‘ Spirituality ’ Category

Augustiniana, Augustinians, Church in the World, Spirituality

Where is “Ten Augustinian Values”?

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Where is “Ten Augustinian Values”?
Where is the site for Ten Augustinian Values?" I've been asked this question several times and in several ways for the past few months. The reason is that the website that used to house the article called "Ten Augustinian Values" ...
Scriptures, Spirituality

Like a Ruminant

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Like a Ruminant
Last Sunday, as I preached on the Parable of the Sower, I mentioned that at a time when Christians didn’t have the luxury of owning a copy of the Scriptures, they went to Sunday Mass, the only place where they ...
Christian Life

Peter’s Chair

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St. Peter the Apostle is remembered as the apostle upon whom the Lord gave the mandate to take care of His flock.  John gives us the account in Jn. 21:15-17 where he commissions Peter three times to "feed my sheep."  ...
Ministry, PREX, Scriptures, Spirituality

PREX and Other Things

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PREX and Other Things
Last Sunday we saw fourteen new graduates from our Parish Renewal Experience.  Together with this new group, four others who finished our first BEC Ministry Training Program also received their diplomas.  These will undergo further training as they begin their ...
Christian Life

Ongoing Conversion

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Ecclesia semper reformanda.  The Church needs always to be reformed.  This is in fact one of the things that  we need to realize both at the "community" level and at the personal level.  At the personal level, this "semper reformanda" ...
Christian Life

To Fast as the Lord Wants It Done

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There is a place for fasting in contemporary Catholic spirituality, but the practice must be based in love—love of God and love of all God’s creatures. Following the catechesis in Matthew 6, it must be linked to prayer, by which ...
Spirituality, Vocation

How To Become a Priest I

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How To Become a Priest I
"How to become a priest" seems to be allowed at Yahoo as a search phrase.  This is at least what a member of theIglesya Ni Manalo blogged about.  And since his blog is entitled that way, Yahoo presents his ...
Christian Life, Church in the World, Vocation

Ministry to Fathers

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I have completed two sessions with some of the fathers in a subdivision that is covered by our parish.  We started last week with a session on "What does being male mean today?"  This afternoon, I had two questions thrown at them:  "What does ...
Christian Life, Scriptures

If Today You Hear His Voice…

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"If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts..."
Christian Life, Spirituality

Ephphata

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Isaiah 35:4-7a is a prophetic oracle about the Peace that God will give to Israel at the time of its vindication. When the people who witnessed what Jesus did to the deaf-mute they said something that echoed this passage of ...
Scriptures, Spirituality

Light of the World

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How does one reconcile a passage like Jesus saying "I am the light of the world" (Jn. 8:12) and "Ye are the light of the world" (Mt. 5:14)?. Augustine in his De doctrina christiana III, mentions a rule ...
Spirituality

The Journey of the Mind to God

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Bonaventure's Journey of the Mind to God concludes with the chapter on the rest of the mind.  Such a "rest" is not the rest that results from the mind's reaching a conclusion.  The rest involved is the tranquility that is ...
Christian Life

In the Shadow of the Cross

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In the Shadow of the Cross
Here is a list of passages from the writings of Paul where the words "cross" and "crucified" appear.  The Christian has been claimed under the sign of the cross.  And Paul illustrates this in different ways:

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