Thoughts On Torture Occasioned By Mass At The Garden Of Gethsemane UPDATED

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The Church Of All Nations, in the Garden Of Gethsemane

My wife and I have arrived home safe and sound from our pilgrimage trip to the Holy Land. While we were away these past two weeks, I haven’t read a newspaper or watched a television. Internet access was spotty, and even when it wasn’t the spirit to blog was willing, but the body was too weak to allow writing when sleep beckoned. [Read more...]

What I Saw In Bethlehem Yesterday (A Photo Essay)

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Christmas is coming to the City of David…

I’ll be honest with you and tell you that yesterday was a very emotional day. And when I say that, I mean emotional in a good way. There were tears, surely. But they were tears of awe, wonder, and joy.

Our pilgrimage wound it’s way through security points and ventured into the City of David. What follows is a little photo essay of what we saw there. [Read more...]

Warning: Don’t Travel To The Holy Land, For Thou Shalt Surely Die

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The Dome of the Stella Maris Convent Church, Haifa, Israel

Before getting into the meat of this short dispatch that I am typing from Jerusalem, I ask you to say a short prayer to God for the souls of  all those who have died for their faith, or due to acts of terrorism, or because of sectarian violence here in the Middle East, and everywhere around the world. [Read more...]

Dispatches From A Holy Land Pilgrimage…

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Church of the Transfiguration, Mount Tabor

Let us go to the place where His feet have stood (Psalm 132:7).

That short verse (from Eusebius’s Greek translation of the psalm) sums up the entire reason for coming to the Holy Land. [Read more...]

For Prayers Such As These For Advent

advent_candle Before I became a Catholic, I had no idea what Advent meant. It was just another one of those weird, mysterious, Catholic words for a time in the year before Christmas. Nowadays, I appreciate it more because I understand that it commemorates the time when the people of Israel yearned for the Messiah. [Read more...]

Oftentimes, The Best Blog Post Is The One With The Fewest Words…

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Grasshopper recommends Counsels of Light and Love of St. John of the Cross for more thoughts like the one above.

Latest News From The Church Of God Without God…UPDATED

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Brad Dourif as Hazel Motes

Actually, depending how you look at it, this news is either four years old, or ever new. Over at the Atheist Channel, Rational Doubt runs an op-ed of a Rabbi of Humanistic Judaism (?) whose thoughts run to the idea that we have found the problem, and it is the Word of God. [Read more...]

The Synod As Seen By A Normal Person…

Hmmmmm.

Hmmmmm.

 

Good thing the meetings last for only a few more days.

 

It's like fingernails on a chalkboard on the bridge of the USS Enterprise.

It’s like fingernails on a chalkboard on the bridge of the USS Enterprise.

Proverb time. [Read more...]

Walt Whitman’s Prayer of Columbus

Happy Columbus Day! I’ve a poem to share with you on the day on which we celebrate Christopher Columbus’ completing his voyage to the New World. And though nowadays the smart money seems to be on disparaging Christopher Columbus, I’ll be taking another path, thanks.

Ignatian spirituality tries to find God in all things. Many take issue with that premise, especially when stuck knee deep in the mire of day-to-day problems. I don’t claim to be Ignatian in my outlook (nor Franciscan, Benedictine, etc) on events or things. As a Catholic, I’m a little bit of all of those charisms, and more. But I do believe God works through the secular, just as I have faith that all things work for the good.

Here’s an example for you from the Pantheist, non-Catholic, and everything else wrong with the world, pen of Walt Whitman. [Read more...]

Everything You Need To Know About The Extraordinary Synod Process In 5 Minutes…

Synod? Heh. I'd rather watch baseball.

Synod? Heh. I’d rather watch baseball.

Forget the bloviating. Avoid the hyperventilating. Sidestep the handwringing.

That is Joe Six-Pack’s plan for surviving the synods the bishops are holding on the pastoral challenges of the family.

So what is happening and how does it work? Roll clip. [Read more...]


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