Monday, May 22, 2017

I heard an ad the other day about some kind of cancer medicine. The woman said something like, "You could be home the day after chemotherapy to be with your support systerm." I thought, "Why don't you say, 'with your family and friends'?"

We have a tendency to impersonalize our relationships. Another example is the phrase, "wisdom figure." We can't bring ourselves to say, "He is a wise man." We have to say, "He is a wisdom figure." I suppose this is the influence of Jungean psychology.

Jesus was not a "wisdom figure." He was a wise man--with the wisdom of God, which was a stumbling block for the Jews and folly to the Greeks.

Monday, March 06, 2017

The other day a friend of mine said in an email, "I hope you have a spiritually productive Lent." That is a fairly standard way to talk among Catholics these days. It occurs to me, though, that better way to say the same thing would be, "have a spiritually fruitful Lent." Perhaps we are overly affected by Cartesian mechanistic thinking."fruitful" has a more organic feel to it. It helps us remember that we are being regenerated to new life.
The other day a friend of mine said in an email, "I hope you have a spiritually productive Lent." That is a fairly standard way to talk among Catholics these days. It occurs to me, though, that better way to say the same thing would be, "have a spiritually fruitful Lent." Perhaps we are overly affected by Cartesian mechanistic thinking."fruitful" has a more organic feel to it. It helps us remember that we are being regenerated to new life.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Ave Regina Caelorum

The Church has a lot of wisdom. We stop singing the Alma Redemptoris Mater after the Feast of the Presentation and immediately begin singing the Ave Regina Caelorum. This encourages us to begin ramping up for Lent.  It is like a warm-up session before running a marathon. Even though we are in Ordinary Time, it is a different kind of Ordinary Time than that which comes after Pentecost. It is a time to say "Ready, set," before we say "Go!" on Ash Wednesday.

This was the wisdom of Septuagesima Sunday, etc. We apparently need the time to prepare for the time to prepare for Easter.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

How to work for Justice

The Pro-life movement is concerned about justice in our societies. As a way to achieve our goal many in the movement have hitched their wagon to Trump. I think it is important for us to keep in mind these "10 Brilliant Quotes from St. Francis de Sales on Cultivating Peace," posted by Erin Cain on National Ignitum Today. Justice will not be accomplished unless we have inner peace.

I especially think these are important:
2. “Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.”
3. “There was never an angry man that thought his anger unjust.”
7. “When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.”
8. “True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.”

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Guess who has an office next to mine at the seminary?