Cor Jesu – A Tsunami of Sadness

Readings this week:  John 19:17-42;  Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Heart of Jesus, bruised for our sins, have mercy on us…  -from the Sacred Heart Litany “Unlike all the teachings of our Lord, unlike the revelation of his mission, the theme of the words on the Cross is neither revelation of divine truth nor self-revelation….The theme here is […]


Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum   Readings for this week and next:  John 18 and 19;  Matthew 27:27-54;  Mark 15:16-39;  Luke 23:26-49 Brian and I are in San Diego for a few days and we checked out St. Therese of Carmel Catholic Church, since our stay goes through Sunday morning.  The architecture of this relatively new structure […]

The Garden and the Battle

Passages to ponder in preparation for this week’s study:  John 18:1-27; Matthew 26:36-75; Mark 14:32-72; Luke 22:39-62. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed….and the rib which the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman […]

Ostende Faciem Tuam!

Scriptures to ponder in September:  John 18 and 19;  this week:  Psalm 80, and Psalm 23 Father, the hour has come….I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave me out of the world….  -John 17:1,6 As we leave John 17 and embark upon chapters 18 and 19, it is good to keep […]

Transformation On the Islands

Here in the San Juans, about as far as one can be from Jerusalem or Rome, and on the threshold of the northern reaches of the earth, Autumn comes early.  Already many trees are displaying their fall colors against the deep blue Salish Sea.  Here it is easy to remember that, “In the winter, seeing […]