“You shine like the sun,” and now we can truly see it!

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Many mystics and even some ordinary types have seen it, and Thomas Merton wrote perhaps the most famous description of it:"There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.”Well, there might actually be a way, now, and the story and video behind it is a must-read, must-watch one-two punch. (H/T New Advent)Take three minutes to watch the video.Your day just got better, right? Right.Related: Over at Black, White and Gray, Mark R … [Read more...]

“It’s mystery, it’s magic, it’s divinity”

From Deacon Greg, who is some sort of a magician in the way he finds the best, most fascinating or touching videos.This one, blew me away, both for the visual presentation, the use of Vivaldi's Et in terrra pax hominimus, from the "Gloria" and most particularly due to the straightfowardness and humility of the scientist, Alexander Tsiaras, of The Visible Human Project, who says without fuss or fervor, "these are mathematical models beyond our human comprehension. . .it's mystery; it's magic; … [Read more...]

Quantum Levitation and Faith Levitation

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In our foyer is a small, beautiful icon of Our Lady of Good Counsel, and the icon has an interesting story behind it:Each year on April 25, the feast day of St. Mark Genazzano’s patron Saint, a fair took place near the church of the Mother of Good Counsel. On that day in 1467 towards the evening as the fair was beginning to end a white luminous cloud appeared over the village. The cloud descended on the church of the Mother of Good Counsel. The bells of the old tower began to ring by t … [Read more...]

Making Love in the Light

My column at First Things for the upcoming Feast of the Ascension:It is this onenes Father Barron describes when he writes of the “interacting and interpenetrating fields of force” that are heaven and earth, constantly commingling, and within the church embodying a true encounter between bridegroom and bride. That is considered archaic language, I know — Flannery O’ Connor called it “a metaphor that can be dispensed with” — but the brilliant Ms. O’ Connor was uncharacteristically off the mark i … [Read more...]


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