Holy Mary Mother of God and Mother of Me

2021-01-01T13:23:12-04:00January 1st, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I had a Southern Baptist friend who thought it was amusing, when visiting Catholic churches, to wave to the image of Mary and say, "Hi Mary!" When I challenged him on what seemed a mark of disrespect he said cheerily, "Y'all say, 'Hail Mary' and 'Hail' just means 'Hi', so it's my way of saying 'Hail [...]

Why Should We Feed the Hungry?

2017-11-17T11:41:57-04:00November 17th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Today is the memorial of St Elizabeth of Hungary--or as one of the kids joked, St Elizabeth of the Hungry. Right. Because St Elizabeth, who was a princess, after she was widowed built a hospital and gave all she had to serve the poor. But why should we do this? Because Jesus tells us to, but [...]

Finding Francis

2017-10-04T13:35:23-04:00October 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

We were so blessed last May on our parish pilgrimage to Italy to celebrate Mass together at the tomb of St Francis. Assisi has been preserved very well considering the huge numbers of pilgrims and tourists who trek there every year. The Cloister at San Damiano You can still glimpse the medieval town beneath [...]

Julian of Norwich

2015-11-20T17:50:31-04:00November 20th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , , , |

I was introduced to one of the great treasures of English medieval spirituality (sadly neglected by most Catholics) the Revelations of Divine Love by the anchoress and mystic Julian of Norwich when I took a course in the fourteenth century mystics at Blackfriars in Oxford. Fr Simon Tugwell OP was the brilliantly witty and erudite lecturer. The Lady Juliana was born about [...]

The Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan

2015-11-11T10:20:26-04:00November 11th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , , |

Idleness is the enemy of the soul, and so monks should be occupied at some times with manual labor, and at certain times with holy reading. — Rule of St Benedict I've written here on the importance of reading and study for the spiritual life. As a consequence, a few readers have asked me [...]

Atheism or Catholicism – You Choose

2015-01-15T18:36:57-04:00January 15th, 2015|Categories: Patheos|Tags: , , , |

there is “no medium in true philosophy between atheism and Catholicism… a perfectly consistent mind, under those circumstances in which it finds itself here below must embrace either the one or the other.” - Bl. John Henry Newman I’ve got this gadget on my home page that generates quotable quotes. You don’t know what [...]

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Apologetics 101

2015-01-14T10:34:47-04:00January 14th, 2015|Categories: Patheos|Tags: , , |

St Irenaeus of Lyons Whenever I am involved in conversations with non-Catholic Christians I go straight to the authority question. If that question is not resolved then every other discussion is only matter of swapping opinions. It is important, therefore to be clear on the basics of the Catholic understanding of authority. It is [...]

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Let’s Have Clarity, Charity…and Hilarity

2014-10-15T21:28:23-04:00October 15th, 2014|Categories: Spirituality|Tags: , , , |

Someone said recently that I have firmly declared myself to be a conservative. Indeed someone from New Jersey once said I am an "arch conservative." I am happy to take that label. I'm happy to take all the other labels too. To see what I mean go to this post:  Call Me an Evangelical, Charismatic, Liberal, [...]

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