talks by fr. robert and fr. Bruno

Fr. Bruno and Fr. Robert gave talks on the thought of Teilhard de Chardin at the Monastery of the Risen Christ on the 6th of December. They there kindly had the talks videod. Fr. Robert Hale OSB Cam spoke on Teilhard’s radical engagement with Transcendence. Fr. Bruno spoke on Teilhard’s radical engagement with the universe.

baptism: self as beloved; beloved as servant

I imagine waves when I read the account of Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan, not just waves of the river but the waves of birth and death, birth and death, birth and death. The first movement is this: What I actually find most remarkable about this story of Jesus’ baptism is what comes right after it. Right after this, Jesus is going to be led by the Holy Spirit into the desert, and then after that he’ll begin his earthly ministry.

epiphany, the temple and the light

The French liturgist Jean Corbon gave me a new understanding about the ascension of Jesus when he refers to the “eternal ascension” of Jesus. In other words, it is not a static one-time-only event but part of an ongoing process. Where the Head has gone the rest of the Body is going. The same thing could apply to the feast of the Epiphany. The ancient tradition used to refer to at least three events as the epiphany, the visit of the Magi, the wedding feast at Cana, and the Baptism of Jesus. But really Jesus’ whole life as well as his passion, death and resurrection were an epiphany. And there is an ongoing epiphany too, in the world, in the Church, in us.