Jesus Christ, Bread of Life

This morning, Benedict XVI’s last day as our active pontiff, successor of St. Peter, I watched the live broadcast of the Holy Father’s personal meeting with each of the cardinals.  It was very moving, because the “up close” view of these interactions showed so clearly the deep appreciation and genuine love between the Pope and […]

Wading a little in John 6

I’d like to encourage those who are dipping into this blog, to consider me, facilitator of the book study on the ferry, as something of a physical fitness coach.  Just as your coach would come alongside and help you set goals and prompt and push and evaluate you, while you yourself are doing all the work, especially in […]

Sharing a Lenten Decision

“(She) who brings thanksgiving as her sacrifice honors Me…”  -Psalm 50:23 “Through Him…let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God…” -Hebrews 13:15 Early yesterday I was moved to let my Lenten penance primarily be “a sacrifice of praise,” quite literally.  So that when I am becoming overwhelmed with sadness or anxiety because of […]

Pondering the fifth chapter of John’s Gospel

Wow!  A big change taking place in Rome, with ripple effects throughout the world, even reaching to places which the Psalms call “the distant coastlands”, one being where WE live, here on the opposite side of the earth from Christ’s vicar.  Pope Benedict, in his statement on February 11, made it clear that he has listened carefully in prayer to […]

Passing On Some Lenten Thoughts

Today–Ash Wednesday–there is an exceptional little essay from a California writer, Heather King, in Magnificat.  I decided to pass part of this essay on to you. – JC “Ash Wednesday marks the season in which we especially ponder our relationship to suffering.  Praying, fasting, and giving alms are not arcane holdovers from a time when […]

Living Water on the Water

How amazing (!!) that Morning Prayer in Magnificat Thursday led us into the very Scriptures our little group on the ferry Wednesday pondered together, as we looked into St. John’s Gospel, chapter 4:   “All you who are thirsty, come to the water! (Isaiah 55:1);  “Whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst.” […]