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These reflections are a result of more than 40 years of ministry as a Roman Catholic priest. Most of these years I spent in the Diocese of Charlotte which covers Western North Carolina. Now I am retired, and live in Medellín, Colombia where I continue to serve as a priest in the Archdiocese of Medellín.

Friday, 26 August 2022 06:10

Friday, Week XXI, Ordinary Time

The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. (1 Cor 1:17-25)
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/082622.cfm
The Church still proclaims the foolishness of God, Christ crucified—the power and the wisdom of God.

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Thursday, 25 August 2022 00:00

Saint Louis of France, August 25

Paul, called to be an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, to the Church of God that is in Corinth, to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy, with all those everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor 1:1-9)
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/082522.cfm
Today we begin Saint Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. It is interesting to note that Sosthenes is also wishing the Corinthians “grace and peace.” Today’s picture is of the Basilica of Saint Louis in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Wednesday, 24 August 2022 00:00

Saint Bartholomew, apostle, August 24

The angel spoke to me, saying, “Come here. I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” He took me in spirit to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. The wall of the city had twelve courses of stones as its foundation, on which were inscribed the twelve names of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb. (Rev 21:9b-14)
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/082422.cfm
As the old Spiritual says: “Oh, what a beautiful city!” And we are that city--the dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Saint Bartholomew is famously depicted holding his own skin (he was flayed alive) in Michaelangelo’s Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2022 00:00

Saint Rose of Lima, virgin, August 23

We ask you, brothers and sisters, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling with him, not to be shaken out of your minds suddenly, or to be alarmed either by a “spirit,” or by an oral statement, or by a letter allegedly from us to the effect that the day of the Lord is at hand. Let no one deceive you in any way. (2 Thes 2:1-3a, 14-17)
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/082322.cfm
People have been screaming about the “end of the world” for 2,000 years . . . even stooping to forging a letter from Saint Paul to that effect. Yet, the Church is still here, standing firm in the faith and holding fast to the teaching of the apostles. Saint Rose of Lima is the first person born in the Americas to be canonized a saint.

We always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and powerfully bring to fulfillment every good purpose and every effort of faith, that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, in accord with the grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thes 1:1-5, 11-12)
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/082222.cfm
Today (the Octave Day of the Assumption) we celebrate the mother of the King and remember how God’s calling in Mary has been brought to fulfillment. God has been glorified in her, and she in God.

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Sunday, 21 August 2022 00:00

XXI Sunday, Ordinary Time

And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. (Lk 13:22-30)
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/082122.cfm
The universality of God’s salvation that the Prophet Isaiah proclaimed, “I come to gather nations of every language; they shall come and see my glory” reflects the vision of the Kingdom that Jesus also proclaims, that people will come from east and west, from north and south “and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God.” We have yet to fully understand that at God’s table there is a place for everyone—all are invited!

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Saturday, 20 August 2022 00:00

Saint Bernard, abbot & doctor, Aug 20

I saw that the temple was filled with the glory of the LORD. Then I heard someone speaking to me from the temple, while the man stood beside me. The voice said to me:  Son of man, this is where my throne shall be, this is where I will set the soles of my feet; here I will dwell among the children of Israel forever. (Ez 43:1-7ab)
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/082022.cfm
The summer of the prophets comes to a close today with Ezekiel’s magnificent vision of the glory of the Lord filling a restored temple. Saint Bernard is the patron saint of Saint Bernard Abbey in Cullman, Alabama, where I pursued my religious calling. Saint Bernard said: “Love seeks no cause beyond itself and no fruit; it is its own fruit, its own enjoyment. I love because I love; I love in order that I may love.” Today's picture is of Saint Bernard Abbey Church. Today's hymn is Jesu, Dulcis Memoria (Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee) written by Saint Bernard.

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