Sample bon mot from chapter about what to do with your imagination. Narcissus [a] moral idiot. He became enamored of his reflection in the water. He wanted to discover, in the jargon of our day, his “inner child.” But anyone who wants to find his inner child without locating the source of life in God is … Continue reading Hot title here from Fr. Rutler: Meditations from a man on whom his erudition hangs lightly . . .
Tomorrow’s first reading, from Second Maccabees 7: 22 She said to them: I know not how you were formed in my womb: for I neither gave you breath, nor soul, nor life, neither did I frame the limbs of every one of you. 23 But the Creator of the world, that formed the nativity of man, and … Continue reading Eat pork or die, the king said. Mother of seven had a response.
I’d take a sermon like this any day. Has punch, gets to the heart of a major, burning issue: how react to a society that rarely hears such talk. Society? How about parish mass-attenders? First few ‘graphs: According to atheist Richard Dawkins in his best-selling book The God Delusion, the God of the Old Testament is … Continue reading The Godless Confusion and the God of Justice — sermon material here
That’s not a lily in the field, but growth is the theme. Do you ever get frustrated at the slow pace of the spiritual life? We can sometimes say to God, “Lord, I wish I was holier… and do it right now!” The first person we must have patience with is ourselves. We are all … Continue reading Patience in the Spiritual Life
These Anglican priests were taught to pray that way, most of them “abandoned prayer altogether.” Some years before Vatican II, Dom Gregory Dix was, rather daringly, invited by Cardinal Gerlier of Lyons to give a lecture on Anglican spirituality. In the discussion, he was asked by an unidentified priest whether the Anglican clergy were taught … Continue reading A blast from the pre-Vatican 2 past: Jesuit spirituality “unsuitable” for English, the Anglican Benedictine told Roman priests in France
. . . That is the question, given a quite reasonable answer by a priest writing into Fr. Z in 2016: After my entry into the Catholic Church from Anglicanism and ordination as a Catholic priest, I approached the Archbishop about offering the Mass ad orientem. His guidance to me was to “catechize the … Continue reading To face the people or not to face them (saying Mass) . . .
What kept running through my mind at mass today was the Suscipiat, the altar boy’s prayer of many decades ago, which goes like this: Suscipiat Dominus sacrificium de manibus tuis, ad laudem et gloriam nominis sui, ad utilitatem quoque nostram, totiusque ecclesiae suae sanctae. Englished: May the Lord accept this sacrifice at your hands, to … Continue reading The day’s doings: Orate Fratres . . .
This fellow gives a brief history of drug abuse and confessions of addicts from DeQuincy to Baudelaire and beyond, then gives his horrifying account of his own addiction: To the best of my increasingly fallible memory, it started with small indulgences—dabblings—such as the sign of the cross and the Jesus prayer. A mild and tentative … Continue reading Confessions of an American Bead Counter – Crisis Magazine
. . . as using George Herbert’s “Redemption,” — on a platter for the inventive preacher — which condenses Christian teaching about redemption in Christ’s death on the Cross into a single image of a tenant seeking a new lease from his lord. “Single image,” yes. Every preacher wants that. In the poem drawing on Luke’s … Continue reading New Oxford Book of Christian Verse as sermon fodder . . .
Instead, mes enfants . . . “Abandon yourself entirely to the over-ruling of God, and by self-oblivion be eternally occupied in loving and serving Him without any of those fears, reflexions, examens, and anxieties which the affair of our salvation, and perfection sometimes occasion.” Gold in them there hills . . . Since God wishes … Continue reading Interior life, not to be abandoned in our search for community or commitment to a cause . . .