From the Letters of St Gregory of Nazianzus to St Basil

What I wrote before about our stay in Pontus was in joke, not in earnest; what I write now is very much in earnest. O that one would place me as in the month of those former days, Job 29:2 in which I luxuriated with you in hard living; since voluntary pain is more valuable than involuntary delight. O that one would give me back those psalmodies and vigils and those sojournings with God in prayer, and that immaterial, so to speak, and unbodied life. O for the intimacy and one-souledness of the … [Read more...]

“Gay in Christ” Day 2: Rah! Rah! Augustine! Lover of the Holy Queen!

(...I'm so sorry.)This round-up is going to be hampered by the facts that a) I didn't sleep well so my attention span wasn't being all it could LOOK A SQUIRREL, and also b) I left my notes at Wesley Hill's house by mistake. Bear with me.If you want some live-tweeting, Seminary Guy was workin' hard, though his tweets are of course in reverse-chron order.I opened Day 2. I basically wanted to do three things: 1) by listing several different understandings of "vocation" as they've been … [Read more...]

Will the Circle Be Unbroken?: A “Gay and Catholic” DVD Extra

This is the post about "possibilities for publicly honoring nonmarital sacrificial love," and there are a lot of directions I could go with it.I could jump into the ongoing conversation about vowed friendships, except that a) I delve into those questions extensively in the book and b) I don't tbh really grok the CS Lewis, friendship is about gazing outward not at one another, friendship is a realm of pure freedom, stuff. You all already know I don't like realms of pure freedom and am not … [Read more...]

John L. Allen, Jr. on Pope Francis’s Anti-Abuse Commission

here: Francis also showed sensitivity by ensuring that a victim was part of the team, in this case a well-known Irish campaigner for victims’ rights named Marie Collins. Among other things, Collins is known to have the ear of Dublin’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, who, like O’Malley, is a prelate known around the world for taking strong stands in favor of coming clean on the abuse scandals. much more; and do scroll down to the final item in this column as well.ETA: But see. … [Read more...]

“The Top Five Under-Covered Catholic Stories of 2013″

In effect, Benedict has gone from infallibility to near-invisibility, and entirely by his own choice. If that's not a "miracle of humility in an era of vanity," to invoke Elton John's Vanity Fair tribute to Francis back in June, it's hard to know what would be. --plus much more … [Read more...]

Feast of Sts Cosmas and Damien

who were brothers, and doctors who treated poor patients without requiring payment. This is something my grandfather did also, and in fact one of my relatives recently received an email from a man who remembered how my grandfather had treated his family. So if you pray, and if you pray to saints, please pray for Sts Cosmas and Damien's intercession for the soul of Leonard Tushnet. … [Read more...]

“This Is Because of Their Similarity to the Human Head”: Orthodox Customs to Commemorate the Beheading of John the Baptist

which is what we're doing today. Commemorating it, I mean, not doing it. … [Read more...]


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