The Talking, Thinking and Wondering Will Continue

There is a saying attributed to St. Gregory of Nyssa, that I used to keep up on my header: "Ideas lead to idols; only wonder leads to knowing."I wonder about that phrase often, and continually draw new understanding as I apply it to different subject matters. It reminds me that I am not only free to ponder, but that as a Catholic, I am (quite contra-CW) required to think. Not to give in to the soft tyranny of sentimentalism until I'm so busy feeling that thinking is dismissed; not to … [Read more...]

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Our Lady of Good Counsel, Pray for Us

I love her. She is in my hallway, above the holy water fontBut you know, when you see something every day, sometimes you forget to look, really look.So I am glad that Terry at Abbey-Roads wrote about her today. It reminds me that I need some Good Counsel; I need it right now, in fact.So I have taken an Icon from my desk and put it over the font, and brought Our Lady of Good Counsel to my desk, so I can look at her. And beg some prayer from her.And from you, too. I could use … [Read more...]

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Bible Basics for Catholics: A New Picture! – UPDATED

Got three new books in the mail yesterday, and I'm going to share all of them with you. I actually have about 25 books that arrived while I was sick last month and I never did get a chance to catch up on them, so perhaps this week I will slip them into the blog and let you make up your own minds about whether they might be of interest to you, but this book, Bible Basics for Catholics: A New PIcture of Salvation HistoryI know I can highly recommend, because I read the galleys and loved it so much … [Read more...]

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Prayers for Kitty and Three Others…

Some of you may remember that about six months ago my son's fiance "Kitty" dealt with a burst appendix and many complications. She's been having increasing pain and discomfort for the past few days, and today it reached the point where she really couldn't function, so they are waiting for doctors to tell them whether they can do an office visit or must go back to the ER.I haven't spoken to Kitty, but I can imagine she is feeling pretty upset, if not by the pain, then by the potential havoc … [Read more...]

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When Mass Rubs the Nerves Raw

My First Things piece this week confesses that I sometimes seek out a music-less mass at an early hour, just to escape the rambunctious irreverence that sometimes makes Sunday mass an opportunity to practice the virtue of patience...and endurance:Perhaps it is different where you worship, but in my parish—and I would count mine as one of the “quieter” and “more reverent” in our area—that sort of preparation is nearly impossible. The choir and musicians are noisily setting up, talking and lau … [Read more...]

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Pouring Thoughts and Pee-Phobia

Elizabeth Duffy has an entertaining and thoughtful entry in her column, this week as shares with us the origins of her writing:I started keeping a diary when I was about eleven. My mother suggested I start writing to cure a weird childhood insomnia that kept me up late nights worrying that I was going to pee in my sleep, even though I'd not wet the bed since I was out of diapers.When I was struck by pee-phobia, I would go stand by Mom and Dad's bed, and wait for them to wake up, which … [Read more...]

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It Matters to Know We Are Small

One of the greatest nights of my life was spent alone. My husband and sons were off camping with the Boy Scouts and I took myself to Montauk, and found a small beachfront and parked myself on a blanket under the sky. I simply watched the constellations roll by, and all the shooting stars falling. Such depths of sparkling beauty. Such a night of wonder.Electric light is wonderful -- it's near-miraculous -- but we give up an awful lot to have it all about us, making us feel safe and less … [Read more...]

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Hilarion Alfeyev on Music and Unity

It's no secret I am an unabashed fan of Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev and of his writings and his music, which I've linked to several times over the years.Joseph Susanka -- who is a pretty busy guy, what with six kids, a job and his weekly column here at Patheos -- managed to snag an interview with the bishop, and treats us to a fascinating exchange on music, liturgy and Christian Unity. Here is a little bit:. . .today a different problem is acquiring primary importance – the problem o … [Read more...]

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Learn the Divine Office in Lent

Well, Day 1 of Lent was pretty rich. Got to lector at Mass for one of my favorite readings and psalms, which was neat. Got to spend more time at a doctor's office than I wanted to for something so minor, but that was good, as it gave me a chance to finish Robert Hugh Benson's Lord of the World, (free on Kindle, kids!) and I think I needed the downtime. The quiet allowed a deeper submersion into Lent, but I still haven't gotten that book recommendation post done, sorry.Speaking of deeper … [Read more...]

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The day looks different if you don’t just stumble into it”

This is a really enjoyable report from the Catholic News Service, on dear our Pope Benedict XVI and his personal prayer:And something to think about on this Sunday:One should therefore deplore certain attitudes of mind which are sometimes found even among Christians because of a failure to recognize the legitimate autonomy of science. These mental attitudes have given rise to conflict and controversy and led many to assume that faith and science are mutually opposed.If, on … [Read more...]

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