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In case you wanted to watch this year’s National Catholic Mission you can see it below along with a description of “Why giving our death’s away” might just be our final and greatest gift!   Father Henri Nouwen was a Catholic priest, a University professor and one of the best known spiritual writers of the […]

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The last time I was the homilist on Good Friday I shared with you that when I was a kid, yes there was a time when I was young, I hated Good Friday more than any other day of the year. Think about it. You get the day off school but back in the 1960’s […]

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Here is a song called Prodigal by Casting Crowns. As we wrap up our weekend reflections on the many stories contained in the Parable of the “Lost Sons” take a moment with these lyrics and the picture. (The lyrics are below the video. Sorry about the Google Ads- Simply click the X and they should […]

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We are called to be as compassionate as God is compassionate. We are called to follow Jesus’ example as a son – “the younger son without being rebellious” and “the elder son without being resentful.” We are also called to grow into spiritual fatherhood – this means both father and mother, masculine and feminine. All […]

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Nouwen says the painting just as easily could have been called “The Welcome by the Compassionate Father.” In the painting, the father’s hands are the true central point. The light and the eyes of others focus on those hands. The left hand is masculine while the right hand is more feminine. So the character “is […]

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The elder son usually gets little attention in discussions of this Bible story. Yet, Nouwen explains how both Rembrandt and Henri himself had part of the dark, resentful side of the “elder son” in them. Henri admits he understands the envy that the elder son feels toward his younger brother. The elder son lived an […]

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Henri writes about the most famous person in the story: the younger son, the prodigal son. He says Rembrandt at a young age “had all the characteristics of the prodigal son: brash, self confident, spendthrift, sensual, and very arrogant”. The artist earned a lot, spent a lot, and lost a lot. The painting is about […]

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The book, “Return of the Prodigal Son”,  is  based on Nouwen’s reflections on a Rembrandt painting called Prodigal Son, which hangs in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Prologue and Introduction tell of Henri’s encounter with the painting itself in 1986 and his move to the L’Arche Daybreak community in the town of Richmond […]

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Some of my friends at St. Patrick’s may have noticed that I was scheduled to preach this weekend. As they (whoever they are) like to say nothing makes God smile more than people making plans. It turns out that this weekend is ShareLife Sunday, the annual appeal for folks to give to various Catholic Charities. […]

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A while back I was involved in a minor way with the publishing of this short but powerful book by one of the spiritual masters of the 20th century. Click here to purchase a copy for someone you know, perhaps yourself, as they travel the road as a caregiver. Here is a summary of this […]

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It was the first day of the third year of our diaconate formation program. I walked in and noticed a new couple sitting in the back row. This turned out to be Bernie and Margaret. Bernie died this past week and we lost a man of true compassion. Bernie was a bit older than the […]

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We are called to be as compassionate as God is compassionate. We are called to follow Jesus’ example as a son – “the younger son without being rebellious” and “the elder son without being resentful.” We are also called to grow into spiritual fatherhood – this means both father and mother, masculine and feminine. All […]

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Last night at our St. Patrick’s Friends of Dismas meeting we examined the Elder Son as seen by Henri Nouwen in his book The Return of the Prodigal Son. Nouwen opens up the parable using the famous  painting of   THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON By Rembrandt. At the end of our evening we […]

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In the midst of a crazy week  this showed up this morning in my daily meditation from the Henri Nouwen Society. I was talking to a person the other day who also subscribes to these reflections and he was telling me how they are so often on target helping him with the challenges in his […]

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Yesterday I wrote about one of my classmate from high school who passed away too early at 56. Paul’s gift to me was one of friendship and after writing the post yesterday the following shows up in my daily meditation from the Henri Nouwen Society: The Gift of Friendship Friendship is one of the greatest […]

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