Tag Archives: Body of Christ

We Are the Field Hospital

When Pope Francis talks about the Church as the image of a field hospital after battle, he’s including among others the many people, baptized or not, who have a minimal understanding of what it is like to be in a relationship with Jesus- especially Jesus as the ultimate healer. He is saying that we can’t begin to acquaint someone with the Church and her teachings until someone has come to know and experienced divine love and who has come to love Jesus in return. First things first, it’s the experience of a personal encounter with …

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Finding Deep Family

As my dad needs little anymore in the way of “stuff,”  for Father’s Day we decided to honor him with an enrollment in the National Geographic Genographic Project.  A simple swipe of the cheek, and his DNA went off to join that of hundreds of thousands of others as scientists work on tracking the movement of our ancestors from the beginning of human time. WOW!  Were the results amazing or what?!   I knew I was a mutt – with family from France into Eastern Europe, but I had no clue what a mutt I really …

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Random Chaos Interspersed with Amazing ‘Discussion

This weekend, many who are catechumens and candidates in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults will experience the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion, respectively. Our prayers are with them, their sponsors, their families and their faith communities as they continue to prepare to be received into the Church at Easter. Have you been RCIA’d?   Definitely is one form of random chaos for which I can be grateful! Rather to my astonishment I currently find myself director of our regional RCIA program.  As an understatement, my involvement has given me a …

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The Body of Christ: That’s All of Us

We all know that the Church is the Body of Christ and that each member is necessary. We hear this from St. Paul’s epistles on a regular basis.  I wonder, though, whether we are truly comprehensive in valuing the members of the Body of Christ and their importance to the whole. Our vocabulary about some people seems to imply a certain lack of honor for their vital importance. When we classify people as handicapped or disabled, how focused are we on their contributions? I have thought about this question quite a bit over the last …

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