Tag Archives: Mystics

For All the Saints: Catherine of Siena

Fearless. Bold. Doctor of the Church. Poet. Mystic. Stigmatic. Correspondent of Popes and Royalty. Correspondent to the Faithful. Action-oriented contemplative. Saint Catherine of Siena was all these and more. Advertisements

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Will The Vatican Let Teilhard de Chardin Help Save The Church?

Does the name Teilhard de Chardin give you the willies? When you saw it in the title, did you immediately think that heterodox thoughts were about to be served up? No? Perhaps, like me up until a few years ago, … Continue reading

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For The Prayers Of St. Gregory Of Narek (A Few Words For Wednesday) UPDATED

A few days ago, Pope Francis declared St. Gregory of Narek our newest Doctor of the Church. It appears that Grigor Narekatsi is a man of many talents. The hastily compiled list of his accomplishments on Wikipedia includes, “monk, poet, … Continue reading

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Oftentimes, The Best Blog Post Is The One With The Fewest Words…

Grasshopper recommends Counsels of Light and Love of St. John of the Cross for more thoughts like the one above.

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Because Joseph of Cupertino Could Fly

—Feast of St. Joseph of Cupertino A few years ago, the world was held in thrall by Stephen Hawking’s declaration that there is no need for a Creator for the universe to have been formed. The giant had spoken, succinctly, … Continue reading

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Because the “Little Flower” Enchanted the Chinese “Legal Eagle”

I introduced readers to my Catholic friend, John C.H. Wu, a long time ago. What prompted John, a distinguished jurist, and drafter of the democratic constitution of the Republic of China (back when it was mainland China),  to swim the Tiber? … Continue reading

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The Prophet Thomas Merton On The Archdiocese of New York’s HHS Mandate Problem

  Problem? What problem? So the Archdiocese of New York provides healthcare to unionized employees of ArchCare through SEIU 1199’s  National Benefits Fund, which provides coverage for contraceptives and abortion services. What could it hurt?

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Francisco De Osuna’s Little Guide On The Dangers of Gossiping

A few days ago, Pope Francis gave a homily in which he warns folks against gossiping, and instead calls us to focus on following Jesus. It’s another of his wonderful string of homilies delivered in the chapel of the Casa … Continue reading

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Because of Catholic Mysticism

   Feast of St. Athanasius It’s the time of year when my thoughts turn to baseball. Did you ever see the movie Field of Dreams? I ask this only because I realize that this movie hit the theaters 24 years … Continue reading

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Searching for Truth: Arrogant? Or Audacious?

Back in the Fall, I shared thoughts of the Dalai Lama on the efficacy of religion, and those of G.K Chesterton as a counterpoint. As a result, I had someone charge me with being  arrogant for the attempt.

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