October 17, 2017

1st Sunday after Trinity: Cantata & Pic of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) About Today’s Picture This statue of an African-American woman and her child, is part of the Black Brigade Monument in Smale Park on the riverfront in Cincinnati. It honors the courageous and city-saving contributions of a group of African-Americans who defended Cincinnati from Confederate forces in 1862. Here is a marvelous […]

Fridays with Damaris: Another Look – Integrity of Life

Integrity of Life by Damaris Zehner For, with the old order destroyed, a universe cast down is renewed, and integrity of life is restored to us in Christ. Prayer offered during Mass: May 3, 2015 • • • The phrase “integrity of life” reached out and grabbed me when I heard it a few months […]

Wisdom for Ordinary Time: Eugene Peterson on Philippians 4:13

During Ordinary Time this year, I will be reading and meditating on Eugene Peterson’s new book, As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God. This book captures sermons from Peterson’s twenty-nine years as a pastor in Bel Air, Maryland (where I happened to graduate from high […]

Another Look: Ordinary Time

For those who follow the Christian Calendar, we are now in the season after Pentecost. This season is also known as, “Ordinary Time.” Robert Webber explains the meaning of the term, and how this season compares to the rest of the liturgical year: The period between Pentecost and the beginning of Advent is called ordinary […]

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Sixteen (final)

Wednesdays with James Lesson Sixteen: The Pastoral Community We have come to our final study in the Epistle of James. Here, once again, is our diagram of the entire letter, and as you see, it closes with a group of closing exhortations. Are any among you suffering? Let them pray. Are any cheerful? Let them sing psalms. Are […]

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Fifteen

Wednesdays with James Lesson Fifteen: Those Who Endure Are Blessed We have come to the final part of the central section in James. In this section, James has been exploring the three themes he introduced in chapter one. In the following table, you can see how themes from chapter one are reintroduced and developed here, near the end of […]

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Fourteen

Wednesdays with James Lesson Fourteen: Business Ambitions and Rotting Riches We continue our study in the central section of the Epistle of James. In the body of this encyclical, the author takes up the three themes he introduced in chapter one, addressing them in more detail and in reverse order. The third and final theme James discusses, […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: September 4, 2016

(Click picture to see larger image) Loving Working Work was a shining refuge when wind sank its tooth into my mind. Everything we love is going away, drifting – but you could sweep this stretch of floor, this patio or porch, gather white stones in a bucket, rake the patch for future planting, mop the […]

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Thirteen

Wednesdays with James Lesson Thirteen: The Two Ways — Time to Choose We continue our study in the central section of the Epistle of James. In the body of this encyclical, the author takes up the three themes he introduced in chapter one, addressing them in more detail and in reverse order. The second theme James discusses […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: August 28, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • The painter Harlan Hubbard said that he was painting Heaven when the places he painted merely were the Campbell or the Trimble County banks of the Ohio, or farms and hills where he had worked or roamed: a house’s gable and roofline rising from a fold […]