The Church must continue to be less diplomatic and more prophetic
And he said to them all, “If you want to come with me, you must forget yourself, take up your cross every day, and follow me." (Luke 9:23) #self-denial #Carmelites
How to find meaning
Is: stop searching for meaning;
It is always here.
There are, I think, at least three major assumptions embedded in this micropoem. Namely-
1) That there is a universal human desire to find meaning in life and in the cosmos.
2) That this desire is often expressed in terms of a search to discover an external reality.
3) That, in fact, meaning exists as something to be realised, not something to be discovered.
Now, granting that it is plausible, probable even, that The Poet is at least mildly deranged it will be nonetheless, let us suppose, a worthwhile exercise to run with these assumptions for a while and see where they lead us.
The experience of mankind certainly seems to be that once societies get beyond the level of simply surviving, that is, when food surpluses are regular and leisured classes are possible, then questions…
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The Culture of Death and the Killing of Alfie Evans
The phrase “Culture of Death” was made famous by St. Pope John Paul II in his encyclical on The Gospel of Life, EVANGELIUM VITAE. If you have not read it, I strongly suggest you do. The great saint prophetically addresses the attack on life we see around us today. The case of Alfie Evans, while not isolated, shines a light on the evil forces at work which wish to destroy the value of human life at every turn.
In the Evangelium Vitae he stated:
“Choices once unanimously considered criminal and rejected by the common moral sense are gradually becoming socially acceptable.”
If he were to pope today, he would likely modify that statement by removing the words ‘gradually becoming’ and replace them with ‘have become.’ Pope John Paul II was a great defender of life, as have been all…
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Have you ever taken the time to look at the designs, and the details of ancient Liturgical Vestments? Or, have you ever thought to yourself, after seeing the intricate details, how and who made this?
My grandmother used to make folk costumes for her native town in Slovakia. She made her own lace, and embroidered her own cloth. She brought that talent of her’s with her, when she immigrated to the US. Unfortunately, her talent and techniques were not passed on to the next generation and the mystery of how she did it, making her fabric artwork, is gone with her. I do however have a full folk costume she had made along with some doll clothing, which were made for dolls to be given to all her grandchildren girls.
The detail in her work is amazing (photo above). The time she took to make her own lace alone, to add…
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This coming Monday, April 9, the Holy See Press Office will release Pope Francis’s “Gaudete et Exsultate” (Rejoice and be glad) which is his Apostolic Exhortation on holiness, at noon. News came today HERE, via the Holy See.
I ask those who subscribe to my blog to read Gaudete et Exsultate themselves in detail. Ponder it. Pray before, during and after reading it. Do not be conformed to reading it from anyplace other than the original source. Do not feel comfortable reading it from anyone’s point of view, other than your own. Meaning, don’t allow the media to tell you what they think it says and means. Read it from where you are in life. If you are disturbed internally by reading it, ask our Lord in prayer, why. Seek a remedy that is in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Ask how you can grow to not be…
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All night … I looked
for the one my soul loves;
I looked for him but did not find him.
I will go through the streets of the city,
I will search for him my soul loves.
The watchmen found me as they made their rounds in the city.
I asked them,
“Have you seen my love?”
The angels pitied me.
They said to me,
“Search among the lilies…
He is not here!
He lies not in darkness
Nor in the folds of the cloth.”
But I could not breathe, so sick was I with love,
So I asked the gardener,
“Where have you taken him? Tell me!”
“Woman,” he asked,” why do you weep,
Your beloved is yours and you are his.
He feeds his flock among lilies.
I rose, a rose unfolding, lilies opened at my feet
My love was so complete, my…
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Words for a conversation in the wake of children militant
A conversation on social media between two friends I respect and admire, regarding the “March for Our Lives” protests, contained an exchange in which one of the interlocutors expressed the desire to locate the demonstrations squarely within the bailiwick of “pro-life” advocacy. Another interlocutor was not so much reticent to accept that location, as unsure how to receive it. That is a perplexity many of us are experiencing right now, and one through which it is worth working together. I hope the words of mine to follow, which draw on the words of others I respect and admire, can be words for a conversation.
“Exciting Story” by Tihamér Margitay via Wikimedia Commons
If we take seriously the idea — epitomized in the words of Dr King in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail — that “Any law that uplifts human…
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