Our Transfiguration, and His

Transfiguration by Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. at Flickr

Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John,  and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them;  his face shone like the sun  and his clothes became white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him. - Mt 17:1-3  I write, on a gray-skied working Wednesday, of what the Greek-Catholic Dominican priest Jean Corbon called "the historical and literary center of the Gospel," the transfiguration of Christ. It's Fr. Co … [Read more...]

Must Read: Bishop Caggiano Interview on “Church Reform from Below”


The Deacon's Bench pointed this interview out a few days ago, but the interview is such a great illustration of some of the themes I posted about earlier this week that I'm going to point to it again.Sean Salai, SJ a Jesuit in formation who's working as a summer intern at America magazine, has been posting a number of great interviews over there, including one with the Patheos Catholic Channel's own Eve Tushnet. But as far as I'm concerned, the must-read Catholic interview of the summer is t … [Read more...]

Be Not Afraid: Francis and the 15th Annotation

Ignatius - Head from Rubens Portrait

“There are very few people who realize what God would make of them if they abandoned themselves entirely into his hands, and let themselves be formed by his grace.” St. Ignatius, whose feast we celebrate today, wrote that in 1543. Four hundred and seventy-one years later, that fundamental Ignatian insight that God is far more active than we are often willing to notice or trust is still valid — and, inasmuch as it has formed the current successor of Peter, very much at work in the Church.A cou … [Read more...]

A Third Way? Exploring the Church’s Teaching on Homosexuality

A big tent? Image: blackboard1965 / Shutterstock

Let me set the scene for you with two examples:1.  Stanza XXVII from St. John of the Cross’s Spiritual Canticle: There He gave me His breasts, There He taught me the science full of sweetness. And there I gave to Him Myself without reserve; There I promised to be His bride. Without reading too much into this, it’s not hard to imagine that John of the Cross experienced some same-sex attractions.  I’m not saying that John of the Cross was gay. There was no narrative around at his time for … [Read more...]

This Coming Apocalypse

When the Moon Breaks Down

Each generation has had to contend with Biblical ideas about death, judgment and the resulting eternity spent in heaven or hell, but none have yet seen the “day” alluded to in scripture. Millennia have passed as people, from time to time and to varying degrees, worried about the end of the world. Apocalyptic fervor might have spiked at the year 1,000 and again in 2012, but God (not being into numerology) did not come. Life continued. So it is that when anyone becomes convinced that their gen … [Read more...]

Jesuit Superior General intends to retire

Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus

We've got David Bowie playing on repeat over at TJP.  Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes!The worldwide head of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Adolfo Nicolás announced this morning that he intends to retire and will call a General Congregation for the Society of Jesus in 2016.  This announcement follows a recent trend of Church leaders whose prayer and discernment have lead them to conclude that the demands of running international organizations requires more energy than they can provide.  You can read more abo … [Read more...]