Tuesday, July 31, 2012

St Ignatius Feast Day

Today is the 456th anniversary of the death of St Ignatius of Loyola.  He is best know for founding the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and the development of the Spiritual Exercises that is, to this day, one of the most popular methods for people of faith to reach out to God and listen.

My favorite place to get away from the busyness of life is the Ignatius House in North Metro Atlanta.  This little piece of heaven, within 20 minutes of downtown Atlanta, is open to all and full of peace and quiet.  Something that is getting more and more difficult to find.

“Lord, teach me to be generous;
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil, and not to seek for rest;
To labor, and not to ask for reward -
except to know that I am doing your will.” 
 St Ignatius of Loyola

St Ignatius, pray for us.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Origins of the Universe | Crisis Magazine

I spoke about this in my homily this past weekend, using the scripture passage from Ephesians "He chose us in him, before the foundation of the world". 

Marriage: A Path to Prosperity

My homily on Fathers Day this year touched on the changing demographics in the United States, especially in the number of single parent homes.  The changes in the last 40 years have been dramatic and devastating for children.

An article in the New York Times really hits the nail on the head and worth the read.

Pass it on to some young people you know, especially young ladies.  They need to hear this story.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Faces of Mary

Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel

Our Lady of Mt Carmel
Stella Maris, or the Star of the Sea:  This ancient term for Mary is the name given to the Monestary on Mt Carmel.  The name denotes her role as a guide for all people to her son and as protector of those who travel or make their living on the sea.  It is also home to Elijah's cave.

Did Elijah have a good view or what? 

Founded in the 12th Century, it has one of the most beautiful views in all of Israel.
Mt Carmel Monastery Church
In the great Catholic Tradition, the main altar is immediately above the cave of Elijah.  It was also on Mt Carmel that Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal.