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I am prejudiced when it comes to the four seasons — fall is my favorite.

Fall is nature at its aesthetic best, giving us a heraldic panoply of colors and scents.

But fall is traditionally a time to reflect on the reality of death, as well as being a time of beauty.

Forgive me, but I don’t think that’s an accident. (more…)

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Just_divorcedFor parts one and two, click here

All right, now for the hard part.

From part two:

What about when a husband either “dumps” his wife or becomes abusive?  Situations like this might require separation, and the Church fully acknowledges this.  But why would the Church, under any circumstances, not permit the woman to remarry?

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Crowning_in_Syro-Malabar_Nasrani_Wedding_by_Mar_Gregory_KarotemprelIn 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)

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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. (more…)

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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.

Amen.

Divina_Misericordia_(Eugeniusz_Kazimirowski,_1934)– The Anima Christi Prayer

Acknowledgement

  1. Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8921429

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moving truckWell, 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. (more…)

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Well yesterday was a sad and blessed day — sad, because Mother Angelica, foundress and former CEO of EWTN, passed away; blessed, because after much suffering she has passed on to her eternal reward.

Here is a short video containing one of Mother’s many bits of witty wisdom.  In this one, she talks about the importance of “living in the present moment”:

R.I.P., Mother — we love you!

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As many of you know, Blesséd Teresa of Calcutta — more commonly known as Mother Teresa — is set to be declared a saint this coming Fall.

Take a couple minutes to watch the following interview (really, it’s only about 2 minutes long; this video features the same interview three times in a row, for some reason), in which the great saint shares her beautiful philosophy of life.  And have a few tissues ready, just in case 🙂

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