Suffering Teaching Love

(Some recent, ongoing, and wholly-inadequate-to-the-subject reflections inspired by the Encyclical Salvifici Doloris…) 04/21/15 In his encyclical, Salvifici Doloris, John Paul II states that suffering exists “in order to release love, in order to give birth to works of love…” (SD, n.30). I do not think I have ever wrestled with a line or statement as … More Suffering Teaching Love

Czestochowa

8/26/13 (For the Feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa…) Have you been there? the place where prince and beggar were the same and dignitary and tramp are still today. Have you walked it? the floor worn thin, grooved into trenches… the marble being more yielding than the knees in prayer. Have you seen it? the … More Czestochowa

The Ultimatum

“Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true … More The Ultimatum

Mission New Mexico

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Jn 15:12-13 Sometimes, love and service look nothing like we expect them to. Sometimes, neither does laying down your life. Sometimes, it can take … More Mission New Mexico

Reunions

5/1/14 Here we are, again… the long, weary walks through the swirling sands of our stories are once more colliding here today, as these poor pilgrims meet in this place. And I’m sitting here, and listening to the weary travelers’ tales of the things you’ve seen, the wounds you’ve received and the graces painful to … More Reunions

Mother of the Wounded: A Lesson in Self-Surrender

Czestochowa, Poland ~ February 1st, 2008 We cross the border, into Poland, and my eyes can see the traces of Communism, holding on long after the thing itself has died away: stark, gray buildings, so barren and plain, all looking exactly like the one before, because everything has to be equal… and it strikes me: … More Mother of the Wounded: A Lesson in Self-Surrender