Guidelines for an Irish-Existentialist Advent (1)

Let me know whether this exploration works for you… Many of the daily scriptures of Advent come from Second Isaiah (cc. 40-55) or Third Isaiah (cc. 56-66).  Second Isaiah addressed exiles in Babylon about 40 years after the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple.  All the signs of God’s fidelity and favor had been demolished […]

Roc Homily – First Sunday of Advent Cycle A (2016) drei

There is only one war on Christmas… Otherwise, there’s only a war on Advent, my dear Catholic friends.  Our season is Advent now.  You know, purple or deep blue; ‘O Come O Come Emannuel’, readings from the prophet Isaiah.  This is our season.  It isn’t Christmas until the sun goes down on the 24th of December.  Let’s […]

Roc Homily – First Sunday of Advent Cycle A (2016) zwei

FYAR – For Your Advent Reflection Matthew connected this passage to other wisdom parables in the 1st Sunday Advent’s gospel.  Perhaps waiting has something to do with being wise, possibly strategic this Advent? The parable of the wise & foolish virgins          1. To awaken, remain awake = gregoreo Matthew 24:42f — 42 Keep […]

Roc Homily – First Sunday of Advent Cycle A (2016)

Be alert!  Stay awake!  Head’s up!  For crying out loud, wake up!!! Egads!  Is this what Advent looks like?  It certainly got my attention.  I’m not too worried about someone breaking into my community.  Besides, there’s someone usually up at various points during the night. Matthew connects this rather odd and definitely threatening passage (chapter […]

Roc Homily – Feast of Christ the King 2016 (3)

Luke 23:39 One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” The way I hear this is: “Take it away!  I don’t deserve this!  Save me from the consequences of my actions!  Help me escape unscathed and unchanged!” And what I find […]

Roc Homily – Feast of Christ the King 2016 (deux)

Luke 23:37f      Christ the King: and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” Who rules?  The Romans ruled the world then.  And they didn’t take kindly to upstarts, did they? “Prove you’re greater than […]

Roc Homily – Feast of Christ the King 2016

Over the past two years of pre-election and post-election drama, I have wondered about the chances any of us have to repent, to really look at our own lives to see them more clearly.  As I look at my own life, I don’t have a lot of hope about me turning to Christ any time soon.  I […]

You and me, bro…

The election & post-election drama brought this word back into my awareness.  Revanchism.  Revenge.  I think it fairly describes the western world and probably much of the eastern world.  Fear of losing.  Fear of losing turf.  Vengeful retaking of turf.  You and me, bro… Revanchism (from French: revanche, “revenge“) is the political manifestation of the will to reverse […]

Why would I not wear black…

Why would I not wear black? The dogs of war are grinning Feast! Let us feast on the flesh of our enemies Why would I not cast down my eyes today? The gods of war are brimming with spite with toothful lust and bared fang Into the breach again! Let us o’er reach again tooth and claw […]

Remembering John P. Schlegel, SJ

… on the first anniversary of his death from pancreatic cancer. John, like all the great ones, cast a long shadow.  I’m just one of many, many friends and family who miss him especially today.  So, I’d like to offer the audio file of the funeral homily given by his dear friend, Fr. Joseph Brown, […]

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