Friar’s E-Spirations: Who Is The God We Believe In?

In his lifetime, Jesus’ mission was not about building himself up. He came to love and to save every human being. And he would do that no matter what the cost—even death on the cross. He worked all of his public life to show how much God loved everyone—including those

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Reincarnation and Judgment

In recent years, we’ve heard references to the concept of reincarnation. This is the theory that the soul or spirit, after death, begins a new life in a new body depending on the moral quality of the person’s previous life. This doctrine is a central tenet of Indian religions. It

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Beginning Again!

September, for me, is a month of beginning again, new opportunities, and rethinking. Teachers and students have begun the school year. Parishes begin new programs or restart what stopped during vacation time. With Labor Day, we say goodbye to the leisure days of summer and get back on schedule with

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Learning to Be Human

In dedicating himself to those with special needs, Jean Vanier is a great inspiration to me. His message has wider meaning for the whole human family.That was the judgment of the Templeton Foundation, who gave Jean Vanier, now in his 80s, the 2015 Templeton Prize for “his innovative

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Life Is like Parachuting

Margaret Mead, the famed social anthropologist, coined a very thought-provoking statement. She said: “Living is like parachuting. You have to do it right the first time!” There is hardly a truer statement than that. We have only one life to live. We live, we die, and then we experience eternity.

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Our Past—Graces or Regrets

There is a dramatic scene in John’s Gospel shortly after Jesus’ Resurrection. Jesus asked Peter a question, “Peter, do you love me?” A strange question, really! Recall that Peter had abandoned Jesus in his time of need even though just hours before at the Last Supper, he was protesting that

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Giving Glory Back to God

Most of us who are Christian are well acquainted with the familiar prayer: “Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.” This prayer is known as a doxology

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Stepping Stones Toward Contemplative Union

Several years ago I heard a spiritual writer describe contemplative prayer as “conscious union with God.” If I remember correctly, the writer was Father William Johnston, S.J. I would

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Jesus Chooses His 12 Apostles

Many people find Jesus’ choice of his apostles curious. Why did he choose them in the first place? A cynic might think he could have done better blindfolded. The account of Jesus’ selection of his apostles as related in the Gospel of Luke (6:12-19) contains a lot of details about

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Little Things Mean a Lot

The real paradox of the Gospel, and God’s whole plan of salvation, is that it appears too weak. Imagine: the almighty creator of the universe allows Jesus, his son, to live among humanity and to be put to death by sinful men.When Jesus talked about the kingdom of

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