April 2014

Spirituality and You: Modern-day Saints

Monday, April 28, 2014

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On Sunday, April 27, the Catholic Church celebrated the canonization of two modern-day saints: Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. Each of them made a difference, not only in the Church but in the world:

Through the gifts of joyfulness, goodness and humility, Pope John XXIII led the Church into the modern world. He taught us of the need for peace in the world which can only be achieved through the recognition of human dignity. He called us to work for a more just world. This holy man inspired us to live the Gospel, to love deeply, and to show compassion to persons who are poor and suffering.

Pope John Paul II made his life a magnificent example of service. Tirelessly, he took the message of peace and love to the far corners of the earth. His energy and joy inspired young people and those of all ages to follow in the path of Jesus. He missed no opportunity to affirm the dignity of all persons and to promote human rights. He led us as a model, not only of strength but of vulnerability and suffering.

Let us follow their example and share God’s goodness and love with others in our own unique way!

CHA Easter reflection: Truth

Sunday, April 20, 2014

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Catholic Health Association’s Easter reflection: Bunkum or Truth.

Peter claims, in the Acts of the Apostles, that the servant Jesus has been glorified. Among other things, such a claim might be referring to the testimonies about the risen Lord that the third Gospel drew upon.

While the disciples who had returned from the road to Emmaus were explaining how they recognized Jesus in the breaking of bread, Jesus suddenly appeared in their midst. Frightened, they thought they were seeing a ghost, but Jesus told them to look at his wounds and even touch him. He knew they were having trouble believing what was before them. As if to convince them that he was somehow, albeit strangely, flesh and blood, he asked for something to eat in their presence.

This, like other accounts of the risen Jesus, is amazingly wonderful. And despite the efforts of countless commentators and interpreters over the centuries to reduce these narratives to something neither quite so strange nor nearly so wonderful, one fact remains: The resurrection community that had experienced Jesus’ dying now experienced his risen presence. And it was, quite insistently, an embodied one.

This is a Jesus of sight and sound, of memories and relationships, of love and tenderness. He would take food and allow himself to be touched. Even his wounds could be examined. It was a recognizable and identifiable Jesus, a realization of his bodied existence. And yet he seemed to transcend the conditions of sheer organic materiality. He would appear out of nowhere, supposedly pass through walls and closed doors, walk on water, and reveal wounds surprisingly different from the open sores of earthly trauma.

Often enough, we come across claims that this cannot be literally true. But what if it were true.

Christ the Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

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Shared with permission from Catholic Health Association (https://www.chausa.org/). The author is the late Fr. John F. Kavanaugh, SJ, who published them in 2005 in the booklet, Daybreaks: Daily Reflections for Lent and Easter (by Liguori Publications).  Liguori has graciously allowed CHA to extend his writings through this 2014 series. In these reflections, Fr. Kavanaugh opens a door to understanding the mystery of Christ’s redemptive mission and offers a provocative message of love in a world weary of materialism.

 

CHA Palm Sunday reflection: A Collision of Themes

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Palm Sunday reflection from Catholic Health Association: A Collision of Themes. The great triumphant procession of palms as well as the betrayed allegiances of the human heart are both woven into the Passion and the death of Jesus.
The liturgy of Passion Sunday is a collision of themes: glorious hosannas and somber omens. Isaiah promised [more…]

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CHA Lenten Reflection: Recognizing Ourselves

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Lenten reflection from Catholic Health Association for the fifth week of Lent: Recognizing Ourselves. The moment we recognize our inadequacy, our sin, our smallness before the greatness of the transcendent God, we are capable of truly being called out of ourselves. When God is heard to say, “Whom shall I send, and who will [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Spring

Monday, April 7, 2014

Today let’s reflect on the season of SPRING: “Just as there are seasons in the world around us, so there are in our interior life,” Teresa of Avila wisely observed. “We cannot expect it to be otherwise.” Spring is a season of renewal and rebirth. It’s a time when buds become leaves and flowers, when [more…]

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CHA Lenten Reflection: Love is Arduous

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Lenten reflection from Catholic Health Association for the fourth week of Lent: Love is Arduous. Love is the chameleon that hides in the hue of everything and disappears into any context available.
But not so fast.  This love isn’t just anything. It involves heart and will, soul and life, mind and strength. It requires a [more…]

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Good physical balance can help older people avoid falls.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Balance in all aspects of life is a good thing. We work hard but make time for fun, love our children while setting boundaries, and eat healthy to enjoy a sundae on Friday night. But mental equilibrium isn’t the only kind of balance that’s important in life. Good physical balance can help older people avoid [more…]

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