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Preaching
John the Baptist’s cry in the wilderness is a response to Isaiah. “He’s coming!” John preaches. “Make ready the way of the Lord!” Metanoia, the gospels call it. But metanoia doesn’t really mean repent. It means, as Jesus also proclaims, “Change your way of thinking!” “Change your heart!” Do not think like the world thinks. Put on the mind of Christ, as St. Paul will later say [1 Cor. 2:16]. See the world as God sees it and it will start becoming a Realm of Harmony and Peace. Justice will flourish, and, as the psalm has it, God will rescue the poor when they cry out, and the afflicted where there is no one to help. John foresaw the terrible consequences of rejecting God’s offer of forgiveness and regeneration. But the picture he paints of division and judgment is only the other side of the peaceable kingdom Isaiah describes, the divine harmony held open to those who chose love and mercy over selfishness, greed, and oppression. The choice is ours. It is always ours. It’s a matter of priorities. Commercially, there are twenty-one shopping days left before Christmas, counting Sundays. But liturgically and spiritually, Advent is really a time for spiritual preparation, for mind-changing and stock-taking, a time to remind ourselves why we have cause to celebrate and give gifts. It is the fast before the feast. It is a time for quiet, joyful reflection on our deep need for salvation, the longing of the human heart for redemption.  Read more...

Quote of the Day

Roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God today. There is no time to them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence. —Ralph Waldo Emerson



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Cairo continues to watch over me. Here he is checking the fridge for possible intruders. (Or is he just trying to keep cool?)
Recent Blog Posts
Donald Trump’s consideration of retired General David Petraeus for Secretary of State provides an ironic statement on gender issues, not say the game of thrones or at least cabinet chairs.   Read more...
It’s hard to say what must be going through the minds of the hordes of disaffected middle-class voters who opted for Donald Trump on November 8th. One thing is clear, his cabinet choices represent the upper elite of the financial world and Washington insiders. Surprise!   Read more...
The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy. Donald J. Trump, 6 Nov. 2012.   Read more...
Rarely has the American voting public had such a momentous choice to make from a roster of candidates for the highest office in the land, indeed as it has come to be called by many, the post of “leader of the free world.” We have come almost to the end of a campaign season mired in innuendo, vituperation, scandal (whether real or fabricated), international interference, hacked emails, and what is arguably the most vicious and highly personal attacks regarding character, honesty, and fitness for office that the country has ever known. But all that makes it even more imperative to vote. Not only to exercise the noble privilege of participation in what is probably still the oldest surviving democratic process on the planet, but to assure for the coming years and even coming generations the assurance that the better angels of our nature will continue to guide that process.   Read more...
Recent Publications
The new revised edition of The Spirituality of the Celtic Saints is now available from New Priory Press.

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