The Canonisation of Charles de Foucauld, and Bossuet’s Elevations on the Mysteries

Today Charles de Foucauld is being canonised. The Frenchman who turned away from God and then back toward him in a way that led to his martyrdom in Algeria in 1916 will now be known as St. Charles de Foucauld. I've noted my own contact with Muslims over the years, but in the case of …

Bishop Rick Stika Keeps His Priests Down

The cry for relief goes unanswered: Priests of the Knoxville diocese asked a papal representative last year for “merciful relief” from the leadership of Bishop Rick Stika. More than six months later, they have received no response to their request, and there has not been any conclusion to a Vatican investigation into Stika’s leadership.“Our experience …

The Baptism of Jesus — The Bossuet Project

Bossuet’s elevations on the Baptism of Jesus–which began his ministry–are as follows: The baptism of Jesus. 1, First approach of Jesus and Saint John. The baptism of Jesus. 2, Jesus Christ commands John to baptize him. The baptism of Jesus. 3, Jesus Christ is plunged into the Jordan. The baptism of Jesus. 4, Manifestation of Jesus Christ. The baptism […]The …

The Preaching of St. John the Baptist — The Bossuet Project

These elevations are about St. John the Baptist’s preaching, discussing the time before Our Lord came to him for his own baptism. Bossuet also discusses John’s place in Old Testament prophecy. The elevations are as follows: The Preaching of Saint John the Baptist. 1, The word of God is addressed to him. The Preaching of Saint […]The …

With Swimming the Tiber, Timing is Everything

The stampede of bishops from the Church of England continues: In little more than a year, four former Church of England bishops have come into full communion with the Catholic Church, either through the ordinary Roman Catholic diocese or through the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, a Catholic diocese with Anglican traditions for the …

Book Review: Richard Niebuhr’s The Social Sources of Denominationalism

It's another pet peeve of mine: Americans can't bring themselves to discuss the effects of class differentiation in the life of the church, let alone the life of the nation. They'll talk about just about every other type of differentiation, especially those related to race or gender. But class? Off the table. That applies to …

The Hidden Life of Jesus Until His Baptism

This section of the Elevations concentrates on Jesus’ growing up years, and specifically the one incident that is recorded in the Gospel: his visit to Jerusalem, his separation from his parents, his time in the Temple with the Jewish sages, and his reunion with his parents. The weeks are as follows: The hidden life of …

The Passage from Jerome that Landed @bethallisonbarr in a Mess

It's this one, from Jerome's Letter 108, his panegyric to Paula at the time of her death: Inflamed by their virtues she thought more and more each moment of forsaking her home. Disregarding her house, her children, her servants, her property, and in a word everything connected with the world, she was eager — alone …

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