Of Baptismal Largesse and Healing Outside the Pool

28 Jul

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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

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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

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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

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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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Summer Spiritual Direction: Do Nothing

6 Jul

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Don’t go back to the library. Go out. Enjoy yourself with your friends. Hmm?
~ Professor E.M. Ashford in Wit

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Waiting to Convert

30 Jun

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St. Ambrose says of the two conversions that, in the Church, “there are water and tears: the water of Baptism and the tears of repentance” (CCC 1429).

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Of Sanctity, Old Yeller, and the Plague

23 Jun

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Fatherhood must be at the core of the universe.
~ C.S. Lewis

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