A Labor Day Blessing

“Prosper for us the work of our hands” (Psalm 90:17) When all are gathered, the leader lights a center candle and begins. LEADER: Christ, our Light, has called us to follow his example. ALL: May our work this week be done in his light and shed his love on those we meet. LEADER: Let usContinue reading “A Labor Day Blessing”

Exploring Recent Theologies of God

Reading theology is one way to keep faith. Study often leads to insight and sometimes prayer. Theology helps me find words for my small graced moments and recognize the broad trends in which we live. So I’m teaching a theology course this fall on Elizabeth Johnson’s Quest for the Living God, Mapping Frontiers in theContinue reading “Exploring Recent Theologies of God”

New Martin Luther King Jr. Statue Dedicated This Week

A guest post from Good Ground Press, Co-Publisher, Therese Sherlock, CSJ A new statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was dedicated on the Washington Mall this week.  It got me thinking about the civil rights struggle.  Sixty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr., led freedom marchers one week and the Ku Klux Klan burned crossesContinue reading “New Martin Luther King Jr. Statue Dedicated This Week”

A prayer for the victims of Hurricane Irene

You will have pain and affliction, trouble and strain and doubt. But you shall not be overcome and all shall be well. Yes, all shall be well, and all will be well, and you shall see yourself that all manner of things shall be well. Julian of Norwich

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time: Peter is a rock; the Sunday after that Peter is a stumbling block

In the gospel for August 21 Peter is a rock; the Sunday after that Peter is a stumbling block. This Sunday Peter is the heroic first believer, the leader among the disciples, who steps forward to answer Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter answers, “You are the Messiah, the son ofContinue reading “21st Sunday in Ordinary Time: Peter is a rock; the Sunday after that Peter is a stumbling block”

Who am I? Where do I come from? Where am I going?

We ask ourselves several basic questions repeatedly in our lives. Who am I? Where do I come from? Where am I going? The Church answers these questions in regard to Mary of Nazareth, the mother of Jesus. Who is she? The Church answers, “The mother of God.” Where does Mary come from? Nazareth, naturally. ButContinue reading “Who am I? Where do I come from? Where am I going?”

Feed My Starving Children: How you can help

Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor. Proverbs 22:9 That Bible verse is one of the rallying cries of Feed My Starving Children, a nonprofit organization founded in 1987 in Minnesota. Last night, Sister Joan was invited to join a crew of friends and family in volunteering to pack food forContinue reading “Feed My Starving Children: How you can help”

Catholic Relief Services: Social Justice in Action

Yesterday, I received an email from Catholic Relief Services (CRS), perhaps you did, too. If not, they are people you’ll want to know. CRS extends the charity of Catholics of the United States overseas.  CRS is working in Somalia to address the worsening famine. If you would like to know more about the famine, please read CRS’s EastContinue reading “Catholic Relief Services: Social Justice in Action”