Pope Francis issues a call for Slow Church!

In a speech last week to the Bishops of Brazil, Pope Francis spoke eloquently about the timely need for Slow Church...Here's a compelling excerpt from the speech:[ HT to Tim Ross for pointing my attention to this speech... ] "We are impatient, anxious to see the whole picture, but God lets us see things slowly, quietly.Today, we need a Church capable of walking at people’s side, of doing more than simply listening to them; a Church which accompanies them on their journey; a Church able to make sense of the “night” contained in the flight of so many of our brothers and … [Read more...]

Broke into the Old Apartment (This is Where We Used to Live).

I rarely listen to music on the radio, but the other day I was flipping through the stations as I was driving and heard the opening riffs of the Barenaked Ladies' song "The Old Apartment." This song was a favorite of mine around about the time I graduated from college, so I turned it way up and reveled in the nostalgia. But in the midst of my revelry, the words caught my ear, and I realized that there was something profound here that I had never heard before: the song brings to the surface the deep grief we bear as a result of our hypermobility. … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] Healing our blindness.

Healing Our Blindness. Daily Advent Reflection. Chris Smith. Acts 3:17-4:4. Tuesday, December 13, 2011 He came down to earth from heaven Who is God and Lord of all And His shelter was a stable And His cradle was a stall With the poor, oppressed and wholly Lived on earth our Savior holy     And our eyes At last shall see Him Through His own redeeming love For that child, so dear and gentle Is our Lord in heaven above And He leads His children along To the place that He is gone. - Sufjan Stevens   Once In David's Royal City by Sufjan Stevens … [Read more...]