Faith for the long haul

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Aug. 7, 2016
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Do not pass me by

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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: July 21, 2013
Gen 18:1-10; Ps 15; Col 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42

The scene in our first reading is memorable. Abraham and his household are camped near Hebron, some 20 miles to the south of present-day Jerusalem in the Holy Land. It was a hot day, and perhaps Abraham was dozing as he sat in the entrance of his tent during the heat of the day. Then, suddenly, he looked up and saw three men. He sprang into action. Offering hospitality was an incredibly important duty in his culture—far more so than in ours—and he hurried to do so—he ran to greet them. And he begged them: Please do not pass your servant by. (more…)

Entrar en la oración

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Una homilía dada en la Vísperas Cuaresmal de 15 Febrero 2013.

En empezar este Tiempo de la Cuaresma, nos enfocamos otra vez en las tres prácticas tradicionales, las tres formas de penitencia más insistidas por la Escritura y los Padres de la Iglesia: el ayuno, la limosna, y la oración. (CIC 1434) Hoy hablaré de la oración; y ustedes oirán de las otras dos prácticas en las Vísperas de las semanas siguientes.

Y, ¡qué maravilloso es hablar de la oración! La oración es una forma de la penitencia no por ser un castigo— ¡y espero que no les parezca como castigo!— sino por ser una forma de la conversión verdadera, de girar, no sólo del pecado sino hacia Dios: de acercarnos a él, de comunicar íntimamente con él, de hacernos más como nuestro Señor Jesús en su relación con Dios Padre. (more…)

Entering into Prayer

This is an English translation of a Spanish homily that I gave at a Lenten Vespers service on Feb. 15, 2013.

As we begin this Season of Lent, we turn again to the three traditional practices, the three forms of penance most emphasized by Scripture and by the Church Fathers: fasting, almsgiving, and prayer. (CCC 1434) Tonight I will be speaking about prayer; and you will hear about the other two practices at Vespers in the coming weeks.

And how wonderful it is to speak about prayer. It is a form of penance not because it is a punishment—and I hope it does not feel like a punishment to you!—but because it is a form of true conversion, of turning, not only away from sin but toward God: drawing closer to him, communicating closely with him, becoming more like our Lord Jesus in his relationship with God the Father. (more…)