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...]

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...]

Why Welcome Sorrow? [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 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...]

Torn Between Two Saint Catherines

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My friend Catherine Addington (who followed me as an editorial assistant at AmCon and wrote this nice piece on using Native American authors in English class there) has committed to blogging every day in November, and this essay on her difficult relationship with her name-saint is particularly excellent.  I'm excerpting a piece of it here, to persuade you to pop over and read the whole thing. The priest took my question [about why the parish banned female altar servers] seriously and answered i … [Read more...]

Give Us Bread, Roses, and Benedict Options

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Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry has posted a question on his blog for people who like "the Benedict Option" and I'd like to take a crack at answering it.  PEG asks: You have two extremes on the spectrum. On the one side, you have what you might call (humorously! don’t freak out!) the “David Koresh Option”: complete sectarian withdrawal, the Barbarians are flooding the Empire, and all we can do is huddle in the ark (mixing up my metaphors over here) and wait for the flood to end. And I think everyone invol … [Read more...]

Interviewing Eve Tushnet on Vocations of Love

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Yesterday, I had the pleasure of doing a Q&A with Eve Tushnet, author of Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith as part of her ongoing Patheos book club. I'll be writing my own review of the book soon, but, in the meantime, enjoy the video above, place an order for the book, and check out Eve's blog (especially the posts with "Book Extra" in the title).  … [Read more...]

Standing Naked Before God [Pope Francis Bookclub]

(from this fascinating article on art restoration)

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.When I read this week's chapter of Pope Francis's book, I was quickly drawn down a wikipedia rabbithole by one particular word Francis chose to use as he discussed how we speak with God in prayer: By intercession, we gain access to … [Read more...]


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