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Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Catholic Community

The Beatitudes – through the lens of a narrow focus

The Beatitudes – through the lens of a narrow focus Rev. Jim Ryan, Ph.D. Today, I want to make a small point.  I’ll leave it to others and to another day to ponder the larger, more comprehensive, message of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12) for spiritual life and living. It’s the first Beatitude that has drawn…
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Agree in What You Say (even if it includes dissent)

Agree in What You Say (even if it includes dissent)© Rev. Jim Ryan, Ph.D. So now’s the time of year to settle in between the seasons of Advent-Christmas-Epiphany and of Lent-Easter-Pentecost; time for us northerners to get through the rest of winter.  This is the time for drawing closer to the fire (figuratively speaking as…
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Emmanuel Mounier, Personalism & the Synodal Path

Rev. Jim Ryan, Ph.D. I have read about Emmanuel Mounier, not very often, but when I have it has been associated with Mounier’s influence on Peter Maurin, co-founder of the Catholic Worker with Dorothy Day.  Maurin shared with Mounier a belief that faith in Jesus is a radical act of the person.  This radicality obliges…
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Between Cradle and Cross

Rev. Jim Ryan, Ph.D. How familiar is the image of the manger that serves as cradle for the newly born Jesus; familiar, too, is our understanding that the Word of God becomes human in this child.  But how are we to understand this divine Word who grew in human “wisdom, age, and grace?” (Luke 2:52) …
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Avoid Misreading the Promise

Rev. Jim Ryan, Ph.D. Promise is a central element of covenant peoples. Jewish faith wouldn’t exist without promise – from strangers who are fed by Abraham and Sarah and leave them with the promise of a son within the year, to a burning bush on Mt. Sinai which promises Moses and the people a Promised…
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Friendship and Theology up on Caney Creek

2nd Sunday of Advent, December 4, 2022 Rev. Jim Ryan, Ph.D. Several of life’s most important lessons came my way in the southern mountains of eastern Kentucky.  One of them, for example is the value of spending an entire afternoon porch-sitting without moving.  Here’s another: At the time I lived in Floyd County, that is,…
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Jesus says, “I know you,” AND We say, “Happy Birthday, Deacon Jim”

Rev. Jim Ryan, Ph.D. Today’s Gospel passage (Luke 13:22-30) contains a familiar story Jesus tells about the head of household who welcomes many and refuses some into the safety of the enclosed home.  To those who are refused this owner says, “I do not know who you are.” Here are my two issues with making…
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The refugee child. He was 9 – I was 9.

Jim Ryan, Ph.D. June 20 was International Refugee Day.  On June 26, I was asked to give the homily during a joint zoom Eucharist that included members of Mary of Magdala Community, Wauwatosa WI, and members of Inclusive Catholics, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  One feature of the homily focused on the refugee question and its worldwide…
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Blessed Trinity of the Future(c)

Blessed Trinity of the Future© Rev. Jim Ryan, Ph.D. Dog lovers will be amused with reassurance, I think, when I say that my dog – for absolute certain – knows and understands one word.  (Actually, he knows many more which was the subject of one of my blogs between 2017-2020.  The title was, “My Dog…
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Show up, Act, Do Penance!(c)

Rev. Jim Ryan, C.P. Digital Art Cosmic Christ Christ is Every One. Christ is dead to sin. Every One is dead to sin. Why is this not true? This is a digital image of the Cosmic Christ – the Suffering Servant among the stars.  You will, I hope, notice this image is not of an…
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