Monthly Archives: August 2013

Sunday Reflection, 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (September 1, 2013): Humility, Ego and Freedom

“Conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts. Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God.” — Sirach 3: 17-18. “For every one who exalts himself will … Continue reading

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Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability

“Faith minus vulnerability and mystery equals extremism. If you’ve got all the answers, then don’t call what you do faith.” — Dr. Brené Brown I recently did  a post on Jean Vanier and the L’Arche program on the wisdom of tenderness … Continue reading

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Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (August 26, 2013): Calling Down Fire

“Because, my God, though I lack the soul-zeal and the sublime integrity of your saints, I yet have received from you an, overwhelming sympathy for all that stirs within the dark mass of matter; because I know myself to be irremediably … Continue reading

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Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo (August 28)

“Our hearts are restless, O God, until they rest in You.” — St. Augustine of Hippo St. Augustine of Hippo was an early Christian theologian whose writings are considered very influential in the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. He was bishop of Hippo Regius (present-day Annaba, … Continue reading

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Christian Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Washington Civil Rights March

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the 1963 march on Washington in the U.S. This march galvanized the country around the issue of civil rights and made the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. into a national icon. Fifty years later, … Continue reading

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The Christian Wisdom of Tenderness: Jean Vanier on Lived Compassion, L’Arche and Becoming Human

The excellent National Public Radio program, On Being, had a replay of an interview with Canadian philosopher and Catholic social entrepreneur Jean Vanier.  I had heard this interview before and if anything, it was even more moving listening to it … Continue reading

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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (August 25, 2013): Heaven, Nick Saban and an Adult Relationship With God

“Real prayer is union with God, a union as vital as that of the vine to the branch.” -Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (courtesy of Quoting Catholic Blog) Today is the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time. The liturgical readings can be … Continue reading

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