Commentary

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9802-1/18/18

Imagine yourself in a dire situation. You must leave your home because you have been afflicted by life-threatening violence or a natural disaster. Aware of your plight, I invite you to stay with me. I do so with the understanding that you are expected to stay with me only temporarily, until you can return to your home.

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9802-1/18/18

Two weeks ago, I reflected in these pages on 2018, at the end of which (December 14) I hope to celebrate the 50th anniversary of my reception into the Catholic Church. It hardly seems possible that half a century has passed so quickly.

 

By: Father Douglas Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9801-1/4/18

At the end of this new year, on December 14, 2018, I will have been a Catholic for 50 years. I still marvel at what transpired in that watershed year of 1968, when the world seemed to change as much as I did.

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9801-1/4/18

I once sang this Joni Mitchell song to my children at bedtime. I sing it now to my grandchildren who know it well because their mom also sings it to them. Their bedtime song about time has become in my life what its title describes, a circle game. The circle has extended to my daughter’s family and looped back from her own childhood to encircle the lives of her own children. 

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9726-12/21/17

 “Who among us will celebrate Christmas correctly? Whoever finally lays down all power, all honor, all reputation, all vanity, all arrogance, all individualism beside the manger; whoever remains lowly and lets God alone be high; whoever looks at the child in the manger and sees the glory of God precisely in his lowliness.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God Is in the Manger

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9726-12/21/17

The season of Advent is a time of preparing for Christ’s coming. But which coming—which Advent—do we mean? In a few days, at Christmas, we will remember Christ’s First Coming, in the humility of a stable, when he came to gather the nations into the peace of God’s Kingdom. But we will also anticipate his coming again in glory to bring salvation to his people at the end of time. As we recall his First Coming and look forward to his Second Coming, we discover that he comes to us even now in word and sacrament, to strengthen us in holiness. As one of the Magi says in W. H.

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9725-12/7/17

When I was 16 years old, my mother took me to a small-town police station to get my driver’s license. The year was 1971. Like most 16 year olds, I was nervous and excited. I had long anticipated the freedom and sense of adulthood that accompany a driver’s license. 

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9725-12/7/17

In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Rabbi Yeshua Binzaret (Jesus of Nazareth) gave us his interpretation of the Torah given by God through Moses. Christians regard Jesus’ interpretation of the Law as definitive because he is the eternal Word of God made flesh. Throughout the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord Jesus commands his disciples not only to observe the letter of the Law externally, but to observe it internally as well, to make it their own inner principle of acting in the world.

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9724-11/23/17

I’ve written a version of this paragraph before. And you’ve read a version of this paragraph in the past. The other day I went to a dollar store looking for some fall stickers for my grandchildren’s Thanksgiving craft. Although it was two weeks before Thanksgiving, the fall display had shrunk to some autumn tablecloths and napkins. Christmas merchandise consumed aisles and aisles. Christmas promotions have been in the stores and on the airwaves since well before Halloween. 

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9724-11/23/17

Just over 100 years ago, an armed insurrection against the Russian Provisional government took place on October 25 (7 November, New Style), 1917, in Petrograd (Saint Petersburg). No one could have predicted the extreme consequences for the whole world of this revolt.

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