Friday, August 30, 2013
The problem with Catholic Answers...
... isn't Catholic answers, it's Catholic questions.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
You weren't baptized, you ARE baptized
Stealing something I read yesterday:
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Hey kids! Let's contradicentibus resistendo!
Someone asked me about the tag-line from St. Thomas that's been in the left-hand corner of this blog from its earliest days. It took a little bit of searching, since I'd long since forgotten where I first found it, and the wording I use turns out to be based on a translation of a translation by Josef Pieper. The quotation comes from the conclusion of On the Perfection of the Spiritual Life, a polemical work defending mendicant religious life -- still a new phenomenon during St. Thomas's lifetime -- as a means to perfection.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
A glacial crisis
Having written the previous post on Ralph Martin's essay on the sacramental crisis, I find that it's worse than I thought. Worse, because I knew about this problem more than eight years ago, and I've done very little about it since.
Fruitful Sacramental Preparation
Ralph Martin, president of Renewal Ministries and associate professor of theology at Detroit's Sacred Heart Major Seminary, has an article in Nova et Vetera titled, "The Post-Christendom Sacramental Crisis: The Wisdom of Thomas Aquinas."
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Here's to the Queen Mother!
Seems like a good time for a Coronation Cocktail.
Friday, August 09, 2013
Reaching out multiplies our capacity to love
Rocco Palmo posts the English translation of a message Pope Francis recorded for Argentinians as they celebrated the Feast of St. Cajetan on Wednesday. In it, he calls his countrymen to a St. Francis and the leper moment:
Thursday, August 08, 2013
One and a half out of five ain't bad
In writing about the Lord's Prayer, St. Thomas says, "A prayer must be confident, ordered, suitable, devout and humble." I've got my work cut out for me.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Sunday, August 04, 2013
Saturday, August 03, 2013
The problem of specific gravity
This week's addition to the list of Things I Understood Until I Tried Explaining Them is distinguishing between grave matter and non-grave matter.