Monday, May 25, 2015
Sometimes "I" means "I"
What I wanted to say about parrhesia wasn't that it's essential to the Christian mission and to the Christian's prayer life. Those posts were just the introductory paragraph of this post getting away from me. Labels: Parrhesia
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Farewell to the sacrament of farewell
Archbishop Aquila has announced that Denver will restore Confirmation to its proper place -- prior to First Communion -- by 2020.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Risk free speech
It's been a long time since I read The New Man, but as I recall Thomas Merton's exploration of parrhesia in that book wasn't so much about speaking boldly to the world despite the attendant risks. He was more interested in God's gift to man of being able to speak freely to God. This essay reminds me that Merton wrote how, before the Fall, Adam and Eve were "in constant and unimpeded contact with the Spirit of God." Their speech was free, not because they were unafraid of the consequences (they no more considered whether they should be afraid than they considered whether they were naked), but because it manifested their direct, unfettered, and total communion with their Creator. Labels: Parrhesia
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Permission to speak freely
I first came across the word "parrhesia" when reading Thomas Merton's The New Man. Parrhesia (pah-ray-SEE-ah) means speech that is free, candid, even bold. Labels: Parrhesia
Saturday, May 16, 2015
I was just about to fraternally correct a brother in the Lord into next week. But then he's miss Assumption Sunday, so I decided to refrain.
Friday, May 15, 2015
If you ever come across the term "the Benedict Option," there's really only one thing you need to know about: It's nonsense.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Thursday, May 07, 2015
A faith of lack
There's an old ice breaker suggested for Christians who are talking with atheists: "Tell me about the god you don't believe in," with the expectation of being able to follow up with, "I don't believe in that god either."
Sunday, May 03, 2015
The first verse of today's Second Reading is 1 John 3:18: