What hastens our dying and our rising

Monstrance Guilford

Though I am almost fanatical about keeping my books in good order, I found this scrawled on the blank back page of a book, from a retreat in 2009. Seemed meant to be found now, in these days of repentance, mourning and resurrection: When we meet God face-to-face, it is always a moment of grace, but too it is a moment of judgment for us. Judgment day, then, can be any day, any time, any particular moment of an hour. And so our death can happen many times; a process of conversion, a … [Read more...]

A Palm Sunday of Stark Decision

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". . .the revelation is really quite simple- the Lord Jesus, God and King, will give his divine life for you, and will do so, even if you don’t deserve that kind of gesture and can do nothing to earn it. That’s the kind of God and King the Lord Jesus is- the kind who will give up his life for you. In fact his passion to give his life for you is so intense, that it takes the form of the cross. The gods and kings of the world, won’t do that. They take life. Sure they will make it … [Read more...]

Brendan Eich, Refusenik to an Idea cum Idol *UPDATED

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Some great stuff over at OSV this week, particularly this and this, but I wanted to link a piece I contributed on the Brendan Eich story, wherein I flesh out my first thoughts, shared here. A mere two weeks after taking over as CEO of Mozilla, tech-prodigy and Javascript inventor Brendan Eich was released from his contract. No one had disputed either his leadership or creative abilities, and there was nothing in Eich’s management history that even hinted at unfairness or discriminatory … [Read more...]

Jesuits and Women: Helen Alvaré to America!

Helen Alvare

Hey, I was just joking when, on April 1, I said the Jesuits were about to admit women into the Society. Still, I was pleased yet tickled yesterday to get a press release announcing that Helen Alvaré would be joining the team over at America, as a contributing columnist. This is, by any estimation, "a good get" for America; it demonstrates the commitment of Editor-in-Chief Matt Malone, to move away from the bubbles, labels and the intellectual/ideological ghettos that we Catholics too often … [Read more...]

Noah and The Lent of Christian Screaming, 2014

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How is your Lent going? Are you feeling like you're making some spiritual progress, with the fasting and the alms-giving, and the extra prayer-time? Well, Lent is almost over and if you think you've been working hard on your faith in these forty days, know that the evil one has worked even harder. He always does. Every Lent, it's something; every Lent the evil one exploits a matter, with four reliable effects: It impacts the culture-at-large It foments doubt about precepts of faith It … [Read more...]

“Rem acu tetigisti, Sir.” Freaking Lent. – UPDATED

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Nothing is more annoying than being correctly judged, even in a small way. A broad or inexact hatchet thrown at one's defects often just-misses the target, but a tiny arrow of truth, aimed and fired at precisely the most tender spot within the conscience, can devastate. It is as discomfiting as a poppy seed caught in one's bridgework. You can try to ignore it, but you know its there, and you also know if you don't address it -- if you let the thing remain trapped and hidden beneath the … [Read more...]

One of those awful stories that clutches at the heart…

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Around here we love Joseph Susanka and his Summa This, Summa That blog, because in a world that sometimes challenges us to find authentic charm or a touch of wonder amid all the dross, Joseph reliably "brings the pretty." So it was all the worse, yesterday, that it was Joseph who shared some ugly, tragic news within social media: Two young girls were killed in a car crash Tuesday morning on Highway 789 between Hudson and Lander. Olivia and Emma Lewis died of injuries sustained in the … [Read more...]

“Christ was there! And I missed him!”

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Just because I prefer, on Sundays, to attend the Mass of the Very Old Men doesn't mean I often make it. It's a very early mass and despite my love of the silence, and the prayerful examples of the regular attendees, abandoning my warm bed for it -- particularly this winter -- has not been a priority. Having turned the clocks ahead last night, the chances of my making early mass today were even more reduced, but a restless husband -- oddly kicking the bedcovers and stealing the pillows -- more … [Read more...]

Lenten Resources: Apps, Links, Music and More – UPDATED

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The sun is beginning to set. We're just a few hours away from quietening down for Lent and it's odd, but all day I have felt -- alone in my office, as I am -- a sense of party. I've nibbled at chocolate all day, even though I shouldn't, because it's Fat Tuesday and a worldly sort of day. Even so, I've been collecting some interesting resources to share with you all -- things to help you achieve at least a small measure of interior calm, to start; things to put some heart into your Lenten … [Read more...]

Go and Learn What this Means: “Cognitive Dissonance”

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So, you know all this brouhaha, all these hysterics about how bakers, and photographers, and other service-providers who routinely work for gay clientele (but draw a line at serving gay weddings because they feel it imperils their souls) are horrible people? And you know the whole "if you think that way, then you're a bigot," thing, because governments and pundits have taken it into their heads that it is their job to define "sin" to another person? And you know that whole, "refusing to … [Read more...]


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