Advent on the Border, Part II: Journey to the Land of God

Advent on the Border, Part II: Journey to the Land of God

[This post is the second of three installments.] The dream we hold must translate into a daily journey of concrete steps…from conflict to communion, from hatred to love, from escape to encounter. A patient journey to the land God has prepared for us. The land where, when people ask, “Who are you?,” you can respond, “I am your brother, you...

By "Fr. Luke" - 01 11 2022
Advent on the Border, Part I: “Thorns, Tears and Fatherhood”

Advent on the Border, Part I: “Thorns, Tears and Fatherhood”

[This Advent, I traveled to the border between the United States and Mexico. For two weeks, I served as a volunteer at a migrant shelter in El Paso. This post is the first of three installments that describe the grace I encountered there.] The road to El Paso pushes through an arid region of tall yucca and thin grass. South of Carlsbad, a mounta...

By "Fr. Luke" - 12 15 2021
Silence

Silence

This article was originally published in Sword & Spade magazine. Fr. Jarrett Bede, O.P. (1881-1934) historian, author, priest — wrote this short meditation in his classic book Meditations for Layfolk. Silence is no less necessary for those out of the cloister than for those within. For religious, monks and nuns, it must of course be mor...

By Sword&Spade - 12 08 2021