April 22, 2019

The Resurrection is a work of God the Blessed Trinity.  All three Persons of the Godhead are involved and, as in all things, all three Persons operate in perfect harmony to accomplish it.  The Father “raised up” Christ his Son (Acts 2:24, 32). The Son declares, “I lay down my life, that I may take it again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and… Read more

April 21, 2019

Sonnet for Easter We are not damned for, but by, our sin. It was not God, but Judas, in pride, who twisted the straight rope, making his skin proof against mercy, bottling inside it a god of self who dealt out the curse. Peter, thrice the traitor Judas had been, sick unto death with cowardice and nursed with the gall of shame, would not take God’s pen and strike his own name from the Book of Life. Christ risen owed… Read more

April 20, 2019

Limbo by Sister Mary Ada The ancient greyness shifted Suddenly and thinned Like mist upon the moors Before a wind. An old, old prophet lifted A shining face and said: “He will be coming soon. The Son of God is dead; He died this afternoon.” A murmurous excitement stirred All souls. They wondered if they dreamed – Save one old man who seemed Not even to have heard. And Moses, standing, Hushed them all to ask If any had a… Read more

April 19, 2019

We are meant to feel that his life was in that sense a sort of love affair with death, a romance of the pursuit of the ultimate sacrifice. From the moment when the star goes up like a birthday rocket, to the moment when the sun is extinguished like a funeral torch, the whole story moves on wings with the speed and direction of a drama, ending in an act beyond words. Therefore the story of Christ is the story… Read more

April 18, 2019

Holy Thursday: ‘Twas on a Holy Thursday, their innocent faces clean BY WILLIAM BLAKE Twas on a Holy Thursday their innocent faces clean, The children walking two & two in red & blue & green. Grey-headed beadles walk’d before with wands as white as snow, Till into the high dome of Paul’s they like Thames waters flow. O what a multitude they seem’d these flowers of London town. Seated in companies they sit with radiance all their own. The hum… Read more

April 17, 2019

… a Clerk of Oxford It was upon a Sheer Thursday* that our Lord arose, Full mild were the words he spake to Judas: “Judas, thou must to Jerusalem our meat for to bugge*; Thirty plate of silver thou bear upon thy rugge*. When thou comest far in the broad street, far in the broad street, Some of thine kinsmen there thou mayst meet.” He met with his sister, the swikele* woman: “Judas, thou were worthy be stoned with stone;… Read more

April 16, 2019

Please forgive me if the capitalization in this post is hinky. My keyboard is on the fritz and awaiting repair. Regarding the CRISIS piece on Francis’ alleged socialist agenda, I find it hard to buy for a couple of reasons. First of all, it assumes as a matter of course that anything socialist is, ipso facto, absolutely incompatible with the faith. This, according to no less an authority than Benedict XVI, is not true. Here is his discussion of socialism… Read more

April 15, 2019

Jesus’ other “name” is not a name at all but a title. “Christ” means “Anointed One” and is the Greek translation of the Hebrew “Mashiach” or “Messiah.” In the Old Testament, anointing was done to kings (1 Samuel 16:13), priests (Exodus 28:41), and prophets (1 Chronicles 16:22) to signify that the power and authority of God rested upon them in their mission. In particular, Jewish tradition focused on the extraordinary figure of King David who occupied all three roles. So,… Read more

April 13, 2019

One of the things that Native American cultures have done for postmoderns is make a return to Catholic ways of seeing the integral nature of creation. For five hundred years, that project of the postmodern West has been to divorce the spiritual from the material and desacramentalize creation with the notion that it is ‘just’ matter and energy. Since so much of this springs from a reaction to Catholic sacramentality, appeals to Catholic authority which have always denied this divorce… Read more

April 12, 2019

On this last Friday in Lent before Good Friday, here are the last of the fasting and penitential ideas from Deacon Nick Senger along with the commentary of an ordinary lay slobovian penitent known as Yr Obdt. Svt. Become a lector. This would require schedule adjustments that would wind up being a penance for my family, not me. Volunteer to become an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. Same. Volunteer to help with the parish youth group. Not addressed to my… Read more

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