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The action of belief, the rejection of fear

“Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.” Mark 5:36 This is the line Jesus gives the synagogue official Jairus to tell him to relax in the midst of horrific tragedy – the serious illness of the man’s young daughter. At the opening of the story, Jarius comes to Jesus during a large gathering by the seashore to compel him to come to see the girl. You can almost sense the anxiety and commotion around the official’s arrival. Jesus stands…

Seeing salvation

Lord, you now have set your servant free * to go in peace as you have promised; For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, * whom you have prepared for all the world to see: A Light to enlighten the nations, * and the glory of your people Israel. While I was at Holy Cross Monastery in August, I noticed this odd occurrence of my body often sighing. These emphatic exhalations and sighs were not intentional on my…

The Languages of God

Today as I engaged with the paintings at the Prada Museum in Madrid, Spain, I was aware of how both art and liturgy are languages, both of which express and reflect our beliefs about and in God and provide portals into the experience of the holy; with art, of course, using visual images and liturgy using words as the mode of expression. Since the church throughout history has been a major patron of the arts, today we saw a great…