Mother Teresa, and the cost and glory of following Christ

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 4, 2016
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Jesus asks the impossible—and then enables us to do it

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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: June 26, 2016
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La Luz que penetra nuestras tinieblas

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La Navidad del Señor, Misa vespertina de la Vigilia:
24 Diciembre 2011

Is 62, 1-5; Sal 88; Hch 13, 16-17.22-25; Mt 1, 1-25

¡Qué bonita es esta época del año! ¡Qué bonito es el adorno de la iglesia esta tarde!—las luces brillando en los arboles; las flores vertiendo desde el santuario. Y este Belén hermoso, inclusive este pastorcillo, nuevo en este año.

Y así paramos un momento en el resplandor, para disfrutarlo, con todos los regalos y las tarjetas y las canciones y las horas juntos con la familia y los amigos. Una canción en inglés declara que ésta es “la época más maravillosa del año.”

Y entonces recogemos y guardamos todo, fuera de la vista, unos 10 o 11 meses. ¿Por qué? Si todo es tan maravilloso, ¿por qué pasa en solo una parte del año? (more…)

More than tinsel: The Light of the World penetrates our darkness

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Christmas, Vigil Mass: December 24, 2011
Isa 62:1-5; Ps 89; Acts 13:16-17, 22-25; Matt 1:1-25

How beautiful it all is, this time of year! Everywhere, even here in the church, we see lights twinkling in the trees. And we have these glorious flowers pouring forth from the sanctuary. And this handsome nativity scene, including the new shepherd boy figure this year.

And so we pause in its glow, and take it all in, with the gifts and the cards and the songs and the times together with family and friends. One song tells us: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

And then we put it all away in storage, for 10 or 11 months. Why? If it’s so wonderful, why is it only one part of the year? (more…)

To redeem and to save what was lost

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: August 28, 2011
Jer 20:7-9; Ps 63; Rom 12:1-2; Matt 16:21-27

As we celebrate this Holy Mass today, we all are awaiting the arrival of Hurricane Irene—which will bring strong rains and powerful winds, and will cause a lot of damage, especially along the coast. And we might think back three weeks ago, when we heard the Gospel reading about the disciples crossing the Sea of Galilee at night, when a powerful storm came up, with great winds and waves that tossed their boat around and threatened their lives; and Jesus came to them, walking on the water; and then he calmed the storm.

The disciples knew about storms—and not just the storms on that sea. They knew about the great storms that we constantly face in this earthly life: (more…)