The Long and Short of It

The Long and Short of It

  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  worrying about filtering through someone’s work who wasn’t a saint; I have 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 even know you have one.   But, I needed a book for another class I’m taking, which is why I haven’t written much. It’s all essays, papers and writing for a couple of hours a day and on this side of the age equation, it fries my brain...

I understand the mystery as this….

I understand the mystery as this….

  Baptism, (especially infant baptism) was one of the things I fought hard against in my Protestant days. For the most part, evangelicals don’t believe it’s necessary for salvation. It’s not essential to being ‘born again.’ No, for them baptism is simply done in imitation of Christ, because to say it’s necessary would mean salvation required— ‘a work.’ They teach it’s important for discipleship, but there’s no special grace that comes from it; it’s simply an outward profession of an inward change done in obedience as a witness to conversion. There’s no sacramental economy in evangelicalism. Remember– they teach…faith alone saves you . I wish I had the time to write out...

Why does the priest do that?

I love the Liturgy…As Catholics we are so blessed to be able to worship and receive the Lord, body, blood, soul and divinity, in the daily Mass.. I’ve always been convinced that if Catholics really understood every part of the Mass and what a gift to us it truly is, they’d never think for a second about leaving the barque of Peter. Every now and then, I notice a priest doing something at Mass and wonder… What’s the history behind that? My dad always taught me, there were no stupid questions…It was stupid only if you were afraid to ask…and he’d remind me, if I’m thinking it there’s probably 10 more who have the very same question. So, last Sunday, when the priest dropped a piece of host in the chalice I...

Sunshine Time

Sunshine Time

  Thanks to Nancy at The Cloistered Heart for including me in her list of blogs for the Sunshine Award.. It’s most gracious of her, but then, everything she posts has always brought a great deal of sunshine to my heart.   Here are the “rules” for acceptance of this award:   1. Use the award logo in the post. 2. Link to whoever nominated you. 3. Write 10 pieces of information about yourself. 4. Nominate fellow bloggers who meet the indicated criteria. 5. Leave a comment on the nominees’ blogs to tell them of the award.   Alright. So, here we go with the 10 pieces of information about myself. I’m going to take for granted that you already know I love the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and am working on...

Did You Let My People Go?

Did You Let My People Go?

  The Epiphany of the Lord When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.”   When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him {…} —Matthew 2:1-12 The ‘wisdom of the world’ –the Magi–came to worship the ‘Wisdom of the Ages’–Jesus–God incarnate in the flesh of a tiny baby…and by now we know how Herod felt about this threat to his power. In the story of the Magi, Matthew wants us to recognize in Jesus the new Solomon, whose reputation for wisdom was legendary. He too received a visitor...

And His Name Was Called Jesus

And His Name Was Called Jesus

  Jesus, no voice can sing, no heart can frame, nor can the memory find a sweeter sound than Your name, dear Savior of humankind.   O hope of every contrite heart! O joy of all the meek! To those who fall, how kind you are! How good tho those who seek!   Jesus! Be our only hope and prize! In You is all our glory now and through eternity, Amen —St Bernard of Clairvaux   You can read here on how today’s Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus is related to the Feast of the Circumcision.   Regarding the devotion we should have in even saying His name, I was quite struck by this: From fisheaters, When we say the Name “Jesus” (or “Iesus,” “Iesu,” “Yeshua,” etc.) consciously, with...

New Year and The Heart of the Spiritual Life

  I’m happy the year is over. Not for any other reason than I’m always happy to make it to the end of one. As with every preceding year that the Lord has graciously given me…it’s been quite a ride; plenty of surprises but overall, so much to be thankful for. It is said that gratitude is at the heart of the spiritual life and the longer I journey though mine, the more I understand this basic but essential truth. It’s basic because it’s essentially a childlike quality, but it’s difficult because the older we get the easier it is to forget and the more we risk becoming self centered ogres. Unless we’re constantly on guard, life has a way of getting that monster to show his ugly face. So, as sands of the hourglass...