Monthly Archives: July 2013

Lumen Fidei 26

Today’s post begins our examination of a section entitled, “Knowledge of the truth and love.” Many westerners are formed to see the mind as the center of the will. The heart is more associated with feelings. Can the heart be … Continue reading

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Observing St Ignatius

A quick perusal of Jesuit sites will find any number of ways Ignatian devotees are observing the founder’s feast today. Me, I have a nursing home prayer service to lead in less than two hours. Mass tonight with the students. … Continue reading

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More Gof8 Reform

What to call the band of “super-cardinals?” Gang of Eight? G8? What kind of symbol for my future posts on that? An octagon? Anyway, this piece seemed to blow up any notion that Pope Francis is dilly-dallying on curial reform. … Continue reading

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Esphigmenou Escalates

Traditionalist Orthodox seem to have a problem with their top leadership. Like many battles within Roman Catholicism, it’s a matter of he said/he said: According to an Associated Press report, the traditionalist monks threw stones and Molotov cocktails at police … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 57

John Paul II’s reflection takes us from the Biblical events of the Passion into the honor Christians have given the Blessed Mother from the earliest days in both East and West: 57. “Do this in remembrance of me” (Lk 22:19). In … Continue reading

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From The Abbey, To The Farthest Boundaries

One evening at last week’s retreat, one of the monks opened up the side chapels in the basement of the abbey church for the retreatants to tour. Community artists contributed crucifixes and images of saints for many of the side rooms … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 25

Consider contemporary culture. Is this diagnosis accurate? 25. Today more than ever, we need to be reminded of this bond between faith and truth, given the crisis of truth in our age. In contemporary culture, we often tend to consider … Continue reading

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“No Life Is Destroyed”

My colleague Fr Richmond‘s homily from this past weekend. His reflection on Genesis 18 was far superior to my written one.

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A New Tone

I hadn’t surfed the Patheos conglomerate much the past few months. But when I returned, I did run across token Catholic progressive Max Lindenman’s piece “Darn Tootin’ Pope Francis Is A Liberal.” Given the amount of punditry expended on those … Continue reading

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Pass the Coin

The BBC picks up on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s efforts to reach out online. This see was the origin of that “original hipster” campaign if you recall. What do you think? Just another fad? Or have our sister and brother Catholics … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 56

The reflection on Mary continues. In section 56, a look at the events of the Paschal Mystery: 56. Mary, throughout her life at Christ’s side and not only on Calvary, made her own the sacrificial dimension of the Eucharist. When she brought … Continue reading

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Sacraments for the Divorced and Remarried

People have been hyperventilating about Pope Francis not judging gays of good will, but I thought the most heartening comment from his informal presser touched on the issue of many of my friends and parishioners. Apparently, this is not a … Continue reading

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Judging, Seeking, Good Will

Holy cow. I saw the BBC “top headline” on “Who am I to judge?” It occurred to me that a Catholic firestorm was coming, but I was pretty tired last night and went to bed early. I caught a little … Continue reading

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Where Can We Pray?

It’s entertaining to see how the secular Right morphs a story to suit its political aims. This piece was headlined, “Atheist group bullies high school into banning mom from praying for kids’ safety.” Actually, the atheist group leaned on school … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 24

Let’s move from the last post’s examination of language in Isaiah and the blending of establishment and understanding, and steer back into the realm of faith and truth: 24. Read in this light, the prophetic text leads to one conclusion: … Continue reading

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