Memorial Day begins the American civil Summer; the Fourth of July marks its apex, and it ends on Labour Day (of course, the first Halloween decorations shall have started to appear in the stores the last week in July). Enjoyable … Continue reading
Category: Spiritual Life
Lex Orandi: Why What Happens in Church Matters outside of Church
This past weekend, I was a presenter at the third annual “Crusader Knights Congress” put on by Mike Church and sponsored by the Crusade Channel and LifeSite. Here is the text of that talk.
A ‘Carmelite Defense’ of Father Feeney’s Crusade
The purpose of this article is not to show that Carmelite saints believed in the dogma outside the Church there is no salvation in the same sense that Father Leonard Feeney believed it. That would be too easy, and this … Continue reading
Penitential Joy, Joyful Penance!
This Lent finds me in rather a saddened frame of mind — perhaps appropriate to the season. Bishop David O’Connell, an auxiliary bishop of my home diocese, Los Angeles, has just been shot dead. Two online friends whom I have … Continue reading
A House of Mirrors
Dear Reader, have you ever been to an amusement park and wandered into a house of mirrors? The various formations of the mirrors produce entertaining reflections, such as a very tall and unusually skinny “you”, or a squat and fat … Continue reading
A Short Meditation on the Religious as a ‘Living Sacrifice’
“I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercy of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing unto God, your reasonable service.” (Rom. 12:1) In this passage, Saint Paul employs specifically liturgical language. For “sacrifice,” the Latin … Continue reading
The Power of Forgiveness and the Beautiful Conversion of a Jew
Some recent research on the subject of aeviternity led me to Life Everlasting, by the celebrated Dominican, Père Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange. Tangential to his main purpose in distinguishing time, aeviternity, and eternity, the learned friar tells of the conversion of a … Continue reading