Month: October 2018

MAKING RETIREMENT MEANINGFUL: Do you have the discipline to love others as Christ loves us?

You have heard of those who retire and then, very soon after retirement, they die unexpectedly. We do not know the day nor the hour when we will die but we can do something about living fully in retirement. Far be it to tell…

THE SIXTY SECOND CATHOLIC: Don’t get too cocky.

Here are some thoughts about our preoccupation with exclusivity and elitism. Is there something beyond gender, male and female? Is there something beyond political status, such as king, senator, congressman, citizen? Is there something beyond race, color, nationality, or tribe? Is there something beyond…

FUN WITH THE PSALMS

FUN WITH THE PSALMS I love to recite the following Psalm, #136, mainly because it is fun to say over and over, like a mantra.  These Psalms with their responses are perfect for two choirs of people alternative sides. I share with you Psalm…

THE CHRIST IMPERATIVES

Here are some of the commands that Jesus gave to us in order to help us to convert our lives from the World to the Spirit. Seeking perfection? LISTEN TO ME, FOR I AM MEEK AND HUMBLE OF HEART. Matthew 11:28-30 Thirsty? Drink of…

FAST AND PRAY, THAT YOU MAY NOT ENTER INTO TEMPTATION

One of the ways to approach the Sacred is to follow a daily routine. Some people call it a habit. Do this every day for 30 days. If you are unable to do so, you might want to consider if your spirituality needs to…

THREE TALES OF WONDER FROM HURRICANE MICHAEL

I wanted to share with you that, thanks be to God, I made it through the Category 4 Hurricane named Michael.  If you follow this blog, and I can’t say that I know anyone who does, you will know that my Lectio Divina (Philippians…

ARE YOU ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTION?

I love escapist movies (don’t ask me why). Some movies these days stress the supremacy of the Devil over Good. I am thinking of the movie entitled The Last Witch Hunter.  This is not a critique of any of these movies. I like the graphics…

WOE TO YOU POLITICIANS AND SCRIBES

Dante’s Inferno

CONTEMPLATIVE THOUGHTS ABOUT LIFE AND LOVE FROM SAINTS AND SINNERS II

Here is my second iteration of quotes from people who had thoughts about Jesus.  I wrote these for both of us as we stand watch before the Blessed Sacrament. IRENAEUS OF LYONS “Jesus Christ, in His infinite love, has become what we are, in…

SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT, HERE.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog which you can access on my site entitled, Learning to Love.  I liked the topic so much that I turned it into a book with almost the same title. Learning to Love: A Lay Cistercian reflects…

LEARNING HOW TO LOVE: A Lay Cistercian reflects on what it means to love others as Christ loved us.

In a recent Lectio Divina (Phil 2:5), I thought of the saying of Christ, love others as I have loved you.  I asked myself, what does that “as I have loved you mean?” The only way we have to explore love is with our…

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