Tag: Beauty

Jesus The Great Integrator

Last week I spent three days in St. Paul on the campus of the University of St. Thomas, at the Center for Catholic Studies, with a very talented group of people exploring the serious possibility of beginning an Institute on Integral Ecology. The genius behind this idea is Dr. Christopher Thompson. (pictured next to me, front row, in the photo) Last June, Pope Francis published a beautiful encyclical On Care For Our Common Home, in which he makes a clear case for an integral ecology and the need for greater care of God’s creation. Recent research […]

The Backdrop Of Nature as Classroom For Instruction

Today’s Gospel from Mark recalls Jesus walking through a field of grain with his disciples. How often did Jesus utilize the surrounding beauty of creation to be the backdrop, the ‘classroom’ for instructing the disciples? He used references to creation often to refer to God and the wisdom of God’s ways. Friday last week, the mother of one of our priests died.  Saturday morning, another mother of another priest died, this one from the Philippines.  Some day, someone should write a book about the mothers of priests, but I’ll save that topic for another blog […]

Wyoming Winter Sport…for Christmas

Today, I discovered another marvelous way to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation; snowshoeing. With all of four and a half hours of sleep after last night’s marvelous Midnight Mass, I began the day with some quiet time and prayer. I then joined two friends for a late breakfast and we headed off to Snowy Range for some snowshoeing. We could not have ordered better weather and conditions!  Up on the mountain, we estimate the majority of the day was spent somewhere around 9,300 – 9,500 feet.  The temperature was in the mid 20’s with […]

Lent: A Time For Review of Life Aimed at Growing in Holiness

Lent is clearly a time to examine our holiness of life.  Some have recently asked for greater detail in terms of what exactly holiness entails.  In short, holiness is found through our relationship with God.  That is why Jesus instructs us “to be perfect just as our heavenly Father is perfect.”  (Matthew 5:48)  In other words, our holiness exists in God, who is Supreme holiness; Holiness itself.  St. Thomas Aquinas saw holiness as our capacity to receive God.  “For nothing is worthy to receive God unless it be pure, according to Psalm 92:5: ‘Holiness becomes your […]

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