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Reflection for the First Sunday of Lent (C) – March 10, 2019

Author: Geoffrey T. Mooney

Reflection for the First Sunday of Lent (C) – March 10, 2019

 

Reflection

 

As we enter into the season of Lent, Luke’s Gospel takes us with Jesus into the desert.  John has just baptized him in the Jordan, and as yet he has called no disciples, worked no miracles, and told no parables.  For Jesus, these are days of prayer and discernment, preparation and training, days of spiritual exercise for him to strip away all that is inessential and quiet the voices that long for him to surrender to relevance, popularity, and power.  Luke tells us that Jesus fasted for forty days, and in quite the understatement, he was hungry when they were over.  Jesus was hungry—surely hungry for food, but his fasting was not only a physical discipline.  This Lent, perhaps we fast from dining at tables of exclusion in order to develop a hunger for true hospitality and welcome.  Perhaps we fast from meals catered by complaining and criticizing to develop a hunger for gratitude.  Perhaps we fast from an overwhelming menu of social media options to develop a hunger for more authentic human relationship.  Perhaps we fast from buffets of gossip and sarcasm to develop a hunger for honesty in communication.  Perhaps we fast from filling our trays with selfish ambition to develop a hunger for cooperation and collaboration.  By Jesus’ example we fast, increasing a hunger for justice, mercy, unity, and peace, and so too by his example, we move from the desert to act in the world.

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Reflection for the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) – March 3, 2019

Author: Megan Malamood

Reflection for the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) – March 3, 2019

 

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            This Sunday’s Gospel is a challenging one and there is no way around it. In speaking to his disciples, Jesus also speaks to us, warning us that we must take care to purify ourselves, tend to our own flaws and weaknesses, and to live so that our actions and words express the truth in our hearts, lest we, too, become like hypocrites. He suggests to us that we cannot lead others without having been lead and shown the way first. He tells us that we cannot sincerely help our neighbor remove a splinter from his or her eye, when our vision is so obscured by a wooden beam lodged in our own. These words encourage us to acknowledge our own flaws and imperfections before we try to confront those flaws and imperfections which we notice in others. Further, Christ teaches that, “a good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit”. What kind of fruit are you

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Reflection for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) - February 24, 2019

Author: Geoffrey T. Mooney

Reflection for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) – February 24, 2019

 

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It is a phrase that we have heard repeated since childhood—treat others as you want to be treated.  Jesus highlights the Golden Rule for his disciples in this weekend’s Gospel, but his words are not simply a plea to be nice to people regardless of the situation.  The Golden Rule involves a complete reversal of our pattern of thinking, speaking, and acting.  Jesus invites us to overhaul our way of being in the world in relation to others so that we are no longer the center of attention.  Far from an easy task, to treat others as we want to be treated means to think well of them, to speak well of them, and to act well toward them just as we want to receive similar encouraging thoughts, words, and actions, ones that build up instead of tear down.  In a world where people so readily pick sides over issues like economic policy, the environment, immigration, the right to life, and the dignity of marriage, it becomes all too easy to align ourselves only with those who think, speak, and act like us.  People outside our opinion camp become the enemy, the object of mistrust or even hatred.  Yet Jesus tells us to stop criticizing them and opt for understanding.  Stop judging them and opt for mercy.  Stop demonizing them and opt for welcome.  What can we do to love our enemies this week, to choose communion over conflict?  What can we do love others as we want to be loved?

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Reflection for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) - February 10, 2019

Author: Megan Malamood

Reflection for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) – February 10, 2019

 

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            “Put out into deep water.” Jesus says this to Simon Peter on the Lake of Gennesaret, or the Sea of Galilee, but what might this command mean to us in our lives today? After a futile night spent trying to make a catch, Jesus instructs Simon to go out once more. He is doubtful, tired, and reluctant. It seems irrational to go back to the same place where you know

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Reflection for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) - January 27, 2019

Author: Geoffrey T. Mooney

Reflection for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) – January 27, 2019

 

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For many of us as children, getting up early on Sunday mornings and going to church was a normal part of our family’s weekly routine.  For others, perhaps this is a practice we have discovered or recovered anew since coming to Notre Dame.  What is it about Sundays?  Apart from Scripture telling us to “keep holy the sabbath day,” why do we continue to mark out one day among all the others and go about it differently than all the rest?  In our Gospel this weekend, Jesus returns to his childhood home at Nazareth and enters the synagogue just as he would have done countless times before with Mary and Joseph on the sabbath.  He likely sees familiar faces, the regulars in front and a few latecomers straggling in after the opening prayers, this one who cannot sing and that one who always has a smile.  Even the divine Son of God recognizes the deep need we all have to carve out time each week to make our way to God’s house.  With us Jesus shares a human heart that burns for God, a heart that longs for communion with the Father experienced through the love and fellowship of a worshiping and believing community.  “You have made us for yourself, O Lord,” St. Augustine writes, “and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”  In this new semester, may our Sunday rest truly be found in God, and may our Sunday celebration bring us closer to the one who longs for us.

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Reflection for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) - January 20, 2019

Author: Megan Malamood

Reflection for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) – January 20, 2019

 

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             We have just returned from break, hopefully rested and refreshed, after a liturgical season filled with joy, celebration, and triumphant hymns proclaiming Christ’s birth. Sometimes such effusive celebrations seem to help us more fully surrender whatever burdens we carry with us. We can simply get lost in joy. In these times, letting the glory of Jesus’ Incarnation into our lives does not seem so hard. Yet other times, even in the midst of such joyful celebrations, we are utterly aware of what we are lacking, what we desire, or what we are struggling to bear. It can be hard to celebrate when needs or heartaches are so present to us. However, in this Sunday’s Gospel passage, God reveals his love by reminding us of his closeness to us and his anticipation of our needs. After just a word from his mother, Jesus’ glory is revealed by turning water into wine and enabling the wedding celebration to continue. This is a great act of love conveying to us that our joy is Jesus’ joy. Our burdens are his, too.

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Reflection for the Second Sunday of Advent - December 9, 2018

Author: Geoffrey T. Mooney

Reflection for the Second Sunday of Advent (C) – December 9, 2018

 

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For all of us studying here at Notre Dame, it may be tempting to say that Advent comes at a rather inconvenient time of year.  As we rush toward the end of the semester, our priorities naturally turn to exams, papers, projects, and plans to travel home.  Academic pressures charge full steam ahead, time easily slips away from us, and before we know it, Christmas arrives amid food, presents, parties, and carols.  As students, we might not feel that we ever properly celebrate Advent.  Despite the increased pace of life during these weeks, however, Advent actually comes at the perfect time of year.  Precisely when we feel most burdened, most deprived of rest, and furthest from our spiritual center, it is then that we most need to slow down and step away from busy routines that consume us.  Here we can reexamine our inner selves and ask how we might carve out space to let Jesus enter anew and transform our minds and hearts.  In this weekend’s Gospel, John the Baptist sends forth an urgent cry inviting us to seek this transformation.  What rough edges can we smooth out?  What paths can we make straight again?  What valleys of doubt or mountains of pride can we make level?  External demands will surely test our internal desires to observe these weeks as a season of joyful hope.  May we still seek God’s grace to heed the Baptist’s call this Advent to prepare a way for Jesus.

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Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent - December 2, 2018

Author: Megan Malamood

Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent (C) – December 2, 2018

 

Gospel                                                                                                                                     Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

             
       Jesus said to his disciples: “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand. “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”

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Reflection for the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) - November 18, 2018

Author: Geoffrey T. Mooney

Reflection for the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) - November 18, 2018

 

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As we march toward the end of the Church year, the readings this weekend turn our focus to the end times when Christ will come in glory.  The prophet Daniel describes a future moment when those who have fallen asleep in the earth shall at last awake.  The wise will live forever and shine brightly with all the splendor of heaven, while the faithless will be cast away into “everlasting horror and disgrace.”  The Gospel points to a final time of darkness and distress that the Son of Man will defeat when he comes victorious in power to gather those who have remained faithful to his Word.  Over the past several months, we have immersed ourselves as a choir into a musical tradition deeply rooted in these themes of trusting dependence upon Jesus, eternal life in heaven, and freedom from this world’s bondage and tribulation.  The African-American spirituals and gospel songs we have learned remind us of the enduring good news that Christ has gone before us to prepare a glorious place for us.  If we are willing to lay down this world and shoulder the cross, he has robe and crown waiting for us in the Kingdom.  If we surrender to his guidance, he will lead us along the way to that Kingdom through our weakest hours and darkest days.  As we close this year, may the songs we sing and the Gospel we hear draw us nearer to Jesus whose Word conquers all and stands true forever.

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Reflection for Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – November 11, 2018

Author: Megan Malamood

                                    Reflection for Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) – November 11, 2018
 

Gospel                                                                                                                                                                                Mark 12: 41-44

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Reflection for the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) - November 4, 2018

Author: Geoffrey T. Mooney

Reflection for the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) - November 4, 2018

 

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Our college educations have taught us well how to ask tough questions, how to do careful analysis, and how to engage in dialogue.  The pursuit of truth makes all of us better able to respond to injustice, understand the world around us, and enter into life-giving relationships.  The more questions we ask of others, the more we get to know them as human beings made in God’s image.  The more we question our physical and social environments, the more we discover how we fit into God’s creation and how we are to build up the kingdom on earth.  Christians pose questions from a perspective of faith rooted in hope that answers will open doors of opportunity so that more voices can be heard and the dignity of all people can be upheld.  While we have been trained never to cease questioning, do we equally recognize the need to step back and be silent?  When the truth confronts us, are we able to name it and then stand in awe?  Do we allow ourselves simply to be overcome by the beauty of the truth that surrounds us?  In this weekend’s Gospel, a scribe comes to Jesus with a question about the most essential law.  Jesus responds with the command to love God and love our neighbor.  At his word, not a single person dared to ask another question.  May we too be moved to silence our minds and hearts in adoration when meeting Jesus, listening to him who is the Truth.

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Reflection for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - October 28, 2018

Author: Megan Malamood

                                       Reflection for 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time (B) – October 28, 2018

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            I think we can all agree that when we are gathered here in the rehearsal room, with full energy and excitement, we are capable of reaching a pretty high volume level. Imagine it at full capacity, with the buzz of conversations rising into a clamor of sound. Do you think you could hear someone on the other side of the room calling out to you? Would you stop to listen?

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Reflection for the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time - October 7, 2018

Author: Megan Malamood

                                              Reflection for 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time (B) – October 7, 2018

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       In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus teaches the Pharisees about marriage by beginning with creation in the Book of Genesis. We’ve heard this passage many times and we’ll hear it again in both this Sunday’s first reading and Gospel: “God made them male and female. For this reason a man should leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” No matter our state of life, we all can appreciate this deep form of union in which two become one, because not only is it beautiful, but it points to the communion God intends for all of us as well.

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Reflection for the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - September 30, 2018

Author: Geoffrey T. Mooney

Reflection for the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - September 30, 2018

 

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In his book The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis draws attention to a common mistake Christians make when seeking God’s forgiveness for their sins.  He suggests that when we think we are asking God to forgive us, in reality we are merely asking God to accept our excuses.  We rationalize our wrongdoing, assign blame to external factors, and ignore “the bit left over, the bit which the excuses don’t cover.”  Sometimes we may be aware of such omissions, but often we come to God with good intentions to improve our habits while unintentionally discounting our direct role in their unraveling.  Lewis urges us to show God our full selves, even the most blemished parts beyond rationalizations.  These might be inexcusable, but they are not unforgivable.  He writes, “When you go to the doctor you show him the bit of you that is wrong—say, a broken arm.  It would be a mere waste of time to keep on explaining that your legs, and eyes, and throat are all right.”  In this weekend’s Gospel, the disciples alert Jesus to a person driving out demons who does not follow his way.  Jesus in essence cautions them not to assign blame for sin elsewhere, but rather to admit their own carelessness that prevents union with God.  If our hands lead us to sin, or our feet, or our eyes, or any other part of ourselves, God desires that we openly present these to him, quit our excuses, and receive his mercy.

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Reflection for the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - September 23, 2018

Author: Megan Malamood

                                                        Reflection for the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - September 23, 2018  

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            Imagine what it’s like running a race and you’re in first place. You’re hustling, feeling good, because nothing stands between you and the finish line. Your vision is focused; you see no people; it’s really all about you in this moment. Now imagine, or remember, what it’s like holding a child in your arms. That child is utterly dependent on you. You feel the full weight of his or her precious life, and you hold it with all of your attention and care. It is no longer about you, but the beautiful, beloved child you hold in your arms.

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Reflection for the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - September 16, 2018

Author: Geoffrey T. Mooney

Reflection for the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - September 16, 2018

 

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Questions about identity and purpose lie at the heart of our human experience.  From a very young age, we navigate countless social roles that shape us as individuals—roles as son or daughter, brother or sister, student, teammate, friend.  Self-discovery leads us to recognize certain talents and uncover additional dimensions of our identity as musicians, athletes, writers, artists, researchers, organizers, and good listeners.  We look to mentors and elders and imagine how our identity will evolve as we anticipate potential employment, married life, and parenthood.  As Christians, however, what infuses and unifies all these aspects is our shared identity in Christ through baptism.  We are first and foremost God’s children, chosen and beloved.  In this weekend’s Gospel, Jesus poses the question to his disciples concerning what the crowds are saying about his identity.  “Who do people say that I am?” he asks.  Varied responses surface, all of which he silences by another question: “But who do you say that I am?”  The speculation of others means nothing—Jesus wants the honest faith of his followers to shine forth, even as their identity is tied to his on the cross.  In our lives today, let us not rely on external opinions to mark out our identity, but instead let us be rooted in Christ.  He alone calls us and he alone loves us completely.  In him is our identity anchored now and forever.

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Reflection for the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time - September 9, 2018

Author: Megan Malamood

                                                 Reflection for the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time - September 9, 2018
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       In faith, we know that God, in his mercy, meets us and is with us wherever

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Reflection for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time - September 2, 2018

Author: Geoffrey T. Mooney

Reflection for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time - September 2, 2018

 

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A common temptation of human beings is to imagine evil as some untamed force external to ourselves.  We sometimes believe that we encounter evil out in the world and must brace ourselves for its onslaught.  Even Scripture seems to support this when St. Peter cautions us to be vigilant against the deceptions of the devil, “prowling around like a roaring lion” ready to devour us.  This weekend’s Gospel, however, offers us an alternative view of evil that hits much closer to home, and in fact situates the true source of evil within the human heart.  Jesus confronts the hypocrisy of the scribes and Pharisees who insist on outer ritual purity while paying little attention to the interior state of their hearts.  He turns to the crowd and instructs them not to look outward to judge what is wholesome from what is improper, but to look inward to examine their own thoughts, motivations, prejudices, and habits.  For all of us today, where do we stand as Jesus’ disciples when we look deep within our own hearts?  Do we find a heart of compassion for friends and loved ones, mercy for those who wrong us, and welcome for the stranger?  Or do we find self-centeredness, jealousy, and resentment lodged within a heart grown cold?  May this new year be our invitation to rid ourselves of destructive attitudes and behaviors so as to conform our hearts completely to the heart of Christ.

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NEW VIDEO AND SCORE - "God Hushes Storms to Silence"

Author: The Notre Dame Folk Choir

We are thrilled to premiere a new piece by Karen Schneider-Kirner, Assistant Director of the Folk Choir, and John Kyler, ND ‘10, ‘13 (and FC alum) "God Hushes Storms to Silence". 

The hymn is based on Psalm 107 and is dedicated to victims of natural disasters and those carrying heavy burdens. John and Karen have generously agreed to allow the Folk Choir to make the score available to anyone who would like to perform the piece, especially in light of the recent storms in the Carolinas. This is a perfect piece to be sung with the congregation in unison or in SATB parts with choir and congregation. Let us know what you think of the piece, and we'd especially love to hear from you if your parish is planning to use the piece. …

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Singing Me Home

Author: Rosemary Pfaff

What is a home? How do you find a home, make a home, or come back to a home? These questions weighed down my thoughts as I made my first journey from San Antonio, Texas all the way to South Bend, Indiana to start my college career at Notre Dame. I was thrilled to embark on four years of adventure, but I missed the family and the familiarity I was leaving behind in Texas. I knew that this far north the winters would be harsh, the nights would be long, and the tea just wouldn’t be as sweet as it was in the Lone Star State.  …

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Bless the Corners: New Melleray Abbey to the Michigan City Prison

Author: Courtney Morin

If you have been wondering what precisely Christian unity looks like, I can recommend two stops you might make on your life’s journey. The first would be to New Melleray Abbey—a Trappist monastery in Iowa; the second would be to the Michigan City Prison—a maximum security facility in Indiana. Allow me to explain……

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Perfect in Weakness

Author: Greg Demet

As Folk Choir alumni surely know, there is a tradition in the Folk Choir going back who-knows-how-long known as “tenor names.” Essentially, when new tenors join the choir, the older tenors assign them a new name. This name is generally taken from a song in the Folk Choir’s repertoire. I think it’s all kind of weird, but I’m a bass, so I’m biased.…

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My Choir Friend, Nick Munsen

Author: Andrew Skiff

At Notre Dame, everyone is smart and talented, so much so that the environment can be more than a little intimidating. As the story for many probably goes, I went from being the super-smart kid in high school to being an average student at Notre Dame. It is certainly a different way to go through life. For a while, I was not really sure how to handle this new environment; I felt intellectually intimidated by my super-smart classmates who tested into Calculus III,  got perfect ACT scores, and had semi-photographic memories. I didn’t feel very smart, which made me sad, because there is so much pressure to make a good impression. Nobody wants to be the student that makes other students ask “Why is that guy here? He’s stupid.” I felt like that guy, until halfway through my freshmen year.…

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Reflection for the Sixth Sunday of Easter - May 6, 2018

Author: Geoffrey T. Mooney

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As we approach the end of this academic year, John’s Gospel this weekend fittingly leaves us with words from Jesus’ farewell discourse.  Following upon his hope for the disciples that they remain committed in the faith as branches growing from the vine, Jesus turns to the foundational commandment to love others from a generous heart.  Whether our personal time in the choir is best measured in weeks, months, or years, we have all experienced the love that exists in this ensemble.  This love manifests itself in the way we sing together, eat together, socialize together, laugh together, and pray together.  We reach out to comfort those who are going through hard times, and we affirm the gifts present in one another that make a positive difference in our lives.  We support each other in academic endeavors, in spiritual and professional discernment, and in joyful praise of our God each Sunday morning from the basilica loft.  As we enter this final month, may we be able to say of one another, “I have called you friends,” and may we always hear Jesus say the same words to us in the depths of our hearts.  We are indeed friends of Christ, and trusting in his promise and example, we open ourselves to become true friends to one another.  May we continue to let Jesus’ love transform our lives, and may this love be the solid ground from which all our friendships blossom.

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Walking on the "Path of Mercy"

Author: Susie Li

“God of morning, God of sunlight,

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Look on me with tenderness.

Help me see with eyes of mercy,

and respond with heart aflame.

May my hands embrace your likeness,

So your love transforms life,

As I walk the path of mercy,

May your mercy be my own.”

These are lyrics from “Path of Mercy,” my favorite Folk Choir song of all time. The gentle voice of the solo on verse one is like the Word of God, touching my heart with tenderness and love. Sometimes life in the Folk Choir feels like mere routine: Tuesday rehearsal, Thursday rehearsal, Sunday rehearsal and Sunday Mass. But is it really routine? To me, it is much more than that. Life in the Folk Choir is a journey. We are walking together on this invisible path of mercy.…

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Reflection for the Fifth Sunday of Easter - April 29, 2018

Author: Geoffrey T. Mooney

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Our Gospel this weekend takes us back to John’s account of the Last Supper.  On his final night with the disciples, Jesus gives simple yet challenging words to sustain the faith of his followers: “Abide in me as I abide in you.”  Pope Francis says that this is the core of Christian life—to abide in Jesus, to unite ourselves so closely with him to receive his life and love, to never tire of seeking him and imitating his example.  When we fully abide in Jesus, we submit our desires to God’s own will and desire for us.  We make ourselves susceptible to receiving the grace of the Holy Spirit while also accepting correction and pardon for what we have done wrong.  Jesus tells his disciples that abiding in him means holding fast to his word and growing outward from his teaching, just as a branch is attached to a vine but extends forth when nourished well.  We grow outward as branches from Christ the true vine and our actions bear fruit when we pattern them after Jesus.  We practice works of mercy in welcoming the stranger, forgiving the sinner, comforting the sorrowful, and responding to the physical and spiritual hunger of our neighbors.  Sustained by prayer, the sacraments, Scripture, and the support of fellow Christians, may we branch out with zeal to bear fruit in the world, firmly connected to the vine which feeds us and the vine grower who trims us back in love to increase our yield.

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How Can I Keep from Singing?

Author: Jamis Labadie

A friend of mine and fellow Folkhead, John Michael, recently gave me a beautiful image to ponder. He handed me a book by Joseph Ratzinger (a.k.a Pope Benedict XIV) opened to a page where heaven was described as a choir, singing eternal praise to God. As choir members ourselves, we agreed that this was a beautiful and fitting image of heaven! There is a joy that is felt in praising God with your whole being, and I find that it is easy to do this while singing God’s praises as a part of the congregation at mass. I have had my most joyful experiences in the choir loft praising God with the Folk Choir, but I took that blessing for granted my first semester at Notre Dame.…

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Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Easter - April 22, 2018

Author: Geoffrey T. Mooney

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The portrayal of Jesus as the “good shepherd” endures as one of the most popular images in the Gospels, despite the fact that many Christians today have no cultural connections to the practice of shepherding animals.  What is it about this particular image of Jesus that continues to capture our imagination and reinforce our faith?  The skilled shepherd never takes his gaze away from his flock and constantly attunes himself to potential threats in the environment.  The skilled shepherd rushes after the sheep that try to wander away, pulling them gently back into the fold.  The skilled shepherd identifies fertile pastures where the flock can graze and pure sources of water where they can refresh themselves.  The skilled shepherd corrals his flock into the sheep pin when they need rest, and he courageously positions himself at the gate to prevent predators from entering and any within his fold from getting out.  These daily tasks of the shepherd to look after the sheep are the same selfless actions Jesus takes with us, this Jesus who lays down his life for our protection and salvation.  Jesus’ heart opens up for our welfare and his voice steadily guides us to places of comfort and peace.  Jesus never leaves us to face the world on our own, and each member of his flock he intimately knows.  May we place our trust completely in Jesus, the good shepherd who accompanies our steps all days.

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"When the Road Makes Us Weary": Bound for Emmaus

Author: Elizabeth Boyle

The metaphor of the “journey” of life has been instilled within my siblings and me since we were young.  My dad would constantly remind me that “Life is a train ride.  Are you getting on it or are you driving it?”  Aside from my personal vision of the train of life, as a young Catholic I learned another story of journeying: the Road to Emmaus.  This story, recited in CCD courses (religion courses usually for students in public school without a religion class) and Catholic summer programs, is arguably one of the most popular passages in the Gospels.  As it says in Luke’s Gospel: two disciples were walking to Emmaus, discussing the events of Jesus’ death and resurrection when Jesus suddenly appeared to walk with the two, unbeknownst to them.  Jesus asked the disciples about the events of the past few days, and they explained to him what had happened.  As the weary travelers arrived at the village, they asked Jesus to join them for dinner.  At dinner, Jesus broke bread and gave it to his disciples, at which point his true identity was made clear to them.  The Gospel for this Third Sunday of Easter reflects on the events following

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Reflection for the Third Sunday of Easter - April 15, 2018

Author: Geoffrey T. Mooney

Reflection

 

Once again this weekend, we encounter the disciples after Easter attempting to make sense of the resurrection.  As they gather to discuss reports of Jesus’ appearances, he comes among them peacefully only to have them react with fright.  “Why are you troubled?” he asks them.  “Why do questions arise in your hearts?”  Jesus asks the same questions to us when we struggle to make sense of events in our world.  We try to come up with logical explanations for the sin and suffering we witness, and we make honest attempts to articulate for others and for ourselves the importance of a life of faith.  Still, doubt and questioning enter our experience just as they did that of Jesus’ disciples.  To ease their troubled minds, Jesus offers his pierced hands and feet as evidence of his true presence among them.  In one of her Catholic Worker

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