I’ve been slacking in my spiritual life lately (skipping mass, going to adoration angry, in general not feeling super close to God) and I need to get back on the wagon. I didn’t realize how bad it had gotten until I went out for dinner with a Catholic friend and when she asked me to contribute to saying grace and it hit me that I have not been praying well for a while. Sooooo any suggestions? I’m looking into Bonhoeffer, but I know he’s very evangelical and I’m not sure I’ll be 100% into him.
Does anyone out there have any experience with the Haley House/Catholic Workers? I’ve been considering to apply to live in the community for about a year but I’m still a little hesitant and would love a first hand account from someone.
Sometimes I forget about how awesome Helen Alvare is as a positive model of Catholic womenhood that doesn’t demand submissiveness but demands respect and then I watch her debate and am so happy inside.
At SEEK there was so much sexism and misogyny, especially from women speakers, and it killed me inside and I wanted to kill everyone and then Helen spoke and my faith in humanity and Catholicism was restored.
I received on the tongue for the first time today and it was good but I’m also not sure how far I’m supposed to stick out my tongue and I’m pretty sure I looked ridiculous. But it was good.
I’ve decided I like Luis Tagle, Angelo Bagnasco, and Peter Turkson. And of course Cardinal Sean but I’m pretty sure that’s not gonna happen soooooooo.
But seriously. Look at Cardinal Tagle. How could you not want this man to be pope.
|—||Pope Benedict XVI|
Something I constantly notice is that unembarrassed joy has become rarer. Joy today is increasingly saddled with moral and ideological burdens, so to speak. When someone rejoices, he is afraid of offending against solidarity with the many people who suffer. I don’t have any right to rejoice, people think, in a world where there is so much misery, so much injustice.
I can understand that. There is a moral attitude at work here. But this attitude is nonetheless wrong. The loss of joy does not make the world better - and, conversely, refusing joy for the sake of suffering does not help those who suffer. The contrary is true. The world needs people who discover the good, who rejoice in it and thereby derive the impetus and courage to do good. Joy, then, does not break with solidarity. When it is the right kind of joy, when it is not egotistic, when it comes from the perception of the good, then it wants to communicate itself, and it gets passed on. In this connection, it always strikes me that in the poor neighborhoods of, say, South America, one sees many more laughing happy people than among us. Obviously, despite all their misery, they still have the perception of the good to which they cling and in which they can find encouragement and strength.
In this sense we have a new need for that primordial trust which ultimately only faith can give. That the world is basically good, that God is there and is good. That it is good to live and to be a human being. This results, then, in the courage to rejoice, which in turn becomes commitment to making sure that other people, too, can rejoice and receive good news.”
|—||Pope Benedict XVI|
|—||Ephesians 2: 14 - 16|
So Pilate said to him, “Then you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
|—||C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain|