What a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica Taught Me About the Eucharist

If you visit St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the first thing that you will notice is the sheer magnitude of the structure. The second thing you might notice is the number of side altars. The entire perimeter of this massive basilica is lined with side altars and side chapels. If you visit St. Peter’s during […] Source: What a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica Taught Me About the... read more

Make the Church Mystical Again

People are typically afraid of things they do not fully comprehend. Growing up I remember watching the television show Unsolved Mysteries. The demeanor of the host, combined with the eeriness of the music and stories, make it an intriguing, yet creepy show. In my college years and mid-twenties, I became obsessed with watching the X-Files. […] Source: Make the Church Mystical... read more

28th Wednesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 28th Wednesday of Ordinary Time October 16, 2019 WORD of the DAY Woe to you Pharisees! You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb, but you pay no attention to judgment and to love for God. These you should have done, without overlooking the others. Woe to you Pharisees! You love the seat of honor in synagogues and greetings in marketplaces. Woe to you! You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.” Then one of the scholars of the law said to him in reply, “Teacher, by saying this you are insulting us too.” And he said, “Woe also to you scholars of the law! You impose on people burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them.”. (Luke 11: 42-46) How shall I live this Word? The words of Jesus have never left anyone indifferent, because they wedge themselves into the sensitive space that is at the root of our choices. These words lashed the ears of the Pharisees two thousand years ago, the most reluctant to believe and convert to the Gospel. Today they put us in crisis, who in our own way rely on the law to justify our lack of love. Indeed, neglecting the justice and love of God is still the greatest sin, and no one is exempt from this risk. We think of how to settle debts, to settle accounts with everyone so as not to have problems; we delude ourselves that with the fulfillment of external duties we can earn the peace necessary... read more

St. Teresa of Avila, Mystic & Doctor

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 28th Tuesday of Ordinary Time St. Teresa of Avila, Mystic & Doctor October 15, 2019 WORD of the DAY After he had spoken, a Pharisee invited him to dine at his home. He entered and reclined at table to eat. The Pharisee was amazed to see that he did not observe the prescribed washing before the meal. The Lord said to him, “Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil. You fools! Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside? But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you”. (Luke 11: 37-41) How shall I live this Word? Jesus is not afraid of denouncing evil, which from within a human being becomes a system of sin, that is, it pollutes the goodness of social relations by creating alienating and oppressive superstructures and forms of thought. While the Pharisees seek out the exterior and the ‘politically correct’ (as we would say today), Jesus leads every behavior and every thought back to its root: the sin that dwells within that we try to disguise and want to remain hidden, using the hatchet of moralism. Jesus is at the service of good, and good cannot do without truth, because it sheds light within the person and restores the original value to every attitude. Today we admire the frankness of the Son of God, who in the midst of society knows how to accept the conventions, but also knows how to remain free... read more
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