Out, Dusty Spot! Out! Hell is Murky [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.Pope Francis narrates the presentation of Christ at the temple, and the prophesies and joy of Simeon and Anna.  And then he says: There is radiance in the temple because the Light is entering into it: "a light for revelation to the Gent … [Read more...]

What “Normal Stress” Conceals

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Have you ever played misery poker?It was a pretty popular game when I was an undergrad, when we all could ante up paper lengths and nearness of deadines to see who would win the prize of "most screwed."  It still comes up in my "adult" life (though my law school friends tend to have a lock on "least sleep").  Some of my friends can match my comments about the latest Gunnerkrigg Court with "Geez, I haven't had time to read any of my usual webcomics for the last three weeks" while I tend to be … [Read more...]

A Saint to Sow With

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This month, the saint I drew from Jen Fulwiler's randomizer was Saint Clare of Montefalco.Since yesterday I linked to the pranks that the Dominicans and Jesuits were playing on each other, I was a little amused to find out that there was a long running squabble about whether St Clare is a saint in the Franciscan or Augustinian tradition.  It appears that, when she was younger, she was a third order Franciscan, but, by the time she discerned her vocation as a nun, she joined an Augustinian … [Read more...]

Mary’s “Amen” and Our “No”s [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.Today is the Feast of the Annunciation, the solemnity in which the Church celebrates Mary's "Amen" and consent to be part of God's plan for salvation.  But, in our day-to-day lives, we seldom have moments that feel like such obvious invi … [Read more...]

Very Boring Kinds of Goodness

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I mentioned yesterday that I've not made any exciting changes for Lent (neither giving up a food nor picking up volunteer hours at the local something).  It's not that these might not be good things to do, but I didn't get a very right feeling about them, when I thought it over, and I am trying to do better about only working on the parts of acting morally that are easy for me to turn into rules to implement.Here's a very small, very dull example from earlier this week about the kind of weak … [Read more...]

Girding My Loins for Lent [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 Pope Francis's book, he quotes a letter by St. Ignatius of Loyola that seemed particularly appropriate for Lent: Experiencing difficulty is nothing exceptional; rather it is what ordinarily happens in matters o … [Read more...]

Looking toward Lent with St. Ulrich

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This month, Jen Fulwiler's randomized saint assigner spun up St. Ulrich of Augsburg for me, who was apparently the first saint to be canonized.  That's not the first saint to be recognized, but in 933, he was the first to be officially canonized by the pope, instead of having veneration root itself solely through the consensus of the laity.St. Ulrich is the saint who will be ushering me into Lent, but I'll confess I'm a little unsure what to do with him.  He served as a court retainer, a bis … [Read more...]


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