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Mosquito Bites

Mosquito Bites

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

 When grace enters, there is no choice - humans must dance. W.H. Auden wrote those words and, beautiful as they sound, I wish they were true. When grace enters a room we should begin to dance but, sadly, more often than not we let some little thing, some minor mosquito bite, blind us to grace's presence.

Permanent Error: Where the good and evil intentions of the West run aground

Permanent Error: Where the good and evil intentions of the West run aground

by: Silvia Guidi in Articles,

  For decades the first world has offered hardware to the countries of West Africa for the purpose of encouraging their entry into the digital era but what was born as an intelligent development project has in most cases become an expedient for dispatching electronic garbage and potentially dangerous rubbish for free

A Haunting Equation

A Haunting Equation

by: Ron Rolheiser in Articles,

In her novel, Final Payments, Mary Gordon articulates an equation that has long influenced Christian spirituality, both for good and for bad. ... That equation between suffering and value has a long-standing history within spirituality and has strongly influenced us both positively and negatively.

Braveheart letter to Pope returns to Scotland

Braveheart letter to Pope returns to Scotland

by: David Kerr in Articles,

“It’s a letter from the French king to his officials at the Vatican mentioning Wallace, but we don't know what his business was with the Pope. What we do know is that the document still fascinates, 700 years after it was written.”  The life of Sir William Wallace was famously portrayed by Mel Gibson in his 1995 Oscar-winning film “Braveheart.”

Sweet singing in the choir

Sweet singing in the choir

by: The Tablet in Articles,

Carol singing that is as much a part of the British Christmas as a trip to the shops is booming, precisely because it is strikingly old-fashioned. The carol concert has enjoyed a remarkable renaissance, in both concert halls and cathedrals, as well as local parish churches.

 ‘Young people are presented not as individuals, but as a menacing  plague’

‘Young people are presented not as individuals, but as a menacing plague’

by: Peter Stanford - The Tablet in Articles,

 ‘Young people are presented not as individuals, but as a menacing  plague’ It is not, by common consent, a good time to be young. So it is in our nature to believe the worst of our young people. I find myself doing it far too often, even as a parent of two of them, but a  couple of encounters in recent days have forced me to think again.

Loneliness - Its Ultimate Agony

Loneliness - Its Ultimate Agony

by: Ron Rolheiser in Articles,

One day we will lose our place at this world's tables. Acceptance of this can give us a deeper appreciation for the tables of family, community, and enjoyment that we sit at now in this specific and beautiful world. Life and love are precious, on both sides of eternity. Our fear of losing our place inside of them is a healthy, holy fear.

A new citizens' pact for young Europeans

A new citizens' pact for young Europeans

by: Michele Dau L'Osservatore Romano in Articles,

Faced with the uncertainty of the crisis The financial and economic crisis which has shaken Europe to its core, cannot be resolved only by accounting and fiscal measures to balance the budget. All European democracies are experiencing obvious and hidden social conflicts which decisively influence political consensus.

For the Fallen -  Remembrance Day

For the Fallen - Remembrance Day

by: Laurence Binyon in Articles,

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: / Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn. / At the going down of the sun and in the morning / We will remember them.

Love, Faith, and Ritual

Love, Faith, and Ritual

by: Ron Rolheiser in Articles,

It's not easy to sustain love, at least not with constant emotional fervor. Misunderstandings, irritations, tiredness, jealousies, hurt, temperamental differences, the familiarity that breeds contempt, and simple boredom invariably chip away at our emotional and affective edges and, soon enough, fervor gives way to routine, the groove becomes the rut, and love seems to disappear.

LIBYA 2011       Poem by SHARI EPPEL

LIBYA 2011 Poem by SHARI EPPEL

by: Shari Eppel in Articles,
 
Gadaffi furls and unfurls his umbrella
a giant albino bat's wing
in the desert
where it never rains
but tonight
bombs hail down from the sky
shredding pale flesh to lace
red tear drops splatter
in the desert's face ...
Paradox of Life

Paradox of Life

by: Poetic Expressions in Articles,

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. 

The Preciousness and Joy of a Whole Number

The Preciousness and Joy of a Whole Number

by: Ron Rolheiser in Articles,

Today we don't attach a lot of symbolism to numbers. A few, mostly superstitious, remnants remain from former ages, such as seeing the number seven as lucky and the number thirteen as unlucky. For the most part, for us, numbers are arbitrary.  This hasn't always been the case. In biblical times, they attached a lot of meaning to certain numbers.

Unconscious Images that Deeply Influence Us

Unconscious Images that Deeply Influence Us

by: Ron Rolheiser in Articles,

Among all the great stories in the world, the most common, best-known, and perennially intriguing, are those that deal with heroes and heroines. These are stories that describe someone, a man or a woman (though most often a man), who has to journey through danger, suffering, opposition, misunderstanding, and humiliation to achieve some noble goal.

Historically senseless hypocrisy

Historically senseless hypocrisy

by: Lucetta Scaraffia in Articles,

The news that the BBC has decided to change the descriptions of the dates BC, Before Christ, and AD, Anno Domini to a generic “CE”, Common Era, in order not to offend believers of other religions, has not elicited much reaction except from the very many non-Christians who let it be known through various spokesmen that they did not in any way feel offended by the traditional dating.

A Sufficient Creed

A Sufficient Creed

by: Ron Rolheiser in Articles,

 Faith and love are too easily identified with warm feelings, passion, fervor, affectivity, and romantic fire. And those feelings are part of the mystery, a part we are meant to embrace and enjoy. But, wonderful as these feelings can be, they are, as experience shows, fragile and ephemeral.  Faith, in the end, is more about fidelity in action than about fervor in feelings.

World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid: A Truly Spiritual Experience!

World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid: A Truly Spiritual Experience!

by: Fr. Salvador G. Agualada Jr., CMF in Articles,

 For me, the most stirring and truly spiritual moment during the whole WYD experience was when the Blessed Sacrament was brought out for adoration during the Vigil. A total silence suddenly fell upon the entire place, mantling the huge airfield. It was a profoundly reverential silence, a kind of silence that deafened because it pierced not just through the ears but also through the soul, making everyone unable not to hear what it wanted to say.