While on retreat at St. Mary's by the Sea in Cape May Point, New Jersey, I love to visit the nature center near the lighthouse and to engage in one of my favorite forms of prayer — bird watching.
Notes from the Field: I've served in Nong Khai for eight months already, so many aspects of Thai culture have become my new normal. But the Thai New Year reminded me how restrictive my comfort zone still is.
Responding to an invitation in 1997 to teach at a Regional Pastoral Center in the state of Bihar, India, opened my eyes to the extreme deprivation of the people residing there. Teaching social justice and women's empowerment has provided a background showing that the presence of Presentation Sisters makes sense and becomes the driving force to become love poured out to a people who seek an identity.
"Christ, after all, wasn't resurrected into a perfect world. He returned to the same place and people who had crucified him days before. The world hadn't changed; the life he lived in it did -- and that, mixed with the promise of faith fulfilled, made all the difference."
"All I want is for Easter to come," a friend said to me last week. Bring on the Resurrection. Come on, new life. Yet as the Easter octave rolls on, I wonder to myself where that life is leading.
See for Yourself - After a lifetime of faithfulness in marriage, devotedness to family, exuberance in teaching, dedication to choir and Sunday school, and supportiveness to friends, I believe Jesus offered Marian eternal life by calling her name.
When the verb "turn" occurs in the New Testament, it usually involves Jesus saying something significant about discipleship. Mary Magdala and others encountering the risen Lord can help us understand.
Each day brings new challenges to our expectations, our traditional values, our long-held ideals. The phenomenon of uncertainty, however, is not limited to national events. It is apparent that all aspects of human experience are subject to some degrees of uncertainty. Realizing this may cause a crack, or at least, send a shiver, to our formerly rock-solid core of belief.
Fifty years ago, the historian Lynn White claimed that the roots of the ecological crisis are religious in nature. The primacy of spiritual reality over material reality has led to a mood of indifference with regard to the natural world. Because the roots of the problem are religious, he said, the remedy must be religious as well.
GSR Today - Meditating on the daily liturgical readings sometime during Lent, a daydream about Moses and his staff distracted me. He held it out over the Red Sea and got rid of the water. He hit the rock with it and found water. Wow, a magic wand worthy of a Harry Potter story!
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