The Vigil of "Yes"

When I decided to turn this into an Online Retreat Day, I confess I had not thought much about it ending on the vigil of the Feast of the Annunciation, one of the most important feast days of the church. But it always good to complete a day of prayer with meditation on this particular moment. Without Mary's fiat to set the whole mysterious pageant of salvation into its culminating track, where would we be?Our good friends, the Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ celebrate this vigil with a special … [Read more...]

The Dark Light of Time, Memory & Meaning

"Nature abhors a vacuum."Had a conversation with young atheist who has trouble accepting that there might be things both natural and supernatural.Supernaturalism is, to him, unprovable, and therefore impossible.They always amaze me, these "wide open" minds who put so many limits on what can be believed, and rely so heavily on science, which is -at its core- a trying to understand all, because in truth we understand so little. Science itself -like all understanding- is ever-evolving.Why, … [Read more...]

Retreat 1 PM: The Difference God Makes

H/T"He who loves God loves everybody. He who hates God hates everybody." -- Mother AngelicaThe only hate worth fearing is the hate within our own hearts, which can destroy us. The rest? Pfffft! … [Read more...]

Retreat Day 10 AM: The Cross that Heals

Photo: Gregory A. Shemitz "When the dire venom of beasts came upon them, and they were dying from the bite of the crooked serpents, your anger endured not to the end. But as a warning, for a short time they were terrorized, though they had a sign of salvation, to remind them of the precept of your law. For he who turned toward it was saved, not by what he saw, but by you, the savior of all. And by this also you convinced our foes that you are he who delivers from all evil." - Widsom … [Read more...]

Lenten Retreat Day 6 AM

Bare arms of Advent reached out in supplication toward an empty sky and prayed "open up O earth and let the savior bud forth"Budding arms at Lent's closing hail the promise of new life hint at resurrectionBeyond the sky-dust gloom the palest -so pale!- of lights penetration dense barriers rolled back with mustard-seed strengthPiercing light is key the True light pierced poured forth radiant beams five-point illumination light for the world making all things newIn your light we see light … [Read more...]