Led Into the Truth
June 16, 2009
The Grand Adventure
By Father Joshua Allen

A few days ago, I was in St. Mary Major, one of the four major basilicas in Rome.  I had some friends in town, and we decided to see one of the famous displays in the city—the Bone Church—where hundreds of Capuchin monks are buried and their bones integrated into the decoration of the crypt chapels, the point being to remind the living of the proximity of death.  After that experience—feeling a little shaken—we decided to head over to Mary Major because we heard that there was a...

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May 08, 2009
The Little White Dot in the Window
By Father Joshua Allen

Every Sunday, thousands of people gather in St. Peter’s Square. Their faces are filled with anticipation, excitement, and joy. More often than not, a vibrant band is playing music and drums are thumping to various beats. Banners are waving, flags are unfurled. Dispersed throughout the square are numerous wildly attired groups practicing chants. Laypeople, priests, religious, random tourists, souvenir hawkers, roving journalists—all of them are making their preparations, glancing...

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April 24, 2009
His Mercy Endures Forever
By Father Joshua Allen

I remember watching anxiously on television while Pope John Paul II was dying.  He had been the only Pope I ever knew; his face was the face of the Church for me.  I remember feeling such joy for him when he died, because it was the vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday, the feast he so loved. 

Of course, I never quite understood the idea of Divine Mercy Sunday.  We make it through the 40-day period of Lenten prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, cap it off with the Sacred Triduum, and then we enter...

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April 06, 2009
Sweet Hosannas
By Father Joshua Allen

Holy Week, the pinnacle of the Christian liturgical year, has begun.  I once again, through the grace of God, find myself in the ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /Holy Land.  I arrived on Saturday morning before Palm Sunday, prepared to help with the various liturgies at the Pontifical Notre Dame Center as well as throughout the city.  I was also looking forward to participating in some of the more powerful events of Holy Week as it is celebrated...

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March 13, 2009
The Way of the Cross
By Father Joshua Allen

One of my favorite poets is William Butler Yeats. He inspires me with his beautiful verse, but his subject matter is often disturbing. "The Second Coming," a particularly powerful poem of Yeats, was written in the aftermath of the First World War Having witnessed the bestial carnage of attrite war, Yeats’ haunting words proposed a dizzying reflection on the status of hope and fear in the world:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre,

The falcon cannot hear the...

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February 13, 2009
The Time that Matters
By Father Joshua Allen

Time is an odd thing. We mostly have too much or too little; if too much, we are bored, desperate to find something to occupy our minds, our hands, and our hearts; if too little, we are frenzied, caught up in a relentless desire to be efficient that too often ends in exhaustion and mediocrity. We are squeezed between the past and the future; the present is but a moment. It is sometimes as if our entire being wants to cling to one of those moments, grasping terribly to it as it passes—like...

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January 30, 2009
The Beginnings of Listening
By Father Joshua Allen

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Silence: both a blessing and a curse, the sweet incense of a moment of tranquility, when we have succeeded in escaping the turbulence of our hectic wired lives, lives spent speaking, being spoken to, passively drinking in the invisible bytes of relentless media, franticly searching for that crucial piece of information, entertainment—anything to take our gaze away from the quiet amelioration of self-reflection....

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January 12, 2009
O Little Town of Bethlehem
By Father Joshua Allen

Et verbum caro factum est, et habitavit in nobis.  The people were arriving in droves, the priests and seminarians were hustling about making last-minute accommodations for the swelling crowds, which had burgeoned to the point that they were threatening to burst through the walls and spill haphazardly out into the street.  A light rain had begun to fall in Jerusalem, which by late December reaches a state of bitter, bone-chilling cold.  The atmosphere could not have been more inhospitable. ...

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