Father Al's Blog

February 2016

Feb 12

FATHER AL'S HOMILY PREP, A LIVING LECTIO DIVINA

These are my personal thoughts, feelings and desires as I engage with the readings from the First Sunday of Lent. Reading One: Deuteronomy 26: 4-10 Thoughts: Moses reminds us to remember the hard times in our lives and how God saved us from affliction, toil, and oppression. As we reflect on God’s power to save, Moses invites us to give...
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Feb 12

What is Fasting?

What is fasting? Sometimes I define it like this: Giving up something I like so that I can tame my inordinate desires; therefore, fasting demands self-discipline. Well, there is a problem with that definition -- too much emphasis on the "I"! Fasting is not primarily an ego-driven discipline. It is preeminently a sign that points to...
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Feb 5

What are the Four Senses of Scripture?

What are the Four Senses of Scripture? The Fathers of the Church would read the Sacred Scriptures through four related but distinct kinds of lenses. They realized that the Word of God is so rich in meaning that different ways of looking at particular passages would help enrich their understanding of God's ways and guidance. Let's take a look at...
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