England Expects That Every Man Will Do His Duty


There's a Sorkinism that goes "It seems to me that more and more we've come to expect less and less of each other."Jesus expects one very simple thing from us: "Be perfect as my Heavenly Father is perfect."As Fr Robert Barron puts it, this is "the Catholic thing." The Church's rules are incredibly demanding. In practice we can never follow them. What is the answer? Mercy, and forgiveness--and the grace of the Holy Spirit, which equips us for sainthood. The Church's job is to make saints. … [Read more...]

Is The Future Of Catholicism Protestantism? I Hope So


The #protfuture conversation continues. First Things editor R.R. Reno has a reflection on it, as a Catholic and also one of the sponsors of the #protfuture event. He notes that while intra-Protestant discussions of the future of Protestantism inevitable involve some discussion of Catholicism, he doesn't see intra-Catholic discussion about the future of Catholicism involving discussion of Protestantism.To my dismay and sadness, a lot of Protestants on the internet see me as anti-Protestant, … [Read more...]

This Confession Hack Just Might Change Your Life


There's a vicious cycle about confession, isn't there? The more you sin, the harder it is to go; the less you go to confession, the more you sin. It becomes harder and harder to go to confession. And the Devil is always there, whispering in your ear: you're too far gone, you're too sinful, you're not worthy, confession is not for you. Maybe we disagree with this at a theoretical level, but can there be something like that going on at a deeper level, within ourselves?For a very long time, … [Read more...]

Sentire Cum Christus


There's a wonderful phrase I first encountered in Cardinal Müller's address to the LCWR--this post is not at all about that--which is the "sentire cum Ecclesia", the capacity for a religious congregation or other group to feel with the Church. Every word there is important. Isn't that great? We feel with the Church--with--the Church. It's not, or not primarily, about theology (rather, "theology"), or doctrine, about Magisterium, and all the rest. When we feel with the Church, those things come na … [Read more...]

Scott Hahn On The Liturgical Character Of The Bible

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Very busy today and not much inspiration so I'll just give you this excellent video of an excellent talk by the excellent Scott Hahn on a very important theme we are only now rediscovering, at least popularly, which is the liturgical theme and character in the Bible. Almost everything in the Bible is about the Liturgy.Take it away, Scott: … [Read more...]