Eucharistic Adoration

There is no monitor or video screen at eucharistic adoration, no figures or colors shifting across the screen. We simply sit and look at a round piece of bread encircled by light. That bread is the Body of Christ, the consecrated Host, before which countless Catholics gaze in rapt adoration throughout the world. Why? There […]

The Vine and the Trellis

I understand the need for the “encounter with Christ” as opposed to a faith that is merely propositional, but I also believe that without a clear affirmation of the propositions of our faith, the “encounter with Christ” becomes no more than a subjective religious experience. Both are needed, and an analogy I have often used […]

Who Everyone Is Looking For

35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” —Mark 1:35-37  

Why God Whispers

I would hazard a guess that God chooses to manifest himself in whispers for at least four reasons. … This can all be summed up by saying that God chooses to speak to you and to me in whispers because he is always so close to us that whispers are all he needs. —from The […]

A New Work of Art

In a television program I once saw, an artist would invite small children to come up and scribble on his canvas. The challenge was for him to produce something artistic and beautiful out of something deeply flawed. I was astonished at how he was able to do this. He would step back, examine the scribble, […]

Encounter 3 (and 4)

Holy Wisdom, God in Heaven Here in human time Humble Godhead bending low and Touching bread and wine Faith is making plain the truth beneath the veil Faith supplying where our feeble senses fail To the Father, to the Son, and to the Spirit be Blessing, honor, glory, power, might, and majesty It is God […]

Encounter 1 (and 2)

Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction. —from Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical God is Love —Buy it or read it online.