Wednesday, November 27, 2013
There is a pious belief that the crown of thorns was pressed down on our Lord's head so forcefully that the thorns punctured His brain. St. Catherine of Siena reported a vision in which she was told the wounds from the crown were mortal and would have eventually killed Jesus.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The Joy of Punditry
This is my own little contribution to the attempt by half the people alive who are aware of the Pope's exhortation to explain to the other half what it's all about.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
You know you're a good Catholic if...
... God tells you. Otherwise you're just guessing.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Keep on Trading!
Today's Gospel reading is St. Luke's record of the Parable of the Talents (though technically, Luke gives us the Parable of the Minas):
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Gratio ergo bloggo
My results from taking the Catherine of Siena Institute charism self-assessment indicate I might work on discerning whether I have the charisms of knowledge, writing, wisdom, teaching, and encouragement. Which seems to be pretty much the Blogger Sampler Pack.
The marks of love
I, Tom, had [the thought of using] a vision [as a literary device to convey an idea that occurred to me].
The question of a contemplative
One of the best things I heard at the Called and Gifted workshop I went to this weekend wasn't about charisms. It was the question of a contemplative:
Zeal for Your Word
There was something else I heard when the following was read at Mass yesterday (I don't often go to Mass on Saturday, but I had a thing at the parish to go to):
Stop making yourself a marketplace
The first two readings for the Feast of St. John Lateran put the story of the Cleansing of the Temple (the Gospel reading) in a different light.
Friday, November 08, 2013
The Holy Spirit called. He wants His gifts back.
After this evening's introductory session of the Called and Gifted Workshop, I settled down (with a Manhattan, thank you very much) to run through the spiritual gifts inventory.
Here comes the weekend!
I have a thing at the parish to go to tonight.
Sunday, November 03, 2013
The Shield of Faith
Today's RCIA topic was the Trinity. The deacon who led the discussion -- a transitional deacon in the Marians of the Immaculate Conception -- did an excellent job (though he did speak almost the whole of St. Patrick's part in "Saint Patrick's Bad Analogies"). Labels: RCIA
Saturday, November 02, 2013
In the introduction to his book Faith that Transforms Us: Reflections on the Creed, Cardinal Wuerl writes: