St. Therese & Our Own Genius

Ste. Thérèse de L'Enfant Jesus et de la Sainte FaceFrom the Responsory for today's Office of Readings:From the very beginning, O God, you came to me with your love, which has grown since my childhood - Its depths I cannot fully grasp.O Lord, how great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. - Its depths I cannot fully grasp.Coming directly after Therese's nearly ecstatic words in the second reading, the quiet acknowledgment of ongoing mystery and unplumbable depths i … [Read more...]

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Ancora Imparo; 2 Thoughts

Ancora Imparo (I am still learning.) - MichelangeloIt strikes me that the journey of faith is similar to that of an artist's growth. Both the spiritual seeker and the artist travel the interior road, and since the road is infinite, they are -no matter how long they study and seek and work- still at the beginning. We are all still learning.This is what Archbishop Anthony Bloom wrote in his excellent book, Beginning to Pray, which I posted on here. In his opening paragraph, he writes:As … [Read more...]

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A Study in Contrasts

Two Polish men.Both artists.Both "brilliant."Both persecuted by Nazis, in their native land. One was a prisoner, one was a slave. When the Nazis left, the Communists came.One, Roman Polanski, becomes a filmmaker. He encounters a 13 year old girl.One, Karol Wojtyla, becomes a priest. He too, encounters a 13 year old girl.After his encounter, the filmmaker -still a youngish man- runs away, out into the world, saying "everyone wants to do what I did." He lives what is for the most … [Read more...]

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Crucifix on my Oratory

One of these days, I will learn how to take a picture out of a digital camera (or my phone) and post a picture of my Oratory for you.Suffice to say it is makeshift. I have a cushion for sitting or kneeling (it's big). I've pushed a glass-topped credenza to the wall, leaned four Icons against it, and I have these solid brass angel/candleholders I picked up for cheap some years ago at an antique shop. Tealight candles scattered among a few smaller Icons - it's very restful and very simple, … [Read more...]

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Feast of the Holy Archangels

One of my very favorite feastdays, and a good tonic before we meet the curmudgeonly St. Jerome, tomorrow:From today's Office of Readings, we read Michael's battle with the dragon (Rev 12:1-17a) and then this homily by Pope St. Gregory the Great:You should be aware that the word "angel" denotes a function rather than a nature. Those holy spirits of heaven have indeed always been spirits. They can only be called angels when they deliver some message. Moreover, those who deliver messages of … [Read more...]

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15 Hours: Lifetime of Love

Love goes on, and on.Love, permitted to enter the world, never fails and never ends.God is Love. When we permit new life to enter into the world, we permit ourselves to feel newly-minted love. We permit God to come in, again, to the world - in the form of love.And when we do not permit it to come, what then?I wrote in this post:Does our pride or our bashfulness make it difficult for others to gift us? In all of these ways, when we inhibit gift-giving, we get in the way of simple … [Read more...]

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Mariette in Ecstasy

And Christ still sends me roses. We try to be formed and held and kept by him, but instead he offers us freedom. And now when I try to know his will, his kindness floods me, his great love overwhelms me, and I hear him whisper, Surprise me. --Mariette Baptiste, Mariette in EcstasyIt has been a long time since I first read it, but last night I found within this wonderful and strange novel by Ron Hansen, a permanent Deacon in the Catholic Church, things I have longed to share since my … [Read more...]

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Getting to know Timothy Dolan

“True freedom is the liberty to do whatever we ought, not the freedom to do whatever we want; we are at our best when we give away freely what’s most inside of us.” --Archbishop Timothy Dolan, (RC-NY)A long and well-worth reading profile of NY's new archbishop, in New York Magazine, where the subtitle declares: If anyone can repair the church’s image, it’s Timothy Dolan. Except there are only so many nice ways to say no.For some people, that's all the Catholic Church is, a big bunch of "no." … [Read more...]

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I love them too…

I love Frank and Carrie, just from the way Webster writes about them.And you will too … [Read more...]

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"It takes Guts to be a Priest" – UPDATED

Read about it at Happy CatholicThen check out Webster on the guts it takes to be a priest.Yes, and it is purely a giftDiocese of Raliegh unveiles a poster for the year of the priestIt will be a little quiet over here, as I am trying to earn some money. But check back! … [Read more...]

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