Pope Francis to Remind Conservatives Again Foot Washing Is About Humility Not Piety, and Not Patriarchy

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The guideline of only washing the feet of men was invented in 1955. 1955! Before that, washing the feet of women was not uncommon. It was traditionalists who changed and politicized things, to underscore their point about women being ineligible for the priesthood. Pope Francis, who embraces the servant leadership model to his core, is reminding us that this tradition is supposed to be about humility, not piety, and not patriarchy. [Read more...]

Ronald Rolheiser’s Sacred Fire: A Challenge for Deeper Spiritual Maturity

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Most books about the spiritual journey focus on the first steps — on awakening to an awareness that there’s more going on than your own limited perspective and tuning in to the divine in and around you. Sacred Fire assumes the reader has already made headway in these areas and looks instead at what Ronald [Read More...]

Religious Freedom in America Isn’t Threatened — Not Even Close

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This month’s topic in the Patheos Public Square is: “Is Religious Freedom Threatened?” Please read and comment on my opinion, and read the others too. Here’s my response: No. Not even close. There are two dynamics at play in this idea that religious freedom (that is, Christian religious freedom) is under siege in America. The [Read More...]

Young Nun Singing on The Voice; Says “God Doesn’t Take Anything Away from Us” [VIDEO]

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A cute young nun, Sister Cristina, auditions for the Italian version of The Voice, singing an Alicia Keys song. Of course comes the stupid question, “What does the Vatican have to say about your auditioning for The Voice?” Her perfect response (translated into English): “[Pope Francis] always says we should go out and evangelize telling people that God doesn’t take anything away from us but will give us more.” Watch the video… [Read more...]

Gaudete Sunday: “If there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things”

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Gaudete Sunday gets its name from the first word in Latin of its liturgy, which begins, “”Rejoice in the Lord always.” This season, despite (or because of) any of the challenges we may face, let us follow the guidance offered in Philippians 4 from which this line is taken: “if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” [Read more...]

Reading Scripture Contemplatively with Lectio Divina

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Lectio divina has become much more popular in recent years, and it’s a traditional practice during Advent. So every year around this time, I’m asked by friends and colleagues for guidance or recommendations on the subject. Here is an introduction to lectio divina, with a helpful bullet-point list of the stages and essential aspects of the practice. [Read more...]

God does not need our obedience and rituals; those things help us: A Reflection on Psalm 50:14-15

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Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith is one of mine. The reading is: Offer to God praise as your sacrifice and fulfill your vows to the Most High; Then call upon me in time of distress; I will rescue you, and you shall glorify me. – Psalm 50:14-15 Here’s part of my reflection: A key [Read More...]

The Big Lie is that we are all alone: A Reflection on Psalm 3

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Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith is one of mine. The reading is: Many are saying of me, “There is no salvation for him in God.” But you, O LORD, are my shield. – Psalm 3:3-4 Here’s part of my reflection: The psalmist’s adversaries wield words. They tell him his situation is hopeless. This is [Read More...]

Pope Francis and the little boy who wouldn’t leave the stage [VIDEO]

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Seriously, Pope Francis’ natural impulses just always seem to be humble, playful, loving. Watch this video of how he reacts to a little boy who won’t leave the stage, and check out his playful solution. [Read more...]

Hurricane Sandy, the relative nature of suffering, and the fragility of urban community

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A reflection, at the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy’s landfall in New York, on experiencing the downtown Manhattan blackout, on how I did not feel the deprivation that many experienced, and about the isolation and anonymity of city life which makes urban community fragile. [Read more...]


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