Tag Archives: Jesus

Adoration

We walked down the hospital corridor, our eyes briefing looking into window after window of children attached to unnatural tubing, monitors and machines making all sorts of noises. My heart sunk a bit further with each door, and the air … Continue reading

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Reflection: 5th Sunday of Easter

  Acts 14:21-27; Rev. 21:1-5a; John 13:31-33a,34-35   The first reading tells us that Paul and Barnabas went throughout the Mediterranean World proclaiming the Good News of Jesus rising from the dead. The Good News that Paul and Barnabas spoke … Continue reading

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Defining “Church.”

If someone were to ask you what “Church” means, what would you say? Is it a building? A set of beliefs? A group of people? A challenge to act? The way we define Church determines how we treat others. In … Continue reading

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For the Least.

In one of our usual strolls through the Cabrini Green row-houses, the sidewalks were abandoned and the air eerily still. Where was everybody? We soon understood. As soon as we spotted our teenage friends, an unmarked police car swooped onto the … Continue reading

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Preparing Our Hearts

(Based on the Catholic Lectionary Readings for the First Sunday of Advent: Jer  33:14-16; 1 Thes. 3:12-4:2; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36)   For Advent Luke’s gospel prepares us for the trials that we will face. While Luke describes the worst that can … Continue reading

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Traitors.

“Why are you wearing that?!” The question was typical, but the tone of voice was not. “So you know we’re from the Church.” Brother Jim gave his usual response to the question asked of his blue-jean patchwork habit that stirred … Continue reading

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Looking at the Truth from Both Sides Now

Walking up to the casket, the two-month-old looked like a baby doll–a tiny frame with polished skin–that had never experienced life. The nineteen-year-old mother made her way up the aisle, leaning against the father of the child and weeping into … Continue reading

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God: Friend or Supplier?

A middle-aged woman, ridden with AIDS, looks at us with frustrated tears in her eyes. She is at her breaking point, weighed down by illness, family concerns, and has relapsed into drug use.  The former joy present in her face … Continue reading

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How Quickly We Forget…

A young man leaves the courtroom excited because his electronic monitoring device will finally be removed from his ankle, allowing him to leave his home. It is as though he has earned wings. Within a week, we receive the phone … Continue reading

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(Un)Making Sense of Things

We walk into the apartment to signs that would normally bring delight: baby bottles on top of the microwave and Enfamil cans below; bouncy chairs in the living room and bright colors all around. Today, however, there is no joy. … Continue reading

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