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...