A Countervailing Saint for My Comfortable Month

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This time, when I went to Jen Fulwiler's Saint Generator, the man I pulled turned out to be a veritable Jean Valjean.  Here's what happened in the life of Saint Conrad of Piacenza. One day while hunting, Conrad ordered attendants to set fire to some brush in order to flush out the game. A strong wind carried the flames to nearby fields, forests, towns and villages, and Conrad fled in panic. An innocent peasant was imprisoned, tortured into a confession and condemned to death for the fire. R … [Read more...]

Reworking my relationship with John the Baptist

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Since I was on holiday in Ireland, I prorogued picking my next Saint for the month until now, and, this time, I drew a familiar face: John the Baptist.I knew this saint from before my conversion (unlike poor Blessed Scammacca who I'd never heard of before drawing him from Jen's generator), and he's already helped me out once.  When I was on College Jeopardy, one of the categories in the first round was "New Testament Places" and I deliberately avoided the column, figuring I knew nothing … [Read more...]

Prayer Prompted by Communion [Guest Post]

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While I'm on vacation in Ireland, I've invited Unequally Yoked readers to assemble a wunderkammer of guest posts on books, practices, ideas, etc that particularly delight them.  The first entry is from Claire, who usually blogs at Laughing Joyously.Prostrate I adore Thee, Deity unseen, Who Thy glory hidest 'neath these shadows mean; Lo, to Thee surrendered, my whole heart is bowed, Tranced as it beholds Thee, shrined within the cloud. From St. Thomas Aquinas’ Eucharistic hymn Adoro te d … [Read more...]

Discern the Right Thing [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, Pope Francis uses the falling away of the church at Ephesus as an admonitory example for our own, personal attempts to follow Christ.  The Ephesian church didn't fall into heresy or disappear altogether, but, … [Read more...]

Christ’s Loyal Widows [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 of Open Mind, Faithful Heart, Pope Francis braids together three moments in Christ's ministry: his discoverty by the Magi, his baptism, and the wedding at Cana.  As Francis tells it, these stories are all about Chr … [Read more...]

The Stories We Tell About Illness

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Sarah Sparks has a really excellent post today at First Things about the interactions (good and bad) between theology and therapy.  As an Orthodox Christian and a recovering bulimic, Sarah has has to do a lot of translating between the sacred and the secular, since the treatment of sin, fasting, and self-control are very different in each of the two worlds she moves in.  It looks like both groups have a lot of cultural false cognates -- moments where they're using the same word to refer to d … [Read more...]

Humble Kinds of Holiness [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 selection from Open Mind, Faithful Heart, Pope Francis talks about how we can discern God's will for us in the great sweeps of history and the small, internal movements of our own hearts: As I said before, if we want our … [Read more...]


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