C.S. Lewis on St. James and the Inherent Conflict in the Astonishing Promise of James 1:6

On July 25, Christians observe the Feast of St. James the Apostle.C.S. Lewis offered a reflection on the apparent contradiction in the Scriptures, as exemplified in James 1:6,  that you will get what you ask for, and yet also prepare yourself submissively in advance for a possible refusal.Be prepared to be frustrated:  He exposes the conundrum, but what he doesn't offer is a solution that you can take to the bank. The New Testament contains embarrassing promises that what we pray for w … [Read more...]

The Scripture That Guides U.S. Soccer Champion Clint Dempsey

Soccer star Clint Dempsey, captain of the U.S. team, is tough as nails, talented and clever--arguably the best U.S. player ever.  If he's not as fast as he used to be, he's still a very dangerous attacker, very physical.  He suffered a broken nose early in the U.S. team's first game in the World Cup; but he's still played every minute.  Dempsey is the epitome of the gritty, never-say-die spirit that's been the hallmark of U.S. soccer in recent years.He is also a man of faith.Dempsey pen … [Read more...]

Playing Martha to My Husband’s Mary

My husband and I went in two different directions today.He, a deacon, has been helping out in the last week before our new pastor arrives, so he preached at two Masses this morning.  He helped a kindly but somewhat befuddled visiting priest, hugged a newborn baby, talked to a hundred or so souls and wished them a happy holiday.I cleaned the house.I had attended the vigil mass yesterday, so I had fulfilled my obligation.  And we have company coming this week, so there was much to d … [Read more...]


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