Confidence in prayer

Confidence in prayer

  What about confidence in prayer? Coming into the Lenten season and processing through some personally challenging times, it was a question I had, finding wisdom from my reading in Cassian’s Conferences, the book mentioned in Chapter 73 of the Rule of St Benedict. First, St Benedict mentions that if you are hastening on to the perfection of monastic life then; What page, what passage of the Old and New Testament is not the truest guides for human life? But also, he says, what book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along the true way to reach the Creator,   Whereby he mentions the Conferences and Institutes. You can access several formats of this work here, as well as a good introduction to this mystic, theologian and...

Father Rutler on the German modernists

There’s nothing left to say when you have a priest like Father Rutler who far surpasses any definition of eloquence and articulation, who is a master at diagnosing the cracks in the world and the church and addressing them with such precision you really don’t have to read anything else. In his latest article he brings to the forefront the German bishops, theologians and Card. Kasper: the modernists of the Rhineland. You know how much I love those modernists. I’m stealing a few gems that stood out to Father Z. They’re stunning; {…} The social consequences of German idealism were hymned in the refrain “Am deutschen Wesen soll die Welt genesen” (“The German spirit shall heal the world”) and it stained the twentieth century with its...

Family Day Roman style

Family Day Roman style

  These pictures are amazing.  Imagine what could have been done with the support or encouragement of the Vatican. These photos were taken only in the Circus Maximus but, for honesty’s record, we must stress that many participants have preferred to attend the adjacent spaces.   “How many people are there today in the square? –   Wondered last night a participant on a social network –   I do not know and do not care much.   But I think just the idea that hundreds of thousands of people to move FREELY, without rich and powerful lobby behind, without the money moguls, without godparents famous rock singers, actors actresses etc etc … it is already in itself a great thing.   I don’t know if Italy will...

Felony charge for Planned Parenthood accusers

This is what it means to expose the darkness of the abortion industry today: Indict the the director of the Center for Medical Progress, David Daleiden and clear Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing.    “Mr. Daleiden has been praised as a hero by some religious opponents of abortion.”   He is. The comments following this article in the New York Times are all the evidence one needs of how invested this culture of death is in abortion. I stopped after this exchange: Lida shad lakeland Do I go home and celebrate or cry after I abort a human life. I guess it doesn’t matter.                         ——–  ——– M Rudd Fairfax, VA Do whatever YOU choose to do. It’s your body. That’s the point. It...

The long and short of it

The long and short of it

  Looking back on some older posts and thanking Lord for only two more classes to go to complete my Advanced Catechist Certification.. It was and is … all grace.     I just finished a book I’d put off reading for several years, mainly because I’d heard mixed reviews about the author. Read his early works people said, not his later writings. Well, I assumed since I was away from the church so long I couldn’t be bothered filtering through someone’s writings who wasn’t a saint. There’s too much to catch up on; too many mystics who can stir the soul in only one chapter, or doctors of the church who can quench a question before you realize you have one.   But, I needed a book for another class I’m taking, which is why I haven’t written...

The true weapon

The true weapon

  In anticipation of the March for Life in Washington tomorrow, here is a re post from January 2013…   I couldn’t be at the March for Life in Washington yesterday, but wanted to do something besides pray at home..I went to the local abortion clinic which is about ten minutes from my house, where I’ve often prayed during the 40 Days for Life campaign. The facility sits in a plaza off a main highway where when keeping vigil, we’re permitted to stand by the main road, not allowed beyond a certain point in the parking lot.   Yesterday, no one was by the roadside praying, so I decided to sit in my car parked right outside the office of that death mill and pray the rosary. Sadly, as at other times, I witnessed a young woman exit after...

House of Bread

House of Bread

  Can it be we’re so desensitized to hearing Christmas carols played everywhere we go from Halloween on, we miss the depths of truth in these wonderful traditional songs? Here is a little history on the origin of this beautiful hymn. I spent some time today mining it’s wisdom and praying that this Christmas morning, God would indeed “impart to our human hearts the blessings of Heaven,” and “come to abide with us.” Merry Christmas.    Kings College Cambridge,  O Little Town of Bethlehem O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light; The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight....

‘Hello darkness, my old friend’

‘Hello darkness, my old friend’

  Hello darkness, my old friend I’ve come to talk with you again   Because a vision softly creeping Left its seeds while I was sleeping   And the vision that was planted in my brain Still remains within the sound of silence —The Sound Of Silence, P. Simon, 1964   It’s been a long and winding Advent journey, one where I have been guided to see how desperately we need bountiful light. Monday will be the shortest, darkest day of the year. When I lived in northern states, I remember people who suffered from SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder. The common onset of major depression begins in the fall with no abating of symptoms until late winter or early spring. Aside from other treatments similar to that of major depressive episodes,...