Today’s Gospel passage from Matthew is one of those challenging ones that doesn’t always work out the way we want it. “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.” When I was a child I think I heard this as a way to try to get what I wanted, but I never did get that horse I asked for. (Well, except that old horse that my brother brought to the farm to retire. So, I guess I did…) So, what do we do with this reading? Do we believe it or not? Continue reading →
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“How greatly I desire that all places where the Church is present, especially our parishes and our communities, may become islands of mercy in the midst of the sea of indifference!” ~ Pope Francis: Lent Message 2016
Pittsburgh folks already know what I’m talking about, but I had no idea until last weekend when Janet Mock, CSJ, spoke at the RFC Congress. She noted that some years ago when the city was refurbishing, they decided to put a fountain at the confluence of the Monongahela and the Allegheny Rivers where they flow together to form the Ohio River. In the digging for the fountain, they re-discovered a fourth river beneath the other three. Created by and called the Wisconsin Glacial Flow, this fourth river is actually an aquifer channel filled with rocks and gravel, and flows at 5 to 6 miles per day. Continue reading →
All of us have heard the well-used quote, “A saint is a sinner who keeps on trying.” Every year on November 1st, the Catholic Church honors the Solemnity of All Saint’s Day, remembering those men and women throughout Christian history who have lived their lives in faithfulness to God and the gospel. They are people who have lived their lives in stark contrast to the values that the world usually holds as important—values such as pursuing wealth, power or fame—values which are usually a threat to justice and liberty. Saints upset the “status quo” and disrupt attitudes that are unjust. This was the kind of saint that the church celebrated on November 3rd, the Feast Day of Saint Martin de Porres, Patron Saint of Social Justice. Continue reading →
This morning I was eating my breakfast at our kitchen table when Sister Ireen came into the room and asked me, “What do we do with snakes in the motherhouse?”
She stood at the end of the table with a plastic bag balled up in her hand – holding it a bit away from her body. I looked at the bag and asked the obvious, “Is there a snake in that bag?” She answered immediately, “Oh yes, I caught it and brought it up to you. I figured you’d know what to do with it.” Continue reading →