In part one, I talked about hermits and celibates, quoting from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
[Hermits] manifest to everyone the interior aspect of the mystery of the Church, that is, personal intimacy with Christ.
(CCC 921 — italics mine)
“Virgins who, committed to the holy plan of following Christ more closely, (. . .) are betrothed mystically to Christ, the Son of God, and are dedicated to the service of the Church.” By this solemn rite (Consecratio virginum), the virgin is “constituted . . . a sacred person, a transcendent sign of the Church’s love for Christ, and an eschatological image of this heavenly Bride of Christ and of the life to come.
(CCC 923 — italics mine)
If you’ve read part one (and I encourage you to do so), you may have noticed that I’ve changed my use of italics slightly.
In addressing the question of why the Church only recognizes the validity of sex within the bonds of the marital union, I want to draw attention to the nuptial character of Catholic spirituality. Continue Reading »
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INTERLOCUTOR: Catholics are puritanical in their attitude toward sex.
ME: No we’re not.
INTERLOCUTOR: Prove it.
ME: Okay. Continue Reading »
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I got a lot of enjoyment out of Terry Brooks’ novels in high school and college. His philosophy of fantasy closely resembles Continue Reading »
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Into the Dance
I must admit that I’ve never been able to get into sports. I expect this is due mostly to the fact that I never made much of an effort to get involved in them as a child (mea culpa — mea maxima culpa).
But I have long had a kind of detached respect for sporting events, not least of all because of the family and inter-generational bonding they bring about.
Most of the people reading this will probably be watching the 2014 Winter Olympics in a couple days, if not tomorrow night…I’m counting on a number of people skipping the Opening Ceremonies (shame on them). So perhaps I am a bit late, rather than early, in posting my thoughts the night before.
Nevertheless, here it goes…
Whenever we look at a good athlete in action, we notice that s/he has a certain poise or grace. For him/her, the game…
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Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me!
Within Your wounds, hide me.
Separated from You,
Let me never be.
From the evil one, protect me.
At the hour of my death, call me.
Close to You, bid me.
That with Your saints I may be
Praising You for ever and ever.
– The Anima Christi Prayer
- Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8921429
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Well, it finally happened. I knew it would eventually, or at least I suspected it.
I also knew that once the event in question became a sure thing, it would be hard. But I wasn’t exactly ready for how hard. Continue Reading »
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I wasn’t sure whether I was going to watch Game of Thrones this year. After some hemming and hawing, I decided to give it a shot (I’ve stuck with it this long, haven’t I?).
As it turned out, season six Continue Reading »
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