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What do I crave most? The Cravings blog tour stops here today

Today the Cravings blog tour stops here, and it is a privilege to host this visit. Cravings, A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God, is the latest offering from prolific local, Catholic author, Mary DeTurris Poust. She gives us a book that is personal, provocative and moving. We who are members of God’s body have very interesting and challenging relationships with our own bodies. And we as Catholics, who gather to eat at the Lord’s Table, often struggle mightily with food.

The blog tour offers you the chance to win a copy of the book, by leaving one comment on the blog per day between now and January 20th. Not only can you win a book, your name will also be added to a drawing to win a $100 Williams Sonoma gift card.

Interviewed for the book, I Continue reading

Monday Musing – Changes

Advent1BAs I sat in the pew during mass yesterday, and heard the first reading from Isaiah proclaimed, I began to compose a post in my head for today. Alas, I never did get to it, but here is what struck me…

Every valley shall be lifted up,
every mountain and hill made low;
The rugged land shall be a plain,
the rough country, a broad valley.
Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together;
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Ultimately I believe that what the Lord asks of us is to be one. I grow so weary of the conservative versus the liberals, the orthodox versus the progressives – and even more weary of who God must like best. In the end “all flesh shall see it together.” That gives me great comfort and great hope.

What do you think?

About the changes – other than a couple of planned posts, I am going to take a little blog break. I would like to change things up around here and that will take some time. My prayer and hope is to be back by Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013.

In the meantime, I am wondering if anyone who reads the blog, parishioners and others, would consider writing a reflection during Lent? Please pray and think about this if you will. Some people worry that they don’t “know how to write.” Fair enough, but what is God inviting you to do?

The idea would be to pick a date during Lent and check with me to see if it is available. If you pick a date that is already taken, please have a back up day or days in mind. Submissions are subject to approval and must be 1200 words or less, based on your reflection for the Scriptures for a particular day. Readings can be found here at the USCCB webpage, simply click the days of the calendar.  If you are interested, please email me or leave a comment on the blog.

Thank you faithful readers, who are companions on the way, both known and unknown.  A post will up this Wednesday, which will include a book giveaway and a chance to win a $100 Williams Sonoma gift card, as I write about local Catholic author Mary DeTurris Poust’s new book, Cravings:  A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God, from Ave Maria Press.  Later in the week, or early the following week, another book post will follow, this one about local author John Backman’s, Why Can’t We Talk? Christian Wisdom on Dialogue as a Habit of the Heart, from Sky Light Paths.  Other than that – silence for a month. Please pray for me and I will be doing the same for you!

Saturday Song

I love what that this song says. And I am reminded of such promise as we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. God has chosen us with love, fidelity, mercy, and hope.

Monday Musing – Repentance

thywillIn the Gospel for this Monday after Epiphany (readings are here.) we hear this:

From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say,
“Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

I don’t know about you, but for a large portion of my life, I associated repentance with all sorts of things like wearing the hairshirt or other practices of self-denial. Later I came to understand that repentance is more about understanding behavior and making a commitment to change. In the case of Jesus, we are transformed by his life if we follow him – at least we hope so – and thus we are changed. Our commitment to Christ is our commitment to a life of transformation and change.

This makes me think about how even as a church going Catholic, for many years I would have rolled my eye at the thought of “repenting.” Today, it is what I hope and pray for each day – all without the hairshirt!

ἐπιφάνεια – Epiphany

ἐπιφάνεια

I keep trying to find something to say about this video and song, about the Epiphany we celebrate today, but no words come. The music speaks for itself. May your Epiphany be obvious, yet not obvious, likely, yet unlikely, clear, yet filled with mystery, fully human and fully divine, filled with spirit and yet incarnate, full of flesh.

Saturday Song – Epiphany Edition

Something to ponder on this cold, cold day…

holding_hands“Whether we live a long life or a short one, whether we are sickly or healthy, whether we are rich or poor, learned or uneducated, whether we accomplish much or little in this world, is only incidental. What is important is that I make the love of God visible in me, that I give the love of God credibility so that others may believe, hope and love – and be happy to be themselves.”
–Rodney Kissinger, SJ

(You can read more of this Jesuit reflection on the new year by clicking  here.)

Mary Mother of God

Mary, Mother of God – January 1, 2013
(This homily was written for and first published in the book, Hungry and You Fed Me: Homilies and Reflections for Cycle C.)

Many years ago, I befriended a woman with whom I had nothing in common. In fact, we were far apart in many ways. She was one of the “cool people” that a self-professed nerd like me might never get to know. However, academic circumstances brought us together, and we became good friends. What struck me the most about her, when we first became more closely acquainted, was how “human” she turned out to be. From my original point of view, this woman seemed to have it all; she appeared completely self-confident and self-possessed, she was remarkably beautiful, and she maintained an aura of perfection that seemed unattainable to us mere mortals.

Over time we got to know one another, and a real friendship began to develop. This woman began to reveal just how challenging things were for her. First of all, she was not perfect, although I found that hard to believe. At that age, I believed that we were all socially divided into some “have/have not scheme” when it came to perfection. To that end, I was Continue reading

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