Thursday, June 27, 2013
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The laicization of the laity
I've started reading Lay Sanctity, Medieval and Modern: A Search for Models, edited by Ann W. Astell. (which you can order for $5 through August 15 using the checkout code "NDEOVR13"). The idea of the book is to look at how holiness among the laity was recognized in the centuries before the Counter-Reformation and in the 20th Century, as potential models for those trying to answer the universal call to holiness following Vatican II. ("Models" not in the sense of abstractions that represent behavior, but in the sense of persons who model the behavior.) Labels: Lay Sanctity
Labels: Lay Sanctity
Monday, June 24, 2013
On winning arguments
"Win an argument, lose a soul," as Ven. Fulton Sheen's warning goes. Implicit in that formula is that you are the judge of who wins; the lost soul need by no means agree with your judgment.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Salvation is not a matter of statistics
Even if you're with me on my claim that the proposition, "If you don't die as a Catholic, then you aren't necessarily damned," isn't what the Church has been commissioned to go out into the world and preach to every living creature, we're still left with the fact that the proposition is true. Which means we have non-Catholics, looking for the angle, asking, "So why should I become Catholic?" And we have Catholics asking, "Yeah, why should they?"
Saturday, June 22, 2013
The negation of the false doctrine isn't a doctrine
Mark Shea has replied to a question about the Church's teaching on salvation outside the Church (SPOILER ALERT: Outside the Church there is no salvation) by linking to an excellent article he wrote on the subject. The title of the article, "Just Exactly Where Is The Church?," indicates that the actual dogma isn't as triumphalistic as the formula (especially when stated in Latin) makes it sound.
Friday, June 21, 2013
T. S. O'Rama links to a Lifehacker post titled, "My Secret to Reading a Lot of Books," in which the author discusses ways he tries to achieve the following:
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Notre Dame Press overstock sale
Don't blame me; blame him.
Beato Ioseph, eius Sponso
Fr. Zuhlsdorf reports that the name of St. Joseph has been added to Eucharistic Prayers II, III, and IV:
Sunday, June 16, 2013
To whom much is forgiven
Following up on my last point in the "What counts as Pelagian?" post, I am thinking these days that one of the keys to a person's behavior is his attitude toward mercy. Put simply (and echoing Pope Benedict XVI on hope): The one who desires mercy lives differently.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Their Francis, too
This article, on why Evangelicals like Pope Francis, has been received by some Catholics as a hopeful sign of bridge-building between the Church and other Christians. (See, because the Pope is the pontifex maximus.)
What counts as Pelagian?
If asked, I would say that Pelagianism is a heresy that holds we are capable of saving ourselves without God's grace or Christ's atonement.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
What the Pope did not say:
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Not everything needs a bulleted list
While I'm thinking of it, here are my notes for a 30 minute babble on Baptism I gave at an RCIA retreat the weekend before Easter, generally based on Bl. Columba Marmion's Christ, the Life of the Soul: Labels: Christ the Life of the Soul
Labels: Christ the Life of the Soul
Saturday, June 08, 2013
Another nail in the coffin
On Julie Davis's recommendation -- "Every Catholic should read this book. Period." -- I ordered Austen Ivereigh's new book, How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Preach the Gospel always. If necessary, use pie charts.
Someone has said he would love to see how I incorporated Venn diagrams into the RCIA presentation I gave some months back. (Notably, he didn't ask whether I incorporated Venn diagrams.)
When I recommend a book, it's usually something I've read. This time, it's something I'd like to read (or at least carry around).
Sunday, June 02, 2013
The weakest link
William Luse commented on my previous post, concluding: Labels: The virtue of truth
Labels: The virtue of truth
Saturday, June 01, 2013
My Solomonic judgment
One line of defense against the proposition that lying is always wrong is the claim that many Scriptural passages present lying in a favorable light. Abraham said Sarah was his sister, Jacob told Isaac he was Esau, Rahab lied to the Jerichoans at the door, Judith put one over on Holofernes. Some suggest that Jesus lied in saying He wasn't going up to Jerusalem, or had come only for the children of Israel, or was going to continue past Emmaus. Labels: The virtue of truth
Labels: The virtue of truth