The Catholic Temple Today

I am re-reading Margaret Barker’s  Temple Theology: an Introduction  and am quite delighted by the way the new temple of Our Lady of the Rosary in Greenville echoes the symbolic furnishings of the Old Testament temple. Barker believes the furnishings of the temple represented the six days of Creation. So the Holy of Holies stood [Read More…]

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And All Was For An Apple

          Sometimes my mind makes big jumps, and I think this might be one of the clues to why and how I write. My mind makes connections that surprise and usually delight me and sometimes disturb me and sometimes all three. A case in point was my tooling along in the [Read More…]

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New Year’s Day: Pagan or Christian?

Some atheists, Muslims and Christian fundamentalists like to grumble and gibe that the celebration of Christmas and Easter are “pagan.” They are right and they are wrong. They are right inasmuch as the wellsprings of our Western culture are deep in the pre-Christian cultures of Europe. They are wrong because the early Christians, like the [Read More…]

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Where Are All the Rigid Catholics?

The Holy Father’s favorite scold is against Catholics who are “rigid”. In this he is echoing Jesus and the gospels. Jesus’ big problems were the Scribes and Pharisees. Legalists without mercy, they famously sweated the small stuff–always taking the splinter out of someone else’s eye while ignoring the plank in their own. They burdened people [Read More…]

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Is My Dog a Better Catholic Than Me?

I came down the steps this morning and caught the dog jumping down from the sofa. Anna knows she is not allowed on the sofa. She was guilty and she looked it. She glanced over her shoulder at me and went scooting off to her bed. She was afraid of being punished. She knew she had [Read More…]

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Twelve Things to Remember About Confession

Catholics are expected to go to confession at least once a year. Maybe a good New  Years resolution we should resolve to do at least that, but also to try to attend more frequently. Here are – things to remember about making a good confession. Examine Your Conscience – The first thing to remember about [Read More…]

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