The final crusade? 4


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President Obama reminded Americans this week that while the murdering Islamists are beheading children, raping women and burning people alive, we can’t get on our high horse.  After all, there were the crusades.

Please.  We are long past (800 years past) the point where we should be trying to compare current atrocities to anything that occurred during the crusades.

I’m outraged by the mayhem occurring in the Middle East.  And there is absolutely no reason for me to temper that concern because of something that happened hundreds of years ago.  A past wrong doesn’t diminish a current atrocity.

In the middle of the last century, America fought a rather bloody war with Germany and Japan.  Both those countries clearly had lost their moral compass and engaged in despicable acts.  But 70 years later, Americans are buying Japanese cars and computers.  Germany is an important ally.  I even like the German…

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The Alpaca and the Potter (a Love Story) 24

Sea of Glass

Pardon me while I work on my rock-step

I get asked a lot, nowadays, “What happened to Biltrix?” which is not so hard to explain as the typical, “What’s a Biltrix?” I still get asked sometimes. The short answer, I’ve taken up ballroom dancing. The longer answer often raises the question, “What’s an alpaca?” More…

Christ’s Peace, the Antidote to the Pitfall of Presumption 3

"Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart, and you will find peace for your soul."

Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart, and you will find peace for your soul. (Image: Rembrandt, Head of Christ)

Today’s Gospel passage (Matt 11:25-30) is beautiful, refreshing, and reassuring. Jesus invites us to seek consolation from him, offers to share our burdens, and encourages us to follow and learn from him as a way to find true inner peace and happiness. More…

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul and the Tradition of the Pallium 4

Pope Francis investing an Archbishop with the pallium

Pope Francis investing an Archbishop with the pallium

Today in the city of Rome, 27 Archbishops, will receive the pallium from Pope Francis during a ceremony at Saint Peter’s Basilica.

What’s a Pallium?

The pallium is a white woollen garment that archbishops wear around their neck, like a yoke, as a sign of their metropolitan office. Traditionally, new archbishops receive the pallium from the pope on this day — the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul More…

The Immaculate Heart of Mary, Icon of Virtue 2

Icon of the Immaculate Heart in Byzantine style

Icon of the Immaculate Heart in Byzantine style

On today’s memorial feast of the Immaculate Heart, I want to honor Mary with a reflection on her virtues, which we are all called to imitate, all of which center on the one true thing — love for Christ. I selected 5 icons of the Blessed Virgin to aid me in this reflection, and I hope they will help you reflect and ponder more deeply the mysteries of Mary and Jesus in your life. More…

Hearts of Love: A Cordial Reflection 10

by Alison Batley

Adorable Sacred Heart of Jesus, which so greatly loved men and has not spared anything for them, unite with the Immaculate Heart of Your loving Mother, so full of merciful love, and together be my help, my comfort, and my salvation. Amen.

Wrestling with moments of dark and light within the human experience is what theologian Alejandra Garcia-Rivera calls “wounded innocence.” More…

The Thoughts of His Heart… 2

The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus celebrates a feast of human and divine paradox.  As we ponder the eternal depths, the sorrow and joy of his human heart, pierced for our sins, we focus mostly on Christ’s humanity — he who was and continues to be both true God and true man.

Today I want to focus on the person of Christ — the divine Second Person of the Blessed Trinity — and the impenetrable thoughts of his heart, thoughts naturally inaccessible to our finite minds, yet revealed to us, in part, from his own human lips. He came from heaven to teach us the truth of our human reality: how much God loves us and so wills to save us (John 3:16).

We know whatever God wills, he has the power to do: what he wills to exist will exist at some point in time and what he wills to accomplish will undoubtedly be done, because there are no obstacles to God’s infinite power. More…

Called to Be Christ for Others Reply

In this era when science is king, the world often tempts us to belittle the mysterious and miraculous aspects of our Christian faith. And yet, the mysteries and the miracles are still real.

Like a wise mother, the Church keeps us humble and reminds us that God is bigger than our limited human minds.

Today she gives us one of the biggest of those reminders, Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi. More…

“But Holy Father, Bread Does Not Bleed, Unless….” 4

fjsIn the year 1263 Fr Peter of Prague stopped at Bolsena to celebrate Mass while on his way to Rome.  He is known to have been a good priest but not one without doubt in Christ’s true presence in the Eucharist.

After speaking the words of consecration, to his great surprise, blood began to seep from the consecrated host and trickle over his hands and onto the altar and the corporal. More…

The Eucharist is Food for the Journey: A Pilgrim’s Reflection Reply

By Alison Batley

“I now receive you who are the price of my soul’s redemption, I receive you who are the food for my final journey, and for the love of whom I have studied, kept vigil, and struggled; indeed, it was you, Jesus, that I preached and you that I taught.” Thomas Aquinas as he received Viaticum, his last Eucharist

Alison Batley

Alison Batley

An earnest probing of the human heart will find an internal longing for a desire that cannot be quenched by any earthly substance or worldly pleasure. As St. Augustine professes, “Our hearts are restless until we rest in You, Lord.” More…