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What Love Makes Possible

Think about what love makes possible: ~The great works of art ~The procreation of human beings ~The raising and education of children ~The healing of the sick ~The reversal of direction from self to other ~The transformation of pain into wisdom ~The possibility of sacrifice for the good of the whole ~The unfolding of the […]

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The Meaning of the Earth

On Easter we celebrate a victory.  It is the day we strive to recognize how a certain being died and then overcame death, changing death itself forever. But that little word ‘death’ seems to have lost its sting, its immediate and visceral power, and so it can be hard for us to develop any kind […]

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from the wounds

The Creator God, the Logos, the Cosmic Son, emptied himself of his mighty power and descended into a human being. God became fully human in Jesus, through suffering what we suffer, being hungry, tempted, misunderstood and wounded even unto death. We call this being Jesus Christ. And in this Easter time, we celebrate His resurrection […]

Block print of whale from Moby Dick
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What is truth?

And heaved and heaved, still unrestingly heaved the black sea, as if its vast tides were a conscience. Herman Melville, Moby Dick The altar is a mysterious place. It renders its mysteries only slowly and in stillness. This is why the altar wants to be visited more than once. The religious experience is nourished by […]

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Light from the darkness

Black is the color of Passion. It is the part of the visible spectrum where all light is completely absorbed. It is the visible end of the cosmic path of light – its grave, its tomb. It is also the color of carbon – the element essential to our life, here on Earth. It is […]

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Living Black

The color of Passion time is black. We see the black frontal on the altar, the black robes and collars of the servers, the black stole and belt of the priest, and the black chasuble the priest wears in celebrating the Sacrament. We see this black because of the light filling the sanctuary. But where […]

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Wisdom into Being

If you had to speak to a large group of people about the existence and meaning of Christ, how would you prepare for it? Where would you go? What would your sources be? You could read all you want from the Gospels, or Thomas Aquinas or any number of theologians but you could still be […]