God’s Revolutionaries

He smelled. Of course he did. He slept in caves and crevices, but could always see the heavens. He sweated through his day's work and yet was constantly in the river's current. Wiry, yet exceedingly strong. Wild-eyed, yet disarmingly clear. The Baptist. When he looked at you, it was impossible to hide. And part of you was relieved to know that you had been found out. He knew, and you knew, it was time. Time to quit hiding. It was time to change.St. John the Baptist in the Wilderness by … [Read more...]

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“Be Not Afraid” – Suffering & St. John Paul II

 As he kindly surveyed them, he smiled.And without saying it, he seemed to exude it. "Be not afraid."In the village of El Rincon outside of Havana, under the sweltering Cuban sun, the aging pontiff with his pale blue eyes, stooped posture and sweetly pained face fought the grip of Parkinson's disease in order to express himself. And he smiled. For before him were his people. Not dignitaries and opinion-makers, cardinals and bishops, philosophers and playwrights. No. He was in … [Read more...]

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Law, Mercy & Controversy at the Synod on the Family

The Adulterous Woman Alone with Jesus by James Tissot In case you hadn't heard, there is a meeting being held at the Vatican right now.Yep.It has a daunting title. The "14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of the Bishops on the Family" which is the follow up meeting to the equally daunting "3rd Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family" held in October of 2014.ZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzOkay, WAKE UP!Let me … [Read more...]

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“Never Give In” – What We Can Still Learn From Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill  It was a homecoming. Of sorts.He had been there only a year before. Had it even been that recent, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill wondered? Yes. Yes. It had been, but it seemed a lifetime ago. His last visit to his alma mater, Harrow, was during the chill of December, 1940 after the blackest of falls. Having ruthlessly dispatched with most of Western Europe in the matter of weeks, the Nazi war machine had unleashed its fury on the recalcitrant island … [Read more...]

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My Midnight Monastery

 It never fails.*Ding!*My phone lights up and illuminates a once dark room. Sometimes I am up typing at 1:30 in the morning. Other times I am in bed at 11:30.*Ding!*But I recognize the bell.Oh, it could be a page from a patient. Or it could be an emergency call. But, generally, it isn't. That bell is my Midnight Monastery. Or, to be more precise, my Virtual Midnight Monastery (as dubbed by one of our creative members).Oh, didn't you know?I am a member of an … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis & the Answer to “Radical Loneliness”

  They were young, but inspired.How could they not be?After all, this priest was on fire. He was young, charismatic and passionate for the Lord. And he thrived in being with them.So, likewise, these college students were eager to spend time with him."We felt completely free with him, without any burden. His presence led us to express ourselves. While he was among us, we felt that everything was all right...We felt we could discuss any problem with him; he … [Read more...]

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