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The day of the dead, an eternity for the risen

Sunday, 07 November 2010 00:00

In Jesus’ time, the Sadducees, the priestly class that performed sacrifices in the Temple, denied the resurrection of the dead. For them, life ended definitely in death. Today, atheists not only deny God’s existence, but also human immortality. For them, belief in heaven, in the resurrection is but a delusion to allay our fear of mortality and of the absence of any eternal significance to our lives.

Faith in God; God's faith in us

Sunday, 10 October 2010 00:00

I initially pursued that path with idealism and excitement. Along with my fellow novices, we were welcomed by the daily schedule that drilled us in the pillars of Jesuit formation: prayer, community, studies, apostolate. Concretely, that meant observing de more — waking up, praying, going to Mass, eating, cleaning the house, studying, resting, playing, gardening, taking a shower, recreating, and sleeping — the structured routine that initiated novices in settling into the discipline of religious life. De more assured that there was a proper time for everything. It became our “daily grind.”

Absolutes in life

Sunday, 05 September 2010 00:00

Honoring one’s parents is one of the highest values in Jewish culture. And yet in today’s Gospel, Mt. 16:13-23, Jesus seemingly requires hatred for one’s father and mother as a precondition for discipleship. In another passage, Mt. 8:21-22, Jesus declares that discipleship entails foregoing what to Jews would have been unthinkable — burying one’s father.

Wealth, happiness and Tita Cory

Sunday, 01 August 2010 00:00

In “How Much Land Does a Man Need?” Tolstoy tells the story of the peasant Pahóm who thought his happiness lay in acquiring more land. Through dint of hard work and shrewdness he amasses more and more land. Yet unsatisfied, he negotiates with the Bashkirs who make him an unusual offer: for a thousand rubles, he will own whatever land he encircles by walking on foot from sunrise to sunset. Compelled by greed, he stakes out as large a piece of land as possible. But as the sun is about to set, he realizes he is far from his starting point. He rushes towards his starting point and does arrive before the sun sets, but alas, due to sheer exhaustion, drops dead. The Bashkirs bury him in a grave six feet long and six feet deep.

'Worship through witness'

Tuesday, 06 July 2010 00:00
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, which calls to mind Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. This supreme sacrifice is commemorated in every Eucharistic celebration. However, we do not only honor Jesus’ redemptive self-offering ritually, but equally so ethically. We honor Jesus’ saving death both through sacramental worship and through the witness of our lives.

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