It might as well be Advent because this reading from Luke’s gospel about the birth of John the Baptist is pregnant with two important features that foreshadow the story of Jesus’ birth.
I was at an aquarium the other day and as I was peering into the tanks I saw the oddest of creatures: a purple sea urchin. As I stared at this creature, which by nature of creatures is living, I wondered what its purpose was—Why did God make it? Perhaps its purpose was to remind me of God.
For me there’s something about being on the wide open sea with just ocean and sky: the presence of God feels very real. I’m reminded of the creation story.
Like dreams in the movie Inception, imaginative prayer can let us make real things hidden in the subsconcious by taking us to a “fantasy” place. Such meditations are not an escape from reality but rather a way to get more in touch with God by processing and revealing stuff about our feelings and experiences.
Two of Disney’s cornerstones are dreams and imagination. What do they have to do with the spiritual life?
A reflection on the readings from the Mass of the Solemnity of the Lord’s Ascension. (Readings: Acts 1:1-11; Mk 16:15-20)
Ever since the changes in the translation of the Mass prayers I’ve been noticing that Eucharistic Prayer II has this newly translated line, which comes just after the words of consecration … Woah – We’re talking about ministering to God?
Readings: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; 1 Jn 2:1-5a; Lk 24:35-48 Our God is a god of action. God breathes life into Adam’s lungs and puts his spirit into the universe. Saint […]
Inculturation Throughout the history of Jesuit missionary work we find evidence of our modern term “inculturation”, otherwise known as “accommodation”. This concept not only helps missionaries meet indigenous peoples where […]