Pride, Prejudice and Rational Religion

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In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice Caroline says to Mr Bingley, I should like balls infinitely better, if they were carried on in a different manner; but there is something insufferably tedious in the usual process of such a meeting. It would surely be much more rational if conversation instead of dancing were made the [Read More...]

The Eternal Mass

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Am I getting older or is the news getting worse? All around the world seems to be disintegrating. What was considered immorality by everyone is now championed as good and progressive. The Christian church in America — Catholics included–seem to be swept along by the crass materialism, commercial mentality and all the complacency and desires [Read More...]

Sacred Heart of Jesus — Tough Love

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It took me a while to appreciate the Sacred Heart of Jesus devotion. To tell the truth, as a convert, it all seemed kind of sappy, sentimental and well, French. All hearts and flowers and perfume–almost like a Valentine from Jesus. Yucch. But then I learned about St Margaret Mary Alacogue and realized that she [Read More...]

Old Monk on Solitude

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Old Monk: Go to your cell. It is the way into the Kingdom. Layman: I am not a monk. I have no cell to go into. Old Monk: You are not within your cell. Your cell is within you. [Read more...]

Radical Religion

Leo Tolstoy as a Pilgrim

My brother lives at the beach, and he was out walking the dog late one afternoon when he spotted an unusual fellow walking along the beach. He was wearing a kind of Franciscan habit, sandals and was carrying a walking stick and a big Bible. My brother engaged him in conversation. It seems the man [Read More...]

Old Monk on Detachment

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Detachment means being attached to all things according to their true and eternal value. [Read more...]


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