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Posts Tagged ‘St Paul’



The Jesus Prayer

Early Christians came to understand that the name of Jesus had great power, and that the recitation of his name was itself a form of prayer.   Heeding St. Paul’s guidance to pray without ceasing (Thessalonians 5:17), their ancient, short prayer became known as the Jesus Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of ...
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Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles – “Who Do You Say I Am?”

“When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that ...
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The Transformative Power of Gratitude

During this Year of Faith, we will blog reflections and stories to accompany you on your faith journey.   “Give thanks always and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.” - Ephesians 5:20   The rule of St. Benedict prescribes that the doorkeeper shall say ...
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The Name of Jesus

If you’ve been watching television as long as I have — 64 years — you know that there has been a big change over time in the understanding of what is and is not acceptable.   This has affected both the subject matter and images that are presented and also the language ...
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We Gather in Christ and Through the Spirit

During this Year of Faith, we will blog reflections and stories to accompany you on your faith journey. “May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.” -Galatians 6:18   A number of years ago I was asked to preside at the wake service of ...
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Embrace What They Believed – Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

Anyone who has spent time in Rome knows that the city can be as frustrating as it is charming.   One of the frustrations has to do with a Roman attitude best expressed not by words but by a shrug of the shoulders.   My most daunting experience with that attitude occurred a half ...
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