Mercy is Not Intransitive

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The release of Kerry Weber's Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job is well timed for Lent.  If you're of a mind to, you could finish this slim spiritual memoir before Ash Wednesday and let it inform your choices of sacrifices.Weber, a Mercy Associate and managing editor at America magazine, decides that for Lent, she'll try to practice the seven Corporal Works of Mercy:To feed the hungry. To give drink to the t … [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...]

Following Christ Out of the Cave

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Last weekend, while I was in New Haven, I had the pleasure of  getting to hear a hymn I particularly liked at Mass and got a bit verklempt while singing it.  Somehow, I'd misremembered just enough of the lyrics of Marty Haugen's "Awake, O Sleeper" that I hadn't been able to track it down on Google, til I got a refresher.  (Humming it brokenly at people had done no good either).  Here are the lyrics of the chorus: Awake, O sleeper. Arise from death. Abandon the shadows of the night. The wind of … [Read more...]

Living a Priestly Vocation [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.I got stuck for a while on this chapter.  Partially because I was up north for a debate reunion (and suffering the side-effects of keeping undergraduate hours) and partially because Open Mind, Faithful Heart has turned out to be a bi … [Read more...]

I have a marvelous plan for catechesis but this worksheet margin is too narrow to contain it

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At the end of January, Patheos blogger Joanne McPortland made a modest proposal that the Church should stop focusing so much on Sunday School and put most of its efforts into catechizing adults, instead.  She wrote: The thing is, whatever method you use, from Latin recitation to puppet play, there is no way you can transmit adult faith to a child of 5 or 7 or 11 or 13 or (if you’re really, really lucky) 17. There is even less possibility of success when you expect the child to retain that ba … [Read more...]

Lost in the Weeds and the Wheat [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.This week's chapter was more difficult than those previous for me.  By the time I got up to this summary in the final pages, I was still at sea: In summary, then, we are confronted with two rival projects.  The first is the project of o … [Read more...]

Working Alongside Saint Zita

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This month, Jen Fulwiler's Saint Generator spun up Saint Zita of Lucca for me.She is apparently the patron saint of lost keys (and, lo, I've just gotten my keys to my DC apartment).   But, a little more to the point, she was a servant and is particularly known for the way her holiness shown through at work for the people she served: Born to a very poor but pious family. At age twelve she became a domestic servant for the wealthy Fainelli family in Lucca, Italy, a position she kept all her li … [Read more...]


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