Rat’s Tale

Here’s a hilarious (and very well written) story from the Phillipines about four guys, a girl and a rat. [Read more...]

The End of Ecumenism?

Ruth Gledhill’s report on the Catholic Church’s recent statement on ecumenism certainly fanned the flames of anti-Catholicism amongst her readers. Does the statement signal the end of ecumenism as we knew it? I think the old fashioned 60s-70s ecumenism has been a dead duck for a long time, and it’s not Rome’s fault. What has [Read More...]

Sleepy Christians

Catholics are sometimes charged with lack of zeal for evangelism. Our Protestant Evangelical brothers sometimes say that our reliance on the sacramental system of the Church leads us to assume that a person is ‘saved’ and leads us to neglect their need for conversion.This is an understandable reaction from those who begin with Evangelical Protestant [Read More...]

The Benedictine Way – 6

Conversion of Life is the wild-eyed and grace filled, unpredictable part of the spiritual way. Conversion of life means ‘change of life’ and real change entails risk, uncertainty and the adventure of going into the unknown. In the spiritual life it means accepting the work of the Holy Spirit–who may be doing things his way [Read More...]

Heaven in You

An observation from Dr.Francis Beckwith, the former Evangelical scholar who recently reverted to the Catholic faith. “Protestants are concerned about how to get you to heaven,” he said. “Catholics are more concerned about getting heaven into you.” H-T – Carl Olson [Read more...]

JON

B16 says in Jesus of Nazareth, “The Scriptures can only rightly be interpreted in the lives of the saints.” Doesn’t that just kick you? Not first and foremost textual criticism. Not redaction criticism. Not the historico-critical method. Not psychological interpretations or feminist interpretations or lesbi gay trans reading. Not the Schofield reference Bible or Mrs [Read More...]

Politics

My fourth of July post has stirred up the political side of people. When it comes to politics, I confess to an almost total lack of interest. This dis-interest has been with me as long as I can remember, and I suppose it has its roots in my Mennonite ancestry. Perhaps I should care more [Read More...]

Liberals and Evangelicals

I have been skimming through the work of Donna Schaper–the UCC/Baptist pastor in New York City who has admitted publicly to an abortion and that she considers what she did to be murder. Here’s Donna Schaper preaching at a Good Friday Service. This was a joint service between some of her flock and members of [Read More...]

The Benedictine Way – 5

After the vows of stability and obedience is the third vow of Conversion of Life. This is the part where the spiritual life gets some kick and zing. Obedience and stability seem dull and pedestrian, but conversion of life is what it is all about. Conversion of life is not just that a person seeks [Read More...]

Independence Day

My very British wife is somewhat amused by Americans’ patriotism. “Why all this worship of a flag for goodness sake?” She’s not particularly impressed with George Bush, Amerian military adventures abroad, nor with certain characteristics of American culture: consumerism, obsession with image, right wing jingo-ism etc. She jokes that the British celebrate Fourth of July [Read More...]

Anglican Via Media?

Have you heard of the Anglican via media? This is the idea that Anglicanism is the ‘middle way’ between Catholicism and Protestantism. The concept is often extended to mean that Anglicanism is the ‘middle way’ between many different extremes. It is the way of compromise, the way of common sense, the way of ‘dual integrities’. [Read More...]

The Benedictine Way – 4

Obedience is a vow, and every vow is intended to be woven into life as one of the basic foundations of our existence. We are obedient simply because we are creatures, not the creator. Every day we must be obedient to a whole range of laws we never question. We are obedient to everything from [Read More...]

Marking the Hours

I’ve just finished Eamon Duffy’s latest, Marking the Hours. As usual, a masterful study of late medieval and the years up to and through the English Deformation. Duffy scrupulously gathers the data, cleverly interprets it and draws the right amount of conclusions from it.Together with Stripping of the Altars and Voices of Morbath, Marking the [Read More...]

Sonata??!!

We doesn’t like nasty Sonata… Give us our Roving Medievalist back…I wants it my precious…We knew that Jeffrey was false and tricksy… [Read more...]

The Benedictine Way – 3

The second vow the Benedictine takes is the vow of obedience. Obedience!!?? we howl. But we’re grown ups. We’re supposed to take responsibility for ourselves. We’re supposed to be pro active. We’re supposed to make our own moral decisions. Yadda yadda yadda. Yes, no doubt true up to a point. We don’t want a church [Read More...]

This is pleasing…

Dwight Longenecker –[noun]: A master of storytelling ‘How” will you be defined in the dictionary?’ at QuizGalaxy.com [Read more...]

Baptist Pastor Admits to Murdering Daughter

It’s easy to think that all Baptists are of the conservative Southern type, but it ain’t necessarily so. Russell Moore, writing in Touchstone magazine reports on the Rev. Donna Schaper, a woman from a UCC/Lutheran background who is now pastor of Judson Memorial Church in New York City. Ms Schaper, has written in Tikkun magazine [Read More...]

The Pallium, Peter and Paul

Amy reports on the ceremony of the Pope conferring the pallium on new Archbishops on this feast day of SS Peter and Paul. Here is what I love about the Catholic Church: the sense of unity, coherence and sacramentality of it all. In a world riven asunder with every kind of religious opinion under the [Read More...]

SS Peter and Paul

Peter the Fisherman. Paul the intellectual. Peter the rough working class man who speaks from the heart. Paul the man who speaks from his head. Peter the peasant. Paul the well connected, well educated Roman citizen. Peter the humble believer. Paul the professional religious man. Peter with the high school diploma. Paul who went to [Read More...]

The Benedictine Way – 2

The Benedictine monk vows stability, and this means he will stay in one place. He’s not on the move like a friar or a missionary. He can’t be whisked here and there like a diocesan priest. He stays put. That’s why a Benedictine, when asked will not just say, “I’m a Benedictine monk.” but “I’m [Read More...]

St Irenaeus

This quotation of St Irenaeus of Lyons helped to bring me into the Catholic Church: Therefore we will refute those who hold unauthorized assemblies–either because of false self importance, or pride, or blindness and perversity–by pointing to the tradition of the greatest and oldest church, a church known to all men, which was founded and [Read More...]

The Benedictine Way – 1

Here Starts a little series on the Benedictine Way The Benedictine Monk takes three vows: Stability, Obedience and Conversion of Life. The three vows are braided together like three strands of a strong rope. Each of the vows has a concrete expression. The vow of stability means the monk promises to remain in one community [Read More...]


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