Action and Contemplation: The Story of Mary, Martha, and a Samaritan

My Friend, do you see that this whole incident concerning Jesus and the two sisters was intended as a lesson for active and contemplative persons in every age? Mary represents the contemplative life and all contemplative persons ought to model their lives on hers. Martha represents the active life and all active persons should take … Continue reading Action and Contemplation: The Story of Mary, Martha, and a Samaritan

Patrick and Oisin: Remembering Our Ancestors

There is wonderful story told by the old Irish poets of a relationship between Oisin (OH-SHEEN), the last of the Fianna, and Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Oisin is presented as the final representative of Celtic pagan society and he debates religion with Patrick, who becomes his benefactor and protector. The story can be … Continue reading Patrick and Oisin: Remembering Our Ancestors

Allured into the Desert: The Lenten Journey

The celebration and observance of lent goes back to ancient times. The word Lent itself comes from the old English lencten meaning "spring time" which comes from the Old German langitinaz which means "lengthening of days". So, when we speak of fasting for Lent, we are really referring to our spring time fast, when the … Continue reading Allured into the Desert: The Lenten Journey