Pentecost – Wind, Fire and Witness

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Remembering that the New Testament is hidden in the old and the old is made manifest in the New, yesterday’s feast provides three powerful images from the past that converge at Pentecost: Wind, Fire and Witness. The mighty rushing wind connects back to the first day of creation where in the first verses of the [Read More...]

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Revolution and Revelation

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A spirited conversation has been going on in the combox about the existence of God. I said here that God does not exist–and went on to say, at least he does not exist as we exist. He is, instead, the very ground of all existence. He does not exist so much as he IS existence. [Read More...]

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Holy Mary Mother of God and Mother of Me

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I had a Southern Baptist friend who thought it was amusing, when visiting Catholic churches, to wave to the image of Mary and say, “Hi Mary!” When I challenged him on what seemed a mark of disrespect he said cheerily, “Y’all say, ‘Hail Mary’ and ‘Hail’ just means ‘Hi’, so it’s my way of saying [Read More...]

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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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Vain Repetition Repetition?

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How a former Evangelical came to love the Rosary. Here’s my latest article for Integrated Catholic Life. Please read and share! Read: Do Catholics Pray to Mary?; Do Catholics Honor Mary Too Much?; Do Catholics Worship Mary? [Read more...]

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Michelangelo, Mother Teresa and Miracles

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Last week in New Jersey some of the faithful flocked to see something strange and wonderful–the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in a tree trunk. The story is reported here. Then there was the face of Mother Teresa in a bun in Tennessee. You can see that here along with an image of Jesus [Read More...]

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