Angels Dance, Angels Cry – Br. Mark Brown

Feast of St. Michael and All Angels

In my own reflections on life I am increasingly struck by the fact that there is something and not nothing.  And that what is is so magnificent.  Today we celebrate the feast of St. Michael and All Angels. Which, among other things, serves to remind us that there are yet more realms of glory beyond this one, glorious as it is.  The angels are messengers, messengers from another realm of glory to this one. Continue reading

Pearl of Great Price – Br. Curtis Almquist

Matthew 13:45-52

‘The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.  ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. Continue reading

Stewards of God’s Gifts – Br. David Vryhof

A sermon based on Luke 16:1-13

It was a time in which “money was becoming more than simply a social convention, a medium of economic exchange.  People were beginning to pursue money as a primary goal; and the amount of money one acquired determined one’s status in the community.”i So author Donald Spoto describes the socio-economic climate at the beginning of the 13th century – but his words could well apply to the age in which we live. Continue reading

Catholic Stew – Br. Mark Brown

Edward Bouverie Pusey

1 Peter 2:19-23/Psalm 106:1-5/Matthew 13:44-52

“…the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad.  So it will be at the end of the age.”

For a French cook, the only bad fish is a dead fish.  That is, one that’s already dead when you catch it. Continue reading

Knowing Our Place – Br. Curtis Almquist

Pentecost XII

Luke 14:1, 7-14

There’s more going on in this story Jesus tells than meets the eye.  Jesus’ most obvious point is about distinctions between people, the invidious, sometimes tempting desire to distinguish ourselves from others to make ourselves look better, more important, higher than we might otherwise appear.  I’ll come back to that.  There’s also something more subtle going on here in this story about who is at the table. Continue reading