Jesus’ Power

Jesus’ Power Jesus’ social power had four characteristics: First, his power was derivative,originating from intimacy and submission to God. Second, his power was humble,rejecting the privileges of status and reputation, suffering indignities with joy. Third, his power was compassionate,serving the good of all and not just the good of the community of faith. Fourth, his power was non-coercive, blessing rather than cursing “the other,” as we can see from his encounters with Samaritans and Romans. the power of Church hierarchists, to the contrary,originates, not from submission to...
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It’s Not about Either/Or

It’s Not about Either/Or Why did I have to choose betweenmy religion and Eros?It seems I thought religion had God,and the secular world, Sex. The secular world got Passion,my religion: Chastity. Religion has been madeanti-erotic, anti-sex, anti-creative,anti-enjoyment, anti-now. God is depicted by religion asstoic, celibate, dull, cold, otherworldly,and threatened by human sex and creativity. No wonder the number of peopleactively participating in organized religionis declining dramaticallywhen we are in the midst of a Spiritual Rebirth. I wonderful if my religionhas simply missed the boatby...
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WANDERING BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: THE SACRED HEART SEMINARY CLASS OF 1965 William E. Richardson, ed. Published by Van Antwerp and Beale. $24.95 Reviewed by ROBERT BLAIR KAISER

  In Wandering Between Two Worlds, still-living members of a single minor seminary class in Detroit, Michigan, tell us how they left the clerical club and what became of them when they decided to move into a more profound ministry. I can hear each of them, now in their sixties, singing “My Way” — and I am thinking their songs reveal much that we need to understand about today’s Church, one in which all of us, male or female, ordained or not, can answer our call to “the priesthood of all believers.” Their way may be the only way to save what we call...
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Worthiness

  Worthiness It dawns on methat for 70 yearsI’ve been saying, Lord, I am not worthy to receive You,Only say the Word,andI shall be healed. Either I do not believeThe Word has been spoken yetorI don’t believe The Wordhas healed me. In effect,by continuing to spew it,I’m aheretic or hypocrite. So,despite institutional religion’s preferencethat I dwell in unworthiness,I will instead be saying, Lord, I AM Worthy to receive You,by Your Word, I have been Healed. Love,John Chuchman   http://booktour.com/author/john_chuchman...
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The Last Word

New York TimesMay 31st, 2010 “Whether he is celibate or not, the person who viewshimself as a ‘homosexual person,’ rather than as aperson called to be a spiritual father — that personshould not be a priest.” – The Rev. David Toups, the director of the secretariatof clergy, consecrated life and vocations of the UnitedStates Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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