Showing posts from February, 2015

Lord, Hand me the Hammer and the Chisel, Please

Once upon a time a sculptor was chipping away at a huge block of marble.  Two young children, a boy and a girl, watched him work for many weeks.  They stood silently and were amazed when finally a magnificent lion emerged from the stone and stood towering over them.  They ran to him excitedly, their eyes wide with wonder and asked: "How did you know that there was a lion hidden in that rock?"

The sculptor laughed and thought to himself, how do I tell them that I had known the lion before I knew the marble stone and what it hid? But he looked at the children and said: "I was very quiet when I first started and listened to the stone and I heard the lion roaring inside.  Then I chipped away at everything that wasn't the lion and set him free!" (Rites of Justice, Megan McKenna 1997, Orbis Books).

I often think of Lent as a time to be reacquainted with my true self.  A lot of hard covering accumulates over the course of a year and I need God's help to chip it …

Encountering God on the Street Picking Up Glass

I believe that God is always trying to encounter us, but that God often shows up in the places we least expect so we often miss the opportunity.   Last night I was coming back to the Maryknoll mission house for our Affiliates meeting hoping to encounter God in the gathering of that community.  God had other plans.  God met me outside in the street.  He was picking up glass.

Our Maryknoll House is an old convent at a parish on a busy corner.  As I was pulling into the parking lot it was dark but I noticed a bike on sidewalk and a guy out in the street bent over.  I was running a bit late and my first instinct was to ignore it, but I thought he might be hurt, so I went to see if he'd been in a bike accident and needed help.

As I got closer I realized that he was picking up glass in the middle of the lane as cars drove around him.  I asked him if he was okay and whether there had been an accident.  He told me that as he was riding his bike around the corner he had noticed the glass and…

Letter From Haiti: Reflection from a Maryknoll Immersion Trip

Offered for your reflection by Thomas Hutter based on his visit to Haiti February 4-11, 2015 with Maryknoll and Outreach to Haiti
“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” Lilla Watson, Aboriginal Elder
I am your neighbor. I have come from a history of enslavement and oppression, dictatorships, hurricanes and earthquakes. Yet, I bring forth a people of remarkable resilience and a deep faith in God.  A people who conduct themselves with great civility, humility, respect and patience. A people who have endurance, hospitality, share all they have, and always offer a ready smile that will brighten any heart.
Just like you, we do for ourselves what we can. We do not need your pity or your judgment. We do not really even need your mission trips to come and “save us”, as well intentioned as they may seem. However, if your feelings arise from your desire to be in unity with the plight…
Lenten Weekly Reflections Resource 2015
The following six reflections are to be used weekly starting with “L.”  For each week there is a reflection or questions and a prayer that relates to the heading.  Recite the prayer each day to keep the topic fresh in your mind.  Can be used for prayer groups, classrooms, faith formation classes or individual reflection.
Looking for love in all the wrong places Reflection: There is a saying: “Where you spend your money and time is where your heart is.”  If I look in my checkbook am I satisfied with where my heart is living?  If I look at my calendar, is my heart where I want it to be?  Are those places bringing me joy? Am I expecting others to provide my happiness?  Have I substituted technology like my cell phone or email for face-to-face relationships?  Do I know that God loves me?  Do I ever substitute physical pleasures for meaningful relationships?
Prayer: Loving Creator God, help me to remember that you have been at my side in good times an…