Apr
30
2017

"Were not our hearts burning within" - Third Sunday of Easter

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Seasons

"The invitation to spiritual conversation is an invitation to reflect on where the Spirit is moving within us. "

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Apr
23
2017

"Peace be with you." - 2nd Sunday of Easter

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Seasons

"I can't imagine a person who can proudly boast, "I have enough peace." Whether we look at our own lives or the state of the world, we are easily aware of areas with an absence of peace."

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Apr
16
2017

This Changes Everything - Easter Sunday 2017

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Seasons

"What changes everything? A spiritual and theological view would see the "things" that change everything as moments such as the Incarnation and the Resurrection. "

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Apr
14
2017

Good Friday 2017 - Jesus: "the passive object of an active verb".

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Seasons

"I was a member of the team at Loyola House, our Jesuit spirituality centre in Guelph, Ontario, in the 1990s. On most Good Fridays we acted out a mime version of the events of the Pascal Triduum for the retreatants. A member of the team who had studied theology in California brought the production back. I'm not usually drawn to such things, but this was really striking in its beauty and simplicity. Several of us were involved, playing the major actors of the Gospel events from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday."

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Apr
13
2017

Holy Thursday 2017 - The Washing of Feet: “as I have done to you …”

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Seasons

"Several years ago, I walked the famous Camino de Santiago de Compostela across the north of Spain. After a full day of being confined by hiking boots and having tired feet, I got into the habit of soaking and massaging my feet most evenings. That was practical, even necessary, if my feet were going to take me over the next day's route."

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Apr
9
2017

The Great Doorway: The Fifth Sunday of Lent 2017

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Seasons

"A doorway leading to Holy Week is an invitation to mysteries both familiar and unknown. . . .But the events of suffering, death, and resurrection are experienced in ever-new ways. Let's find our own path through the mysteries of this sacred Week. "

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Apr
2
2017

The Promise of Spring: The Fifth Sunday of Lent 2017

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Seasons

"The Resurrection grace of Easter will be revealed to us when we are most in need. In the meantime, that early bud or bird arrives as a harbinger of greater things to come."

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Mar
26
2017

Giving Glory to God: The Fourth Sunday of Lent

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Seasons

"Saint Irenaeus reminded us that the fully alive person gives glory to God. "

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Mar
19
2017

The Question of Why: The Third Sunday of Lent

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Seasons

"Lent is a period when this question of WHY should naturally lead to a deepening of our faith. Perhaps the apex of that faith is today's famous verse from Paul's Letter to the Romans: "God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit." "

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Mar
12
2017

“Go from your country”: The Second Sunday of Lent

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Seasons

Our Lenten reflections continue with today's steps that take us further along the path.

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