Hello world! — And Please Help Me Get Drunk!

Hello, and welcome!

I am so thrilled to be blogging here on Patheos. I guess the first thing to talk about is the name of this blog: “Inebriate Me.”

The line comes from the Anima Christi, a very popular prayer that I feel strongly about.

It starts like this:

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from Christ’s side, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Do not let me be separated from Thee

I like the Anima Christi because it’s such a Christological, vivid prayer. “Within Thy wounds hide me/Do not let me be separated from Thee” It is a prayer to the Man-God Jesus. It is about touching, tasting, hugging Jesus, unto the Cross.

It’s also a prayer that’s closely associated to the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises which have been a big source of spiritual life for me.

I chose this line, specifically, because it’s perhaps the effect of Christ’s grace that’s most overlooked, and perhaps most important: Christ, make me drunk on your grace.

To get drunk is to get happy. It’s also to get a little reckless. It’s also to be–and it’s not good with earthly wine, but with spiritual wine…–addicted. Blood of Christ, inebriate me! I want to get drunk on God’s grace.

And the image I used for the logo of the blog is from Salvador Dali’s Christ of Saint John of the Cross, which might be my favorite Crucifixion painting. This is what I want to get drunk on. A Cross that transcends space and time and opens up new vistas.


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  • BadMF

    The name is great. Definitely an often overlooked aspect of a relationship with God. We’re supposed to be in love, overpowered by beauty and goodness of God. I also like one translation of Jeremiah 10:10, “You seduced me, Lord, and I let myself be seduced.” Other translations use “misled” or “deceived” in place of seduced, I guess in order to avoid any misunderstandings by our nutso sex obsessed culture. Good to see you at Patheos!

  • Gordis85

    Welcome! I look forward to your thoughts on all things Catholic and Christ centered. I have always found comfort in the Anima Christi because it speaks to where I want to dwell with the Lord.

    When I was away from my faith and the Church, I remember gazing upon an image of Jesus, as he pointed towards his sacred heart, I remember being drawn to that image, to the thought of just dwelling in that very spot our Lord was directing me to.

    No words, just silence and mercy and love.

    “One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.”

  • Mark.

    And of course there are these lines from the Stabat Mater:

    Fac me plagis vulnerari,
    fac me Cruce inebriari,
    et cruore Filii.

  • Another Ignatian, getting drunk on Christ. Seem to rate about 50%, that method of finding orthodoxy.

    • Ha!

      • I had spoken a bit too soon. You’re an Ignatian of a different stripe, clearly, but hopefully you’ll entertain my doubts enough to quiet them.

        • I hope you’ll keep reading and commenting.

          • I will, but I may refrain until after lent, when I can at least work my way through the first Ignatian Spiritual Exercise you linked to. I have a lot of cognitive dissonance around the word “Freedom” when it comes to Jesuits right now, between Jesuits in America Magazine and Commonweal speaking up against the traditional family and against life, many of whom were also implicated in the clergy abuse scandals local to me, and somehow escaped to other diocese to continue writing. This seems to me to be in direct violation of the vow of obedience and in fact, of clear statements that the order has put out supporting pro-family and pro-life causes. Clearly there’s something in Spiritual Freedom that I do not understand, and even bringing up the topic in other Jesuit forums online has gotten me censored and banned.

          • I completely understand those concerns, and I share the concerns of many over the heterodoxy of too many Jesuits. But there are many great orthodox Jesuits as well. And it’s certainly not how Ignatius understood the concept of spiritual freedom in his Exercises.

            All blessings in Christ.

  • I love the Anima Christie too. It’s a great prayer, especially the notion of being hidden in Christ’s wounds. Welcome!