Have a blessed summer!
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Br. Carlos Ruiz, LC
It is 5:20 am. I am lying in my bed, in the darkness of my room. Outside lights are on. I see the light coming in through the small gap between the door and the floor. I hear noises from the bottom floor. Someone is coming up the stairways. He is approaching, and I can feel how carefully he walks so as to not make too much noise. He is at my door. I can feel him, and I can hear his hand turning the door’s handle very slowly, very softly. He entered. I pretend I am asleep and I see him through my semi-closed eyes. He is tired, almost asleep. He extends his hand and shakes my shoulder gently, with tender care. He bends over and tells me in my ear, “Gringo, it’s time to get up.” Read more
Br Joris Wong, LC
It’s playoff time! – At least for the NHL. Who do you think will make it to the finals? And who is your favorite team? I’m a passionate fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. I’ve always been and will always be no matter how bad they might play – this is a typical die-hard Leafs’ fan attitude. They’ve been through it all especially in these past years struggling to make the playoffs. After these past dark eight years, they finally clinched a spot to the playoffs this year. Despite a heart-breaking game seven loss to the Boston Bruins, they’ve proven themselves to be better; they’ve proven that they can work as a team and they’ve proven themselves able to handle the heat of the playoffs. They definitely have a bright future ahead of them because they will build from this first playoff experience and go on from there, since there’s always a next year…
I can definitely relate to this experience given the team that I play on. I’ve been through it all: we’ve been through it all and the Legion has been through it all. It felt like the series was in our hands, but we experienced many game seven losses. Read more
Br Gustavo Arce, LC
I fell again, but harder this time. I stood back up, put my skis on and watched a six or seven-year-old kid fly down past me without any problem. Frustrated, I asked myself why it was so easy for him to ski, but so hard for me. I mean, I’m twenty, and I haven’t even arrived at the top of the mountain—I’m still on the novice slopes!!!
We experience this feeling many times in our lives: frustration, anger… things just don’t turn out as we expected. We start comparing the qualities and virtues of others with what seems like just dirt in ourselves, because we can’t do what they can. Read more
Br Joseph A’Hearn, LC
Richard Dawkins and I have something in common: we have both read A Universe from Nothing, by physicist Lawrence Krauss. Krauss invited Dawkins, a renowned atheist, to write the afterword to his book, released in 2012. Although Krauss did not invite me to share my thoughts as well, I do want to point out some fundamental philosophical misunderstandings in his book in order to help those who are not as well versed in physics and cosmology to understand this threat (or lack thereof) to theism. Read more
Br Christopher Daniels, LC
With many people I talk to I find that, other than Mass and prayers before meals, there is not much time devoted specifically to prayer. We all need to be closer to God and ultimately we want to go to heaven; but to do this, we need a lot of help, and a great means highly advised by the Church is daily meditation, or mental prayer. But why meditate every day? Isn’t Sunday Mass enough? Read more
Br Thomas White, LC
Les Miserables is one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time (and also one of the biggest, a real brick). It also holds first place among my favorite books. As I finished it up for a second time a few weeks ago, I put it down with a deep sense of satisfaction for two reasons. First of all, I had finished a 1200 page book, which is an accomplishment in itself. Second of all and more importantly, it had changed me. But why? Was it just a nice story, or was there something deeper? I felt like there was something deep inside me that the book touched. As a humanist who is studying the heart of man, I started to do some thinking. Read more
Br John Kenny, LC
Here in Cheshire we have a little pond, probably twice the size of a normal backyard pool. When winter rolls around, it usually freezes over if the temperature gets low enough. But the pond does not always completely freeze. There are often little patches of unfrozen water here and there.
Once on a cold January day I was taking a pleasant stroll outside. It was during our month of exams, and as it was strangely warm, I was enjoying the fresh air. I noticed a group of novices gathered around the edge of the pond and one novice going to and fro on the well-frozen section (a novice is one who is discerning the vocation and preparing to take religious vows). Read more
Br Michael Sternhagen, LC
Santiago de Chile, 6:30 pm. Sitting and reading on the green grass atop a hill, as the last rays of the setting sun bathed the wide sweep of Santiago far below in gold… Little was I prepared for scene two: the curtain was coming down on my evening of tranquility and quiet reading – perhaps forever. Although I didn´t hear the muffled footsteps behind me, I was not alone. Read more