Does the Lord’s Ascension have something to say to Mother’s Day? I meditated on this last week as I celebrated the first anniversary of my mother’s death on May 9. The Crucified and Risen King […]
Author: Michael Rubbelke
Fifth Sunday of Easter: Love in Deeds, Remaining, and Bearing Fruit
Given how quickly the lectionary moves away from post-Easter events, it is tempting to think we “run out” of stories of the risen Christ. Yet the Church is encouraging us to re-evaluate Jesus’s whole life […]
What Does It Mean to Call Racism “America’s Original Sin”?
In America’s Original Sin, Jim Wallis challenges white Americans to consider their complicity and need for repentance in the face of America’s historically pervasive racial injustice. His central insight can be summed up simply and […]
Cultivating Joy in the Desert: Reflections for Gaudete Sunday
My daughter is a joyful kid. It seems to be second nature. Except when she is tired or too hungry, whatever she does—eating, singing, playing, reading, talking—is marked by delight and joy, and it is […]
Confronted, Confronting, Comforted: Reflections for Holy Week’s “Ordinary Days”
Holy Week balances the drama and ordinariness of Jesus’s last days in almost equal measure. Holy Week’s high liturgies literally script us into Jesus’s last days. We waved palms for Jesus and demanded His crucifixion […]
Waiting in Silence: The Coming of Christ-in-Us
Advent aims to unsettle us, to make us wait at a particularly uncomfortable crossroads. Our readings, songs, and liturgies take us from our comfortable lives and situate us again where we actually are: in the the […]
Night, Light, and Gift: A Reverie for Christ the King
The chapel was darker than I had expected. The monstrance stood on the altar, flanked by candles and spotlighted by two overhead lights. The rest of the room was a canvas depicting the shading of these […]
Five Things I Learned from the Benedictines
The Benedictines are perhaps a little out of fashion today: maybe they always were. (After all, Benedict narrowly avoided being poisoned by the monks at his first monastery.) I feel incredibly blessed that the wisdom […]
What I Have Learned from Life with My Daughter: A Father’s Day Reflection
During my wife Becca’s pregnancy, I tried to make a habit of writing for my unborn daughter. A Word file filled up with many thoughts and fragments: poems, pieces of advice, reflections from prayer. My […]
Devotion to the Sacred Heart Today: The Heart of the Poor, Creation, and Mercy
Since Vatican II, devotion to the Sacred Heart has nearly disappeared. This blogpost gives a brief history of the devotion before pointing to possible benefits and changes entailed by a contemporary devotion to the Sacred Heart.
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