The Wooden Beam
In the Gospel for Friday of the 23rd Week, we have the famous image of the beam in one’s eye. Jesus gives us a teaching about self knowledge.
The Gospel for Thursday of Week 23 is a challenging statement about Christian love. We are to love everyone.
These early days of September have a certain “feel” about them. Do you have the same experience? It is something about endings and beginnings. September 1st is merely a date on the calendar, but seems to carry some weight, especially aligned with Labor Day.
Some people say the official Church is not speaking out enough about racism ( and some would include abortion, militarism, sexism, human trafficking, immigration, homophobia… never “enough” said about these and other topics). As far as racism goes, I am an older white guy, and so probably not qualified. But I could speak about myself…
You may recall that earlier this year I reported that the friars here at Capuchin Retreat saw two turtles laying eggs in our flower bed.
The former CBS commentator, Andy Rooney, would often begin his comments with: “Did you ever wonder . . . ?” I wonder about a lot of things. Maybe you do, too.
Vale of Tears
In the traditional prayer to the Blessed Mother, the Salve Regina or “Hail, Holy Queen,” we refer to ourselves as “mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.” When I was much younger and more naive, I used to think of this as too negative an attitude about our lives and religion. Too heavy. Too sad.