CORPUS is a faith community affirming an inclusive priesthood rooted in a reformed and renewed Church.
CORPUS, celebrating forty-two years of service to the people of God, is one of the oldest reform groups in the Catholic Church, and is active in reform movements both in the U.S. and abroad. We are committed to working for a renewed priesthood of married and single men and women dedicated to serving God through the Community of Believers.
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Things fall apart
Chris McDonnell CT Friday 17th 2017.
One of W B Yeats’ most celebrated poems, ‘The Second Coming’, has these lines in the opening stanza:
‘…Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.’
It was written in 1919, in the aftermath of the Great War, when the privation and suffering of that conflict were still vividly fresh in the life experience of countless millions of people across the torn continent of Europe.
There is something of unremitting despair in that first line, the dissolving of certainty, the break-up of once cherished options where the furniture of lives, once secure, has been shattered by circumstance.
Seek First the Kingdom
We are disciples on a journey of hope. We seek the Kingdom - and along the way, we often stumble and sometimes we wander off along the wrong paths, only to be brought back onto track by His gentle tug on our shirtsleeves... and most of the time, we're kicking and screaming and complaining that we should going in the "other direction." It is a journey of growth, and of learning - learning that being Christian, being Catholic, is not just something we do, it's what we are; learning that the Eucharist is not just something we participate in each week, but rather that which we must always strive to become.
I made a private retreat at a monastery a couple of months ago and am still looking to make sense of monastic life, trying to understand why intensely spiritual men feel they are serving God by living their lives in a remote monastery far removed from 21st. Century life.
I will be honest. On the one hand, their life style comes across to me as, well, weird. It doesn't compute that these men should isolate themselves from the world in which we live and immerse themselves in prayer, not for a few days or weeks but for a lifetime.
Is that an intelligent way to spend that "one wild and precious life" they have been given? Are they not escaping from life rather than getting down and dirty like the rest of us, trying to make a better world for us and for our children? How about feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless and visiting the sick? Man,(I think to myself) can't they at least buy some girl scout cookies?
REST IN PEACE
Charles J. Grant, 82, of Libby Lake in rural Itasca County, died in his home Thursday, May 19, 2016, with family by his side.
Charlie was born Sept. 16, 1933, in St. Paul to Lloyd and Julia (Sandkamp) Grant. He was born, raised and educated in St. Paul while living in 22 different homes during that time. Charlie attended Nazareth Hall after eighth grade, entered the St. Paul Seminary and was ordained a priest of the St. Paul Archdiocese in 1959. He served the Archdiocese for 12 years in parishes and taught physics and mathematics at Nazareth Hall, leaving the active ministry in 1970.