Church in the World

Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way

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 John Paul II will perhaps be known as the Pope who shared his faith with us.  Of course the other Popes before him did it in their own way;  John Paul II did it in a way that leaves no ...
Drawings

Ruminating

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Ruminating
The picture was inspired by a page from a letter of St. Jerome where he says in effect that one should read the Scriptures in such a way that one wakes up in the morning with the discovery ...
Scriptures

Lord, Come and See

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John's eleventh chapter is about the story of Lazarus.  It is last of the signs that Jesus performs in the section of John's gospel which bible scholars call "The Book of Signs."  I have discussed elsewhere three levels of meaning ...
BEC, Church in the World, Ministry

BEC Holy Week Recollection

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BEC Holy Week Recollection
Last year, the BEC Advanced Team had its Holy Week recollection. It was attended by the group I have been meeting every Sunday for the past four years. Today, April 3, 2012, we had our first recollection attended ...
Catechism, Church in the World

Conscience in the Catechism of the Catholic Church

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Conscience in the Catechism of the Catholic Church
In 2004, Sen. Francisco Tatad, told everyone in the Senate Hall, that he was following his conscience in voting against opening the envelope believed to incrimate then Pres. Estrada in criminal acts. Recently, Sen. Miriam Santiago in ...
Fathers of the Church

The Hours of the Divine Call

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The Hours of the Divine Call
Matthew 20:1-16 has different applications. Pope St. Gregory the Great gives us two possible applications, the first regards salvation history itself and second, more psychological, the ages of a human being. Thus, on the one hand, one can think of ...
Scriptures

Rich Man, Poor Man

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Rich Man, Poor Man
The parable of Dives and Lazarus falls under the set of themes that Jesus deals with beginning from Luke 15:1. In short, it is about handling people and wealth. The section began with Jesus' reply to the reaction ...
Christian Life, Church in the World, Lectio Divina, Scriptures, Spirituality

Encountering the Lord in the Midst of Life’s Upheavals II

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Encountering the Lord in the Midst of Life’s Upheavals II
The post "Encountering the Lord in the Midst of Life's Upheavals" is the one of the most read articles in the Mystical Geek. It is actually John Chrysostom's commentary on Matthew 14:22-33, which is the account of Jesus' walking ...
Scriptures

The Groaning of Creation and the Parables of the Kingdom

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It is providential that today's Gospel reading on the Parables of the Kingdom (Luke 13:18-21) is matched with Pauls Romans 8:18-25. Normally daily readings follow different courses, unlike the Sunday readings where sometimes the OT reading dictates the theme of ...
Fathers of the Church

Encountering the Lord in the Midst of Life’s Upheavals

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The following is John Chrysostom's explanation of Matthew 14:22-33. In Matthew's narrative, vv. 22-23 sets the stage for the situation of the disciples alone in the midst of a tempestuous sea and prepares for the appearance of the Lord walking ...
Augustiniana

The Life of St. Augustine in a TV Series

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In 2009, Lux Vide Productions came up with a TV Mini-Series about the Life of St. Augustine of Hippo. I haven't seen this made for TV movie but I am waiting for its appearance in DVD. I saw ...
Christian Life, Scriptures

“… and they walked behind Him.”

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“… and they walked behind Him.”
Christian discipleship is a fruit of the proclamation of the Kingdom of God.  It is the response to the call to "Repent, for the Kingdom-Reign of God is near." 
Christian Life, Vocation

Being “Father”

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Being “Father”
This afternoon's session with "The Dads" took an unexpected turn.  For the first time since we started, they started telling stories about their past as sons and their experiences in fatherhood.  The discussions were provoked by a comment one ...

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