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...]

The Consolation within Desolation [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.When Pope Francis described the experiences of the prophets, an inheritance to which we are called, I didn't recognize myself in this description of their plight. These experiences of our ancestors in the faith should encourage us g … [Read more...]

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...]


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