Why I Like St. Dominic

St. Dominic

My latest post at CatholicMom.com, which I keep forgetting to link to: Why I like St. Dominic. … [Read more...]

As Catholic as the Pope

Some while back I told one of my sisters in the Dominican Laity that I wanted to be "as Catholic as the Pope: no more and no less." And she, getting entirely the wrong idea, lauded me for having such a worthy goal. She thought I meant to be as devoted, as loving, and as holy as the Pope. And that is a worthy goal (assuming that the pope is indeed devoted, loving, and holy, which has not always been the case), and in line with the Church's universal call to holiness, but that's not what I … [Read more...]

Bootstrapping the Interior Life: Hunger

I do not often resemble the following scriptures:Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. — Matt 5:6O God, thou art my God, I seek thee, my soul thirsts for thee; my flesh faints for thee, as in a dry and weary land where no water is. — Ps 63:1And this is a problem for the interior life, because the interior life is a life of learning to love God more than anything else, to put God before all else. And since we cannot really ach … [Read more...]

The Woof Guide to Obscure Catholic Music: The College of Cardinals

Choral group The College of Cardinals is one of the longest lived ensembles in history, and would probably be the top-selling a cappella singers in the world today were it not for their eccentric release schedule. The Cardinals are a kind of all-star group, drawing the best singers from choirs all over the world, yet it is not unusual for a newly tapped member to die before ever having recorded a note with the full group.Rare as they are, however, each new track receives a great deal of … [Read more...]

How Tom Prays the Rosary

As a Lay Dominican, I'm supposed to pray five decades of the Rosary every day of the year. I'm, um, working on that. I like the Rosary, and I like the way it leads me through the mysteries of Jesus' life, but I find that my meditations on the mysteries tend to be more or less the same from week to week.Enter Tom from Disputations, who has just re-run a post on how he prays the Rosary. It's really quite complicated, and if I had to try to do everything the way he does all at once, I think … [Read more...]

It’s (Mostly) All Good

So, you may ask: this blog is a Catholic blog, on the Catholic Channel at Patheos. There's some Catholic content, but there's also a bunch about fiction, writing, popular music, and general foolishness. What's up with that? How come this blog isn't all Catholic all of the time?And I answer that, on the contrary, it is.Thomas Aquinas teaches us that love is naturally expressive of itself, and so with God: the universe around us, and everything in it, is an expression of God's love. … [Read more...]

Bootstrapping the Interior Life: Respond

Reprinted from my old blog.The first thing to do in pursuing the interior life might also be the easiest, and that is simply to respond. If you find yourself thinking about God, for any reason, that's a sign that God's calling you to attend to Him. So do that.I'm not suggesting that every time you think about God, you drop everything and rush off to some private place to pray. St. Paul tells us to pray constantly (1 Thess 5:17), but one has to eat and work and so forth. If we are to … [Read more...]

Love First

I'm linking to Calah's post because I need to hear it myself, not because I'm good at it:Your love shouldn’t come with a litmus test. If you can’t imagine ever being friends with a gay person because you feel you would first have to explain in detail what you think about their lifestyle, you’re doing love wrong. If you are friends with a married couple who only have one kid and you think it’s your job to talk with them about contraception, you’re doing love wrong. If you scream “murderer!” at … [Read more...]

The Incarnation is the Revelation

What Tom said:The Incarnation is not something the Son did in order to be able to reveal the Father to us thirty years later. The Incarnation is itself the revelation of the Father. … [Read more...]