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Francis of Assis and Prayer

Francis of Assis and Prayer

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When people think of St. Francis of Assisi and prayer, what most likely comes to mind is “The Peace Prayer of St. Francis,” with the memorable line: “Make me an instrument of peace…” It is a moving and noteworthy prayer, certainly in the Franciscan tradition, perhaps inspired by St. Francis, but it dates to 1912 and was first published as a poem in the French spiritual magazine, La Clochette.…

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Witness and WatchingThere is folk wisdom which says never argue with a fool because a third person will not be able to…View Post

Witness and Watching

There is folk wisdom which says never argue with a fool because a third person will not be able to…

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The Stories That Will Be ToldYou know many of us here at this morning Mass can answer the question: “Where were you when you…View Post

The Stories That Will Be Told

You know many of us here at this morning Mass can answer the question: “Where were you when you…

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Pharisee and Tax Collector - In PrayerLuke 18:9-14. 9 He then addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own…View Post

Pharisee and Tax Collector - In Prayer

Luke 18:9-14. He then addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own…

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The Pesistent Widow - Will He Find FaithJesus’ Commentary on the Petition.  7 Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who…View Post

The Pesistent Widow - Will He Find Faith

Jesus’ Commentary on the Petition.  Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who…

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The Persistent WidowOur reading of the parable of the “Unjust Judge and the Persistent Widow” is accompanied by the…View Post

The Persistent Widow

Our reading of the parable of the “Unjust Judge and the Persistent Widow” is accompanied by the…

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Prayer and MemoryEnglish: Lords Prayer in Aramaic(Syriac) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
As a priest I am frequently…View Post

Prayer and Memory

English: Lords Prayer in Aramaic(Syriac) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a priest I am frequently…

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Come Away….to a deserted place…

from a Sunday homily, July 22nd - with readings from Jeremiah 23 and Mark 6:30-34

One of my friar friends, a talented and budding theologian, is quite attuned to the ethos and spirituality of 20-somethings. He seems to have a finger on a deep vein of the spiritual river that runs through his generation.  He himself is among their number.  Just ordained, he is starting his PhD program at Boston College – but he is hardly a “rookie.”  Fr. Dan is well published in theological and spiritual journals and has several books under his belt and others in the production pipeline.

Fr. Dan always has a handful of irons in the fire.  One on-going project has been a theological evaluation of the Christopher Nolan movie series about Batman, which he refers to as the Dark Knight Trilogy.  Given Fr. Dan’s writing and reflection on the movie series to date, I thought I would check his various on-line blogging sites to see is he had any theological reflections on the unbelievable tragedy that has taken place in Colorado.  He wrote that he has been silent on the tragedy because the senselessness of the event is silencing. He needs time and space to consider what has happened in order to know what he might write. 

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I have many other reasons for prayer…. but these are good, too.