From Jean-Pierre de Caussade, “Abandonment to Divine Providence”

For example, let's take a piece of stone destined to be carved into a crucifix or a statue. We might ask it: "What do you think is happening to you?" And it might answer: "Don't ask me. All I know is that I must stay immovable in the hands of the sculptor, and I must love him and endure all he inflicts on me to produce the figure he has in mind. He knows how to do it. As for me, I have no idea what he is doing, nor do I know what he will make of me. But what I do know is that his work is the … [Read more...]

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Medieval English Songs for St Nicholas

St Nicholas was a very popular saint in the Middle Ages, and with all the colourful stories about him, it's not difficult to see why. There are several vernacular carols and poems in his honour from medieval England, and in fact one of the very earliest surviving English songs is a prayer to St Nicholas (one of the songs of Godric of Finchale, who died in 1170)... more (via Amy Welborn)--and you can listen to that song on YouTube: … [Read more...]

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How Can I Change the Conversation at My College Around Gay People in the Church?

The second post about questions I was asked at recent speaking events. I've written about one important aspect of this already: You have to be out there doing the work of protecting actual gay people from actual violence, cruelty, and rejection. This is part of what our faith calls us to do.But okay, you're doing that; what about changing the immensely important conversation on sexual ethics and vocation?The most glaring problem I see right now is that American culture has a vocabulary … [Read more...]

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“Might You Be Simcha Fisher? A Quiz”

if not, why not? 2. When someone asks how many kids you actually have, you’re likely to say:(a) “Two.”(b) “Exactly the right number. Hashtag blessed! Hashtag soblessed!”(c) “I don’t like to impose my own numeronormative notions of quantity on them, so I’m going to let them grow up and decide for themselves how many of them there are.”(d) Tearfully, “I dunno.” more … [Read more...]

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From Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, “The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture”

Will told me the story of relocating his family to be part of a church that takes community seriously. After a year in the new location, he met with one of his pastors to talk about how things were going. Life was good, Will reflected, and he was grateful for the welcome that he and his family had received at the new church. But he wasn't sure that he was experiencing the community he had expected. Frankly, Will had hoped for more.The pastor listened to his misgivings, then asked how long … [Read more...]

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Belated Post for St Elizabeth of Hungary, My Patroness

Amy Welborn quotes Benedict XVI:Dear brothers and sisters, in St Elizabeth we see how faith and friendship with Christ create a sense of justice, of the equality of all, of the rights of others and how they create love, charity. And from this charity is born hope too, the certainty that we are loved by Christ and that the love of Christ awaits us thereby rendering us capable of imitating Christ and of seeing Christ in others.moreJane the Actuary lists her "five favorite things" about … [Read more...]

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Les Murray, “The Last Hellos”

Sorry, Dad, but likehave you forgiven your enemies?Your father and all of them?All his lifetime of hurt. I must have (grin). I don'tthink about that now. more--via Wesley Hill … [Read more...]

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