The Mystery of the Mystical Body of Christ

This month's post at CatholicMom, on the fifth Luminous Mystery: the Institution of the Eucharist:But what is the Church? It is the mystical body of Christ, as St. Paul tells us, the body of which the Holy Spirit is the soul, and we are drawn into it by that same Eucharist. When you eat normal food, it becomes part of you; but when you eat the Body of Christ you become part of His body. … [Read more...]



Today is #GraceOfYesDay, celebrating my friend Lisa Hendey's new book, The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living. Be sure to get your own copy or the spaceman gets it. … [Read more...]

The Mystery of Preaching: The Proclamation of the Kingdom

My latest at the gospel means sharing the Good News of Christ’s death and resurrection to those around us, but it doesn’t happen in a vacuum. You have to be in the right place at the right time, and you have to prepare the way with prayer. And for one hour of preaching to the masses in the evening, you have to spend a whole day’s worth of trudging along in the dust and the hot sun. … [Read more...]

Wedding at Cana: The Mystery of the Body

I have to get my CatholicMom posts in a week ahead of time; and then I forget about them. This one went live about two weeks ago, and I just remembered to link to it.The Wedding at Cana is the Mystery of the Body: with all its faults, the Body is very, very good.There’s a whole lot one can say about Jesus’ miracle at the wedding at Cana. There’s a link with the water of baptism and the wine-become-blood of the Holy Eucharist; there’s a link with the third day of creation and Christ’s th … [Read more...]

The Baptism of the Lord: The Mystery of Submission

And here's my latest for, on the First Luminous Mystery: The Baptism of the Lord.John recoils, as he would have recoiled if someone had suggested that he profane the Ark of the Covenant or spit on the Torah. He has lived his whole life proclaiming the holiness of the coming Holy One; and now that Holy One says, “Profane me. Lay your hands on me, and baptize me, and declare me unholy.”____ photo credit: Lawrence OP via photopin cc … [Read more...]

The Mystery of Presence

This month's post at is about the Fifth Joyful Mystery: the finding of Jesus in the Temple.You know, it's odd. Most of the Joyful Mysteries have short, pithy names: the Annunciation. The Visitation. The Nativity. The Presentation. And then there's "The Finding of Jesus in the Temple".Here's a preview:My reflections on the first four Joyful mysteries have all focussed on receiving Christ, and then carrying Him with us wherever we go. In the Annunciation, we … [Read more...]

The Mystery of Obedience: The Presentation of the Lord

My latest at Mary and Joseph had no idea, as they gathered their things and took up their infant son for the long walk to Jerusalem, that they were going to be an answer to prayer, and would be the redeemers of God’s promise to Simeon. But they went in obedience, and in His providence God used their obedience in ways they would never have imagined. … [Read more...]

The Mystery of Trust

And yet God continues to trust us. He trusts us with the Body and Blood of His Son at every mass, that we will receive the sacrament worthily. He trusts us to minister to the poor, the sick, and the imprisoned, to be His hands and arms and legs and voice in the world. He, the Almighty God, relies on us in our weakness and sin to get His work done in the world.My latest for … [Read more...]

The Mystery of Service

This month's post at CatholicMom concerns the Second Joyful Mystery of the Rosary: the Visitation, or, as I often think of it, the Mystery of Service. Enjoy! … [Read more...]