Monday, September 30, 2013
I like the response of the rich man to the suggestion that his brothers have Moses and the prophets to listen to:
Saturday, September 28, 2013
"Pessimistic Christians: how awful!"
In his "Meeting with the young people" in Sardinia, Pope Francis discusses failure and what to do about it, in the context of the call of Simon as related in Luke 5. I'll summarize his points as:
Friday, September 27, 2013
Just to see what happens, here are four word clouds based on the NABRE's Gospel According to St. Mark. (Click to enlarge.)
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Font of wisdom
I came across a recommendation of Jesus: A Theography, by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola, which included this excerpt:
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Honor thy mother
Kevin O'Brien has written a terrific post on some of the effects his devotion to Mary has had on his life.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
"Can I ask you a favor?"
"Yes," I replied, waiting for a chance to get at the pastries the RCIA director was arranging on the table. Labels: RCIA
Monday, September 23, 2013
It pierces more surely than a two-edged sword
Mary DeTurris Poust expresses great anguish over her experiences at Mass:
Do the works of mercy with mercy
Rocco Palmo quotes Pope Francis:
Saturday, September 21, 2013
"God is in everyone's life."
Here's the passage from Pope Francis's interview I wish media outlets had asked the experts about, and the blogs had dug into:
Ita Deus Pater, Deus Filius, Deus Spiritus Sanctus. Et tamen non tres dii, sed unus est Deus.
Fr. Matt Malone, editor-in-chief of America, was asked on Newshour about the most controversial part of Pope Francis's interview. He answered in part:
Friday, September 20, 2013
For those discussing Pope Francis's words with friends and neighbors
The strong public fascination with Pope Francis brings with it an opportunity for Catholics to talk about the Faith with others, including marginal and former Catholics. We should not allow this to go to waste, even if we aren't used to such conversations.
To put it another way
Pope Francis is not a catechist. He is a pastor.
"The proposal of the Gospel must be more simple, profound, radiant."
In his epochal interview, Pope Francis said:
Sunday, September 15, 2013
The voices of the parable
Riffing on something I heard in a homily today:
I'm not sure I noticed the progression in the parables in Luke 15 before. The value to God of a sinner who repents is compared:
Saturday, September 14, 2013
The Five Crosses of the Holy Rosary
A rosary, as you know, is a loop of beads with a short tail of additional beads, at the end of which is a crucifix. When you "pray a Rosary," you start and end with a cross. If you pray all twenty decades of the Rosary at once, you will come to the crucifix (or at least the tail on which the crucifix hangs) five times. Labels: Praying the Rosary
Labels: Praying the Rosary
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Strengthening charity in daily life
Paragraph 1394 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which I quoted in my previous post, includes an admission of something that may be too much a part of life to catch the attention: "our charity...tends to be weakened in daily life."
Sunday, September 08, 2013
The fruits of Holy Communion
If, as I suggested the other day, one way for the reception of Holy Communion to be more fruitful in the Church is to tell people who don't already know that "yes, there are fruits to be had from reception of Holy Communion, but since the Sacraments aren't magic, they require something from the recipient as well," the question arises, what are the fruits to be had?
Sometimes there is no prudent balance
Boy, there are so many reasons for the U.S. not to attack Syria that it was hard to boil them down into a single message, particularly one that might get through to a Congressman who has already issued a statement supporting "a narrowly drawn resolution to authorize military force so long as it is limited in scope and purpose."
Friday, September 06, 2013
Pull yourself up
There's a bit of a bootstrap problem with talk of fruitful reception of Holy Communion by the faithful.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Without saying, it goes
My advice for today is this: Don't let Jesus go without saying.
Sunday, September 01, 2013
The disciple of Jesus is the child of Mary
The place of our Blessed Mother Mary in the life of a Christian is a contentious topic between Catholics and Protestants -- or at least, between those Catholics and Protestants who still care one way or another. There are certainly plenty of Catholics who entered the Church as adults who say the Marian doctrines were the final hurdle (and even, I think, plenty who say they entered the Church despite not really getting those doctrines beforehand).
Four words of Sirach
Today's first reading is from the Book of Sirach, Chapter 3, vv. 17-18, 21, 29-30. That's six omitted verses in a passage thirteen verses long (apparently, v. 3:19 doesn't count anymore, but there's one more verse in the chapter that isn't part of the reading). If you didn't know this, you might just think this Sirach fellow wasn't very good at sticking to one point.