So Small a Cloud of Witnesses

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In Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter's The Light of Other Days, a scientist invents little wormholes that function as peepholes.  You can peer back from the present to any point in time before now, or in the present, and society struggles to cope with its sudden transparency.People peer at each other or watch the original productions of Shakespeare, but something very odd happens when the viewers in the novel try to look back at the Crucifixion, the day we remember on Good Friday. The m … [Read more...]

On Palm Sunday, Blood Will Have Blood

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On Palm Sunday in Catholic churches, the Passion narrative is read aloud.  The whole congregation is on our feet while the priest reads the part of Christ, and two lectors pitch in.  One of them handles the descriptions and narration and the other takes on the parts of each person who speaks along (Peter, Pilate, etc).  The lines spoken by the crowd are assigned to the laity all together.And our lines are mostly brutal.We are the ones who have to call for Christ's death, all saying in un … [Read more...]

A Vainglorious Desire to Suffer [Pope Francis Bookclub]

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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 discusses a prideful kind of hope, that redirects and tarnishes our natural desire to serve: We are permeated with vanities of every sort, but the most common type of vainglory among us is defeat … [Read more...]

Mary’s “Amen” and Our “No”s [Pope Francis Bookclub]

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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.Today is the Feast of the Annunciation, the solemnity in which the Church celebrates Mary's "Amen" and consent to be part of God's plan for salvation.  But, in our day-to-day lives, we seldom have moments that feel like such obvious invi … [Read more...]

Peter’s Errors Make Him My Favorite

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During the homily this past Sunday on the Transfiguration of Christ, I thought the priest was being a little unfair to the disciples on the mountain.  Here's the part of the story the priest was explaining: Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with … [Read more...]

The Symmetries of Small-C Catholicism

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Over the past week or so, I've spent too much time on my phone playing Threes (review by Ars Technica here).  The game has you drag around little numbered tiles to combine ones and twos to make threes, and then threes with each other to make sixes, sixes for twelves, etc. (the biggest card I've built, before running out of space, is 384).   And after some time futzing around with it, I'll confess to looking up at my friends and thinking, "Those two are roommates, so they're a matched pair, and I … [Read more...]

Sharing Mary’s Love [Pope Francis Bookclub]

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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.At the beginning of the chapter "Nurtured by the Church" Cardinal Bergoglio draws out parallels between the Church and Mary, the Mother of God. Mary brings us forth and cares for us, and the Church does also.  Mary helps us grom, and th … [Read more...]


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