Category Archives: spirituality

Lenten Reflections: Worthiness

In a letter to Dorothy Day, (cited on the HuffPo last year) Thomas Merton wrote: Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. I love this quote. It occurred to me it … Continue reading

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Joel Anticipates Max

When I heard this line from the first reading this morning, I immediately thought of our friend Atheist Max: Spare your people, LORD! do not let your heritage become a disgrace, a byword among the nations! Why should they say among … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: An Examen For Ash Wednesday

Few saints I think of are better companions into Lent than Ignatius of Loyola. His spirituality is tailor-made for a serious lay person. I find he balances a certain rigor with a realization that we shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously, … Continue reading

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Ignatian Lent Retreat

I know Kevin O’Brien’s book, so it seems this retreat would be a fruitful and worthy way to explore Lent with the Lord Jesus. Adventure: I like that. It would have been inspiring to me as a young person back … Continue reading

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Another Francis

Francis de Sales getting some nice e-press this week. Check here and (surprisingly) here. From Ulrich Lehner at First Things, six points of congruence with Pope Francis, including a note on gentleness: (He) was, like his most famous follower, St. Alphonsus … Continue reading

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False Gods

Max raised some good questions in an old open thread. I thought it deserved some teasing out and a wider discussion: “There are false gods” So incredibly interesting. What makes them false? That they don’t exist at all? What do … Continue reading

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With St Thomas Aquinas

If any of our readers have taken a liking to the Angelic Doctor, consider praying a novena. My parish observes the feast on the nearest weekend to his feast day, 28 January. You can start the novena now and end on … Continue reading

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