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Absence, Presence & Sacramental Asceticism on the Road to Emmaus


In the liturgy this weekend we hear that famous story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.  This has become one of my favorite stories in the entire Bible and it was due in large part to reading the theologian Louis-Marie Chauvet’s The Sacraments: The Word of God at the Mercy of the Body while studying toward my master’s…

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The Absence of God and the Asceticism of Ascension


Today is the feast of the Ascension.  It marks the beginning of one of the strangest periods in the entire liturgical year in the Church.  Jesus leaves us, but the promised helper or Paraclete hasn’t come yet.  The Holy Spirit will not come to us until Pentecost.  That’s ten days away.  We are without two-thirds of the Godhead, liturgically speaking,…

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