Four of Paul’s epistles are called “captivity letters:” Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon.
Whom would Vincent consider as close to his heart in thinking and serving?
In recent years, when I have had the pleasure of reading the Gospel story of the Prodigal Son, I have gotten into the habit of giving special emphasis to the first words of the parable: “A man had two sons. . . .”
For me, the word most frequently invoked as one reflects upon and participates in the call to synodality in the current Church is “listening.”
Sometimes when I read the Scriptures, a word pops out for me in a way that it has not done before.
If you have ever seen Fiddler on the Roof, you may remember the prayer of Tevye.
This scripture reminds us of our responsibility to honor the prophets among us.
Whenever I have taught the Epistles of Paul or instructed lectors on these texts, I emphasize that one must read these letters as if they were addressed to oneself and to a Christian community gathered to hear them.
In an earlier post, I noted how the Holy Father’s summons to “synodality” attracts me. His call to “journey together” reminds me of how often I travel alone and according to my own devices. Who should be my companions on the way and what provisions should I bring? ...
Pope Francis has decided that an emphasis in our Catholic community for the next few years will focus our attention on the concept of “synodality.”
From the earliest days of my Catholic education, the good School Sisters of Notre Dame taught my young schoolmates and me to bow our heads when we said the name “Jesus.”
In this year dedicated to St. Joseph, I have written several times on the way in which the Psalms can express the thinking and praying of the Holy Family.