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The Faith in Slow Motion  
The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion (no. 11)
I was fortunate in my seminary professors. I can recall some insight gained, some useful path of reflection laid out, in almost every course I took. But one seminar especially has followed me, or rather guided me, through the whole of my ministry. The course was entitled “Hospitality and Table Fellowship in the Bible”. We read together every text of Scripture in which a hospitality scene played an important role or in which hospitality was employed as a significant image for Christian faith and life.
The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion (no. 12)
It is not unlikely that many Christians may still imagine the resurrection appearances of the risen Jesus as ghost-like, as purely “spiritual”. It may be a shock to our preconceptions to hear the risen Christ ask, “Have you anything to eat” or “Come and have breakfast”. But such is the humility of God our Savior.

The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion (no. 13)
He presented himself alive to the apostles by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. . . . When they had gathered together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He answered them, “it is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. (Acts 1:3, 6-9)
The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion (no. 14)
When the life-threatening illness is diagnosed, when one enters hospice care, when a particularly dangerous surgery is required: in such moments we are free to request the final sacraments. Better early than late. In this way, the dying Christian makes of his or her death a witness of faith to loved ones and an act of worship to God, Creator and Redeemer, claiming the grace promised to us in the hour of death.

The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion(no. 15)
Catholic Funerals Part 1: What the Church Teaches About Cremation
Hope in Christ teaches us to speak openly about death, to resist a culture of the denial of death. As death may come unexpectedly, it is important that we all think about funerals beforehand, and that we talk about them with our families. 
The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion (no. 16)
Catholic Funerals - Part 2 - A Eulogy?
A eulogy (sometimes several of them) is a familiar fixture at funerals. In the minds of many, this is exactly what a funeral is for – to recount the life of the deceased person, remembering especially his or her praiseworthy accomplishments, virtues, and good deeds. In fact, the eulogy is an age old genre of public address. It may seem surprising, then, that the Catholic Church (along with some other ecclesial communions) has a somewhat counter-cultural attitude toward eulogies. 

The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion(no. 17)
Grief and Joy Dwell Together (Christian Funerals, Part 3)
A Christian funeral is a time for grieving. Christians are not ashamed to weep over the work of death. And it is a time for repenting; Christians are honest about being sinners. But it is especially a time of rejoicing, even in the face of death. This “mood” at a Christian funeral takes us to the center of our Faith.
The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion(no. 18)

Praying Every Day
Many Christians, many Catholics, want to pray more — more often, more regularly, more deeply, more fervently. They sense that there is an “experience of prayer” that they are missing. But when they pray, their heart is dry, their mind is distracted, the will is weak. If this describes you, give thanks to God and pray that he will intensify this sense of failure!


The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion(no. 19)
Praying Every Day (2) 
Last time (Bulletin 8/24) we wrote about what St. Paul calls unceasing prayer – the thoughts and sighs, the silent cries for help, the “surge of the heart” (St. Therese of Liseiux) that the believer offers to God perpetually throughout the day. For the Christian, to live is to pray. But if we are to grow in faith and deepen our knowledge and love of God, our lives must be ordered also by a discipline of prayer.

The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion(no. 20)
Praying Every Day (3): The Fruits of Prayer
The “results” of our praying, are largely hidden. Nevertheless, we can speak of the promises of God that attend the call to prayer, and we have the long history of God's people who bear witness to the fruits of prayer – now and then made strikingly visible.


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