Robert P. Imbelli
Rev. Robert P. Imbelli, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, is an associate professor of theology at Boston College.
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from this morning's homily by Pope Francis, commenting on the anointing of David:
I have remarked in years past of my Christmastide ritual of listening to Bach's Christmas Oratorio.The Oratorio comprises six cantatas for the various days of the season, culminating in tomorrow's Feast of the Epiphany.
More and more I find listening attentively, with text in hand, a form of lectio. And it makes me appreciate more Bach's own careful lectio of the text.
Eugenio Scalfari, in today's edition of La Repubblica, the newspaper he founded, continues his creative interpretation of the significance of the pontificate of Francis. He writes of the profoundly revolutionary nature of the Pope's teaching, culminating in his abolition of sin.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas celebration, hopefully in the company of loved ones.
In today's Washington Post, the always-worth-reading Anne Applebaum has a piece on global challenges that will continue to press on us in the New Year:
I have found great wisdom (not morbidity) in the injunction in the Rule of Saint Benedict to keep death daily before our eyes. It offers perspective and, paradoxically, can enliven, making us more sensitivie to and appreciative of what we so often take for granted.
Michael Gerson has a reflection in today's Washington Post that considers the benefits of numbering our days.
Pope Francis's "Apostolic Exhortation" on Evangelization has been released. It is a long, rich, and personal document. Here is a thought for the day:
The now infamous "Interview" of Pope Francis with the self-avowed atheist, Eugenio Scalfari, was recently removed from the "Francis" page of the Vatican website where it had been placed under the rather curious designation, "Speeches."
Since its original publication in La Repubblica, the Italian daily which Scalfari founded, it has come to light that the session with the Pope had neither been recorded, nor had notes been taken at the time. The exchange was reconstructed by the eighty-nine year old Scalfari after the fact.
During this morning's homily at Santa Marta, Pope Francis prayed:
Lord give me the discernment to recognize the subtle conspiracies of worldliness that lead us to negotiate our values and our faith.
He then, apropos the reading from Maccabees, offered an interesting allusion: