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The Word Is Life

PRAYING FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEPRESSION

Winston Churchill referred to it as his “black dog.” American writer and educator Parker Palmer speaks of, “the snake pit of the soul.” Whatever we call it, depression is a hard thing – and incredibly common, though often not spoken of openly. Those who experience depression, and those who watch someone they care about go…

TAKE ME TO THE MOVIES!

On this Commemoration of All Souls, I am reminded of the chant Dies Irae, a liturgical meditation on the Last Judgment. From at least the mid-14th century it was sung as a Sequence on this day and in Funeral Masses. The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) removed the Sequence to shift the liturgical emphasis from judgment…

A PERFECT SAINT

Last week, a relatively young friend of mine died after a long battle with cancer. As his close friends, my wife, Christine and I were asked to offer words of reflection at his memorial service. As Christine spoke of her friend, she was careful to point out that our task in such moments is not…

ST. TERESA OF AVILA

Photo: Shutterstock   Teresa of Avila, also known as Teresa of Jesus, was a remarkable woman of her time.  She was practical and no-nonsense kind of woman. She worked at reforming the Carmelites with St. John of the Cross. Her spirituality is profound and calls us to a deep relationship with God that is real. “The important…

ST. PADRE PIO

St. Pius of Pietrecina (1887-1968) is generally better known by his more popular name: Padre Pio. He was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002. Padre Pio was a man of deep humility, spirituality and compassion. Through his faith, he was gifted with the stigmata, the physical manifestations of the wounds of Christ on…