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Friday, June 8, 2018

     “Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, ‘Why do we and the Pharisees fast much, but your disciples do not fast?’ And Jesus said to them, ‘Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. And no one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; if it is, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.’” (Mt 9: 14-17)

     The “Bridegroom” of the Church, Jesus Christ, was “taken away,” – and yet in nowise abandoned us, – when He ascended into heaven, in or...

Friday, June 16, 2017

Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, ‘Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?’ And Jesus said to them, ‘Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. And no one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; if it is, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into new wineskins, and so both are preserved.’” (Mt 9: 14-17)

As we complete the first week of the Apostles Fast, I’m thinking about those early times, when the Apostles themselves did not fast. They were still “new” to Chri...

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Blessed are those who mourn (οἱ πενθοῦντες), for they shall be comforted.” (Mt 5: 4)

It is necessary to mourn, when one has suffered loss. But also – when someone else has suffered loss. I am called to mourn with them, rather than distance myself, because “I don’t know what to say.” This kind of distancing myself from another’s pain is self-centered, focused on my fear of “performing” inadequately in the face of someone else’s tragedy, - while it’s not about “me.” I just need to be there, mourning with the mourning, who also “don’t know what to say.”

Today I’m thinking about this because a good friend of mine, the wife of a priest, just lost her 21-year-old son. He was trying to fix an air-conditioner and fell out the window to his death. There is nothing to say. But there is much mourning...

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