Tag Archives: revelation

Half Christians

What is positively astounding about the power of the scripture is its completeness.  Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit collaborated to inspire the writers and compilers to bring forth a product that is magnificently complex and unequivocally thorough.  The brand new reader of the Bible will find it instructive.  The veteran will always be led to excavate yet another layer of depth.  Even the serious critic is sure be challenged by its breadth and its wholeness. So thorough is the Bible message of Jesus Christ, that we will never need another testament.  As the Catechism …

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God’s Grandeur

During my sophomore year in college I had to take a course on poetry, which filled me with a profound sense of dread.  I hated poetry.  I just didn’t get it. I figured if you wanted to say something, you oughtta just say it.  Why dance around with a bunch of metaphors and fancy words that nobody’s ever heard of? Do you really need a 14 line sonnet to say “I love you”?  And these clowns who don’t want to be constricted by things like rhyme or rhythm – how is that poetry?  Let’s be …

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Ode to a Clothesline

Okay, it’s not a dirty little secret (just the opposite!) but I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that…. I have a clothesline addiction.  Beginning March 1st I start counting down the weeks until it’s likely I can again begin hanging our sheets out to dry.  The first day this is possible in the spring, I almost dance out the door clutching my bundle of wet laundry, humming the entire time I hang them up.   God is good, my interior voice resounds!   Alleluia for small gifts! From where does this predilection for hanging out laundry come…. …

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Breaking Open the Scriptures

Every Monday, I gather with 15 to 20 parishioners for Bible study and prayer.  During this time together, we experience the burning in our hearts as did the disciples on the road to Emmaus.  In our midst, we hear the Holy One God saying to us, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.” “Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures.” (Luke 24: 44-45 NAB.) We are …

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I Get By With a Little Help From My “Friends”

Of the many popular and not-very-insightful things people say about the Internet, the comparison between “friends” online and those people who actually know our voices or who might show up at our birthday parties is one of the more difficult to contest. Naming all of our Facebook connections “friends,” some have argued, cheapens the designation and confuses the depth of true friendship with the breadth of online relationships, only shadows of their “real” counterparts. I am sympathetic to this argument, but only to a point. I find it more helpful and more interesting to move …

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