Stars and the Excess of Clarity

Spent some time stargazing a while back, when I couldn’t sleep.No telescope, just the naked eye, a dark neighborhood and a willingness to wonder. I was digesting a bit of Thomas Merton's The Seven Storey Mountain, and it had stayed with me through evening's pass – the sight of the stars, the early, wise writings of a monk.Does the fact that we can no longer see the stars have anything to do with our loss of wonder? These things, the stars, and all creation - they are more splendid, perfect, … [Read more...]

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...]

I think from now on Fridays…

...will be days where I do not write about politics or read about politics.From now on Fridays will be "Faithful Fridays" and I will only write about matters of faith.What do you think?I like it. Friday was the day Our Lord gave up his life; we Catholics are still supposed to make it a day of sacrifice. For Friday I will not serve the fascination with news and news by-products.Unless there is something fast breaking, I mean! :-)Sorry for the silence so far. I woke up and prayed … [Read more...]