Archive for November, 2013

Give Thanks to the Lord for He is Good and His Love Endures Forever

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

It is said that the busiest travel season is Thanksgiving.  People trek all over the country, not to feast on turkey and pumpkin pie – they can have those at home without the expense and several hours traveling.  No, they go to spend time with family. In addition to family, some have discovered the joy […] [Read more]

Prayer for Travelers

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

For those who are traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, I offer the following prayer: Let us entrust those of you who are traveling to the hands of the Lord. Let us pray that he will keep you safe and give you a joyful journey, and that as you travel you will praise him in all […] [Read more]

On the Publication of the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

The Joy of the Gospel is not only the name of the first Apostolic Exhortation published by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, but it also describes what seems to radiate from him and is reflected in his words. Pope Francis begins with reminding us that, “The Joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives […] [Read more]

What Lies Beyond

Monday, November 25th, 2013

It is a common experience for people when going to a viewing at a funeral home, thinking how unreal it seems, to look upon the utter stillness and silence of the deceased.  Lying before them is the person they knew and yet it is not.   This unsettling experience often prompts one to reflect. What is […] [Read more]

Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Some years ago when I was serving on a committee to evaluate the way scripture is used in the liturgy, our attention turned to the line “Thy kingdom come” in our analysis of the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:10). One participant thought the word “thy” was archaic and unintelligible to people today.  Another scholar said the […] [Read more]

Reflecting on Unity and Freedom on the 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s Death

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Fifty years ago today, on November 22, 1963, our nation and our world mourned the death of President John F. Kennedy. As our country’s first Catholic president, his assassination was for many Americans like a death in the family.  But in an outpouring of national grief, men and women of all beliefs came together when […] [Read more]

You Voted for the Pope with This?

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

The December issue of Esquire magazine includes a short account from me regarding the election of Pope Francis as part of its “Oral History of 2013” feature article. Here is an excerpt: What struck me most was when we went into the Sistine Chapel. You hear that metal latch shut – all of a sudden […] [Read more]

Protecting the Gift of Life until Natural Death

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Death comes for us all, but it is not for us to decide the hour, we are not the arbiters of life and death. Despite all its limitations and hardships, life on this earth is always a precious gift, the first of many blessings that God bestows upon us. It is the foundation upon which […] [Read more]

Animated by the Fire of the Spirit

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Just over a year ago, at the Closing Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica for the Synod of the Universal Church on The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on some aspects of the New Evangelization.  One aspect, he said, “applies, in the first instance, to the ordinary pastoral […] [Read more]

“God of mercy, hear our prayers and be merciful to your child, whom you have called from this life”

Monday, November 11th, 2013

None of us like to be sick or injured ourselves, and it is painful when our loved ones are sick or hurt, especially when they are dying. In faith and prayer, we know that in his compassion, Jesus suffers with the one who is dying and so, in watching a loved one die, we find […] [Read more]