Christ’s way is for the strong

Stole this quote from a comment over at Church Militant :   “We’re so worried about our image. We’re so concerned about human respect that we smother the Spirit. We don’t want to be considered fanatics, or too pious.     But the pious might not necessarily make it, because the pious are so often scandalized by the ridiculous. Christ’s way is for the strong, the gutsy.     In Our Lord’s time there were an enormous amount of good people but they did not accept Him because He was not comfortable! He did not easily fit into their way of life.     Jesus is giving you such an opportunity to be holy, holier than all the saints that have ever been, because the world is in such need of shining lives,...

Inkblots and missing puzzle pieces

Inkblots and missing puzzle pieces

So, how’s it going? There’s a loaded question. When someone asks that I review my options. Let’s see– do I say fine and be done with it? No, they know enough about things to know they’re not fine. Do I say what I say to some friends who sort of know me but I’m not sure need any more information than they already have? Something like, Oh, I pick up my cross daily and pray I can surrender to His will. That’s the cover answer for “I actually feel that life, especially in the church, looks like an inkblot on some psych doctor’s card that should be a pretty floral arrangement or something, but to me resembles a splattered mess.” Nope..can’t say that. I could say what I would say to my sister, who knows...

From desert to orchard to forest

How thankful I am for the Easter season which calls our attention to the hidden work of the Holy Spirit, the breath of life which comes upon us in wind and fire. What is born of the Spirit is spirit. ( John 3:7-8) Jesus says to Nicodemus, we must be born from above. The wind of the Spirit blows where it wills. You can hear the sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it’s going:   After Baptism, the Spirit leads the believer wherever he chooses, (like the wind blowing).   Nicodemus is confused because these Christian truths go far beyond the Jewish faith.   The early Church easily understands them and gladly explains them to the world.  Jesus’ heavenly role as Son of Man goes beyond Baptism and the Spirit’s indwelling.  ...

A toleration that is treachery

A toleration that is treachery

  As we journey into Holy Week, knowing our Savior loved His Church and gave Himself up for her, here is a fitting quote we may well consider:   There is a toleration which is treachery; there is a peace which issues paralysis. There are hours when the Church must say no to those who ask communion with her and in the doing of her work on the basis of compromise.    Such standing aloof may produce ostracism and persecution, but it will maintain power and influence.   If the churches of God in the cities today were aloof from the maxims of the age, separated from the materialistic philosophies of the schools, bearing witness alone to the all sufficiency of Christ and the perfection of His salvation, even though persecuted ostracized and bruised,...

A mother’s kind of broken

A mother’s kind of broken

  Recently, I had a close encounter with a woman in the narthex of my parish. After Mass some stayed as always to pray, say the rosary and light candles in the chapel while making silent appeals to the Holy family. It was all very usual until the silence was broken by muffled cries. There in the back row, was a woman not much younger than I whom one might have mistaken for Hannah since, “in her deep anguish this woman  prayed to the LORD, weeping bitterly. ” 1 Samuel 1:10 People turned to look at her, then looked at one another with an unspoken question in their eyes: Should we do something? But, before anyone could make a move she stood up to leave. I would have sat with the rest and continued praying except for a strong prompt in my spirit...

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...