Five Reasons I Love Jesus

Reposted from 2007 by request of Reader Mark:Five Reasons Why I Love Jesus5) He's got a good sense of humor. In this I see I am joined by Julie at Happy Catholic, for pretty much the same reasons. I love the sort of loving, semitic and word-based humor on display in scripture. In Matthew, Chapter 14, Simon and Andrew - probably nagging at each other as they cast their nets into the sea - needed only one phrase to drop their nets and follow him, and the phrase was a dandy, "Heh. Hey … [Read more...]

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Meditating the Crucifix

Stumbled upon this while looking for something else. Seemed like a good read to kick off the Easter Triduum. Hope you don't mind the repost:WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, OUTSIDE OF TIMEI have been corresponding with a friend who is enduring the loss of a beloved family member - his grief is still very new. My grief for my brother S is a little older. It was just a bare week or so ago that I noted the passing of one year since he entered hospice. It is older, but not much … [Read more...]

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A 360 View of the Holy Sepulchre – UPDATED

I'm unlikely to ever get there, so I found this completely mesmerizing.And when it finally showed the Tomb where Christ was lain, and where He rose...well...silly me. Sitting here suddenly awash in tears.Enjoy.UPDATE: It occurs to me that some might benefit from knowing about the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, D.C. which contains a replica of the Church of the Sepulchre. If you don't think you'll ever make it to the Holy Land, consider checking this place out. My husband and I … [Read more...]

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I Am a Sinful Woman

All who have embarked on true contrition and penance for the sins they have committed, and are firmly resolved not to [repeat those sins] in the future, but to persevere constantly in that pursuit of virtues which they have now begun, all these become sharers in this holy and eternal sacrifice. - from a commentary on the psalms by St. John Fisher, Bishop and MartyrJesus, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, the sinner.Lent was going so well -or at least I thought it was. I had been … [Read more...]

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How to Pray for the Nation

Got this from reader Alexandra, and thought it was such incredibly simple (but profound) advice, that I had to share it. It really humbled and instructed me:. . .when the Bush-Gore recount battle was going on, I asked my parish priest, a very wise man who loves Christ, how to discern God's will. I wasn't asking so much for his opinion on the politics of the day but when I am in one of these political battles and a religious person, can I discern God's will in the course of trying to decide … [Read more...]

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Lindsay Lohan & Jesus Christ

You know, from time to time, I have more conservative Catholics give me a hard time for linking (or referencing) the Jesuit priest and writer, Fr. James Martin.James is a Jesuit, so by definition, yes, he is going to be a little more left-of-center than me on some things, but those who would dismiss him as a far-leftist, or -more importantly- as anything but obedient and loving of the church wherein he works, and the Lord he serves, risks exposing himself or herself as uninformed and a bit … [Read more...]

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King, Bridegroom Self-Immolating Lover

Thumbing through Benedictus last night, I read two excerpts from the pen of our good pope, Benedict XVI, in succession. The second nearly took off the top of my head.It's not that Pope Benedict is saying anything that -on some level- we don't already know. It's that he fleshes out these truths in such a way that heightens the sense of revelation:By calling ourselves Christians, we label ourselves as followers of the king, as people who recognize him as their king. But we can … [Read more...]

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Prayer is ruining me for blogging…

I love my oratory. It's so nice, so restful, so mine. Going there to pray every day ("going there;" it's on the other side of my desk) just...shapes the whole day.But it's really playing hell with my blogging and the direction of the blog.I mean, here's my morning: I shower, get dressed, wrap the towel around my wet head (hey, it's a handy headcoving!) and then go to my oratory. I light tea candles, one before each Icon, one before the Crucifix, one before my little pewter statues. … [Read more...]

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Would he piss on an image of Obama?

Larry David found comedy fodder in piety on the latest episode of his series, "Curb Your Enthusiasm.'On the show's most recent installment, which aired Sunday, David urinates on a painting of Jesus Christ, causing a woman to believe the painting depicts Jesus crying. ... During Sunday's episode, David, who created, wrote and produced "Seinfeld," visits a bathroom in his assistant's home and splatters urine on a picture of Jesus. Instead of wiping it off, David leaves the restroom. Minutes … [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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