New Evangelizers: You are not your own

Happy Friends in Summertime by Yanlev (Dollarphotoclub.com)

Happy Friends in Summertime by Yanlev (Dollarphotoclub.com)

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Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? (1 Cor 6: 19)

The Temple was the holiest of all places for the Jews because God dwelt there. Now they hear the incredible news that their bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit where God dwells. How humbling! And mind-boggling. How transforming for them, and now for us. Now, can we keep the same old attitude toward ourselves and others, knowing he truly dwells within us? Now, can we remain in our old ways of talking, acting and sinning? Continue reading

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Friars Corner: Power up your life with Jesus Christ

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Malachi 1:14b–2:2b, 8-10; Ps 131:1-3; 1 Thess 2:7b-9, 13; Mt 23:1-12

Thank you Holy Spirit, for increasing your knowledge and understanding in us. When I comb through the Sunday readings I am looking for a theme that is positive and encouraging. The first and gospel readings this week are rather negative. In the Malachi reading we are encouraged to stay close to God and his plan for our lives. If not, we shall not receive his blessings but negative things.

In the gospel Jesus has some of his harshest words to say to the religious leaders who were more interested in their own pride and self-importance than humble service to the people. Psalm 131 tells us to be still and quietly rest in God as a weaned child in its mother’s lap. That should be a comforting thought and feeling for us. Continue reading

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Featured Favorite: Resurrection and Self-Awareness

One eye in heaven

Friars Corner: Thank you Lord, for your awesome love for all of us

 

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Featured Favorite: Resurrection and Self-Awareness

The Resurrection by Bloch (Restored Traditions)

The Resurrection by Bloch (Restored Traditions)

“In the mystery of the Resurrection lies the summit and the highest intensity of our Christian self-awareness, and therefore that of my new awareness of myself of the way in which I look at all people and all things,” writes Msgr. Luigi Giussani.

The power of the Resurrection gives us a new awareness of who we are in the Lord. That power transforms how we see ourselves and how we see others through the intense lens of Christ’s Resurrection.

Perhaps we instinctively relate to new people and new ideas with a suspicious personal defense of, “What is this person trying to get from me? How are they using me for their own agenda, for their personal gain or glory?”

The power of the Resurrection turns this around and the Holy Spirit opens us to ask instead, “What gift does this person have for me? Not for my agenda or personal glory, but in revealing a new dimension of the body of Christ they personify. What different facet of the mirrored globe of millions of unique reflections of Christ do they reveal to me? Or what does Christ reveal to me of himself, his love, his divine nature that further connects me to him, to this person and to the body of Christ?

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One eye in heaven

Heaven (Photo by Nancy Ward)

 A Glimpse of Heaven (Photo by Nancy Ward)

When the nurse removed the bandage the day after cataract surgery on my right eye, immediately I noticed something strange and beautiful. The walls and medical equipment on the left side of the room were the normal tan tones of the office.

The right side of the room was aglow with a brilliant blue-white light. The colors on the walls and medical equipment were dazzling. It seemed I had one foot firmly on the earth and the other one in heaven, at least to the threshold of heaven’s supernatural colors.

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Friars Corner: Thank you Lord, for your awesome love for all of us

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Exodus 22:20-26; Ps 18:2-4, 47, 51; 1 Thess 1:5c-10; Mt 22:34-40

Thank you Holy Spirit, for increasing your knowledge and understanding in us.

We can get caught up in a lot of discussions about the Sunday Biblical texts. I look to explain simple things to understand more.

We are at the end of St. Matthew’s gospel and the Jerusalem rabbis are more and more looking for ways to trap Jesus and get rid of him because so many Jews were following him. Their plots were getting more urgent. I don’t think we are at that point in our faith walk. Continue reading

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Striving

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Friars Corner: Let us praise and worship Jesus, our Light and Salvation

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Striving

St. Francis de Sales (photo taken by Fr. Lawrence Law OP, Flickr)

by Lori L. Crock

We strive to improve how we execute kettlebell and barbell lifts and movements in the gym. The word striving makes me think of working harder and doing more. In fact, one definition of strive is to “struggle or fight vigorously.”

Often what we really need to do when learning a new skill is to relax, slow down, feel and learn, be patient and let the process of learning and advancing unfold naturally and gently over time, rather than forcing it. Continue reading

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