Category Archives: spirituality

The Impulse of Discernment

I remember that British politician who stepped down from Parliament after an Ignatian retreat. Did John Boehner have a similar moment? Pope Francis did speak of the fractiousness of politics yesterday. Mr Boehner had a good enough seat to look … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on Thomas Merton

Pope Francis addressed Congress and all of the United States earlier today. I laud House Speaker Boehner for this initiative. The Holy Father lauded Thomas Merton for his “capacity for dialogue and openness to God” as well as his “contemplative … Continue reading

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Sin, Confess, Repeat

Fr Jack Feehily at PrayTell commented on religious fundamentalism. I was struck by his experience: I’ve heard and made countless confessions over 42 years, my repentance was often woefully imperfect or even absent … confessing the same sins over and … Continue reading

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Cura Personalis

Two pieces that struck me when placed in companionship … Pope Francis, last Thursday: (Doing theology) on one’s knees, means encouraging thought when praying and prayer when thinking. From the ABC news report: Many of the audience members who got … Continue reading

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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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