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, JobĀ 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...]

“In Defense of Flagellation”: Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

is right: ...During the podcast, the guests made several in-passing negative references to the monastic practice of self-flagellation, which were never challenged. In particular, they made a couple points: the first is that God, being fundamentally non-violent and opposed to suffering, could not condone such a practice; second, that monks who engage(d) in such a practice were trying to earn holiness. Yet we find that many greatĀ saints, who were in no dangers of such spiritual … [Read more...]

Captive Virgins: St Gregory of Nyssa vs. … Well… Vs. Me, I Guess

and let's see what that title does for my search requests.Wesley Hill truffled up a really fine short article on Gregory of Nyssa's "On Virginity," which offers a much-needed corrective to the way I usually talk about vocations for celibate queer people. Here's an excerpt, but the whole thing is worth your time: ...Adults are single in greater numbers than ever before, but the singles who usually speak in public discussions are sexually active. Why is it that Christian adults who are single … [Read more...]

Gay Catholic Book Extras: When the Going Gets Weird, The Weird Get Spiritual Direction

(Preorder the book!)In my post on celibate partnerships I noted that "the more unusual your vocation, the more actively you should seek out spiritual guidance from an outside party." But of course there's a catch-22 here: The weirder your vocation, the more you need spiritual direction; and the weirder your vocation, the harder good direction is to find. In both my book and the partnerships post I spoke mostly to the person seeking direction. In this post I'll try to speak mostly to people … [Read more...]

“Journalists, Radio Hosts, Addicts, The Imprisoned, And the Pro-Life Movement”

an incomplete list of people St Maximilian Kolbe is the patron of. Whoa. His feast day is today. That list via David Freddoso. … [Read more...]

From St John of Kronstadt

Unfortunately, the Devil shelters himself behind us, and conceals himself, whilst we are blind, and, thinking we are doing everything of ourselves, begin to stand up for the Devil's works as if they were our own, as if for something just, although every idea of there being any justice in our passion is entirely false, impious, and hurtful. Via TKB about something specific, but I thought of it because of this posts about being carried by Christ. If we try to stand on our own two feet it's very … [Read more...]

Roderick Mead’s St Michael for the Modern Age

via the extraordinary Monster Brains … [Read more...]


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