Messiah

The Perfect Human Heart

"Sacred Heart of Jesus" (detail) by Chambers

“To love with a human heart is to accept the possibility of a broken human heart.” I stood on the Mount of Olives and looked across at Jerusalem, the skyline a mix of old and new. The light blue dome of the Holy Sepulchre seemed to almost touch the dominant gold Dome of the Rock, and the Western Wall was […]

Encountering the Word — Isaiah 53:5-6

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“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:5-6) Please […]

Encountering the Word — Isaiah 53:5-6

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity […]

Encountering the Word — Isaiah 61:1-2

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A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the […]

Waiting Together

If the Jews are waiting for the Messiah, and the Christians are waiting for him to come again… we might as well wait together. I heard a local rabbi express this a few months ago—he was paraphrasing a well-known Jewish philosopher—and it came to mind while I was reflecting on the season of Advent.  A large number of my neighbors […]

Encountering the Word — Luke 7:22

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A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them.”  (Luke 7:22) Print this entry

The Flesh is not the Body for St. Paul

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Spirituality is really about the soul and the things of the soul.  The body and its needs do not matter.  In fact, the body is the soul’s prison.  Salvation is really the liberation of the soul from the dead weight of the body.  So in this life, physical desires are to be resisted, even extinguished, if possible.  That’s what Catholic […]