Capuchins reflect on their work in the Amazon

cap friar.jpgThe Capuchins in Italy are taking time to reflect on
the greatest God-given gift they’ve received: work of 100 years among the native Brasilian
peoples. What really struck me was the Provincial’s comment: “And we truly lived it as
a gift: participating in His mission, that is to say, the mission of Jesus
Christ.” 


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Business and Ignatian Spirituality

You won’t see me giving space to the “good work” of the Nat’l Catholic Reporter on this blog very often (almost never except for John Allen’s work) because of the NCRs frequent loyal opposition to the Church, but a recent article on the intersection of business and Ignatian Spirituality is worth noting. Read it here.

I highlight this article because I like the work of Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer, the president emeritus of Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. Father Spitzer is a philosopher with significant grounding in faith and reason (science). He has

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Benedict reminds us to honor grandparents, & the elderly

I don’t think “grandparents day” in the Hallmark manner has hit the pope yet, but he did tell his listeners that grandparents are a central part of the family. The feast of Saints Joachim and Anne is the Church’s way of honoring grandparents seeing in Saints Joachim and Anne great models of what grandparents are to be for children and family systems. Pope Benedict’s remarks came within a reflection of the Sunday gospel where we heard Saint John’s narrative of the Multiplication of

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Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of Mary

Mother Anne, be joyful;Life of Joachim & Anne Giotto.jpg

sing, O mother holy,
Since thou art the parent
O God’s Mother lowly.
Praise thy wondrous daughter;
Joachim, too raises
To the Virgin Mary
His paternal praises.
For in her our planet
First hath benediction
Which hapless Eva
Suffered malediction.
Therefore take the praises
Joyous hearts are paying;
And from all defilement
Cleanse

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Reclaiming the right focus with 5 loaves & 2 fish: being fed by the hand of God

Today the Church suspends her reading of Mark’s gospel for the next four weeks in favor of reading the famed narrative of the Bread of Life discourse of Jesus from the Gospel of John. Here the Church asks us to meditate on the life-giving food, the Eucharist, which Jesus gives to us as His supreme gift of love and life. Here the abundance of the sacred banquet is beginning to be known.

The readings this 17th Sunday through the year, taken together provide a framework for how

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About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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