For Him: Make a Straight Path to Your Heart

When we remove all obstacles to his presence he will come, at any hour and moment, to dwell spiritually in our hearts. --St. Charles BorromeoAll obstacles; what can they be?Ask the question and people's first answers will always be: "my sinfulness, my stubbornness..."But the obstacles we place before His Majesty don't always have to be what we would consider our negatives. Other obstacles to his presence might be the pride we take in our housekeeping, or our work; our beloved "principles" … [Read more...]

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"Eve" by Madeleine L’Engle

Eve and Mary* by Sr. Grace Remington, O.C.S.O"Eve" When we left the garden we knew that it would be forever. The new world we entered was dark and strange. Nights were cold. We lay together for warmth, and because we were afraid of the unnamed animals, and of the others; we had never known about the giants, and angels gone wild. We had not been told of dwarves and elves; they teased us; we hid whenever they played.Adam held me. When my belly grew taut and began to swell I … [Read more...]

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The Advent of the Bridegroom

I remember once discussing psalms with a nun and mentioning that one of my favorites was Psalm 19, which begins:The heavens proclaim the glory of God, and the firmament shows forth the work of his hands. Day unto day takes up the story and night unto night makes known the message.No speech, no word, no voice is heard yet their span extends through all the earth, their words to the utmost bounds of the world.There he has placed a tent for the sun; it comes forth like a … [Read more...]

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Cancun, Rationing, Blustery Day Linkfest!

It is so incredibly blustery out there, today! But I like rain and wind!Dew and rain, bless the Lord. Frost and chill, bless the Lord. Ice and snow, bless the Lord. Nights and days, bless the Lord. Light and darkness, bless the Lord. Lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord. – Daniel 3: 68-73Hum, dum, dum...let's linkaround!Remember yesterday I wrote about the Cancun Climate and their dumb ideas about rationing? Allahpundit picks up the story, and provides video.As my husband noted last … [Read more...]

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Buster, Gratitude, Hillbilly Thomism UPDATED

When Buster was pretty small, perhaps three or four years old, a priest asked a rhetorical question during his homily--I don't remember the question; it might have been "why are we here, today" or something like that--but the boy was determined to answer it, and his hand shot up and remained there, like one long skinny flagpole wavering, while the priest tried to ignore him.After a while, Fr. Patient--who had baptized Buster and knew him well--sighed and said, "okay, Buster, what's your … [Read more...]

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Advent Silence & Our Poor Goblets

"You too left Egypt when, at baptism, you renounced that world which is at enmity with God." -- St. AugustineThe Benedictine Nuns at Oxfordshire had a silencing snow to bring a profound stillness to the start of Advent:The mantle of snow lying over much of Britain this morning will not be welcomed by all but it is the perfect gift for the beginning of Advent. Snow is mysterious, beautiful, silent. It both conceals and reveals. It draws us away from the ordinariness of life to its … [Read more...]

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Communion; Hand or Mouth?

Yesterday at Mass, my husband noticed that on the floor of our pew, by our feet, was a quarter of an unconsumed Host. He picked it up and consumed it.Discussing it on the way home, my husband chose to think the best, not the worst. "Maybe [at a previous Mass] the wedge was part of Consecration Host, and it somehow got picked up with another one and missed, or dropped onto a sweater, or something."My husband is always quick to think the best, especially when a matter is too troubling to … [Read more...]

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Christ the King; Here comes Emmanuel!

"Who do you say that I Am?"SourceLet's prepare ourselves for the end of the liturgical year, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King:God did not intend Israel to have a kingdom . . . The law was to be Israel's king, and through the law, God himself . . . God yielded to Israel's obstinacy and so devised a new kidn of kingship for them. The King is Jesus; in him God entered humanity and espoused it to himself. This is the usual form of the divine activity in relation to … [Read more...]

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Recommended Advent Reading – UPDATED

Advent will very quickly be upon us, and with it all of the worldly distractions, commitments and tight schedules that have helped make Christmas itself feel--for some--like an ordeal to be gotten through, instead of a season of dawning light and enduring, mysterious love. Particularly in difficult times such as we are facing, we need to be sure we've made some time to consider that light, and that Incarnational mystery, which we will never fully comprehend whereupon, as the great Anglican … [Read more...]

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