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When Theology Must Fall Silent: A Reflection on a Teaching from St. Bonaventure

July 16, 2017 1 Comment
When Theology Must Fall Silent: A Reflection on a Teaching from St. Bonaventure

Saints often say daring and even “dangerous” things. They are able to do this because their listeners and readers take for granted their orthodoxy and holiness. As a result, they are able to use hyperbole or speak with bold flourishes that a lesser person would be unable to carry off. Consider, for example, that St. […]

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12 More Steps: Out of Pride and into Humility, from St. Bernard.

March 21, 2013 14 Comments
12 More Steps: Out of Pride and into Humility, from St. Bernard.

In yesterday’s Post we considered the 12 Steps of Pride set forth by St. Bernard of Clairvaux. In escalating ways, the 12 twelve steps draw us up to an increasingly mountainous and enslaving pride. St. Bernard also lists the 12 steps to deeper humility (I am using the list from Vultus Dei HERE)  and it is […]

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The Real St. Nicholas – Not Fat and Not Very Jolly Either.

December 5, 2012 30 Comments

Today (Dec 6) is the Feast of St. Nicholas. The real St. Nicholas was nothing close to the St. Nick (Santa Claus) of the modern age. He was a thin curmudgeonly man with a zeal for the Lord that caused flairs of anger. Compromise was unknown to him. The slow transformation of him into “Jolly […]

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Ancient Witnesses to The Catholic Faith: The Didache

July 22, 2010 20 Comments

The Didache is one of the earliest written documents of the Church other than Scripture itself. It was written sometime between 90 and 110 AD. It may not have had a single author but may have been compiled from the Apostolic Teaching as a kind of early catechism and a summary of the essential moral […]

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It’s Not About You

May 22, 2010 8 Comments

We have come to the conclusion of the Easter Cycle as we celebrate Pentecost this weekend. All through this period we have been reading from the Acts of the Apostles. Fully the last two-thirds of Acts has focused on the Evangelical Mission of St. Paul as he made four journeys into Asia Minor and then […]

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Ordination to the Priesthood – The Church’s Physical Link to Christ and the Apostles is”Hands On”

May 2, 2010 4 Comments

We are entering the season for ordinations. And perhaps a worthy reflection is to recall that one of the great glories of the Catholic Church is her historical link to Christ and the Apostles.  The Catholic link to Christ himself and the apostles is not merely some moral unity, or a kind of invisible union, […]

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Where is Christ after he dies on Friday afternoon and before he rises on Easter Sunday?

April 2, 2010 7 Comments

        Where is Christ after he dies on Friday afternoon and before he rises on Easter Sunday?  Both Scripture and Tradition answer this question. Consider the following from a Second Century Sermon and also a mediation from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. An Ancient Sermon:  Today a great silence reigns on earth, a great […]

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The Story of Abraham – Hope for the Rest of Us!

November 8, 2009 11 Comments

One of the beautiful things about the Bible is that it does not present our heroes as epic figures who never fell. Rather it presents us with real human beings who struggle and eventually “get there.” As an example, I was talking the other day with someone who remarked, “Too bad we can’t all be […]

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