Come Away By Yourselves

Come Away By Yourselves

"Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while." These words of Jesus Christ are an invitation to personal and intimate prayer. The meditations offered in this podcast are intended to help the listener enter into his own prayerful relationship with God. By reflecting on scenes from the Gospel, on other passages from Scripture, and on the insights of saints and spiritual writers, we can strengthen our faith in Jesus and our love for God. In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, "I have called you my friends." By regular meditation and dialogue with Our Lord in prayer, our life can be transformed into an ever deepening and loving friendship with God.

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May 15, 2022 29 min

Recorded live Wednesday, May 11. 

Reflections on Marian devotion and Our Lady of Fatima. 


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The image of our Lord as Good Shepherd is a challenging one.   It means that we Christians are sheep.  Our pride and self-sufficiency naturally bristle at this image.  Only with deep humility, and contemplating Jesus the Lamb of God, can we embrace being sheep and having a Shepherd. 

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Originally published May 2021

The month of May is Mary's month.  The Church teaches and lives an extraordinary love for Mary, our Mother.  This month is an opportunity to entrust big, important intentions and problems to Our Lady's loving care and intercession.   

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God's power is especially evident in his mercy.  There are no sins that he can't forgive and his mercy waits upon the smallest opening of repentance and sorrow for sin.  Receiving God's mercy is also the result of being merciful ourselves.  Forgiving others is a condition for being forgiven.  Our own forgiveness and mercy make us like our Father God: constant in love and invincible in goodness. 

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April 16, 2022 30 min

Easter is the feast of all feasts, the new day of great joy.  Like the apostles and first disciples, we rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus.  Contemplating their interactions with the risen Lord, we learn to find Christ in the most ordinary moments of our lives.

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The first of two meditations on the Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross. 

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Originally published on Youtube in 2020. 


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The second of two meditations on the Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross.

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Originally published on Youtube in 2020. 

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April 9, 2022 4 min

Caiaphas unknowingly predicts our redemption by planning our Lord's death.  He plays right into God's own greater plan.

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A week before Good Friday, the Church contemplates Mary at the foot of the Cross.  Mary shares her son's passion.  She co-redeems with him by actively accepting her suffering and also consenting to his.  This consent is an act of love and support for Jesus as he completes his mission, suffering and dying for us on the Cross.  Her fiat at the Annunciation carries through to a fiat at the foot of the Cross.  We need to say our ow...

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The Crowning of Jesus with thorns reveals his humility and his rectitude of intention.  Christ's intense focus on his mission frees him from concern for the respect of others. God the Father's love and affirmation makes up for the disdain of men.   We too need to rectify our intention, trying to do all for the glory of God.  Along with realizing God's fatherly love for us, this will free us from the fear of ridicule and...

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March 31, 2022 3 min

The book of Wisdom predicts the rejection of Christ who is a reproach to the wicked.  We can react in the same way to goodness. 

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March 28, 2022 3 min

"Do you wish to be healed?"  A great question from Jesus to each one of us. 

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On the Fourth Sunday of Lent the Church encourages us to rejoice.  The joy proper to Lent is the joy of repentance and of receiving God's mercy.  The prodigal son experienced this joy when he returned contritely to his father.  King David experienced it when he repented of his grave sins against Uriah.  Only by admitting our deep sinfulness will we experience the "joy of salvation" expressed in the psalms.  The recognit...

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March 25, 2022 4 min

Originally published in 2021

Justification is a gift that we receive from God.   This takes humility and an appeal to his mercy. 

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March 24, 2022 4 min

Originally published in 2021

Mary's "yes" changes everything.  Our "yes" can do a lot too.

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March 23, 2022 4 min

Originally published in 2021

In spite of all of the good he does, Jesus is criticized and viewed with suspicion.   Why and what does it mean for us?

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Apologies for the earlier repeat, here is a reflection on today's Gospel. 

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March 22, 2022 4 min

Originally published in 2021

In redeeming and saving us, God does not do so from a distance.   He rather enters history and comes near to us. 

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March 21, 2022 3 min

Originally published in 2021

Looking for something to let go of?  Let's start with our grudges.

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March 20, 2022 3 min

Originally published in 2021

Are we rejecting Jesus?

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March 18, 2022 3 min

Originally published 2021 (when the feast of St. Joseph fell on a Friday)

St. Joseph is a man on a mission.  His life is all about just one thing.  Ours should be too.

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