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Chants, Beads and Mantras: Solemn Practices of Christians and Buddhists

February 8, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Part 6. In the latest installment of our study of the teachings of two contemplatives — Jesus Christ and Buddha — we examine some solemn practices that the two traditions use for prayer and to gain enlightenment.

Taizé for February: Come, Holy Spirit, Come

Taizé for February: Come, Holy Spirit, Come

February 4, 2021

Veni Sancte Spiritus. Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. And kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you will renew the face of the earth.

St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy, topped by a statue of the saint and his symbol, a winged lion. Image by Sarah Lötscher from Pixabay

The Gospel of Mark: Out of the Desert

February 2, 2021

By Fr. Ron Will
Part 4. Mark begins his Gospel in the desert. A good rain can produce a miracle in the desert. Suddenly, seeds long buried in the desert floor bursts with color and life. Jesus’ ministry, though, produced a “bloom” different from what many expected.

Image by Charles Nambasi from Pixabay

Cultivating Peace in our Hearts: The Urgency of Prayer

February 1, 2021

Part 5. Meditation in both the Christian and Buddhist traditions results in an inner peace that becomes the impetus for one’s words and actions. The practice promotes an approach to life grounded in a spirit of love and peace.

Image by John Hain from Pixabay

Family Matters #15: Safety is a physical and emotional need

January 27, 2021

Parents and caregivers are responsible for ensuring their children are safe. Young people who feel safe are more positive, confident and willing to contribute.

“Pietà” or “The Dead Christ Mourned by Nicodemus and Two Angels,” c. 1500 by Filippino Lippi, part of the Samuel H. Kress Collection in the National Gallery of Art.

The Gospel of Mark: The ‘secret epiphanies’ of Jesus

January 26, 2021

By Fr. Ron Will
Part 3. Significant in Mark’s Gospel are the “secret epiphanies” of Jesus; also referred to as the “Messianic secret.” Mark has Jesus teaching in parables and only revealing the stories' full meanings to the 12 Apostles. Why?

Amanda Gorman read her poem

Cultivating peace in our hearts: Christian and Buddhist Meditation

January 25, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Part 4. Last week a 22-year-old poet inspired us to reembrace working for a society of peace, justice, unity and nonviolence. Jesus and Buddha taught that peace in the heart precedes peace in the world. Meditation is key.

Grieving: Healing from Loss

Grieving: Healing from Loss

January 24, 2021

We’ve all experienced loss in many ways over the last year. This can create a heavy burden to carry. Learn how grieving can help heal. Fr. Garry Richmeier is joined by Annette D'Angelo and Marge Lavenburg for this free video on-demand program.

“Healing of the Daughter of Jairus” by a Cameroonian artist

The Gospel of Mark: The Vivid Details of an Eyewitness

January 19, 2021

By Fr. Ron Will
Part 2. Like no other Gospel, Mark gives us a lucent human picture of Jesus. We see Jesus tired, hungry, filled with passion and compassion. Mark inserts vivid details into the narrative, the hallmarks of an eyewitness.

Embracing Unity: Teachings of Jesus and the Buddha

January 18, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Part 3. Martin Luther King Jr. Gandhi. Jesus. Buddha. They used different words, but their message was the same: Humans are meant to live together in unity and harmony and love can transform the world.

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