Sunday, May 03, 2015

Great Video Commentary on Baltimore by Loyola University

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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Karl Rahner's Cosmic View of Easter

A Cosmic View of Easter

 Karl Rahner highlights some of the ways that the Resurrection is significant for the entirety of creation
By Karl Rahner


In an Easter reflection titled, "A Faith that Loves the Earth," Karl Rahner highlighted some of the ways that the Resurrection is significant for the entirety of creation. Like Sts. Paul and Irenaeus before him, Rahner had a rich notion of salvation as the recapitulation of the whole world or, put another way, all of creation’s return back to God. Rahner does a number of interesting things in this meditation, including recalling what it means to be ha-adamah — created “from the earth” — as the Book of Genesis reminds us, understanding the centrality of death in the pilgrimage of life, and the importance of remembering that Easter isn’t just about humanity. Here are just a few snippets of what he has to say on these few themes.

On Being Creatures
“We are children of this earth. Birth and death, body and earth, bread and wine are our life; and the earth is our homeland…We are of the earth. We can become disloyal to it because of our stubbornness or self-aggrandizement, which would not be proper for the children of this humble, serious Mother Earth; or we can be loyal because, after all, we have to be who we are, meaning that we are united with earth’s secret pain, which we feel deep inside our own being.”

On the Significance of Christ’s Death
“He who is both the son of God and a human being has died … The one who has died is, therefore, both the son of God’s perfected nature and the child of earth’s poverty … We may say that he died, but we need to add immediately that he also descended to the dead and rose. We need to add this in order to free his death from overtones of fleeing the world, overtones that we are inclined to add. Jesus himself said that we would descend into the heart of the earth (Mt 12:40), namely to the heart of all earthly things, where everything is interconnected and one, to the seat of death and earth’s impermanence … Especially because he died, he belongs to the earth, for putting someone’s body into earth’s grave means that the person (or the soul, as we would say) who has died enters not only into relationship with God but also into that final union with the mysterious ground of being, where all space-time elements are tied together and have their point of origin … He is risen in order to reveal that by his death there remains forever implanted into earth’s narrowness and pain, within her heart, the life of freedom and blessedness.”

On the Cosmic View of Easter
“[Christ] also has to burst open the grave of our heart, to rise from the center of being where he is the power and the promise. There he is still in the process of doing this.  There it is still Holy Saturday until the last day, which will be the day of Easter for the entire cosmos. Such a resurrection happens in the freedom of our faith.  Even there it is his deed.  But it is his deed occurring as ours: as loving faith that allows us to be brought along on this unimaginable journey of all earthly reality headed toward its own glory, a journey that started with the resurrection of Christ.”


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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

An Irishman is A Guy Who... 
May not be sure there is a God, but is damn sure of the infallibility of the Pope.
Won't eat meat on Friday, but will drink gin for breakfast.
Believes everything he can't see and nothing he can.
Is very good at weekends, but not so good at the middle of the week.
Is against abortion, but in favor of hanging.
Has such great respect for the truth, he uses it in emergencies.
Is irrational in important things, and a tower of strength in the trivial.
Gets married for life, but not necessarily for love.
Can argue either side of a question, often at the same time.
Sees things not as they are, but as they never will be.
Believes in leprechauns and banshees, and considers anyone who doesn't a heathen
Can lick any man in the house he is sole occupant of.
Cries at sad movies but cheers in battle.
Considers funerals festivities, but weddings sad events to be put off as long as possible, preferably forever.
Hates the English, but reserves his cruelty for his countrymen.
Gets more Irish the further he gets from Ireland.
Is not afraid of dying; in fact, he might prefer it.
Believes that God is Irish, or at least Catholic.
Believes in Civil Rights, but not in his neighborhood.
Is against corruption, unless it's a democrat.
Takes the pledge not to drink at age twelve, and every four years thereafter.
Believes to forgive is Divine, and therefore doesn't exercise it himself.
Believes salvation can be achieved by means of a weekly envelope.
Considers anyone who won't come round to his point of view hopelessly stubborn.
Loves religion for its own sake, but also because it makes it so damnably inconvenient for his neighbors.
Considers someone who often interrupts him a bore.
Scorns money but worships those who have it.
Considers any Irishman who achieves success a traitor.
The Irish are a very perverse, complex people; It makes them so lovable.  They are banking heavily that God has a sense of humor!

There are only two types of persons in the world: Irishmen and those who wish they were.  You know why God made Irishmen?  Because he couldn't be everywhere.  And then he invented alcohol so that we wouldn't take over the world.

Irish Toasts
Here's to me, and here's to you, And here's to love and laughter-
I'll be true as long as you, And not one moment after.

Here's to you and yours
And to mine and ours.
And if mine and ours
Ever come across to you and yours,
I hope you and yours will do
As much for mine and ours
As mine and ours have done
For you and yours!

Here's to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one.
A pretty girl and an honest one.
A cold beer—and another one!

Here's to our wives and girlfriends:
May they never meet!

Happy St. Paddy’s Day.
Party Wisely and Well.

Remember to pray this day
for justice and peace
in our weary, wonderful world

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Kudos to Pres of OU for standing up for Racial Justice


Check out the President of Oklahoma University, who expelled students involved in yelling racist chants on an SAE Fraternity party bus.  

Know racism is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by sane and sensible people.   Talk among peers. Do not stand for racist words, attitudes or actions.  Speak up and let racists know they are wrong. 

- Fr. Rick

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Monday, March 02, 2015

Thanks Fr. Ted Hesburgh. Prayers for Notre Dame

Statement by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on the death of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

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Sunday, March 01, 2015

Great song for Lent. Be Still by the Fray


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Teach College Students Religion argues Marsahll Poe in The Atlantic

Photo Emilio Morenatti/AP 

Marshall Poe in The ATLANTIC March 2014.  /Teach College Students Religion (click here)