Sunday, February 28, 2010

I'm not altogether certain...

... that it is the correct approach to give up Facebook, news and the RSS reader for Lent, and then spend all day Sunday catching up on Facebook, news and the RSS reader.

"Please don’t leave us. We need you."

H/T Creative Minority Report:

You may view suicide as your last chance to shake the pillars of a world that has turned its back on you. The world doesn’t need any more shaking. If you’ve been telling yourself that no one will miss you when you’re gone, you are wrong. Your suicide would tear a hole through the future, and nothing could ever fill the space where you used to be. You might think you’re alone, but you don’t have to walk more than a couple of miles from your house to see a building full of people who would be delighted to meet you.
Read the whole piece here.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

"There is no such thing as a life not worth living"

Msgr. Pope has posted links to several great videos about people with serious disabilities who still live joyful, fulfilling lives. He writes:

We must declare with great certitude that there is no such thing as a life not worth living. We say this not as some politically correct slogan but rather with firm conviction that every human life is willed by God. We were willed before we were made for the Scriptures say, “Before I ever  formed you in the womb I knew and I appointed you…” (Jer 1:4). None of us is an accident nor are our gifts and apparent deficits mistakes. We exist as we are, the way we are for a purpose, a purpose for us and for others. We all have an irreplaceable role in God’s kingdom and show forth aspect of His glory uniquely. Every human life is intended and is worth living because God says so by the very fact that we exist.

Read the whole article here.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

...looks like a great website.

Peter Kreeft on Faith and Reason

I just finished Peter Kreeft's lecture series on "Faith and Reason", produced by Recorded Books' Modern Scholar series, and highly recommend it. Kreeft, a Catholic and a professor of philosophy at Boston College, is always an engaging speaker and in this series presents a logical, organized and non-polemical discussion of the reasonableness of faith.

The series is also available through iTunes.

Fr. Bernard on Entering the Desert

Br. Stephen posts Fr. Bernard's sermon for the first Sunday in Lent:

Jesus followed the call of the Spirit into the desert. As monks, we too have heard this same call. We are called into the desert wastelands in order to find (within?) a verdant paradise with flowing springs, pools, and prolific life. We have come to the monastery to do interior battle, to be purified, and to simply be alone with the one who has called. We know we can go nowhere else – that would be only to flee the call of the Spirit. We have heard the Good News, and it is here, in the monastery, that we have taken up the charge to reform our lives and serve our King and friend.

The moaning winds that sweep across the desert of our souls stir up the dust of memories past. We can choose to follow them, only to find ourselves lost – chasing after wind. Or we can let them pass and discover in their wake a bubbling spring that has been uncovered by the erosion of persevering vigilance.
Read the whole sermon here.

Lenten Decluttering

It finally dawned on me this year that Lent is more about decluttering than it is about giving things up. Deacon Turner of the Archdiocese of Washington agrees that he is "not 'giving up' anything for Lent".

Fr. Barron on the Transfiguration and Prayer

Fr. Barron's homily for the second Sunday of Lent, on what the Transfiguration of Christ teaches about prayer.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Brother Stephen's Visit to Clear Creek Monastery

Brother Stephen, who blogs from the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Spring Bank, recently paid a brief visit to Clear Creek Monastery.

What I saw at Clear Creek were devotion, care, and quiet persistence—those elements that add up to make a fruitful observance of the Holy Rule and let it do its work on the individual soul. Whether it was in the singing of the neumes, the work of the servers in the refectory, or the care with which topsoil was being placed in the herb garden, the quality of that observance was apparent. I’m sure that there are difficulties and tensions as there are in every abbey, but it was clear that this was a special place, not just for liturgists, musicians, and architects, but for the whole of Christ’s Church and the world. May God continue to bless them.
Read the whole thing here.

Msgr. Pope on God's Unconditional Love

Msgr. Charles Pope, at the Archdiocese of Washington blog, asks: "Is God's Love Really Unconditional?"

"Let’s say I walk up to you and you are carrying two large boxes filled with books you value. I am holding two other boxes filled with cash amounting to $50 million in large bills. I offer these boxes to you freely, without charge. No strings attached. My offer to you is unconditional. Take them, they are yours. So, my offer is unconditional. However, from your perspective there is a condition. You must first put down the boxes filled with books you value and then take up the boxes filled with money that I offer. Hence there is a condition you must meet to receive my unconditional offer. MY offer is unconditional but you must overcome an obstacle. Your full arms must be emptied. The condition is not on my side but on yours. Hence, the quotes above which seem to place conditions on God’s love my only be conditions from our side of the equation. God can love us unconditionally and offer his love for free. But in order for us to receive and experience that love it may be necessary for us to empty our arms from sin, from worldly attachments and the like. We cannot carry both sets of boxes."
Read the whole article here.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Fr. Barron on Religion and Science


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