Posts Tagged ‘Faith & Current Events’

Why “Religion” is a good word that we need to defend.

It is “chic” and, I would add, a “cliche” to hear many people say today, “I am spiritual but not religious.” There is a kind of self-congratulatory tone that often goes with this self description as well, and certainly a lot of cultural approval in the secular West for such dissociative talk. There is even […] Read the rest of this entry »

Those who seek to eliminate faith for the sake of freedom, get only tyranny

On the Fourth of July, in the United States of America we celebrate freedom. In particular we celebrate freedom from tyranny, and a government that is not representative; freedom from unchecked power and unaccountable sovereigns. Distorted and faithless notions – Yet, as Christians we cannot overlook that there are ways of understanding freedom today that […] Read the rest of this entry »

First Person Plural

It is a very brief word that begins the Lord’s prayer, “Our”, as in “Our Father.” Note that it is in the first person plural. Such a little insight, yet such a powerful one. We live in times that emphasize the first person singular: I, me, mine my rights, my opinion, my choice, my lifestyle, […] Read the rest of this entry »

“I am the One Who fished you out of the mud, Now come over here and listen to me.” A Meditation on the Fear of the Lord.

Perhaps it will be of help to develop a theme set forth in the Gospel this past Sunday. The Lord Jesus at one point rebukes the devil and says, Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” (Lk 4:8) Jesus is tapping into the Old Testament […] Read the rest of this entry »

A Recent Look at the Numbers Says it’s Time for Some Unvarnished Truth

Some recent data available over at the CARA Blog presents a sober picture for the Church in the decade ahead. I have long suspected that the 25% of Catholics who attend Mass today was a number that is going to drop quickly, as the last generation to be widely taught that missing Mass is a […] Read the rest of this entry »

Prophets Aren’t Perfect. They’re Prophets. A response to Critics of an American Prophet and a Defense of a Brother Blogger

Help me and another brother out here. I am getting concerned again. One of the best Catholic Bloggers, and a great promoter of Catholic presence on the Web, Brandon Vogt, is being lectured to by his “disappointed” his readers since he spoke of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a “hero and prophet.”(His post is […] Read the rest of this entry »

Light and Darkness: Some thoughts on this Presidential Inauguration Rooted in another Inauguration in 1865

Many thoughts move through my mind on this third Monday in January. Just up the street from where I live, the Second Inauguration of President Barack Obama is taking place. Today is also the official celebration of the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And also, later this week, my rectory will be […] Read the rest of this entry »

An Inspiring and Beautiful Video for Altar Servers

The Video at the bottom of the page was sent to me today and I want to say that I find it beautiful. What makes the video so good is that it inspires a spirituality for the server that includes some of the following encouragement and advisement: That the Mass is mystical, beyond mere human […] Read the rest of this entry »

A Beautiful Summary of Eucharistic theology in an antiphon by Aquinas

There is a great hymn, an antiphon actually, written by St. Thomas Aquinas for the Office of Corpus Christi. It is O Sacrum Convivium and it serves as a wonderful summary of Eucharistic theology that is worth our attention. With that in mind I’d like to make a brief reflection on some of its compact […] Read the rest of this entry »

Answering an Atheist and Asking for Fairness and Accuracy

Susan Jacoby, an author and atheist wrote a column in last Sunday’s New York Times entitled “The Blessings of Atheism.” In it she proposes that atheism has a lot to offer, especially in times of tragic loss and that it frees human beings from having to ask and answer difficult question. As you may imagine, […] Read the rest of this entry »

A Source-text for Serenity

I saw a YouTube video today by a fellow Catholic who was quite concerned and animated over what he describes as the desperate condition of the Church. It is true that there is much to be sober about in these troubled times, and we have discussed them quite thoroughly here. There are current and necessary […] Read the rest of this entry »

Faith has to Become Flesh

In yesterday’s post we pondered the insistence of the Johannine scriptures on the fact that Christ Jesus came in the flesh, was incarnate. To the deny the incarnation is a serious heresy that not only misunderstands Jesus, but misunderstands the nature of the faith as well. For if Jesus came in the flesh, if the […] Read the rest of this entry »