Brother John’s Reflections

Living Life Forwards

Living Life Forwards

And another person said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”  Jesus answered him, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.” Luke 9: 61-2 Having […]

 

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Photo Credit: Library of CongressSterling Memorial Quadrangle and Marquand Chapel, Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT

Why Pursue a Masters in Religion?

Cory Hodson, an alum of Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Massachusetts, has recently begun a masters program in Religion at Yale University. We asked him what motivated him to pursue the masters and we’re grateful for his response and contribution to Living the Charism. We hope to hear more from […]

 

From Brother Edward

Congregational LetterVolume III, Letter 8

Congregational Letter
Volume III, Letter 8

THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT The Gift of Wisdom: enables us to desire and value the things of God. The Gift of Understanding: helps us grasp the truths of our faith more readily. The Gift of Counsel: helps us to tell right from wrong and gives us proper […]

 

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Brother John's Reflections

Living Life Forwards

Living Life Forwards

And another person said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”  Jesus answered him, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.” Luke 9: 61-2 Having […]

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Brother John's Reflections

The Courage to Be

The Courage to Be

When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem. Luke 9: 51 Job opened his mouth and cursed his day. Job spoke out and said: “Perish the day on which I was born, the night when they said, ‘The child is […]

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Wait In Silence For God Only

Wait In Silence For God Only

Naked I came forth from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I go back again. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. Job 1: 21 The Book of Job is a problem for us, as evil is a problem for us. […]

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Time and Timelessness

Time and Timelessness

God has made everything beautiful in its time. God has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 In the classic American play Our Town by Thornton Wilder, Emily, the young woman who has died in […]

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Brother John's Reflections

Are All Things Vanity?

Are All Things Vanity?

Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, vanity of vanities! All things are vanity! What profit has man from all the labor which he toils at under the sun? One generation passes and another comes, but the world forever stays. Ecclesiastes 1: 1-4 In my first introduction to the Book of Ecclesiastes, […]

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Realizing Mercy

Realizing Mercy

Go and learn the meaning of the words, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” I did not come to call the righteous but sinners. Matthew 9:13   During the past year, Pope Francis called on all people to ponder the place of mercy in the revelation of Jesus and in our […]

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