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Annunciation/Good Friday

A Homily Good Friday 2016                                                              Andrew D. Ciferni, O.Praem. In 2005, Good Friday fell on March…

Homily for Friday after Ash Wednesday 2015

Homily for the Friday after Ash Wednesday (20 February 2015) Readings: Is 59: 1-9a; Ps 51; Mt 9: 14 – 15 For you [O God] will that our self-denial should give you thanks, humble our sinful pride, contribute to the feeding of the poor, and so…

Kunkel’s Krew 2014

Day 1: Tuesday 19 August. Cofrin 11 is a middle-sized auditorium classroom but this afternoon it looks more like a small farmers’ market. On the upfront professor’s tables are high-piled stacks of sunflower yellow T-shirts: small, medium, large, extra-large, and extra-extra-large. The range of sizes reflects…

Baculum Senectutis

In one of the old Latin liturgical books of the Norbertine Order is one of the most infrequently celebrated rites in our tradition, especially in the United States. It is the “Rite Accustomed to be Used in Celebration of the Jubilee (50th anniversary) of Solemn Profession.”…

The End of Empires

On Saturday, June 28, I was moving through Fiumicino, the Rome International Airport, on my way with my 95-year old mother to catch a plane that would bring us back to Philadelphia. That day one hundred years ago the 19-year old Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip assassinated…

Casoli Days

Fruits of earth, vines, and the work of human hands. Part I: Roots. When I was a child (I was born during World War II) each September when I returned to school I inevitably received an assignment to write about what I had done during the…

Be Not Afraid

Be Not Afraid “Be Not Afraid” was the opening song for the last Common Prayer at the Sacred Hour observed every Wednesday morning from ten to eleven here at St. Norbert College. The last Common Prayer of the 2013 – 2014 academic year was led by…

Christus Medicus, St. Dympna and Marc Chagall

Christ the Physician, St. Dympna and Marc Chagall Marc Chagall’s Jacob Wrestling the Angel and IV pumps, Jesus as Christus Medicus (Christ the physician) on 3rd and 4th Century Roman Sarcophagi, Jewish Sources and Empathic Patient Care….! I’m just back from the Third Annual Conference on…

Homily for Ash Wednesday

Homily: Ash Wednesday (5 March 2014).Notre Dame de la Baie Academy. Green Bay, WI readings: Joel 2: 12 – 18; 2 Cor 5: 20 – 6:2; Matt 6:1 – 6, 16 – 18 Ashes. Cold in a fireplace they may be a reminder of cozy warmth…

Snow and Ashes 2014

Snow and Ashes 2014 “All these [romantic and artistic] visions and versions of winter take place at the pressure point where indoor warmth meets the frozen window.” In his essays on winter the Canadian-raised American writer, essayist and commentator Adam Gopnik suggests that it was the…