St. Andrew and the Scots

Today is the feast day of Saint Andrew, who according to tradition was crucified on a diagonal or X-shaped cross, as depicted on the national Flag of Scotland. In addition to being the patron saint of fisherman (and fishmongers), golfers, rope-makers, singers, and spinsters (!), Andrew is probably best known, at least in America, as the patron of Scotland.But here's an obvious question: why would Andrew, a Jewish fisherman, brother of Peter, one of the twelve apostles who went on to be … [Read more...]

Embracing Contemplative Depth (on God’s Terms)

A reader writes (and I quote him with his permission): You seem very knowledgeable and deep and compassionate all at the same time.  I sense a depth to you that is rather rare. How do I go about getting to that point (if it is God's will)?I am already doing the Daily Office but I want to be more contemplative.  Perhaps I already am but I don't think I have the proper tools (I think about things a lot but I feel that contemplation is much more than just thinking about things).  I looked at the C … [Read more...]


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