Category Archives: spirituality

No Continuity In The Magnificat

It’s been my premise that the norm of organic development in Vatican II liturgical reform (Cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium 23) is overused as a principle with wide application. The reality is that so many saints, even those who lived objectively good … Continue reading

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Which God?

A new visitor takes Catholic teaching to task about the God of Muslims, Christians, and Jews. It’s not a new take. The Catholic baseline can be found in Nostra Aetate, the 1965 conciliar Declaration in the Relation of the Church … Continue reading

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Season Of Saint Michael

I was reading about two bishops. One is encouraging Pope Leo’s St Michael Prayer, and the other is forbidding it. The last time I had this discussion in person, we pondered the request that came in. I observed that it … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean To Pray For Them?

Another public figure with a public stance against pandemic precautions has picked up the virus. I was watching a social media discussion about Cardinal Burke, and praying for him. Someone groused that the sentiment of praying for him seemed to … Continue reading

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No Contact: Palms or Fingertips?

Self-signation is a really good thing, a form of blessing for which lay people need no prompting, no clergy, and no permission. It is one of the most automatic gestures of public faith. It is also part of public culture … Continue reading

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God’s Wheat

In an era of martyrdom, Ignatius of Antioch saw his coming sacrifice of life for witness of the Gospel: Let me be food for the wild beasts, for they are my way to God. I am God’s wheat and shall … Continue reading

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Very Often

Preach it, Little Flower: Receive Communion often, very often. There you have the sole remedy, if you want to be cured. Jesus has not put this attraction in your heart for nothing.

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Work Hard, Eat Well

I didn’t know much about Saint Peter Julian Eymard, but I loved this quote attributed to him: When we work hard, we must eat well. What a joy, that you can receive Holy Communion often! It’s our life and support … Continue reading

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The Soul Of Mary

I don’t know how many of you gaze at icons, but there’s an aspect of the Orthodox depiction of the Dormition that I’ve somehow missed all these years, and in noticing this one, I find delightful. The child-like figure in … Continue reading

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Pamplona Eve

It was five hundred years ago a cannonball knocked a rowdy soldier-of-fortune off his life’s course and into sainthood. Naturally, the Jesuit founder has a holy year of sorts starting on the 20th of this month. During this year themed … Continue reading

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Invoking Joseph

My wife alerted me to this news about my baptismal patron: The (CDWDS) presented the new invocations to Pope Francis, who approved their integration into the Litany of Saint Joseph. The new invocations, originally in Latin, are as follows: Custos … Continue reading

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Signing Off

Catholics do it automatically at many turns, a personal signation. Often, at moments of group or individual prayer. We make the fingers to body motion with or without words. At a committee meeting some years ago, I stopped myself at … Continue reading

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On Tenderness

The apostolic letter Patris Corde came to mind when I saw this bit of speculation in church news today. There seems to be no end to musings about things really happening behind the scenes. But this bit from that first link struck … Continue reading

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A Daily, Discreet And Hidden Presence

My pastor preached a bit on Pope Francis’ apostolic letter Patris Corde at Mass this morning. I went to the document a bit later today and found this morsel suggesting how apt it is for us to turn to Joseph in … Continue reading

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What Inspires?

A social media friend posted a question: what books would his friends recommend for Catholic teens? I saw a lot of good stuff. I saw good books that would likely be misfires. The answers rather showed people who read or … Continue reading

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