Materialism, Manicheanism and the Matrix

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Do you remember that stylish film The Matrix? The hero, Neo Anderson, exists in a dull, conformist, monotone and monochrome world. Then he wakes up and is “born again” and enters the world of adventure and risk which is the real world. What I find curious about modern American Catholicism is that it is similarly monotone [Read More...]

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The Temple and the Garden of God

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In reading Frank Viola and Leonard Sweet’s Jesus A Theography I enjoyed the second chapter the most. Frank and Leonard aim to show how Jesus Christ is echoed and reflected in every part of the Scriptures. They build up a full picture of Christ the Lord–not just by trying to reconstruct the “historical Jesus” (that exercise [Read More...]

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Teresa of Avila and the Infant of Prague

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Did you know that the original Infant of Prague was owned by St Teresa of Avila? Here’s the story: In 1628 the small, 19″ wooden, wax coated statue was given by the Spanish princess Polyxena Lobkowicz to the Discalced Carmelites. The princess who was Spanish, had received the statue as a wedding gift in 1603 [Read More...]

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For May and Mary

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May Magnificat by G.M.Hopkins MAY is Mary’s month, and I Muse at that and wonder why: Her feasts follow reason, Dated due to season— Candlemas, Lady Day; But the Lady Month, May, Why fasten that upon her, With a feasting in her honour? Is it only its being brighter Than the most are must delight [Read More...]

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Mary Queen of Heaven: The Bible Tells Me So

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Calling Mary the “Queen of Heaven” seems to most non-Catholics a title too far. How can the simple girl from Nazareth be “Queen of Heaven”? Isn’t that a pagan term? In fact, isn’t the “Queen of Heaven” actually condemned in the Bible? In Jeremiah 44 the Hebrews are blamed for turning back to false gods [Read More...]

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Do Catholics Worship Idols?

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Now that the geeks at Patheos have give us such a snazzy new re-fit, I am going through and moving a good number of my archived articles from my website to my blog. I hope readers will explore the ‘Archived Articles’ tab to see what’s there. I’ll be updating it regularly with old articles and [Read More...]

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