So, where should a gal go to meet some saints?

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A new month has begun, so I've popped over to Jen Fulwiler's saint generator and spun up my final randomly chosen saint for 2014.But, before I do this again in 2015, I'd like to rejigger my approach, and I'd appreciate any advice, O Readers.The nice thing about using a random saint generator is that I keep finding saints I might otherwise not have run into and/or challenging myself to think about parts of the spiritual life that I might otherwise let lie fallow.  Doing this once a month … [Read more...]

Avoiding Glib Grace-Notes in Advent

OH-I-SEE (from Lifeprint)

Yesterday I talked about trying to find an Advent discipline that wasn't just hard-for-the-sake-of-hard, but that would form my conscience in some way.Here's my attempt: I'm trying to undertake a conversational fast this Advent season.  I want to avoid using any one-liners or other kinds of glancing, meant-to-be funny comments in conversation.It's not that I want to make Advent humor-free -- I'd still be allowed to tell a funny story or an actual joke -- I'm looking to prune the comments … [Read more...]

Choosing a Prudent (not a ‘Tough’) Advent Fast

NOT an example of fortitude

In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.In this week's reading, Pope Francis's discussion of Christ's preparation for death nicely parallels Joseph Pieper's chapter on Fortitude in The Four Cardinal Virtues.Here's Francis: Jesus took his death seriously, as he did his … [Read more...]

“Safety” is a Piss-Poor Pitch for Chastity

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A recent First Things post aimed to arm its readers with a positive case for chastity, one that could appeal to non-Christian friends.  But I struggled to find anything positive or invigorating in the sample arguments presented.  For example: A case at University of Houston may serve. According to a legal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, the facts aren’t unusual. One evening, after attending a UH event, a male student went to a nearby bar and met a female student for the first time. They … [Read more...]

Why Welcome Sorrow? [Pope Francis Bookclub]

shoulder cry

In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.In this week's chapter, I was particularly struck by some excerpts from St. Ignatius's Spiritual Exercises that Pope Francis decided to include: When Saint Ignatius treats of the mysteries of the passion in his Spiritual Exercises, … [Read more...]

7QT: Time, Taylor Swift, and other deeply philosophical matters

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--- 1 --- Ok, move fast readers!  The NYT is doing a wacky contest to supply the opening paragraph that you feel should go with this pulpy book cover.Full details are here, and the deadline is midnight tonight.  Before any of you think of writing me into it -- I'll have you know that I happen to be a tough kid from Nassau.(If you do enter, feel free to cross-post in the comments here) --- 2 --- This is the second time I've read about this particular experiment to check whether, whe … [Read more...]

“It is Not Good for Man to be Alone” – a review of Gay and Catholic

A New Living Rainforest Experience Is Launched At London Zoo

A few weeks ago, our Dominican-run Adult Sunday School tackled the topic of "Deadly Sins and Lively Virtues" and the brother teaching walked us through St. Thomas Aquinas's classification of sins and their progeny (i.e. clamor (speaking so intemperately so as to lose the ability to say actual words) is one of the offspring of wrath).  As our Dominican friar kept expanding the flow chart of faults, the most surprising branch turned out to be the cluster of sins rooted in Sloth.(Editorial … [Read more...]


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