Ignatian Spirituality #5

“16 Reasons I am grateful for St. Ignatius” – Dennis Hamm, SJ The final four… finally! Thank you, Ignatius, for showing that personal religious experience and institutionalized religion are not rivals or enemies but both parts of an integral life of faith. Ignatius would not let anyone get away with saying, “I’m spiritual but not religious.” […]

Roc Homily Part Deux – Twenty-Sixth Sunday Ordinary Time 2016

Jesus addressed, I believe, the mystery of the meaning of possessiveness in the Pharisees – and in our lives as well I asked the congregation to reflect upon the First Principle & Foundation from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  Please read, reflect, and notice points of attraction & aversion.  These will help you know how you are […]

Roc Homily – Twenty-Sixth Sunday Ordinary Time 2016

A wake up call to the Pharisees who were “lovers of money” Last week in Luke 16, we heard some of the following and missed some: Luke 16:13–15 — No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the […]

Roc Homily Prequel #2 – Twenty-First Sunday Ordinary Time 2016

In the meantime… Jesus seems to address disciples and followers by answering the question, “Will only a few be saved?” And his answer resembles what happened earlier in Luke, chapter 4, in the synagogue.  There, Jesus applied the ol’ 2by4 to the forehead to get the attention of his countrymen.  Effectively he said, “In the time of […]

Roc Homily Prequel – Twenty-First Sunday Ordinary Time 2016

I didn’t work in any word-study this time… So, let me add this curious discovery concerning “enter through the narrow door…”  The NRSV translates the Greek, stenos, as narrow in only two instances. Otherwise, it uses “distress.”  Funky, right?  Here are the sources: **********Numbers 22:26f (NRSV) — 26 Then the angel of the Lord went ahead, and stood […]

St. Clare – a prophet for our times

Today’s first reading, Ezekiel 12:1-11, gives us a picture of the prophetic action Ezekiel was told to act out.  It sounds crazy.   I have tended to domesticate the great saints in order to ward off the impact of their prophetic deeds and saying. St. Clare, I realized today, is one of them. With Francis, Clare […]

Year of Mercy Revisited – June 17, 2016

Here’s something to do with your weekend… or whenever… Dr. John O’Keefe & Dr. Wendy Wright, two stalwarts from the Creighton University Theology Department, interviewed me about the Year of Mercy when I visited campus in April to give a talk on same.  It was a lively and engaged conversation for their Catholic Comments podcast.  20 Minutes.  I […]

Roc Homily 2 for Feast of Pentecost 2016

From earlier in the day (11:30 am Mass), this homily has more word study and background from Luke’s gospel leading into the descent of the Spirit. Happy Feast! –roc,sj

Announcing: Scripture with Scholars…

sponsored by the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist & the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for the Year of Mercy   “A Disciple’s Journey into Mercy” – Reflections on the Road to Emmaus story through music, teaching, & prayer with Fr. Roc O’Connor, SJ,  Associate Pastor, Church of the Gesu At the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee, Tuesday, 10 May, 2016, 7:00 pm


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