Category Archives: spirituality

On My Bookshelf: Jesus of Nazareth

I began reading this book well over two years ago. I described it here metaphorically as “fruitcake soaked in rum.” I set the treat aside for many months, returning to it occasionally, finally finishing it this past week. I found … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Some Contrasts in Conversion

I started the year off with some fiction. I noticed a brief post on Christopher Beha’s 2012 novel What Happened to Sophie Wilder? and with the mention of the title character’s conversion to Catholicism, I thought it would be an … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Hearts on Fire

The subtitle is “Praying with Jesuits,” and this book offers that opportunity. Recently, it’s been less a presence on my bookshelf and more tucked with my journal or on my desk. Those familiar with the Spiritual Exercises will notice it … Continue reading

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A Sign of the Church: Rupture, Not (Necessarily) Blood

I noticed a premise on the Rorate Caeli site here. Citing Thomas Becket via T. S. Eliot, what do you think of the saint’s assertion when confronted with violence and his death? This is the sign of the Church always, … Continue reading

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“Christmas that lasts forever”

From Karl Rahner’s The Eternal Year: Now God says to us What He has already said to the earth as a whole Through His grace-filled birth: I am there. I am with you. I am your life. I am your … Continue reading

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Merton on Mercy

From Chapter 11 of No Man Is An Island: We can have the mercy of God whenever we want it, by being merciful to others: for it is God’s mercy that acts on them, through us, when He leads us … Continue reading

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Aiming For Unconditional Love

The Holy Father finished the text release of his synod-concluding speech with an acrostic reflection on “FAMIGLIA,” or Italian for you-know-what word. The last letter begins a brief arrow to a common action for all believers. Let’s read: Aiming to … Continue reading

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