Acedia

posted 5/4/20 When I was the Vocation Director of the Diocese one of the things I was expected to do was have what’s called a “social media presence,” which meant posting content on platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.  I quickly realized how social media can easily suck up all your attention and waste huge amounts of time with things that are not very edifying.  While usingContinue reading “Acedia”

Consubstantial

posted 5/1/20 Athanasius Contra Mundum.  This is a famous Latin saying that means: “Athanasius Against the World.”  The man to whom this refers is St. Athanasius of Alexandria, a 4th century bishop from Egypt who found himself embroiled in the great Arian controversy of that period.  Now, it’s important to understand that 4th centry Arianism has absolutely nothing to do with the 20th century racist ideologyContinue reading “Consubstantial”

Liturgy and the Spiritual Life

posted 4/28/20 In yesterday’s reflection, I wrote about the importance of liturgy in our lives, distinguishing liturgical prayer from devotional prayer.  Devotional prayer is important, but liturgical prayer is necessary. In the context of liturgy we pray collectively and uniquely as the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church.  When we pray in this way, we actually participate in the interior life of Jesus Christ. Continue reading “Liturgy and the Spiritual Life”

The Importance of Liturgy

posted 4/27/20 In my conversations with members of the parish, it is common to hear people express their desire to receive the Eucharist.  It is certainly one of the great sufferings of our current circumstances that the faithful are deprived of the reception of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Holy Communion.  But I have come to realize that it is notContinue reading “The Importance of Liturgy”

Little House

posted 4/24/20 Last year my sister was looking for a nice show that she and her husband could watch with their children.  Remembering how much she enjoyed the show Little House on the Prairie as a kid, she decided she would introduce them to it.  Unfortunately, the first episode she played for them was the one in which the family’s barn burned down in aContinue reading “Little House”

Living the Mass

posted 4/23/20 “To those who are used to daily Mass there is no privation more terrible than that of having to do without it.”  These words are from the book This War is the Passion by Caryll Houselander.  Houselander was born in England in 1901 and became Catholic at the age of six, when her mother entered the Church.  She had several mystical experiences in herContinue reading “Living the Mass”