Of Sunday Obligation, Harry Stovall, and Catholic Spleen

20 Aug

Walker Percy, Bechac's lunch Nov., 1980

God, religion, was the farthest thing from our minds and talk – from mine at least. Except for one of us, a fellow who got up every morning at the crack of dawn and went to Mass. He said nothing about it and seemed otherwise normal.
~ Walker Percy

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A Garage-Sale VCR: Three Picks from the Video Archives

16 Aug

THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, Geraldine Page, 1985. (C) Island Pictures

The most beautiful journeys are taken through the window.
~ Last line in King of Hearts

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Of Rip Currents, Our Lady, and a Crippled Troubadour

9 Aug


Some try to run away from all temptations, and still they go on falling into sin. Flight alone will not conquer all temptations.
~ Fr. Anthony Paone, S.J.

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Of Baptismal Largesse and Healing Outside the Pool

28 Jul


The sun’s light is not diminished by this bountiful expenditure: no more is the influence of the Holy Spirit by the largeness of its outpourings.
~ St. John Chrysostom

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On Cultivating Irrelevance: The Benedict Option 2.0

26 Jul


From the crisis of today the Church of tomorrow will emerge—a Church that has lost much. She will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning.

But when the trial of this sifting is past, a great power will flow from a more spiritualized and simplified Church. She will enjoy a fresh blossoming and be seen as man’s home, where he will find life and hope beyond death.
~ Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)

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After the Credits Roll: The Rash Vows of St. Camillus de Lellis

17 Jul


A saint is not a saint only when he is performing saintly acts. He may be more saintly then than at other times, but the thing is a life, not a lot of acts strung together.
~ Hubert van Zeller

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Of Habits, Hassles, and the Sign Value of Family Life

10 Jul


The Church must always seek to make her presence visible in everyday life, which is often very secularized and yet sensitive to the language of signs.
~ Pope St. John Paul II

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