Baptism: The Portal of Grace; the First Ephphetha! – UPDATED

A couple days ago, I wrote about a Catholic squabble taking place on social media and opined:I’m not going to tell the pope (or any priest or deacon) that they shouldn’t baptize a baby whose parents haven’t checked off all the boxes. I’d rather see the baby claimed for Christ, the portal of grace created within the child, and hope that the parents who sought this baptism are also brought into conformity through that act of faith, however confused.No, "portal of grace" doesn't appear in t … [Read more...]

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O King Solomon! Pray for us Squabbling Catholics!

Okay, so, via Deacon Greg ala the Italian press (which is you know...the Italian press), here is the latest story that has some Catholics screaming at each other in social media.The pope baptized a baby. According to "Il Tirreno" the couple requesting baptism for their daughter Guilia may not be sacramentally married. We don't even know if that report is accurate, or if so what circumstances may be behind the couple being only civilly wed. But that's enough for battle amongst Catholics. … [Read more...]

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Jesus and the Hemorrhagic Woman: Accountability and Thanksgiving

Today's Gospel reading (Mark 5:21-43) tells us of Jairus' plea to Jesus, that he go to his sick little girl, “My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live.”Oh, that spoke to me; on a snowy, cold morning, with the arthritis screaming, I read that and thought, "me too, that I may move!"Along the way to Jairus' home, we read what is (for me, anyway) one of the richest and most powerful stories of Christ's healings:There was a wom … [Read more...]

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Being Anointed: Falling into Community

I went alone to Mass alone this morning - my hubby had to be somewhere else - and afterwards I was just sitting in the pew, trying to decide if I was being called to get anointed, because the month-long stiff neck, the two-week long headache and the coughing have been wearing me down.The priest, a pal, walked by and said, "you look awful."I laughed and said "Do I? Well, I guess that's my cue to ask to be anointed."My eyes were closed during the rite, but I was surprised to hear … [Read more...]

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