Sixth in a series
EXPERIENCING THE season of Lent this year has convinced me that for several years I have been living in the midst of a religious revolution. What I am emphasizing in my life during this Lenten season is radically different from my experience of Lent prior to Vatican II. My guess is that many readers of this column may be having an experience similar to mine.
RE-READING RONALD Rolheiser’s “Our One Great Act of Fidelity: Waiting for Christ in the Eucharist” has been an interesting experience.
Fourth in a series IN TRYING TO help people through some difficult times, I have encouraged them to pray that God’s will be done. Of course, many of us have said the words, “Thy will be done,” thousands of times when praying the Our Father.
Father Robert Lauder and the Office of Faith Formation, School of Evangelization, will present the 53rd Friday Film Festival at the Immaculate Conception Pastoral Center in Douglaston, on six Fridays this spring.
Probably for most of us there are special dates that reoccur each year that have special meaning in our lives. I think immediately of birthdays and anniversaries. Twice a year, and every year for the last 24 years, I have moderated a film festival at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston. This spring will be the 53rd festival, which will include the showing of the 300th film.
Third in a series, I AM ENJOYING re-reading Ronald Rolheiser’s “Our One Great Act of Fidelity: Waiting for Christ in the Eucharist” (New York: Doubleday, 2011). Re-reading the book seems even more enjoyable and profitable than my first reading. Insights seem to be leaping off the pages. This has happened with other books that I have re-read and it is a wonderful experience. If I ever meet Rolheiser, I hope to express my gratitude for this book and for others.
Second in a series, EARLY IN HIS book “Our One Great Act of Fidelity: Waiting for Christ in the Eucharist” (New York: Doubleday, 2011), Ronald Rolheiser stresses that the Eucharist is a great mystery that we will never completely understand. He confesses that in his studies he took excellent courses on the Eucharist, but in the end he realized that he did not understand the Eucharist.
First in a series, WHEN I WAS A young parish priest many years ago, about one quarter of the Catholics who lived in the parish did not attend the Sunday Eucharist with any regularity. My guess is that at this time that percentage has increased. Though I do not have any statistics, I think we have a very serious problem in the contemporary Church concerning the Sunday Eucharist.
Third in a series, SEVERAL READINGS of Paul J. Wadell’s excellent essay, “Not Settling for Less,” which appeared in the Jesuit weekly America (Nov. 21, 2016) have led me to better appreciate the virtue of hope.
Second in a series, Early in his essay, “Not Settling for Less: The Audacity and Practice of Christian Hope” (America, Nov. 21, 2016), Paul J. Wadell discusses hope in relation to our friendship with God.