Holy Means Whole: A reflection on Psalm 99

© 2013 Phil Fox Rose -- Cold Spring, NY

Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith on Psalm 99 is one of mine: “Holy is the Lord, our God.” Read my reflection on reconnecting with God’s undivided power and love whenever you feel overwhelmed. [Read more...]

Pope Francis: “Who am I to judge” gay people? “Women in the Church are more important than bishops.”

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Last week, Archbishop Chaput said “right wing” Catholics weren’t happy Pope Francis hadn’t talked about the hot-button issues yet. I think now they probably wish he’d kept quiet. Is it a 180? No, but a reversal of not just tone but also emphasis, away from attacking those in disagreement over dogma and towards holding up universal Christian values, will restore a culture in which conversation can occur, in which people of faith can discuss what’s essential and what is not. In the long run, this may lead to substantial change. [Read more...]

Fr. Helmut Schüller’s “Catholic Tipping Point” Tour Calls for Disobedience

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On a 15-city “Catholic Tipping Point” American tour Fr. Helmut Schüller is outlining reforms he believes can restore vitality to the Roman Catholic Church, including married and women priests, welcoming remarried Catholics and gay members in committed relationships into full communion, and decentralizing power and giving greater leadership opportunities to lay members.  [Read more...]

Will Pope Francis be a reforming pope?

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In light of Pope Francis’ similarity in demeanor to Pope John XXIII, his admiration for the gentle, plainspoken pastoral leader, and his quick sainting of the Vatican II architect, you can’t help wondering, as the new book Francis: Man of Prayer asks: will Pope Francis be a reforming pope? Will he, like John XXIII, instigate changes that will alter the course of the global church profoundly and extend beyond his own papacy? [Read more...]

5 Ways to Get Outdoors More This Summer

© 2013 Phil Fox RoseView from a hike just an hour's train ride from New York City. Panorama photo from Breakneck Ridge outside Cold Spring, NY.

You can add serenity to your life and connect more closely with God’s creation by getting little doses of nature whenever you can; and then, once in a while, really break away for a restorative vacation. Here are 5 ways of getting back to nature. [Read more...]

Pentecost and Boldness in the Holy Spirit

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Acts promises that with the Holy Spirit in us, we will be able to boldly live out the Good News — whether this takes the form of speaking confidently, or of taking the leap to follow our calling. I used to be terrified of public speaking. But when I started working with the subjects of faith and recovery — subjects connected to my calling — the fear was just gone. Gone. [Read more...]

Exploring spiritual life and motherhood with Ginny Moyer’s great new book, Random MOMents of Grace

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Being a new parent may be the greatest challenge to spiritual groundedness. In her new book, “Random MOMents of Grace,” Ginny Kubitz Moyer takes us through early motherhood from a spiritual perspective — the struggles she had to maintain a spiritual life, and the spiritual lessons she learned from parenting itself. It’s an obvious gift for mothers, and a valuable and delightful read for any thoughtful traveller, male or female, parent or not, on the spiritual journey. [Read more...]

The Work of His Hands: A reflection on Psalm 19:2

© 2013 Phil Fox Rose -- Deadly nightshade, Central Park, NYC

Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith on Psalm 19 is one of mine: “the firmament proclaims his handiwork.” Read my reflection on encountering God in nature. This coming spring weekend, you can be certain I’ll be outdoors encountering God’s handiwork. [Read more...]

Idols are silver and gold, the handiwork of men

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Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith is one of mine. The reading is: Our God is in heaven; whatever he wills, he does. Their idols are silver and gold, the handiwork of men. – Psalm 115:3-4 Here’s a bit of my reflection: Any time we put some material desire ahead of God’s will, we are [Read More...]

Life with food — the moving spiritual memoir Recipe for Joy

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A review of Robin Davis’ spiritual memoir, Recipe for Joy: A Stepmom’s Story of Finding Faith, Following Love, and Feeding a Family, reflections on the role of food in community and a free book giveaway! [Read more...]

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