Book review: David Brooks says he is often struck by the difference between the self-promoting things we say about ourselves and the qualities praised at the time of our passing.
Soul Seeing: It's 7:30 a.m. I look in the mirror. My wrinkly, bald head looks like a cracked egg.
Today we remember the most famous picnic in religious history. How many people were there? Some say 5,000. Did that include women and children? We know for sure that there was at least one child -- girl or boy, nobody knows for sure -- who was vital to the story.
The Peace Pulpit: "Compassion [is] entering into the feelings of others. It's the basis for reconciliation. That's how people begin to come together."
A small c catholic: If we Americans can manage religious harmony, we can be a model for countries that struggle with the challenges of religious pluralism and diversity.
Viewpoint: The world could not continue as a loving and caring place without the gifts of the LGBT people in our midst.
Today's Gospel opens after a period of great activity and ominous events. Jesus was rejected at home, so he went to other places and sent his disciples to preach in his name. They came back successful, but burdened and frightened by the martyrdom of John the Baptist. It was time for Jesus and his friends to regroup and discern God's will for them.
Reflection: Similarities can be explained by pointing to three Arabic mottos, central to the Islamic tradition, and their surprising Ignatian counterparts.
Soul Seeing: It is the deepest kind of love, the love of sacrifice, the love of putting the other's happiness and welfare first, the love of feeling blessed by God because of the other.
Think about your life 20, 40, 50 or even 60 years ago. What were your plans? What did you envision for your future? What did you hope to be when you grew up? Did you achieve your hope, or are you doing something with your life that you never imagined?