Holy Spirit

Redeemed by God’s Love

Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings thou hast not desired, but a body hast thou prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings thou hast taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Lo, I have come to do thy will, O God,’ as it is written of me in the roll of the book.” (Hebrews […]

The Lord Draws Near… Rejoice!

St. Augustine of Hippo (detail) by Sandro Botticelli

All across the parish I am encountering people who give witness to the nearness of the Lord. The consolations received, the passion expressed, the apostolic zeal displayed, all give evidence to the Lord’s grace in the life of the parish family. This is not unusual for our parish, but again this Advent and during the weeks that led up to […]

Daily Reflection—Rejoice in the Holy Spirit with the Lord

Detail of Chair of St. Peter Dnalor 01, Rom, Vatikan, Petersdom, Cathedra Petri (Bernini) 4, Detail, CC BY-SA 3.0

A Daily Reflection on the Scripture Readings at Mass… “Then turning to the disciples he said privately, ‘Blessed are the eyes which see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.’” (Luke 10:23-24) Humble. […]

Daily Reflection — Loving Obedience

A Daily Reflection on the Scripture Readings at Mass… “The law of thy mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” (Psalm 119:72). Do I love Jesus? Really love Him? Well this verse from the Psalms is a clarion call to honesty and self-examination. If I do not keep His word, how can I believe that I […]

Carmelite Spirituality—Solitude and Prayer

Photography © by Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

“Solitude is not an empty space, a void; it is an encounter with the God who loves us…” Dear Sister, What aspect of Carmelite Spirituality do you find most helpful for your prayer? Dear Friend, The short answer to your question is solitude. Here is the longer answer… Since all prayer begins with adoration, the environment surrounding my prayer must […]

How the Weakness of the Cross Makes Us Strong

Photograph © by Andy Coan

“When I am weak, then I am strong”; “power made perfect in weakness.” Such verses are often cited as key to spiritual growth, but do we really understand what they are talking about? Can anyone ever understand? Yes. If we couldn’t understand it at all, God would not have told it to us. God does not waste words. It is […]

Leave Room for the Holy Spirit

Over the last few years, on at least two different occasions, I have declared I would “never” do something or that something “is not happening.” Let me clarify—I was not speaking about things that were sinful or harmful to myself or others. I was speaking about things that were not in my plan or were not included in how I […]

Imagining and Imaging the Trinitarian Communion of Love

"The Holy Trinity" (detail) by Antonio de Pereda

Last week we celebrated the feast of Pentecost, when the apostles and disciples were strengthened by the Holy Spirit to fulfill the mission Jesus gave them ten days before at his ascension. We see the marching orders Jesus gave them and us in today’s Gospel: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father […]

God in Three Persons — Blessed Trinity

Mass readings for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (Year B) — Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40; Psalms 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, ; Romans 8:14-17; Matthew 28:16-20.  Use the player to listen to the homily or download the mp3 audio file. We are able to know certain eternal truths without the light of faith. According the Church for example, the greatest truth […]

The Doctrine of the Trinity Matters

Photography © by Andy Coan

“The force be with you.”  No, God is far from an impersonal force.  The doctrine of the Trinity shows us just how personal and interpersonal, God really is. This post on the personal and interpersonal mystery of the triune God is offered as a reflection on the readings for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, (Year B) — Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40; […]