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Yesterday we commemorated the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross; today, His Sabbath Rest in the tomb.

“Commemorate” may not be the most fitting word, for it is not just a matter of “memory” in the conventionally accepted sense (more…)

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So we’ve just seen Mildred and Jason act rashly based on misinformation and knee jerk judgements, and we’ve reflected on the matter thus:

Anger, even when it is just, can blind us. It [can be] like smoke and vapors that fill our eyes, restricting our vision and narrowing our sphere of action, so that we are more likely to act recklessly and impulsively.

This goes to show precisely what wiser souls have said before me: (more…)

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A reblog of my (fairly) recent post on this fantastic 2017 film. For those of you who have already read it, I’m just doing this to assure you that I haven’t forgotten about part three. It’s just taking me awhile to get it put together (which just goes to show how much harder writing is than people tend to think). But it is coming soon — I can see the end on the horizon!

Into the Dance

No summary remarks can serve as substitution for reading part one, but I think a few introductory reflections will be helpful for the purpose of continuity.

As Providence would have it, the weekend I saw “Three Billboards” was the same weekend

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I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity:
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

(. . .)

I bind to myself today
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendour of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.

(. . .)

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort,
Christ in the chariot seat,
Christ in the poop [deck],
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

– From the “Breastplate of St. Patrick” (text from New Advent)

Acknowledgements

Borchert, Andreas F.  “Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, and St. Patrick, Goleen, County Cork, Ireland.”  10 Sept. 2009.  Wikipedia.  https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Goleen_Church_of_Our_Lady,_Star_of_the_Sea,_and_St._Patrick_North_Wall_Fourth_Window_Saint_Patrick_Detail_2009_09_10.jpg#mw-jump-to-license’;

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This is a video featuring one of my former professors, Dr. Brent Robbins (and please keep in mind that I attended a secular college).

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this on Into the Dance, but I was what you would call a garden-variety “cafeteria Catholic” up until age 22.

At that point in my life, questions about the ultimate claims of my faith kept bothering me; and try as I might, I could not push them off.

Knowing that Dr. Robbins was Catholic, but also knowing him to be a thoughtful intellectual and supposing that he would, not doubt, be able to help me get past the psychological roadblocks that were causing me to regard matters of organized religion with undue seriousness, I asked if I could come to him for one-on-one counseling sessions.

He agreed.  And contrary to my expectations, subsequent conversations with Dr. Robbins were instrumental in my re-embracing the Faith.

Please don’t misunderstand me.  At no point during our discussions did I get the sense that he was trying to “convert” me.

Rather, he listened attentively to my concerns, encouraged me (as a psychologist, not as a spiritual director) to face the issues that were bothering me head-on rather than trying to suppress them, and shared with humility his own love of the Faith while at the same time expressing genuine, experience-based sympathy with my struggles.

Anyway, in this video for The Coming Home Network International, Dr. Robbins shares the rather moving story of his own reversion to the Faith.

(Just one quick hundred-dollar-word alert: “Hermeneutics” (pronounced her-men-oo-tics) means the science of interpretation — in other words, what “lens” we use to understand certain things)

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No summary remarks can serve as substitution for reading part one, but I think a few introductory reflections will be helpful for the purpose of continuity.

As Providence would have it, the weekend I saw “Three Billboards” was the same weekend (more…)

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