Reflections for our Times — Spirituality

Volume 5 of the Romero Series is now available

Volume 5 of the Romero Series is now available

Tags: Francis, Gospel, Homilies, jesus, Liberation Theology, martyrdom, Oscar Romero, Politics, Romero, Sermons, spirituality

This fifth volume gathers together Romero’s homilies during five grimly dramatic months in El Salvador, beginning with the archbishop’s mourning for another of his priests who was gunned down by a death squad. Despite the ongoing slaughter of innocent persons and the ruthless treatment of any dissident voice, he continued to speak out courageously in his weekly homilies to the nation and the world. These homilies reveal Romero above all as a pastor who trusted his people. And the people, intuitively sensing this great trust, responded in kind. Romero often acknowledged that his homilies were collaborative creations, involving not just...

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Do We believe in Jesus?

Tags: forgiveness, gospel, homilies, jesus, meditation, messiah, new testament, Pagola, spirituality

Meditation on Luke 9, 18-24    Once when Jesus was praying  in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist;  others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “The Christ  of God.”  Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law,  and he must be killed  and on the...

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Experience: Religious, Mystical, Human?

Tags: Mysticism, prayer, Religious experience, Spirituality, Theism

The eminent theologian Karl Rahner has said that the Christian of the future will be either a mystic (which means, someone who has experienced something), or he/she won’t be a Christian at all. Rahner´s prophecy is accurate, not only concerning Christians but also for anyone who experiences transcendence in these times. In the same way that modernity does not accept anything that is unverified by rationality, the post-modernity in which we live considers experience a privileged way of knowledge . Despite the risk of disillusionment that is inherent in experiences remaining superficial or induced by artificial means, it seems perfectly...

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Giving God our Burdens

Tags: compassion, espiritualidad, healing, meditation, mercy, prayer, Secularism, spirituality, transcendence

Daily challenges, the difficulties of coping with a routine that is not feeding my soul anymore with the nourishment it needs, and my many personal limitations generate varying levels of stress that breathe in and out in an exhausting and consuming cycle. After time goes by, in my attempts to cope with the many afflictions, my daily struggle becomes a burden. As time went by and after observing no long lasting results regardless of how I tried, frustration kicked in. As a result of this, just a few days ago I prayed to you Lord, so that you would take...

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The Coming of the Spirit

Tags: compassion, homilies, Homily, mercy, oscar romero, Pentecost, romero, Spirit, spirituality

OSCAR ROMERO HOMILY: THE COMING OF THE SPIRIT WHO GIVES LIFE TO THE NEW COVENANT ….This week I received accusations from both extremes: the extreme right says that I am a communist , and the extreme left says that I am moving toward the right . I am with neither the right nor the left. I am trying to be faithful to the word that the Lord sends me to preach, faithful to the unchangeable message that tells both sides the good they do and the injustices they commit. And I think we’ve given very clear testimony about the gift of...

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Tags: christianity, compassion, fear, healing, meditation, mercy, spirituality

Talking with a friend of mine who has recently gone through a tough trial after spending 18 days in a hospital caring for her husband, a comment arose regarding the fact that after a specific age we should not have to be providing for anybody else. She is of course right and ideally, this is the way it should be; but in reality it works in a different way. Each of us knows how challenging life is these days. Partly due to the self imposed obligations and responsibilities, we continue pulling our own wagon during decades, and we never really...

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Dusty Path

Tags: compassion, Crucifixion, jesus, lent, mercy, passion, spirituality

We have turned time into such an important aspect of our lives. It rules our days and is deeply rooted in each of our plans. It is an important aspect of discipline and a very strong reason for stress in our lives. As our age increases, the awareness of time and our own mortality becomes more obvious, due in part to the fact that the years we may still have available to live with health are more limited as time passes.After experiencing different ages in our lives, we slowly begin to concentrate the span of our attention within this tunnel...

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Mística y oración

Tags: armando rojas guardia, compasión, espiritualidad, experiencia religiosa, misericordia, mística, mystic, oración, prayer, religious experience, spirituality

La cena que recrea y enamora “Mira que estoy a la puerta y llamo.Si alguno escucha mi voz y me abre,entraré en su casa y cenaré con él y él conmigo”.(Ap 3,20) Alguna vez escribí que la oración es el hecho capital de mi vida y que de ella ha dependido, en no poca medida, mi madurez y la fructificación global de mi espíritu. También escribí que el Dios incómodo de la oración me hace salir desnudo a la intemperie, exige de mí niveles cada vez más altos de conciencia y libertad, destroza con su sola e interpelante presencia el...

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Healing as a program

Tags: christology, Compassion, gospel, healing, Historical Jesus, jesus, miracles, pagola, Spirituality

There is no doubt that Jesus loved, protected and devoted his attention to the poorest and most vulnerable members of society. There wasn’t anything original about this. Many others had done the same before and after Jesus. What is strikingly admirable is that Jesus valued nothing above them, he loved nothing more than them: not religion, the Law or the security of his people. The sources leave no room for doubt. The most important thing for Jesus is the life of the people, not religion. Sin, morality or the Law are not the fundamental reason for which Jesus is centered...

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Creer en el Cielo

Tags: cielo, espiritualidad, evangelio, gospel, heaven, jesus, pagola, Spirituality

CREER EN EL CIELO En esta fiesta cristiana de Todos los Santos, quiero decir cómo entiendo y trato de vivir algunos rasgos de mi fe en la vida eterna. Quienes conocen y siguen a Jesucristo me entenderán. Creer en el cielo es para mí resistirme a aceptar que la vida de todos y de cada uno de nosotros es solo un pequeño paréntesis entre dos inmensos vacíos. Apoyándome en Jesús, intuyo, presiento, deseo y creo que Dios está conduciendo hacia su verdadera plenitud el deseo de vida, de justicia y de paz que se encierra en la creación y en...

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VIDEO: "Distraction and Attention", by Laurence Freeman OSB

Tags: john main, laurence freeman, meditation, peace, prayer, silence, Spirituality, transcendence, wccm

One of the greatest sources of unhappiness in the world is distraction. Laurence Freeman OSB, Director of the World Center for Christian Meditation (WCCM) and Author of our Meditatio Series, explains to us on this video how to meditate, how to concentrate and have more attention.  

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Returning to One’s Own Center – The Novelty of Silence

Tags: john main, laurence freeman, meditation, peace, prayer, silence, Spirituality, wccm

A fable from the fourth century Egyptian Christian tradition reads as follows: “A father used to say, ‘Just as it is impossible for you to see your face reflected on troubled waters, in the very same way, your soul cannot pray to God in contemplation if it is not free from alien thoughts’”*. We are living on a long path that returns us to the center of ourselves. Increasingly, we attempt to recover from the feeling that we are traveling on a high-speed train in which our personal and social experiences flow at such a velocity that we are unable...

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The vocation of Human Transcendence (Oscar Romero, 1979)

Tags: anthropology, homilies, humanity, jesus, justice, martyr, martyrdom, non violence, oscar romero, peace, preaching, Religious experience, romero, social justice, solidarity, Spirituality, transcendence

Dear sisters and brothers, When I was a seminarian I heard a story that comes to mind given the circumstances of today, and I want to share it with you. It was a story about a sailor who was sent to fix something high on the mast; as he climbed high up and looked down at the roiling sea, he became dizzy and was about to fall. When the captain noticed this, he told him, «Young fellow, look upward!» and that was his salvation. When he looked upward he could no longer see the heaving ocean, and he did the...

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On Secular Culture and Religious Crisis

Tags: Atheism, Mysticism, Religious experience, Secularism, Spirituality, Theism

Our context —variously identified as “modernity”, late-modernity”, “hyper-modernity”, or “post-modernity”— is somewhat like quicksand. We are not only facing a time of changes, but, as the final document of the Assembly of the Latin-American Bishops held in Aparecida says, we are confronting an epochal change, and this means significant changes for human life, its configuration, its meaning and self-understanding, along with a feeling of enormous uncertainty, insecurity and anxiety.  One of the greatest impacts of the current changes is no doubt its effect on religion. If during the Age of Enlightenment, human rationality became increasingly visible and achieved the status...

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