Spiritual Reflections: In this week's readings, we're dealing with parables. The one sure thing is that message is not going to be what we would expect.
"The snake made me do it," said Eve, "and besides I only took a bite."
Eve and her partner Adam had it all. God gave them everything, including perfect freedom, the freedom to choose. They chose to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, even though God told them there would be awful consequences.
The college experience -- and the Catholic college experience especially -- can influence a young man's decision toward considering a priestly vocation, according to a study issued in early July by Boston College.
Among the factors that have helped sway a man's decision to enter priestly life are access to clergy at the college as well as access to the Mass and other elements of Catholic life.
Spirituality preview: Although my hands have removed hundreds of eyelid cancers and effected thousands of other positive outcomes, the successes do not erase the failures.
Preview: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin's credentials were considerable. But for his revolutionary thinking, he found himself up against the Vatican.
In today's first reading and Gospel, the sacred authors give us a glimpse into the missiology God has used to bring about the redemption and salvation of sinful humankind. Deutero-Isaiah describes the missionary efforts of God's powerful and creative word, spoken into time and space to accomplish the end for which God sent it: to gather in all the peoples of the earth.
"It can really feel like a very transformative moment, where they were able to step back and reflect on some of the deeper questions."
Celebration Publications: When I read that “The Dying Gaul” was on display at the National Gallery of Art, I decided I had to see this glimpse of a vanished people, these Gauls I had read about in graduate school, now lost in the mists of time.
Soul Seeing: Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales reminds us of our identity as pilgrims. We are all on a journey. And a motley crew we are.
Someone once said that a connoisseur of classical music is someone who can listen to Rossini's "William Tell Overture" and not think of "The Lone Ranger."