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...]

Rolling Stone Misses the Source of Francis’s Joy

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The Rolling Stone cover story on Pope Francis is frustrating.  A big, researched feature piece should be better fact checked than to repeat misconceptions about the Pope's "near absolute" power and to imply that the Pope is frequently infallible or, worse, all knowing.  The author is a bit distant from Pope Francis himself, mostly using him as a cudgel to beat Pope Benedict, Cardinal Dolan, Opus Dei, and others.The profile makes Francis, and his alleged antagonists both bigger and smaller th … [Read more...]

Feasting with the Angelic Doctor

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Today is the feast day of Saint Thomas Aquinas, and, over at the Domincana blog, Br. Philip Neri has a lovely reflection on the Angelic Doctor:Here, too, Aquinas excelled. His verbal reserve earned him the nickname “the mute ox,” and when he did speak, he did so in unpretentious, everyday language (his examples always came from mundane things like rocks, fires, and the “whiteness” of his Dominican habit-inhabiting brethren). Our straightforward friar would never have called himself “abdomino … [Read more...]

Churches Should Be Leery of Patriotism

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In the most recent issue of First Things, one paragraph in Grant Kaplan's essay "Celibacy as Political Resistance" really caught my attention.  He's writing about the USCCB's opposition to the contraception mandate, but I think his point is well-taken regardless of your position on that policy question: In response to the government’s decision to force Catholic institutions to comply with the new health care law, for example, one might have hoped for a strong, prophetic, and theologically seri … [Read more...]

Blessed be the Bridgebuilders [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 Pope Francis's second meditation, he talks about the role of a priest and one of the pitfalls of that vocation: An abyss separates the priest from the religious functionary; they are qualitatively different.  Sadly, however, the prie … [Read more...]


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