to his answer of the call of Elijah. We must turn from the half-hearted responses of would-be disciples of Jesus. Renunciation leads to the deepest freedom.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:04:29 +0000
Our classifying, labeling, and dismissing of people leads to such things as the Orlando mass shooting last Sunday. Saint Paul calls for no such classifying.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:59:55 +0000
Every Catholic Christian must become intimately familiar with the Scriptures. David and Bathsheba are linked today with Jesus' proclamation of forgiveness for the woman who approaches him.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:54:43 +0000
Saint Paul, in Galatians, calls us to an appreciation of the ways in which God is changing and converting us. Elijah and Jesus proclaim resurrection as they act in favor of the sons of widows.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:48:17 +0000
It is well for us to appreciate Melchizedek as a "type" of Jesus: both offer bread and wine.
Sun, 22 May 2016 22:35:19 +0000
I think this is the first time I ever got an "Awww..." over something I said in a homily. And on Trinity Sunday?!?
Sun, 22 May 2016 22:33:25 +0000
Our existence in the flesh is good. Spirit supplies what we need when flesh can go no further.
Sun, 22 May 2016 22:24:53 +0000
Let us be especially aware of the description, from Hebrews, of Jesus entering the heavenly sanctuary, and know that his gift of self is utterly personal.
Sun, 22 May 2016 22:21:58 +0000
Borrowing from the Seventh Sunday of Easter, we read Jesus' aspiration "that all may be one" and consider, in light of the first reading, that unity is achieved and maintained painstakingly.
Sun, 22 May 2016 22:16:29 +0000
On love as feeling and as virtue.
Sun, 22 May 2016 22:13:40 +0000
From day to day, as in the case of the Apostles, it may seem that few are being gathered in. We hold before us the image of the "multitude" of the Book of Revelation.
Sun, 22 May 2016 22:11:44 +0000
Love itself can be uncomfortable. Just ask Peter.
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 01:09:18 +0000
I may have recorded Easter, but it may have been part of a recording which did not get shut off for hours. -- Doing right by Thomas, and the perils of having chewing gum in school.
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 01:07:12 +0000
A consideration of a strange and wonderful conversation: "This day you will be with me in paradise."
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 01:04:57 +0000
We tend to be our own judge, jury, and executioner. God does a new thing: setting us free from our self-imposed prisons.
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:57:19 +0000
The annoying parable of the Prodigal Son. (I can't remember why I don't have a recording for Feb. 28.)
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:53:24 +0000
"Isn't life awful -- and wonderful?" The Transfiguration prepares for the fullness of the mystery of death and resurrection.
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:47:56 +0000
More calls. Our vocation is founded upon Jesus' resurrection; Paul hands on to us the testimony of the earliest witnesses to Jesus' rising.
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:43:22 +0000
An exercise in avoiding perfectionism: So what if the blog page is a little bit out of chronology? -- The importance of feelings in human life.
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:38:36 +0000
On saving the good wine for later.
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:32:33 +0000
Temptation as a disordered appeal to our ego.
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:18:09 +0000
The call of Jeremiah and Jesus' rejection at the beginning of his ministry, as well as the reflection on love as the greatest gift, cause us to consider our giftedness.
Sun, 10 Apr 2016 23:56:51 +0000
Going deeper into baptism than the concept of "your ticket to heaven."
Sat, 09 Apr 2016 19:58:26 +0000
Epiphany is always a good time to look at xenophobia. Have you any idea why we might want to look at xenophobia?
Sat, 09 Jan 2016 00:29:04 +0000
Presenting Scriptural proof that Mary and Joseph drove a Dodge.
Sat, 09 Jan 2016 00:27:37 +0000
Imagine the meeting of Mary and Elizabeth, and consider the awareness of God's favor which these women enjoyed.
Sat, 09 Jan 2016 00:24:50 +0000
Joy is made of stern stuff.
Sat, 09 Jan 2016 00:20:51 +0000
In the midst of further horror (San Bernardino), we join with the ancients who longed so deeply for a straight path to God.
Sat, 09 Jan 2016 00:15:27 +0000
Embrace Advent -- the alternative to Black Friday.
Sat, 09 Jan 2016 00:11:55 +0000
What is truth? We refrain from the cynicism of Pontius Pilate and embrace the fullness of truth to be found in our suffering servant.
Sat, 09 Jan 2016 00:07:22 +0000
The end of the world? In light of the griefs of the past week (Paris massacres), perhaps God is giving us a chance to begin the world!
Fri, 08 Jan 2016 22:16:16 +0000
"The widow's mite" and our concerns about being good "stewards" of the temporal affairs God has entrusted to us.
Fri, 08 Jan 2016 21:55:21 +0000
The homilist was away from the ambo throughout October. -- We consider our call to holiness as we remember Pope Francis and his evocation of Dorothy Day.
Fri, 08 Jan 2016 21:31:01 +0000
"Whoever is not against us is for us." As we reflect on the visit of Pope Francis to the United States, we are to find every strength and advantage in a principle of inclusion.
Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:56:36 +0000
Unsettled, dispiriting things are swirling around within us. We must seek divine healing for our various resentments and accept the peace which allows us to be gifts to one another.
Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:54:27 +0000
Peter professes his faith in Jesus, but also reveals that the concept of "suffering servant" eludes him
Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:51:00 +0000
The refugee situation in Europe is another proof that we can never escape the xenophobic tendencies pointed out today in the Letter of James.
Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:48:10 +0000
If you think that what passes through and comes out of you is repulsive, apply your feeling of disgust instead to the evil attitudes which you harbor in your hearts.
Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:45:22 +0000
Decision and commitment move us to stand with a spouse and with the God who promises his intimate presence.
Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:41:29 +0000
Ephesians touches upon singing as a fundamental Christian activity, while Proverbs gives us the image of the banquet as the preferred way to describe how God loves us.
Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:37:38 +0000
A man named Donald Trump was in the news; this led to my comments about respect, as alluded to in the Ephesians passage.
Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:24:28 +0000
It is the most reasonable thing in the world to ask "What is it?" when presented with unfamiliar food. "Manna" means "What is it?" We are still asking "What is it?" when we are given the Bread of Life.
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:30:38 +0000
The homilist was away last week. We consider what we hunger for, and what will satisfy our hunger.
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:27:56 +0000
How do we evaluate the reliability of a prophet? Consider whether or not he is enriching himself.
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:24:01 +0000
"He can't be any good, because he's from here!" We have to consider this very common and very strange way of thinking.
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:20:38 +0000
The heartwarming account of Jesus piling healing upon healing.
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:17:45 +0000
The homilist was away last week. Today, in light of God's address to Job, we consider the encyclical of Pope Francis on the environment, and the murders in Charleston, S.C.
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:11:41 +0000
In this year's Scriptures, we focus on the meaning of the blood of sacrifice.
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 22:56:08 +0000
I believe that, in the last dozen or so posts, there may be a couple of inaccuracies as to labeling. At some point (but not right now) I will review them and make any corrections necessary.
Sun, 31 May 2015 18:43:27 +0000
God, in his dynamism, demonstrated in the relationships of the Trinity, enters into human affairs, definitively so in Jesus.
Sun, 31 May 2015 18:42:09 +0000
The fruits of the Holy Spirit are amazing and peaceful indications that conversion has occurred.
Sun, 31 May 2015 18:40:15 +0000
The homilist was away on May 10. Let's be careful when interpreting the snakes and poison of the conclusion of Mark's Gospel. The one who ascended did so because he had first descended to the depths of human misery.
Sun, 31 May 2015 18:38:05 +0000
A vine and branches are the same substance, just as Jesus is truly human and thus of the same substance as ourselves. We see, in the case of the converted Saul/ Paul, how important community is for certifying who has experienced conversion.
Sun, 31 May 2015 18:34:58 +0000
First John hints at our exalted dignity. Peter comments on the uproar over the healing of the beggar at the Temple gate.
Sun, 31 May 2015 18:31:48 +0000
Jesus resurrected our enfleshed humanity. We must take this seriously as we seek to appreciate how God affirms the goodness of the way he made us.
Sun, 31 May 2015 18:27:29 +0000
The earliest Christians "had everything in common." We who are invested in the notion of private property may find this practice challenging. If we are heirs to the resurrection, other possessions become less of a concern.
Sun, 31 May 2015 18:23:47 +0000
I accidentally left the recorder on after the homily. I don't think there's anything ugly or shameful in the forty-some minutes which were inadvertently recorded. You may enjoy this for its capturing some of my typical Sunday morning.
Sun, 31 May 2015 18:19:59 +0000
Jesus makes a statement about the death of the grain of wheat, applying it to himself. We seek properly to apply it to ourselves.
Sun, 31 May 2015 18:17:10 +0000
God has given us all things. We seek to express our thanks.
Sun, 31 May 2015 18:10:14 +0000
There's no recording for March 1, since I cancalled Sunday Masses due to heavy snow. Today we are introduced to the scandal which leads to Jesus' crucifixion: the scandal of his affirming that he is the Son of God.
Sun, 31 May 2015 17:57:33 +0000
We must be well aware that the sufferings of Jesus have meaning because he willingly took them upon himself
Sun, 31 May 2015 17:51:48 +0000
A consideration of the many ways in which we separate ourselves from each other.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:50:33 +0000
Jesus demonstrates his own weariness, which is quite similar to what is described by Job. We need refreshment in the midst of activity.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:42:45 +0000
"Predictions are always difficult, especially about the future." Prophecy is not necessarily about the future; God, speaking through prophets, has a lot to say to us about how things are right now, and how they must change.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:37:09 +0000
Satire is in the news, and it's in the Bible. The Book of Jonah gives us the portrait of an unwilling prophet and as we laugh at Jonah, we learn to laugh at our own resistance to God.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:28:20 +0000
Here I am. How do I hear and understand a call from the God who has given me life?
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:23:24 +0000
Baptism symbolizes many things, including a thirst for human existence to make sense.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:14:15 +0000
Can "foreign" people really be as human as we are? Somehow we resist this obvious fact of life. The manifestation of Jesus to the nations helps us break through our self-imposed barriers so that we appreciate our kinship with all people.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:06:42 +0000
The family of Abraham and Sarah, and the Holy Family, help us to see how God's promises are fulfilled in history and through crises.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:43:06 +0000
We understand Mary of Nazareth to have been the most free person of all. We consider whether we will dispose ourselves to cooperate with God as Mary did.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:32:31 +0000
What is the opposite of joy? Not suffering, but rather, numbness.
Sun, 08 Feb 2015 22:15:42 +0000
We yearn for a straight path to the meaning of our life.
Sun, 08 Feb 2015 22:07:17 +0000
Break open the heavens and come down among us, that we might be roused from our dullness.
Sun, 08 Feb 2015 21:52:31 +0000
The last judgment is carried out according to criteria which leave us absolutely depending on God's mercy.
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:36:23 +0000
The notion of "industry" as a virtue must not obscure the simple fact that even our ability to work is the gift of God.
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:33:12 +0000
It's the cathedral of Rome and therefore the mother church of the world! Popes Innocent III and Leo XIII are buried there. Father Augustus Tolton of our diocese, a candidate for sainthood, was ordained there in 1886.
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:30:45 +0000
The homilist was away throughout the month of October.
Bear with the idea of a school having a mausoleum.
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:28:35 +0000
"Being a Christian" is not a static condition. It's all about changing and growing.
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:24:47 +0000
The parable that everyone hates.
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:22:45 +0000
Crucifixion as an act of terror, and Jesus' embrace of his crucifixion as the dispelling of terror for his faithful people.
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:20:26 +0000
The often exhausting details of living in communion as God's people.
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:16:44 +0000
The second of two parts on leadership and all that's implied.
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:13:59 +0000
The first of two parts on leadership.
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:10:24 +0000
Humor is a form of communication. We are challenged to hear the humorous banter between Jesus and this woman.
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:17:52 +0000
Sitting in Fiumicino Airport, I discover that there's free wi-fi. U.S. airports ought to take a hint.
Some may be wondering whether I got any closer to Pope Francis than St. Peter's Square with him up in the window. The answer is NO. Fr. Pedacchio never corresponded with me.To be quite honest, I am pleased that there was NOTHING in the three weeks which resembled work. Being at a papal affair would certainly have felt like work.
Sun, 26 Oct 2014 18:50:15 +0000
Today I traveled no further than around the block for a midday meal of prosciutto and melon, fettuccine with sausage and mushroom, roast lamb with potatoes, spinach in butter. A farewell meal in a country where you can't get a bad meal.
We went off Daylight Saving Time last night. So now I'm only six hours off from home.
I have been resting up for tomorrow's trip and using Wikipedia to read up on 1950s and 1960s U.S. TV trivia.
The last three weeks have amounted to a wonderful rest. Now it's back to work!
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:52:43 +0000
Earlier today, I took a walk to the Pincio park. The sky was cloudless and the temperature was hovering around 70.
This evening, Fr. Daren Zehnle, Fr. John Nolan (in Rome for the Institute for Continuing Theological Education), and seminarians Michael Friedel and Dominic Rankin got together for dinner.
Tomorrow is my last day in Rome before I fly back on Monday.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:18:52 +0000
Friday is my normal day off, so it's fitting that I didn't do much today. I sat at the Quirinal Palace for a while, went into the "center" of town, had a leisurely lunch (rigatoni all'amatriciana, pollo alla romana), strolled into the area of Piazza di Spagna, and came back to the hotel.
For old times' sake, I bought an International New York Times. I used to read its predecessor, the International Herald Tribune, when I lived here. Of course I have the paper online. I was interested in seeing its hard-copy format. With the crossword, there's Jumble, sudoku, Doonesbury, Calvin and Hobbes. and Peanuts.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:51:09 +0000
Following yesterday's post, I did some shopping in the Vatican area. I found a very nice restaurant near my hotel (rigatoni alla carbonara, saltimbocca alla romana, spinach in butter).
This morning as I checked the weather, it was 41F in daylight here, while it was 43F in New Berlin in the dark. I am reminded of the Italian expression "Fa freddo" which literally means "it makes cold" or "it does cold." Thursday was a day off for me when I was at the university here. We'd have classes Monday through Wednesday, then Thursday off, then classes Friday and Saturday, then Sunday off. No weekends, therefore. Today was like a typical Thursday in seminary days. Often I would take a long walk. Today I had a very nice walk in the Villa Borghese, a big park on the north side of Rome. Tonight I went back to the same restaurant as yesterday, since I liked it so much (penne all'arrabbiata, steak in pepper sauce).
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:45:14 +0000
You may be wondering whether I did a gondola ride. The answer is no, although I did take a water taxi (motorboat) from St. Mark's Square to get to the train station, thus sparing myself a lot of trudging through the city with luggage as on my arrival.
After a night train ride from Venice, with transfer in Verona, I arrived in Rome today at 6 am. I walked to my hotel (the same one where I had stayed during my first week here), and I was amazed to discover that my room was ready. At 8 am I took my laundry to the fellow around the block, and at 10 am I had it back.
I'm doing a lot of reading. I am a fan of Tom Wolfe, and last night I finished I Am Charlotte Simmons -- an uplifting story, if you can stomach the cruelty inflicted on the title character, and the language. I've started another Sinclair Lewis novel, Cass Timberlane.
Today I am going to see whether I can at least find our two seminarians, Michael Friedel and Dominic Rankin. Lunchtime at the North American College would be the most likely point of intersection.
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:32:27 +0000The line for St. Mark's Basilica begins to form well before the 9:45 am opening time. This being my last full day in Venice, I knew I had to hustle, and I did. There is in New Berlin an establishment called "Capone's Hideout," with a very eclectic decor, including a poster of "The Horses of San Marco." These ancient bronzes were on the facade of St. Mark's -- reproductions stand there now -- and the original horses are now in the museum within the walls of the basilica. To say they are beautiful is a great understatement. Their beauty is in a way heightened by the awareness of how old they are -- perhaps as many as 1800 years old. I feel a bit of sadness at departing from Venice, which I look upon as a place of great beauty and mystery. I will perhaps return, but only with maps of the greatest intricacy. As I report on yet another evening with spaghetti alla carbonara, this time followed by a pork chop, French fries, and tomato salad, I have been wondering whether my travel-blog is similar to what people do on Twitter, which has never made sense to me, because if you are telling everyone what you are doing, how do you get anything done? It does seem to make sense to me that the readers of this blog are simply enjoying with me a moment of leisure in surroundings I enjoy very much. I know you wish for me a good rest before going back to the work which will always be there. And I thank you. Tomorrow night, a night train from Venice to Rome (by way of Verona). I don't anticipate being [...]
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:02:24 +0000
My shoes hit the pavement about 10:30 am, and I have been out walking around all day.
This afternoon I visited the original "ghetto," that is, the Jewish quarter of Venice. I took part in a tour which included the German, French, and Sephardic (or "Levantine") synagogues. Can I help it that the soundtrack in my mind is playing the Elvis song "In the Ghetto"?
This Sunday is sunny. I am finding more straight streets and direct routes. I walked along the lagoon again -- this time with a view of an obviously artificial square island which serves as the city's cemetery.
I did not have the greatest luck with dinner. Again I had spaghetti alle vongole, which I love, and then fried shrimp and squid. At this particular restaurant, they were serving something I found unappetizing -- I think it was the heads of the squid. Whatever it was, everything that looked similar I pushed to the edge of the plate. Their artichokes were strange, too -- my serving was two discs. I think of artichokes as being made up of many leaves. Whatever.
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:30:58 +0000
I have referred already to the difficult task of navigating the streets of Venice. I had another experience of this, this afternoon.
One thing to be said for the streets of Venice is that there are NO CARS. In fact it's quite a rare thing for any of us these days to have such an experience.
This evening, after penne with four cheeses, roast chicken and fries, and sorbetto al limone, I walked down to St. Mark's Square and discovered that I could walk freely, seeing where I was going, to a great length along the shore of the lagoon.
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:14:59 +0000
I am in my hotel's lobby, reading the local papers. There was an accident yesterday, a vaporetto (floating city bus) colliding with a barge, and seven people were hurt. I was not there.
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:32:13 +0000
Thursday evening was seafood night. I had spaghetti alle vongole -- the signature pasta around here, with clams in garlic and oil. I loved it. Then, fried shrimp and squid, which was likewise very tasty. I learned that sorbetto al limone is to be drunk, not spooned out.
Not much to report regarding Friday. This hotel room has the comfort I found lacking in Rome. I ended up sleeping a lot. Friday's dining: prosciutto and melon, spaghetti alla carbonara, salad, and an Averna amaro.
It's Saturday morning (I was up in time to partake of the hotel's breakfast, served on very nice china) and my task was to find a laundry. I found one close by, but it is closed Saturday and Sunday. In 1997 I forgot to pack any socks, and so I was washing my socks in my room every night. I may have to resort to similar arrangements until I get back to Rome and the friendly neighborhood laundry.
My hotel is very close to St. Mark's. I must confess that I have little ambition to sightsee beyond this area. I do want to get to the original ghetto, but today is not the day, since it's the Sabbath.
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:50:25 +0000
As it turned out, the packaging is shinier but the product is the same. Wednesday-Thursday was my night train ride to Venice. No internet; no electrical outlet. I had enough power, however, to finish reading Sinclair Lewis's 1935 novel It Can't Happen Here. Entertaining, but gruesome. In the "trains-running-on-time" department, we arrived in Venice just one minute late.
Get ready to laugh. It took me nearly three hours to get to my hotel. Take a look at a map and you can appreciate how baffling the job of navigating Venice is.
The Blue Guide says that the best time to observe Venice is early in the morning. I arrived at 5:30 am and at that hour I had the city to myself. After finding my hotel, I wandered for a while since I had to wait for my room to be ready. The view of the Grand Canal from the Rialto bridge is stunning. And then there's St. Mark's Square, which has to be one of the great public spaces in the world.
With every passing hour, the streets of Venice become ever more crowded. I have been taking it easy this afternoon, and when I'm good and hungry I will find a place to eat. Besides the numerous restaurants, Venice is sort of an endless shopping mall.