Category Archives: spirituality

On Counter-Witnessing

Pope Francis was relatively gentle in his Sunday sermon at the Angelus: We all know in our communities, in our parishes, in our neighborhoods how much hurt they do the church, and give scandal, those persons that call themselves “Very … Continue reading

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When Do People Lose God?

To respond to my comment on the genesis of the monotheistic religions, Charles sent a link to a talk radio program that discussed what nearly all religious people would characterize as gravely sinful material, namely the enslavement of others. Do the … Continue reading

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Open Thread on Favorable Interpretation

Long-time readers know one of my favorite Catechism sections is #2478: To avoid rash judgment, everyone should be careful to interpret insofar as possible his neighbor’s thoughts, words, and deeds in a favorable way: Every good Christian ought to be … Continue reading

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Medjugorje Fade

The Catholic Herald thinks pilgrimages to the Herzegovinian town have fallen off by half in recent months. A Vatican investigation has been completed, and the word will soon be out, so we hear. Has Pope Francis tipped his hand in … Continue reading

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Where Is The Gift?

Father Robert Barron released an essay this morning on Stephen Colbert, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Cardinal Newman. The point is how we address misfortune, punishment, or however we prefer to term the obstacles in life. In the original interview Fr Barron … Continue reading

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Rest, Sabbath, and Devotions Then and Now

Today’s holy day finds itself on a weekend, and a comment from the PrayTell site seemed worth a new thread. Why not here? Devotions were easier to gather for in urban Catholic ghettoes than in far-flung suburban parishes. On the … Continue reading

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San Ignacio de Loyola, the Opera

Until a few years ago, I had not been aware Jesuits were known for drama, even opera. But here is a link to a chamber opera by Domenico Zipoli, one of the first composed in Latin America. Celebrate the saint … Continue reading

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