The Chapel’s Blog will be on retreat with Fr. Ron Rolheiser this week: “The Mystery of the Incarnation – Jesus, Church, Christians, and all others”. Each day, one thought, insight, prayer …. will be shared.

In the meantime, please pray for the Blog poster, as she will be praying for all of you.

Retreat Monday

Nothing new, but good to be reminded:

As a Christian, I am part of a body, the Body of Christ …. no act is private. There is no such thing as a truly private act. The whole Body is there. It is not metaphorical.

If I am sinning privately, I’m affecting all of you. If I’m living a virtuous life, I’m affecting everyone else.


Praying the psalms (retreat day 2)

We need to pray all of the psalms. We cannot ignore the violent ones, or the ones that express anger, or those that lament. We all experience those times in our lives and we need those psalms to help us express, through prayer, those feelings … of anger, loss, lament, as well as the times of joy, exaltation, rejoicing, thanksgiving ….

The Church gives us the Liturgy of the Hours, one of the two public prayers of the Church (the other being the Eucharist). As we know, the Liturgy of the Hours is a structured way in which we can pray the psalms. Our public prayer is our prayer for the whole world, not ourselves.

We are encouraged to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, the Psalms, on behalf of the whole world: for its sorrow, anger, loss, lament, joy, rejoicing …


Retreat day 3

Church – unless Christ is at our center, we will come apart. The person of Christ brings us together beyond some ideology …

This has caused me, as a religious, to reflect … the person of Christ brings us together beyond our charism.

How else might I say this; how might you say it?

To what community, what sort of community, do I belong? What is its animating core?


Retreat day 4

Christ is part of the very structure of Creation. Anyone, any created being, living on this planet is going through Christ.

“In the beginning was the Word,

and the Word was with God,

and the Word was God.

He was in the beginning with God.

All things came to be through him,

and without him nothing came to be.

What came to be through him was life,

and this life was the light of the human race;

the light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:1-5).


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On the header, photo by Jeremy Thomas on Unsplash.


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