Monthly Archives: July 2018

Under The Starry Heavens

Two years ago, I blogged here with another image of Ignatius and his beloved stars. One of my favorite images of today’s saint, Ignatius of Loyola, is above. I wish I could locate a credit and artist; the best I … Continue reading

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GeE 122: Joy And A Sense Of Humor

No surprise that Pope Francis would write extensively about “Joy And A Sense Of Humor,” the topic of the next several paragraphs. 122. Far from being timid, morose, acerbic or melancholy, or putting on a dreary face, the saints are … Continue reading

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Aparecida 500: Art In Liturgy

It’s interesting that the Aparecida bishops turn their attention to art in liturgy: 500. It is crucial that liturgical celebrations incorporate into their expressions artistic elements that can transform and prepare the assembly for the encounter with Christ. Appreciating the … Continue reading

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Leftovers

Many St Blog’s Catholics were preparing to duck, or plug in the headphones during yesterday’s homily, in case it touched on the so-called “miracle of sharing.” If this theme is anywhere near as common as reported, perhaps it rivals another … Continue reading

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GeE 121: Humiliations That Lead To Peace And Grace

121. To act in this way presumes a heart set at peace by Christ, freed from the aggressiveness born of overweening egotism. Just to reinforce my own commentary: humiliation as imposed by a powerful person on a vulnerable person is … Continue reading

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Aparecida 499: Art For Catechesis

499. The churches of Latin America and the Caribbean should also create opportunities for the use of art in the catechesis of children, adolescents and adults, and in the Church’s different ministries. The Church’s action in this field must also … Continue reading

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GeE 120: Humiliation Like Jesus

I’m relieved to see Pope Francis suggest that looking to humiliation as a pleasant thing is unhealthy. The truth is: we don’t need to seek it out. It will come, and when it does, do we imitate Christ or do … Continue reading

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Aparecida 498: Dialogue Groups

Dialogue groups? What are these? 498. Taking advantage of the experiences of Faith and Culture Centers or Catholic Cultural Centers, we will try to create or energize dialogue groups between the Church and opinion makers in various fields. We invite … Continue reading

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GeE 119: Daily Faithfulness

119. Here I am not speaking only about stark situations of martyrdom, but about the daily humiliations of those who keep silent to save their families, who prefer to praise others rather than boast about themselves, or who choose the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 497: Pastoral Plan For Communications

Today, we look at some possible initiatives in modern communications media. Before we get to them, a dose of reality: 497. The gospel values must be communicated in a positive and forward looking manner. Many say they are unhappy not … Continue reading

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GeE 118: On Humiliations

118. Humility can only take root in the heart through humiliations. Without them, there is no humility or holiness. If you are unable to suffer and offer up a few humiliations, you are not humble and you are not on … Continue reading

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Aparecida 496: The Need For Artists

Pope John Paul II had the measure on one of the greatest needs for human culture–not just the world, but also the Church: 496. God is not only the highest Truth. He is also highest Goodness and supreme Beauty. Hence, … Continue reading

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GeE 117: Rejoice In The Good Of Others

Leaning to ever more difficult advice, where learning is concerned: 117. It is not good when we look down on others like heartless judges, lording it over them and always trying to teach them lessons. That is itself a subtle … Continue reading

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Aparecida 494-495: Faith and Science

As a science-trained citizen, I appreciate this reminder: 494. In the face of the false impression so widespread in our time, that faith and science are incompatible, the Church proclaims that faith is not irrational. “Faith and reason are like … Continue reading

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GeE 116: Considering Others Better Than Ourselves

Here’s a point of advice for those who aspire to holiness: 116. Inner strength, as the work of grace, prevents us from becoming carried away by the violence that is so much a part of life today, because grace defuses … Continue reading

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