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...]

Breaking my Randomized Saint Pattern

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This month, instead of firing up Jen Fulwiler's Saint Generator to choose a random saint for the month, I feel like this month's saint has already been chosen for me.  Last night, I had the pleasure of going to the Dominican House of Studies for their All Saints Vigil.  The service was beautiful, and, as is always the case when I go to the priory, I ran into a great number of my friends.But, the big surprise was that the Dominicans brought out a first class relic of Pope St. John Paul II and … [Read more...]

Minimizing the Weight of Mercy [Pope Francis Bookclub]

I say, Jeeves, would you pass the Blood of Christ?

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 discusses Job and says that, once Job entered into the depth of his suffering, Job was uniquely ready to address God, if only because his need went beyond what the wise men of his community coul … [Read more...]

Economizing Not to Save but to Spend *Differently*

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Yesterday, I was writing about ways to build mixed-age community in my large apartment building, and, today, the first day of a new month, I pulled out Jen Fulwiler's Saint Generator and drew St. Paul of Thebes, believed to be the first Christian hermit.  His life was recorded by St. Jerome (who had his own feast day yesterday).Jerome's life of Paul closes with these words: I may be permitted at the end of this little treatise to ask those who do not know the extent of their possessions, w … [Read more...]


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