The Election is Over and Christ is the King

Today is the last feast day of the Christian year--the Solemnity of Christ the King.  It is a fairly recent feast day, instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI who was worried about the increasing nationalism he saw creeping across the world.  Instead of baptizing this flag waving, Pope Pius created a feast to remind us that Christ is King and his kingdom is our first allegiance.Coming out of an election season where so many treated their candidate as some savior, it is fitting that we pause today … [Read more...]

Schedule

A year goes by before we know it.  Time flies as they say and it seems to keep on rushing.  We have to slow it down, open up space, enter into some other space where we can reflect and see what's been happening.  Now is the time to schedule that time.  We are about to end one year and begin another.  Advent for Christians is the reset of the calendar and a perfect season to schedule a retreat.  Take a day or two, escape the parties and shopping and busy, busy life we use to make our way into cele … [Read more...]

A Day for Attention

Yesterday we feasted, we spent time with family, and now we rest.  If we practice the traditional Friday fast of Christians, then we rest our bodies (if you haven't started this practice today is an excellent day to start).  But it is also a time to relax into the Thanksgivings that we celebrated yesterday which means that this is also a day not to jump immediately into the season of wants and desires.  Gift giving is good and like anyone I  like receiving and giving gifts, but in our excess we h … [Read more...]

Be a Reason for Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving and for many of us its a time for joy, for gathering with friends and family and giving thanks for the year that has passed, but for many this is also a time of loneliness and mourning. Today, as you are giving thanks, follow in the loving way of the one to whom you give it.  Seek out those who are broken and be Christ's love to them.  Then you will be more than thankful, you will be a reason for thanksgiving. … [Read more...]

Exercise: Thanksgiving from the Ground Up

Soil

With Thanksgiving we recognize that we live within an economy of gifts.  We did not build this; we create within a whole network of dependencies and within a creation that God made both brilliant and good.  And for all of our fallen efforts to make the world ugly, God keeps making the world beautiful.Our most basic dependence is upon the soil.  Without its health and life, we would have no health and life.  We are Adam from Adamah, Human from Humus--our life does not make sense without soil. … [Read more...]

Confession Before Thanksgiving

It's two days before Thanksgiving and already many are gathering lists of the blessings of life.  Thanksgiving is a good thing, but far too often we give thanks without questioning whether some of our blessings were brought to us through the misery of others.  How did we get our wealth or our material goods?  Who made our phones and our computers and our clothes?  What sins have we committed or were committed on our behalf in order to get what we now give thanks for?  The Thanksgiving meal itse … [Read more...]

Make Someone’s Day

Watch out for someone who needs something special--someone who has experienced a loss, is going through some life struggle, or is just having a bad day.  Then do something to show that person the love of Christ.  It could be as simple as dropping off a favorite treat, giving a massage, or just sending along a note.  Make someone's day and ask Christ to help you live this day as his mirror in the world. … [Read more...]

A Day for Patience

Fast from all food and caloric drinks until 5 PM.  Among the many lessons of fasting, patience is a key one.  As the day goes on and hunger grows the desire for food will also grow.  But we must wait, we must learn to be patient in the fulfilling of this desire.  In fasting deliberately for one day we are training ourselves to be patient for other times when we must put our desires on hold and wait. … [Read more...]

Begin and End

As you go about your day, begin each task with a short prayer and end each task with thanksgiving.  For instance when you go to check your email pray that the peace of God will be with you in your correspondence and after you close your email thank God being present.  This is a way of becoming conscious of our dependence on grace as well as a way to be present in each of our activities. … [Read more...]

The Daily Examine

The Daily Examine is one of the key aspects of St. Ignatius of Loyola's classic spiritual exercises.  Using this daily examine at the close of every day is a wonderful way to offer our day to God, work through any problems the day presented, and prepare for the next day.There are five steps to The Daily Examine.  We recommend you practice this while sitting quietly in a straight-backed chair for the best focus.1. Become aware of the presence of God: Light a candle, say a short prayer, b … [Read more...]


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