In Celebration of the Ordination of Calvin Robinson – a brief catechesis following St Luke- Gavin Ashenden. — Gavin Ashenden

Following this reading from the Gospel: Luke 2:41-52 The Boy Jesus in the Temple 41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And… Continue reading → In Celebration of the Ordination of Calvin Robinson – a brief catechesis following St Luke- Gavin Ashenden.In Celebration of the Ordination of Calvin Robinson – a brief catechesis …

The Contrast Between the Giving of the Law and the Coming of the Holy Spirit

From Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries: To publish the Gospel law, he renewed these four things, but in a much more excellent way. The work began with a great noise: but it was neither the violence of thunder, nor the sound of trumpets, as we hear in a fight; the noise which God sent was …

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 …

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