Meditation on Mary and Joseph

Meditation on Mary and Joseph

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
I hope everyone has had a good beginning to Advent! As we prepare to celebrate the Birth of our Saviour, it may be good to apply some of our discussions on meditation. St. Francis often used physical images to help him ponder Our Lord’s Life.  I ...

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Benedictine Meditation & Spirituality

Benedictine Meditation & Spirituality

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
As we have been discussing meditation, we begin to look at the different types of meditation in the Catholic Church.  Often, religious orders will have similar, yet distinct types of meditation based upon each one’s spirituality.  It is very benefici ...

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Benedictine Meditation and Spirituality

Benedictine Meditation and Spirituality

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
As we have been discussing meditation, we begin to look at the different types of meditation in the Catholic Church.  Often, religious orders will have similar, yet distinct types of meditation based upon each one’s spirituality.  It is very benefici ...

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Meditation

Meditation

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
I had promised to write about Christian Meditation in lieu of the various confused meditative practices out there – I still haven’t written on yoga – Hindu devotional to Hindu gods which are nothing more than demons - and the various new age energy ...

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
You may recall last week’s announcement re: ‘mindfulness’ that is being taught and practiced at some of our local elementary schools and one middle school.  ‘Mindfulness’ is taught as a method to relieve and deal with stress; a way of controll ...

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Scripture Alone

Scripture Alone

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Many of you probably found a letter to Catholics on your windshield after Masses last weekend.  It was written by a person of the evangelical/fundamentalist persuasion.  I do not know if the author delivered them himself – it’s a good bit of legwor ...

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Patriotism

Patriotism

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Have you ever lived/traveled outside of the United States for a length of time?  When you returned what was one of the first things you noticed upon your return?  Wasn’t it the United States Flag?  Didn’t the flag mean you were home? Have you e ...

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Cardinal Borromeo

Cardinal Borromeo

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
In light of the climate in the Church these days, it may be good for us to take a tour through history to highlight just a very few heroic priests, bishops, cardinals and others.  I take the following events from Magnificat’s August edition. Many o ...

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Abuse

Abuse

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Two weeks ago the priests planned to preach on the Holy Eucharist, particularly on proper reverence for Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.  Instead, we had to preach on the recently released priest scandals that occurred in Pennsylvania over the past 70 years ...

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St. Maximilian Kolbe

St. Maximilian Kolbe

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
In late July, 1941 a prisoner escaped from the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz.  He knew that ten prisoners would be starved to death as retribution for his escape – such was one means of the Nazis to prevent escape.  After the ten men had been ch ...

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