Father Rutler addresses ‘men without chests’

Here’s how a courageous man of God speaks truth into a culture that cannot recognize the wolves in sheep’s clothing..He is indeed a modern day prophet. July 28, 2015 Crisis Magazine The Pity of Christ by Father George Rutler   Christ cannot be psychoanalyzed because he is perfect.  It would be like seeking flaws in pure crystal or long shadows at high noon. That is why he may seem from our fallen state in a singularly ill-contrived world as both severe and merciful, ethereal and common, rebellious and routine, rustic and royal, solitary and brotherly, young and ageless.  His perfection is a stubborn enigma to the imperfect, but if there is to be one hint of the art that moves his mind, it will be in his pity.  It will be in his pity for the whole...

Progress or Regress

Progress or Regress

  Today is the feast of my holy father St Benedict. In the cultural climate we find ourselves, it’s appropriate to identify with St Benedict in the spirit of his mission. Disappointed in the worldliness of his surroundings, he too faced the truth of the corruption of his time and surrendered to God. In doing so he was blessed with God’s wisdom, and wrote the Holy Rule which even today gives guidance to all as they progress on their journey to God. In America today, we like Europe who after emerging from the wounds of two World Wars and the collapse of so called great ideologies, are still in search of an identity. None of us seem able to learn the lesson that history has taught us ad nauseum;  “In order to create new and lasting unity,...

Hope in God

Hope in God

  For those of us who have been cast down in spirit of late, the morning prayer reminded me today ~ “When His strength takes possession of us we will no longer say: Why are you cast down, my soul?   So now that the surging waves of your indignation have passed over us, let us feel the healing calm of Your forgiveness.”   Over and over I read in St Faustina’s diary how it grieves the Lord that His own people don’t trust in Him. We falter so easily when as we see the tide of evil rise beyond our control..and there’s no doubt that it is. The lives of the saints teach me that to live by faith is to be sure of God even, With cries that pierce me to the heart, my enemies revile me, saying to me all the day long: “Where...