For the Pause That Refreshes: Thoughts of the Desert Fathers on Living In Harmony

 

Athanasius Kircher’s Diagram of the names of God.

A while back, I shared some brief thoughts on God by St. Augustine and a lesser know Dominican named Luis de Granada. Short passages they may have been, but they were formulated from swimming in deep waters. The same can be said of the thoughts of the hermits who fled to the deserts of Egypt around the time the Church ceased to be persecuted. [Read more…]

For The Unshakeable Faith Of The Families Of The Egyptian Martyrs

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“The Martyrdom of St. Alban” Trinity College, Dublin

Having a look at the photo gallery of National Geographic’s article, Portraits Capture Unexpected Reactions to ISIS Beheadings, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the words Jesus said to the eleven at the Last Supper, right before he began what is known as the High Priestly Prayer, [Read more…]

If The World Is Trying To Distract You, Then It’s Probably Holy Week

I’m with her (and with the Carmelites).

Oh, look at the calendar! It IS Holy Week.

So right when you’d really like to settle your gaze on Jesus, meditate over the mystery of the Incarnation, sing praises that your sins have been forgiven, and that death has been conquered for all time, the cacophony of the crowd rises to a fever pitch trying to make you forget all that “repent and believe the gospel” stuff Jesus proclaimed, and instead worry about all the stuff that is as far flung from the Good News as Pluto is from Mercury. [Read more…]

MUST SEE TV: 60 Minutes Segment On Iraqi Christians Persecuted By ISIS

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It’s 13 minutes and 23 seconds worth of pathos. Lara Logan has the story, [Read more…]

SIGN THE PETITION: Save Religious Minorities Persecuted By ISIS

Are 100,000 Americans willing to say we should be doing more to save the religious minorities from the death dealers of ISIS? I think the answer to that question is Yes. I mean considering that the population of the United States is 319 million these days.

“Yeah, Frank, but a bunch of those people are sucking on pacifiers, wearing diapers, and learning their multiplication tables.”

Good point, dear reader. How about if we just count the folks between the ages of 15 and 64? Then we’re talking about 230 million folks capable of raising their hands to let their opinion be heard. Right?

Hmmm. Let me dust off my calculator. [Read more…]

For The Prayers Of St. Gregory Of Narek (A Few Words For Wednesday) UPDATED

Grigor Narekatsi, Ms. 1568 (1173), Matenadaran, Yerevan, Armenia. Public Domain.

Grigor Narekatsi, Ms. 1568 (1173), Matenadaran, Yerevan, Armenia. Public Domain.

A few days ago, Pope Francis declared St. Gregory of Narek our newest Doctor of the Church. It appears that Grigor Narekatsi is a man of many talents. The hastily compiled list of his accomplishments on Wikipedia includes,

“monk, poet, mystical philosopher, theologian and saint of the Armenian Apostolic Church, born into a family of writers.”

From what I gather, he composed some very beautiful prayers that I look forward to pondering as a part of the Lenten triumvirate of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. [Read more…]

To Break My Fast From Being Merciful

Peter Chrysologus, master of the succinct homily.

I came across some wise words of a Doctor of the Church I had never heard of the other day. The subject? The importance of being merciful.

For the longest time, and long before I became a Catholic, I thought being merciless was the correct tack. After all, that is the way of the world. So I was, in an upside down way, fasting from being merciful. [Read more…]

What ISIS Really, Really, Wants, And More Importantly, What Joe Six-Pack Wants For ISIS

Not ISIS, but you get the idea. Public Domain.

Not ISIS, but you get the idea. Public Domain.

 

So, there was this article published by The Atlantic online a week or so ago. You probably saw it. You might have even shared it on social media ( I know I did).

It was written by Graeme Wood, titled What ISIS Really Wants, and it went viral. [Read more…]

3 Weird Things I’m Doing On Top Of My (Secret) Lenten Penance This Year

*Sigh* It’s going to be a long Lent.

It’s the Lenten season, and each of us will make a personal sacrifice of some sort. I’m not divulging what I am seriously sacrificing this time around. Maybe I’ll disclose it later, perhaps even years from now if I’m still hammering away on a keyboard.

After seven years, I’m still learning my way through Lent. I’ll probably still be learning right up until I’m receiving Last Rites, though we don’t call it that anymore. [Read more…]

Why I Am Catholic (The Short Version)

Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

To become whole, and to live fully. As St. John writes,

“In Him was life: and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness: and the darkness did not comprehend it…He was in the world: and the world was made by Him: and the world knew Him not.” [Read more…]


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