22 June 2017

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for the "miracles" around us each day.

Dan Byron on the Miracles Around Us Each Day

"One afternoon, at some sort of parish event, one of the young women from the parish asked me, 'You believe in miracles, don't you?'

"My response was simply, 'No.'

"Somewhat shocked she said, 'Given some of your conversations with people around me, I thought you had been through all sorts of stuff, and you don't believe in miracles?'

"'No, it is not a matter of belief, I depend on them.'

"'Depend how?'

"'If you have a few minutes, sit here and I will share some of the events with you.', and so it began…"

In a recent commentary, writer Dan Byron reflected on miracles happening around each of us each day and our need to be attentive to them.

To access Mr. Byron's complete post, please visit:

Catholic Stand: Miracles Happen All The Time (4 JUN 17)

Reflection Starter from St. Thomas More

"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest." - Saint Thomas More, whose memory the Church celebrates today (22 June)

20 June 2017

Celtic Thunder: "A Place in the Choir"

As we continue to live this week, I offer this version of Celtic Thunder presenting "A Place in the Choir":



Chorus:

"All God's creatures got a place in the choir,
Some sing low and some sing higher,
Some sing out loud on the telephone wire,
Some just clap their hands or paws or anything they got."

Thank you, Nap Pawtucket, for the tip.

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of our families.

Brian Jones on Technology, Holiness, and Wholeness

"During a recent group conversation about contemporary technology, a friend mentioned what he considered to be the elephant in the room, namely, that we live in a technological age. 'To be anti-technological,' my friend concluded, 'seems to be rather extreme and dangerous.' Typically, when criticisms are made about technology, it is not uncommon for some people to wonder if you are some kind of Luddite or (even worse, apparently) Amish. They envision you out in the countryside, devoid of any and all technology, tending cows, churning butter, cut off from others and, perhaps most importantly, being more than a little strange.

"I think it is necessary to respond to such claims, for while they are intelligible, they seem to be symptomatic of the wrong questions and ideas. When we think about technology, we often do so simply in terms of 'use.' In other words, it is typical to consider technology primarily in terms of what we should not do with it. Looking at pornography or fostering vitriol towards others using social media would be considered bad uses of the internet and digital technology. By not engaging in these activities, and many others that one could think of, suggests that we are using technology as it was meant to be.

"Such a position is not misguided. To use technology in a virtuous way is part of the correct way to see and understand such things. However, it is only a part. What is often neglected are considerations pertaining to more fundamental questions about what technology is. And this is where conversations can get a bit awkward and messy. To take seriously the question 'What is it?' is not to be anti-technology. Rather, it is the natural human inclination to know what things are; it is the spring of philosophy and, might I add, human happiness."

In a recent commentary, writer Brian Jones reflected on contemporary technology and its relationship to health, wholeness, and holiness.

To access Mr. Jones' complete post, please visit:

Catholic World Report: The Dispatch: Seeking holiness and wholeness in an age of technology (29 MAY 17)

Reflection Starter from Thomas Lay, S.J.

"Often when struggling to make some major change in life, whether elected or enforced, some remark that if they truly had faith, or really were mature, they would be able to do this so much better. 'Better' almost always meant quicker, if not instantly. Yet when our Scriptures present the Almighty One creating, they make it clear that he does not do so in the blink of an eye. Creating takes time. Even the Lord had to take time or give time to put a world together." - Thomas Lay, S.J.

19 June 2017

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for the grace You are giving Your people to (re)turn to Your Church.