Retreat Day Rerun

From September 2009Mariette in EcstasyAnd 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 (who Deacon Greg reminds us is a permanent … [Read more...]

Retreat Day For Me and Thee -UPDATED

Have you had enough?I have. I'm having one of those weeks where I feel like The Great Unread, like I am the mutt who cannot pass muster with the pedigrees.Well, okay, I am a mutt. But I'm God's Own Mutt, and quite privileged.Yes, I am privileged to write for a modest living, which is so much better than having to manage an office, for one. So, before I start giving in to the "why do I bother, no one reads me," ego-roasting and self-indulgent megrims (which quickly lead to acedia) I'll do … [Read more...]

The Tiny Hair Shirt – UPDATE

Back when we talked about head coverings, I made a point of following up on it as the experiment went along.I'm still covering at home, and still covering at Mass, too. I'm less self-conscious about it than I had been, although I do note the occasional hairy-eyeball directed my way, by some. One priest, after several weeks, finally asked, "okay, why? You tried this once before, I know, and didn't stick with it.""Yeah, it's such a pain in the neck," I agreed. "It's a mortification. The … [Read more...]

A note from my retreat

Just found this scrawled, uncharacteristically for me, in the back of a book -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 process of turning to. We die to ourselves, die to a particular sin or attachment, and begin again, turning toward. We no sooner die to one thing that we … [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...]

"It is consummated."

"Everything" is about nothing. Everything ended with the sacrifice of the Lamb. All is consummated. We are forever and always at the Last Supper, at the Crucifixion, at the Resurrection. Time ended with the tearing of the veil and the rolling back of the stone. The rest is illusion and catching up. There is nothing to be afraid of.I awoke from a sound sleep with that repeating in my head, this morning, and grabbed a pen and wrote it down.I kind of like it.I'm not sure what it all means, … [Read more...]

Everything is different!

Hi folks, back from retreat, and I have a lot to share - highs and lows and all in between, plus two books that, when read back-to-back pack a substantial intellectual and spiritual wallop...but must wait until later to write. Thanks for checking in with me while I was gone and I hope you didn't mind the reposts, too terribly.My email is terribly backed up, of course, but things will be back to normal, soon...well, not normal. It will be impossible for anything to be what it was, since … [Read more...]


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