Lent: Peter & the Gates of Hell

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" They replied, "Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter said in reply, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." Jesus said to him in reply, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly … [Read more...]

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Lent: the searing lesson

This trembling mystery: love cannot exist without pain.Love brings the pain; it lets pain in. The key to all that makes us vulnerable. And alive.And hurt.And alive.Pain can exist without love, but not the reverse.All creation is loved into being. Did that make the Creator vulnerable, too?At the Incarnation, God-with-us came helpless, for us, with us, to us.The reassuring love...But did Christ also need to come to tell us God hurt?To show us the hurt, and … [Read more...]

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Friday in Lent: Miserere

Psalm 51Psalm 51(50) Miserere mei, DeusHave mercy on me, God, in your kindness. In your compassion blot out my offense. O wash me more and more from my guilt and cleanse me from my sin.My offenses truly I know them; my sin is always before me Against you, you alone, have I sinned; what is evil in your sight I have done.That you may be justified when you give sentence and be without reproach when you judge, see, in guilt I was born, a sinner was I conceived.Indeed you love truth in … [Read more...]

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"Understanding is a strong word…"

A forthright interview with a few well-spoken Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, postulant, novice, simply professed and fully professed. … [Read more...]

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Lent: Thought for the Day

Brian Eno - An Ending (Ascent)In order to arrive at having pleasure in everything, Desire to have pleasure in nothing. In order to arrive at possessing everything, Desire to possess nothing. In order to arrive at being everything, Desire to be nothing. In order to arrive at knowing everything, Desire to know nothing.In order to arrive at that point where you take no pleasure, you must go by a way that gives no pleasure. In order to arrive at that point where you know nothing, you must go by … [Read more...]

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Castro/Columbus/Catholicism & everything in between

If you're following the step-down of Fidel Castro, Fausta's is the place to be - she's got the best round-up.Some of the headlines, however, make Castro sound like he's primed for Sainthood, and Newsbusters is keeping tabs on the glows and halos.Speaking of glows and halos, I think I linked to this piece a little bit ago, but it's worth running again, as we anticipate the next groovy-sounding lunar eclipse.And speaking of saints, the Vatican is slowing down the process...because things … [Read more...]

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Maximilian Kolbe, by request

Since I've had a few emails asking for more information, St. Maximilian Kolbe and his martyrdom:Patron Saint of: drug addiction; drug addicts; families; imprisoned people; journalists; political prisoners; prisoners; pro-life movement more. … [Read more...]

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Lent: Disciplining oneself; the hardest thing…

(link)While all the runners in the stadium take part in the race, the award goes to one man. In that case, run so as to win! Athletes deny themselves all sorts of things. They do this to win a crown of leaves that withers, but we a crown that is imperishable. I do not run like a man who loses sight of the finish line. I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. What I do is discipline my own body and master it, for fear that after having preached to others, I myself should be rejected. - 1 … [Read more...]

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How's your Lent going?

Why Catholics Sit, Kneel, Bow and StandThankfully, this year Lent has not completely gotten away from me as it did, last year. For that I credit the help of my Breviary - (psalmody is so very powerful and grounding, when we commit to it) and Anthony Bloom's Beginning to Pray, and also the Gospels, which I have been reading chapter-by-chapter each night with a notebook and a bit more care than usual. Just now, I'm liking the Ignatius Bible, and its simple presentation, a lot. Don't you find … [Read more...]

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A Catholic Round Up

2008 Catholic Blog Awards are now taking nominations.I'm not clear on the changes this year...I think there will only be one chance to vote once the nominees are named. Check it out and nominate your faves!Barbara Nicolosi of Church of the Masses has founded a program to prepare Christians for Hollywood careers.Writes Barbara:The program takes place in the heart of the Hollywood entertainment industry with intensive classroom instruction and mentoring from a world-class faculty of over … [Read more...]

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