The menu screen, if we're going to extend this already-kinda-dumb dvd analogy. I've starred the ones which were popular or which I personally thought turned out especially well. Enjoy! (And buy my book!)* The "Gay and Catholic" Drinking Game. Possibly my favorite of these posts.*The Anima Christi*Celibacy in partnershipHow are gay, celibate Christians going to change the culture?When the going gets weird, the weird get spiritual direction.*Is "vocational discernment" just … [Read more...]
Ballroom Dancing, Men Made of Honey, And Other Things Prayer Is Like: Leah Libresco’s Book Is Coming!
I love this book, y'all. Go pre-order it! Here's her description of Arriving at Amen: Being a convert and learning to pray is a little bit like studying a foreign language.The trouble is that it’s a lot like studying a foreign language in the new language.It’s hard to even pose a question, when you’re relying on what feels like a pidgin-level of prayer fluency. So, I wound up cobbling together a creole as best I could, building up my understanding of spiritual life using the tools and a … [Read more...]
I'm procrastinating from finishing my own presentation by writing up my super-scattered notes from the first three presentations. This is solely the stuff which struck me personally as interesting and isn't intended as a complete picture of the event so far!Ron Belgau (my paraphrase): The Bible doesn't appeal to the Creation narratives to settle questions of scientific curiosity. Genesis 1 is about the liturgical rhythms of work and worship. Genesis 2 is about love, loneliness, and marriage. … [Read more...]
One of the biggest gaps in the book is its relative silence about prayer. There's a lot about horizontal relationships with other people--even when prayer is mentioned it's often prayer to saints, which is still a horizontal relationship although maybe a tilted one--but not much about the vertical relationship of the human soul to God.This is why e.g. I was so struck by St Gregory of Nyssa's discussion of virginity: For him the vertical relationship is overwhelming, and horizontal … [Read more...]
for those who don't immediately claw out their eyeballs upon reading the word "Synod": Is there a place for gay people in the Catholic Church?This month, 253 Catholic leaders, including heads of national bishops’ conferences, heads of the Eastern Catholic churches and lay married couples, met at the Vatican to discuss how the church can better support and guide families.This first meeting of the “Extraordinary Synod on the Family” discussed tough issues like cohabitation and divorce. It … [Read more...]