Sacked-Quarterback Triduum Linkfest

That's my photo of Raphael's Triumph of the Cross over Paganism. Like all of my photos it's short-sighted and a little off-center. Like me.I wanted to write something of my own for Holy Thursday,, but the day completely got away from me, thanks to running around getting Buster's lungs seen-to and narc'd up. My big beefy son gets off the plane last night looking green and coughing like Camille about to expire. I don't get it. How can someone so big be so delicate?Anyhow...I've taken a … [Read more...]

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Meeting Him on the Mt. of Olives

" . . . let us spread before his feet, not garments or soulless olive branches, which delight the eye for a few hours and then wither, but ourselves, clothed in his grace, or rather, clothed completely in him. We who have been baptized into Christ must ourselves be the garments that we spread before him. Now that the crimson stains of our sins have been washed away in the saving waters of baptism and we have become white as pure wool, let us present the conqueror of death, not with mere … [Read more...]

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How Pilgrim Monks are to be Received

Part of my Lent has been re-reading the Holy Rule of St. Benedict, pertinent to the day. It's been speaking to me in very personal and private ways.Today as I contemplate a great decision that involved travel and has me doubting and unsure, the lesson is about stability, which is actually one of the Benedictine vows:If a pilgrim monk coming from a distant region wants to live as a guest of the monastery, let him be received for as long a time as he desires, provided he is … [Read more...]

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Difficult Lent – Love, Pain and Balance

It's been a difficult Lent, for me, at least. Lots of things to ponder, and so little free time to really do it. One thing I've learned this Lent is that I am lending more time to work than to the things that matter. Not that work doesn't matter. It certainly does, and I love my job, and I am grateful, every single day to be able to make a living as a writer. But too much work has taken time away from people, from prayer and from the simple duties I have to the people I love and the God I … [Read more...]

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Pieta, Signore

Have mercy, Lord, on me in my remorse! Lord, have mercy if my prayer rises to you: do not chastise me in your severity. Less harshly, always mercifully, look down on me, on me.Never let me be condemned to hell in the eternal fire by your severity. Almighty God, never let me be condemned to the eternal fire by your severity. … [Read more...]

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Reclaiming Lent

Comments are closed for the weekend. Let us reclaim our Lenten focus.We think that in prayer we speak to God, and we are not wrong to think so. But the heart of prayer is that God speaks to us. It is not God whose mind is changed by our prayer, but we ourselves, if we would but cease to speak, and would instead wait upon God, and listen to him. It is the prayer of silent expectation, whereby we who love God wait upon him, like the prophet Elijah who did not hear the Lord in the storm … [Read more...]

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In your light we see light

“No destructive action…can ever corrode the substance of Creation . . . there is a divinely guaranteed Goodness of being which no amount of mischief can undermine.” -- Josef Pieper, In Tune With the WorldI saw as in letters of gold this word Goodness, which I repeated for a long while with an indescribable sweetness. I saw it, I say, written on all creatures, animate and inanimate, rational or not, all bore this name of goodness. I saw it even on the chair I was using as a kneeler. I under … [Read more...]

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The Male, the Female, the People, the God

An aggrieved party writes that he is offended by what he perceives to be my subtle attack on gay marriage. Because that's what Catholics obsess on all day, obviously. Once again, projection, much?The piece in question is actually about the blood covenant that exists between God and humanity and the way it is reflected and given fruitfulness in the shedding of our foreskins and hymens.I know, I know, just saying the words makes people feel all ughy. But I think it's well past time we … [Read more...]

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Lenten Thought for the Day

In order to arrive at having pleasure in everything, Desire to have pleasure in nothing. In order to arrive at possessing everything, Desire to possess nothing. In order to arrive at being everything, Desire to be nothing. In order to arrive at knowing everything, Desire to know nothing.In order to arrive at that point where you take no pleasure, you must go by a way that gives no pleasure. In order to arrive at that point where you know nothing, you must go by a way you do … [Read more...]

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Rob Bell, Common Names and Dominus Iesus – UPDATED

There's something to be said for having an unusual moniker. A few years ago, our family traveled with another family and the husband/father of the other gang kept getting pulled aside for extra searching and occasional questioning; apparently this hard-working fellow shares the same name as a bad-guy and about a million other men. Being good-natured, he did not mind the extra attention, which made him feel like the TSA folk were "on the job."But when one is already embroiled in a doctrinal … [Read more...]

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