Monthly Archives: July 2006

Uncensored Prayer

This excerpt from Spiritual Direction: Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith, by Henri Nouwen (edited after Nouwen’s death by Michael J. Christensen and Rebecca Laird), is from Beliefnet: Our inclination is to reveal to God only what we feel … Continue reading

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Dei Verbum 18

In the days of Brown (Dan not Raymond), a reminder of the trustworthy origin of the four Gospels: It is common knowledge that among all the Scriptures, even those of the New Testament, the Gospels have a special preeminence, and … Continue reading

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Does God Punish Us?

The Orthodox priest John Breck responds in his latest “Life in Christ” column: “No.” Here are the concluding paragraphs: The Greek term metanoia, which we translate “repentance,” actually signifies a “turning,” a changing of direction or orientation. Once this radical … Continue reading

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“By grace alone, in faith in Christ’s saving work”: The Joint Declaration

As you know, in what Cardinal Kasper termed “a historic day,” delegates to the World Methodist Council voted unanimously to accept the previously Catholic-Lutheran Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. Regarding the Methodists’ resolution, a Catholic News Service story … Continue reading

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Dei Verbum 17

On to the New Testament, Chapter V, and a recounting of the significance of the “reality” of Jesus: The word of God, which is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe (see Rom. 1:16), is set … Continue reading

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Summer Listening

Aside from some great music sites on the net, I’m listening to more of my cd’s this summer. I used to buy fairly frequently, and many of them have since languished on my shelves. Last night, I had Rautavaara in … Continue reading

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Candidates in Pittsburgh

It’s probably one of the few ecclesiological aspects in which I trend toward traditionalism. Wouldn’t you know the St Blog’s con-commentariat trend modernist? Ann Rodgers vets her list of possible new bishops in the Steel City, and Amy picks up … Continue reading

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Dei Verbum 16

The great doctors of Christian antiquity are quoted, and the Vatican II bishops add yet more weight to the value of lectionary reform: God, the inspirer and author of both Testaments, wisely arranged that the New Testament be hidden in … Continue reading

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Dei Verbum 15

More on Vatican II’s take on the Old Testament: The principal purpose to which the plan of the old covenant was directed was to prepare for the coming of Christ, the redeemer of all and of the messianic kingdom, to … Continue reading

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Methodists sign the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification

From the Christian Post: Reconciliation, which the quinquennial conference is centered on this year, largely characterizes the Wesley movement. While a Protestant, Wesley was able to understand the Roman Catholic Church. “He was definitely a Protestant but he was able … Continue reading

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Dei Verbum 14

The document begins a chapter on the Old Testament. It reads like a minute (or minute) version of Biblical history: In carefully planning and preparing the salvation of the whole human race the God of infinite love, by a special … Continue reading

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To His Wife

  When I found this passage during my graduate studies, I wanted to use it if I were ever to marry. I lost the reference and pretty much forgot about it until a few months ago. On the occasion of … Continue reading

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Dei Verbum 13

A short conclusion to chapter III: In Sacred Scripture, therefore, while the truth and holiness of God always remains intact, the marvelous “condescension” of eternal wisdom is clearly shown, “that we may learn the gentle kindness of God, which words … Continue reading

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Missionaries and World Christianity

To continue with themes found in my “southern moment” post, I would like to look at a recent sermon delivered at Great St Mary’s Church in Cambridge by the distinguished historian of Christian missions, Brian Stanley. Dr Stanley asks an … Continue reading

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Not a Space Snowman

It’s Enceladus passing in front of its larger sister Rhea. In reality they’re thousands of miles apart. The bright crescents are sunlight. The glow is planetshine from Saturn. Note the geysers pumping from the south pole of Enceladus. Too bad … Continue reading

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