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fr.colum1Colum Power

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Fr. Colum Power, born in Cork, Ireland, in 1965, is a Servant Priest of the Home of the Mother. He obtained a Master's degree in literature in 1991 and a doctorate in the History of the Church in 2013. He is author of A Touch of the Gardener's Hand, Honey from the Lion's Carcass, and James Joyce's Catholic Categories. He devotes his time to apostolic activities for the youth organized by the Servant Brothers of the Home of the Mother.

Saint Monica and Saint Augustine

In the first year of seminary studies I had a professor named Don Jaime. That would be something like Professor James in English, but I'll just call him Don Jaime (pronounced Hi-may). 

Don Jaime had a tough reputation. He was an Augustinian priest and he gave us classes in Logic, Ancient Philosophy, and Modern Philosophy; three important subjects. If you arrived late for class the door was locked. He asked questions in class, and woe to you if you didn't have an answer. When he called you out to the blackboard to solve a mathematical problem during Logic classes, you sweated. 

Priorities in Love

Children must be taught to love God more than they love Mom and Dad. I mentioned this in a homily recently. It provoked shocked faces and angry voices. I responded by quoting Jesus, "Anyone who loves mother or father more than Me is not worthy of Me" (Mt 10:37). People looked confused, and still angry. I gave an example.

Glory and Vainglory

Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston, United States, has a special affection and concern for immigrants. When he was a young priest, a man came to him in tears with a letter from his wife in his hands. In the letter, his wife scolded him bitterly for not sending money home to help her and the children. She accused him of abandoning his family. The man was in tears. He explained to Fr. O'Malley that he had been working long hours every day and living in very poor conditions. At the end of every week he had mailed the greater portion of his weekly wages to his wife and family, and now it was clear that the money had never reached its destiny.

Stereotypes of Man and Wife

Saint Paul urges wives to "respect" their husbands (Eph 5:33) and husbands to "not be harsh" with their wives (Col 3:19). The opposite of respect is contempt, and the opposite of harshness is gentleness. It has been said that men need love in the form of respect and admiration, and women need love in the form of affection and attention. If this is the case, then the enemy of human nature, as master of division, will seek to ruin marriages by inducing men to be rough and brutish towards their wives, and women to be critical and contemptuous towards their husbands. Of course, these are generalizations and simplifications, but they have their uses.

“Go Tell Peter”

There is a phrase in the Gospel of Saint Mark that appears in none of the other three Gospels. It is unique to Saint Mark, and it relates to Saint Peter. We know from Acts of the Apostles and elsewhere that Saint Mark was Saint Peter’s traveling companion and secretary. His Gospel, therefore, has the authority of Saint Peter’s own personal testimony.

Eucharistic Spirituality II: The Eight Great Jesuit Martyrs.

St. Ignatius of Loyola was so overwhelmed by Christ’s love that he desired “to be considered a fool and a madman for love of Him who first was considered as such for love of me.”  Like their founder, the Jesuit Martyrs of North American and Canada were fools and madmen for Christ. This article is a continuation of a previous one called “Eucharistic Spirituality.” Here, and in our next article after this one, we will recall, and honor, the Eucharistic lives and deaths of these eight men.

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