from John Chuchman

  War Declared by the Hierarchical Fringe The Catholic Hierarchy is at war with the majority of us in the pews,who at times do and do not buy the promulgated line. The Catholic Hierarchy is a powerful adversary. It controls the money,the real estate,the employeesand the microphonewhen it comes to the “Catholic” position on things.It is not a democracy.The 400+ Bishops, Archbishops and Cardinals in the United Statesare appointed,not elected,and their positions are set by a foreign principality, the Vatican. The local bishop has no popular referendum to indicate his support.No one local...
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from Joan Chittister OSB

What Faith Is Not Faith is not about understanding the ways of God. It is not about maneuvering God into a position of human subjugation, making a God who is a benign deity who exists to see life as we do. Faith, in fact, is not about understanding at all. It is about awe in the face of the God of all. And it is awe that inspires an alleluia to the human soul. Faith is about reverencing precisely what we do not understand-the mystery of the Life Force that generates life for us all. It is about grounding ourselves in a universe so intelligent, so logical, so clearly loving that only a God in love with...
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Some thoughts on Occupy and Creation Spirituality from Matthew Fox

I have visited Occupy Boston, Oakland, New York, Ashville, San Francisco. There is much to like about the people I have met there ranging from 20-somethings to sixty-somethings. A 58 year old in Boston told me he was camping out because he had been unemployed for over two years; a 30 something in New York told me he was there “because of Jesus who teaches him that the poor get to heaven, not the rich.” On Wall Street this past weekend I watched two lines of exuberant young adults playing “Rover, red rover” literally in the middle of Wall Street while police cordoned off the...
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from Catherine Cavanagh

Ash Wednesday and a Campfire Truth Surprisingly, Ash Wednesday always fills me with a sense of hope, for all that it calls me to reflect on eternity, on sin, and on death. When I touch the ashes, I’m reminded not just of the mistakes I’ve made, and the people I’ve hurt, but paradoxically of all the ways in which God has been present in my life. At the end of September, I spent a weekend at Algonquin Park in Ontario, a wilderness site largely deserted by that time of year. I was there with good people who knew how to camp and how to build a fire much better than I ever could. That...
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Church Notes February 27th 2012

Church Notes February 27th 2012 Free resources to help children learn about Lent Mission Together, the Catholic Church’s official mission charity for children, has produced materials to enable children to find out more about Lent in 2012. Mission Together is part of the Missio network of charities and works to help children pray for and share with children all over the world. Included in the materials for Lent 2012 is the popular Lenten Activity Calendar which provides a reflection, prayer or activity for every day of Lent. Kasia Greenwood, Coordinator for Mission Together said: “The...
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