Friday, June 30, 2006

Fouth of July

Today's reading was from second Kings and told the story of the first great exile in the life of our Jewish brothers and sisters. I couldn't help but think about how dangerous it is to be arrogant with God's relationship to a nation. Nations come and go even if God sheds grace on them. Christianity will be with us forever and we can't become wrapped in a nation.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Computers give me headaches

I got a laptop last week when I was at the conference in Notre Dame and I'm trying to get it work to its best capacity. And, a student is trying to get my desktop to work by getting rid of all the junk that I put in the last three years. I think that today, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, is the perfect day to make administrative decisions like these.

Baptism, Confirmation, and (then) Eucharist

There's a diocese in Texas that is trying to restore the original order of the initiation sacraments. click here to read Bishop Alvaro Corrada's reasoning why.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

A Glorious couple of days

When I was at Conception Abbey in Missouri, Fr Adam (one of the monks) said that in his spiritual life there are times when he wants to say, "God, get a life!" because of all the minor conncetions he makes in the day. He was, basically, giving a modern day interpretation of psalm eight, which says...

"When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars that you set in place-- What are humans that you are mindful of them, mere mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them little less than a god, crowned them with glory and honor. You have given them rule over the works of your hands, put all things at their feet:"

These past three days, (Sunday, Monday and this morning) I had one of those, "Why are you so good to me" experiences with God. I went camping in late June, fully expecting that it would flop because it would be too hot and too humid. But, it was neither. I can't imagine having a better time to be in nature and be reminded of the God who has "made them little less than a god..." My stress level is at an all time low, which is awesome. I have some work that needs to get done in the next few days since I've been gone and I needed to rest before I get all wrapped up in it. As the cook, Mary, from the holy land, used to say, "Thanks, God."