Neon sign saying "Discover, Embrace, Be You.Photo by Victor on Unsplash. While writing a screenplay for a romantic comedy, I realized I didn't know what my main character wanted in a relationship. Since she's based on me, I decided to find out what I really want.
Today, in the first reading from Mass, the verb “will” is repeated seventeen times. I recommend you take a few moments now and read it with new awareness. In this sacred Advent season, God continues to invite us to cast ourselves into his absolute future and set anchor there. In God’s future, nothing handed over by us to him is ever wasted. I find that thought profoundly hopeful.
Friends, many years ago, in the context of a high school religion class, a very wise Benedictine nun gave me a template for understanding Advent that I’ve never forgotten. It is simply that Advent calls to mind three “comings” of Christ: the first in history, the second now, and the third at the end of time. Meditating upon each of these is a helpful preparation for the holy season upon which we are embarking.
For many today, the Immaculate Conception is more than a puzzle. The teaching that the mother of Jesus was preserved free from sin from her conception is, well, a source of irritation. As someone who was embedded in evangelical Christianity for fifty years, I get it. Among the objections, three...
“My parents never liked my boyfriend – but perhaps they were right about him, much as I hate to admit it. They never took to him from the beginning, but I was a snotty teenager and thought I knew better. It was also part of my rebellion against them, when I decided I loved him and left home to move in with him. Now it looks as if my decisions were very wrong.
Last week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a statement clarifying who is entitled to receive Communion, though it falls short of restricting anyone from it. Though the statement mentions no politician by name, it comes as some quarters push toward denying communion to politicians who, according to some, go against the Church’s teachings by displaying outward resentment of their neighbors.
“This Ain’t What You Want” is a series of opinion articles written by author and keynote speaker Willie Spears. Learn more at www.williespears.com. Every month I visit the prison to spend time with my cousin, and I speak in prisons from time to time. Do you have a relative in prison? Do you visit them? Do you write them?
Gone are the days when a bit of nipping and tucking was taboo; today, injectables are a standard part of many of our beauty regimes, no different to acids or serums. As a non-invasive, temporary alternative to surgery, we’re all falling for fillers, but how do you know what’s right for you? How much do you get, how do you choose where to have fillers, and most importantly, how do you avoid the dreaded pillow-face?
Every year, the holidays begin to roll in, and you are left with that one dreaded question. "What does my partner want for Christmas?" Now, in past years, you may have spent hours, searching the shelves and saving up money to get her that one perfect thing. However, what she really wants might have been right in front of you all along.