Book: Lovely in Eyes Not His: Homilies for an Imaging Christ
Author: Walter J. Burghardt, S.J.
Paulist Press, NY pp. 218
Excerpt from Introduction:
My main title, "Lovely in Eyes Not His", is borrowed from Gerard Manley Hopkins, the Jesuit whose poetry was symbolic of his agonizing effort to grow into an image of the Christ who never did his own will but always the will of his Father, even unto crucifixion. For years these lines of a sonnet that bears no title but begins "As kingfishers catch fire" have captured for me, more lyrically than any others, the Christian struggle to express our human imaging of the divine. I am persuaded that in the last analysis, my homilies have this as their primary thrust: to help Christians recognize their dignity, their likeness to Christ, and move them to live its awesome responsibilities from dawn to darkness, from childhood to final cross. Hence my subtitle: Homilies for an Imagining Christ.
Excerpt from Book:
Today I want to picture Pentecost not as peace, not as pardon, but as power. To make sense of this, let me entertain you with power on three levels: power in the world, power in the Spirit, power in you.
First, power in the world. Power, at its simplest, is the ability to do something, to act, to accomplish. There is sheer physical power, corporeal power: You can rock and roll, jog along the canal, lift a finger or bat an eye, make music or thunder with your voice. There is mental power: you can think, shape an idea, paint pictures in your phantasm, remember (perhaps) where you were last night. There is power that is free will: you can say yes or no.
There is political power. A President Reagan can rain hell on Libya or veto a budget bill, pressure nations to act against terrorism or congressmen for aid to Angola. . . .
There is economic power. If you think it's love that makes the world go around, you've never tried money. America's day doesn't end with love making; it ends wit the Dow Jones averages.
There is social power. The society that surrounds you can be your salvation: strengthen you when weak, inspire you when leaden, remove the dread loneliness that makes living unlivable. But society can enslave you as well. Peer pressure is beer pressure, drug pressure, sex pressure. . . .
There is computer power. It lifts men to the moon and teenagers into ecstasy. It flies planes and fights wars. It plumbs the planet Uranus and my inflamed ileum. It sends the world's weather to a common network and balances the checkbooks of every bank.
And the there is the power in the Spirit
Table of Contents:
1. Shopping for Christ
2. Experience the Joy of Salvation
3. Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more
4. If you knew the gift of God
5. Can these bones live?
6. Alive to God in Christ Jesus
7. If you had looked into his eyes
8. Christian sheep?
9. Shake the spirit loose!
10. Is there life after Christmas?
11. Do whatever he tells you
12. I have no need of you?
13. Not hide yourself from your own flesh
14. A kingdom for the shrewd
15. Cut it off?
16. Hold a baby to your ear
17. Tell the next generation
18. Grow into your feathers
19. The case of the invincible widow
20. Do this and you shall live
21. End in fire, end in ice?
22. I and thou! Not mine and think
23. The other, the Others, and you
24. A new coke in your life?
University Mass of the Holy Spirit
25. His love in two more ways
26. Let love be genuine
27. This is my commandment
28. Without love I am nothing
29. When two covenants wed
30. Our hearts are restless
Homily for a Mass of the Resurrection
31. Unless a grain of wheat dies
Celebration of Beatification of Diego De San Vitores, S.J.
32. A priest for every moment
Feast of St. Francis de Sales
33. Middleman for Christ.
Feast of St. Barnabas