The Damnation of the Foolish Virgins

I'm always disappointed when a Mass reading has a perplexing or counterintuitive section, and the priest chooses to focus his sermon on the more obvious moral.  Luckily, I've got you commenters to turn to for exegesis, so maybe you'd like to take a crack at Matthew 25:1-13.For the Gospel selection at Sunday's Mass, the priest read Jesus's parable of the wise and foolish virgins.  In the story, ten virgins go out waiting for the bridegroom but only five were wise enough to bring enough oil to … [Read more...]

Now to ‘Scape the Scapular

The Bright Maidens (a blogging network of young Catholic women) are writing about scapulars this week, and I figured I’d poke my nose in. A scapular is a piece of cloth worn around the neck. It is a sacramental (an instrument of grace, like holy water or some blessed medals). The one all the bloggers seem to be focusing on is the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (also called the brown scapular).The virtue of this scapular was supposed to have been revealed to St. Simon Stock in 1251 when … [Read more...]

Only Bad Catholics Go to Hell?

That's one possible consequence of the doctrine of invincible ignorance we were discussing yesterday.  If I can't blaspheme or reject God's perfect love without knowing it (in the connaitre, not savoir sense -- thanks KL), presumably the only people who can actually damn themselves are properly-catechized Christians, who know God and still turn away.  Except that leads us back into contradiction, since to know God is to love God is to obey God.I can think of three ways to resolve this p … [Read more...]

Riposte to Justin Matyr: Closing up the Gaps

This post is part of a debate with Justin of The Faith Heuristic. The topic is: The Evidence Supports the Existence of a God. The debate is structured as follows:Justin - Opening Statement Leah - Rebuttal --part 1 --part 2 Justin - Rejoinder --part 1 --part 2 Leah - Opening Statement Justin - Rebuttal Leah - Rejoinder In his last post, Justin has accused me of relying blindly on a "Naturalism of the Gaps."  In his view, my belief that there is likely to be a … [Read more...]