Monthly Archives: July 2019

The Nine Sins of Job 31

In his final monologue (chapters 29-31), Job presents something of a legal case before God. In the last third of his speech, he marks off nine grave sins he has avoided. But these are illustrative of some of the problems … Continue reading

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On the website Jesuits in Britain, I noticed this remarkable painting of today’s saint. He looks up from his well-worn handbook, inviting his viewer and companion to something deeper. Going back to my experiences of the Spiritual Exercises, and the … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 98: Variations Of Abuse

98. “Abuse exists in various forms: the abuse of power, the abuse of conscience, sexual and financial abuse. These are the big four, and we’ve seen each of them in play in the US. Clearly, the ways of exercising authority … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 97: On Preventing Abuse

Pope Francis states his endorsement of the synod’s “firm commitment.”  97. “The Synod reaffirms the firm commitment made to adopting rigorous preventative measures intended to avoid the recurrence [of these crimes], starting with the selection and formation of those to … Continue reading

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Civics Lessons For All

I don’t usually go in for those internet memes on the matter of “civics.” But these days I’m tempted. Through social media, I am aware of some dust-up between a member of Congress and the US president. I haven’t bothered … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 95-96: Ending Every Form Of Abuse

Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation tackles the last of three significant problems, and the one most on peoples’ minds these days. You can access the full document on this link at the Vatican site. Ending every form of abuse 95. Recently, … Continue reading

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One Or Five

I played in a bridge tournament this weekend, so my usual five Masses were just one. It felt fresh to come in and play just the 8AM Mass. It was more than the anticipation of leisure and play. I found … Continue reading

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