Thursday, June 30, 2005

The plague of human trafficking

Zenit has a story about a conference in Rome regarding modern-day slavery: human trafficking. It's estimated that about half a million women from Eastern Europe have been forced into prostitution in Western Europe. The problem is worse in Asia and Africa.

Pakistani police raid Daughters of St. Paul bookshop

We received a report that Pakistani police raided a Catholic bookstore in Karachi. The police confiscated about 150 CD's and videos.
The report said in part:

"The archdiocese owns the store, which the Daughters of St. Paul operate, reported UCA News, an Asian church news agency based in Thailand. The raid was conducted June 13, a day after the Urdu-language newspaper Nawa-i-Waqt ran a story alleging that Christians were selling CDs and videotapes about the lives of the prophets."

Our sisters in Pakistan face a big challenge evangelizing in a Muslim society. The state places certain restrictions on them (they are basically only allowed to evangelize other Christians, as it is forbidden to try and convert Muslims to Christianity.) Please join us in our prayers for them.

Another crazy idea

This is off topic from religion, but I happened to see a news article about another crazy idea some scientists have come up with. They want to send up various things into space to create a belt that would cause shade around the equator, in an effort to stop global warming. It would have side effects like causing more light at night, plus whatever other ways it would disrupt the earth's normal climate. The price tag: a mere 6 trillion at the lowest estimate, and probably much, much more.

A few years ago the Russians tried to send up a giant space mirror that would light up Siberia during the dark winter. Thankfully, due to their incompetence, the idea came to nothing. It amazes me how these scientists think they can do things like this that will disrupt normal patterns of light, darkness, and weather, and think it's perfectly OK.

Why don't we spend the trillions of dollars to develop better energy sources that won't lead to global warming in the first place?

Saint Paul the Apostle

St. Paul the Apostle, pray for us

On June 30 the Pauline Family celebrates our congregational feast of St. Paul. Yesterday he shared it with Peter, but today all the glory is for Paul.
Here's a prayer for the feast:

Lord God,
you appointed Paul your Apostle to preach the good news of salvation.
Fill the entire world with the faith
he carried to so m any peoples and nations.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Pope Benedict on catholicity

From his homily for Saints Peter and Paul:
"The aim of the mission is a humanity that has itself become a living glorification of God, the true worship that God expects: This is the most profound meaning of catholicity -- a catholicity that has already been given to us and toward which we must continue to orient ourselves. Catholicity does not express only a horizontal dimension, the coming together of many people in unity; it also expresses a vertical dimension: only by turning our gaze to God, only by opening ourselves to him can we truly become only one. "

Saints Peter and Paul

Saints Peter and Paul

A prayer by Blessed James Alberione:

I bless you, Jesus Good Shepherd,
because you formed in Peter and Paul
the two greatest pastors of the Church,
and through their ministry you have saved
countless people.
You crowned their life with a glorious martyrdom.
And you, holy apostles,
obtain for me the gift of conversion
and a great love for my vocation.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

100 years makes a lot of difference

Check out this link for some interesting trivia facts about life in the US in 1904. The average life expectancy was 47 years. Coca-cola had real cocaine in it, and heroin and marijuana were available over the counter!

Prayer for Pope John Paul's Beatification

This is from the official website:

O Blessed Trinity. We thank You for having graced the Church with Pope John Paul II and for allowing the tenderness of your Fatherly care, the glory of the cross of Christ, and the splendor of the Holy Spirit, to shine through him. Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd, and has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and is the way of achieving eternal communion with you. Grant us, by his intercession, and according to Your will, the graces we implore, hoping that he will soon be numbered among your saints. Amen."

Document on Mary

The above link has the whole text of the ecumenical document on Mary that came out in May. It was the result of a discussion between Anglicans and Roman Catholics, and has some very good material on Mary.

Thomas Tuesday

St. Thomas on the Trinity:

"God understands and loves himself; likewise, understanding and willing in him are not something distinct from his essence. Since God understands himself, and since all that is understood is in the person who understands, God must be in himself as the object understood is in the person understanding.
"But the object understood, so far as it is in the one who understands, is a certain word of the intellect. We signify by an exterior word what we c omprehend interiorly in our intellect. For words, according to Aristotle, are signs of intellectual concepts. Hence we must acknowledge in God the existence of his Word." (Compendium of Theology, ch. 37).

Whew! Dense stuff! Thomas is saying that the Word or Logos, the second Person of the Trinity, proceeds from the Father by way of an intellectual generation. The Father knows himself and as God, knows himself perfectly. His idea of himself cannot lack anything; so it perfectly expresses his Being to the point that the Word is another Person of the Trinity. The idea of generation leads to the concept of the Son, which Thomas will take up later.

Monday, June 27, 2005

The voice of God

I just started reading Whose Bible Is it? by Jaroslav Pelikan. He's a great author and just the first chapter has given me a lot to think about.
He talks about how the primary thing is God's voice, his spoken Word. Eventually it gets written down, of course, but the speaking is really primary. St. Paul says, "Faith comes by hearing" (Rom 10:17). He makes a great point that even when people are converted through books, there's usually a human voice somewhere nearby. St. Augustine, for example, in his great moment of grace, read the passage from St. Paul that led to his conversion. But he did it in response to hearing what seemed like a child's voice saying, "Take and read!"
My community's mission is evangelizing. Publishing books is an important part of that, but the books are coming out of a community of faith and prayer. Pelikan says, "But the agency...distributing the Book was not a library or a classroom but a community of faith and of worship." I remember when I was a novice, the novice mistress said that if we offer up our prayers and sacrifices for the people who will read what we publish, it will draw God's grace on them.
In our world of mass media, we can never forget what Paul VI said in his letter on evangelization, that nothing can ever replace one-on-one witnessing to the faith.
So where does that leave blogs? It's so easy to sit down, pound out something on the keyboard and send it out into cyberspace. But to be really powerful and effective, there also has to be some kind of personal communication in some way. I'm not sure what the solution is. Any ideas?

Pope John Paul on marriage

Over the weekend I went to the wedding of my nephew Victor and his bride Erika. Seeing them so happy and in love got me thinking about something Pope John Paul wrote in Crossing the Threshold:

"It is necessary to prepare young people for marriage, it is necessary to teach them love. Love is not something that is learned, and yet there is nothing else as important to learn! As a young priest I learned to love human love. This has been one of the fundamental themes of my priesthood--my ministry in the pulpit, in the confessional, and also in my writing. If one loves human love, there naturally arises the need to commit oneself completely to the service of "fair love," because love is fair, it is beautiful."

Pope John Paul must have been something of a romantic. People who are cynical might dismiss him as a modern day Don Quixote, seeking an ideal of "fair love" that exists more in fantasy than reality. Certainly he knew of the pain and suffering that often comes in failed love and marriage. Yet he always kept that ideal, that beautiful ideal of love. The failings and infidelities of people can never completely wipe it out.

St. Cyril of Alexandria

St. Cyril was a very human saint. He's best known for his role in opposing the heretic Nestorius, who claimed that in Christ there were two persons, divine and human. Cyril championed the orthodox teaching that Christ is one person, the divine person (the second person of the Trinity), with two natures, divine and human.
From Nestorius' error it follows that Mary is not the Mother of God. This was the point that Cyril hammered home until the Council of Ephesus in 431 proclaimed the dogma of Mary, Mother of God.
Cyril didn't mince his words to Nestorius. If it seems like we have arguments today, here's a few of Cyril's choice words to Nestorius:

"...warning you to dissociate yourself from the utterly mischievous and distorted doctrines you hold..."
"we cannot turn a blind eye to churches in utter turmoil, congregations scandalized, right faith nullified and flocks scattered by you who would have the duty of safeguarding them..."
"consistency demands that you anathematize your foul, unhallowed dogmas...."

Cyril didn't worry about being politically correct!

Thursday, June 23, 2005

The "logismoi zone"

Sr Anne Joan (nunblog) gave a wonderful seminar to our community on the "Way of Humanity," a prayer written by Bl. James Alberione, our founder. Among the great ideas she offered, one of my favorites is what she calls the "logismoi zone." Logismoi is a Greek word that means false reasoning. It's used in the New Testament about the kinds of thoughts that bring us away from God, like when Peter said to Jesus that he shouldn't be talking about the cross.

I often fall into the "logismoi zone"--when I start looking at things without an attitude of faith. Sr Anne also talked about integrating the negative things in our lives. Instead, I often want to get rid of them, and that's when the "logismoi" start to buzz around in my head loud and clear. My natural reaction is to get rid of the negative things--for example, if someone annoys me, avoid that person. But that's logismoi. What if I went out of my way, instead, to look at that person as Christ, and even to praise God for that person? Faith is stepping out of the logismoi zone into the zone of praise and thanks.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Where to send Mass intentions

I happened to come across a mission office in the Archdiocese of Chicago that accepts Mass intentions for very modest stipends. It looks like they send the intentions to priests in the missions, who may not otherwise have any stipends. So it supports the missionaries and also is a good way to request Mass intentions. Sometimes the parishes here in the States are booked up for a long time in advance.

Meme

The day I was going on retreat I discovered I had been "tagged" by two other bloggers: Barbara Nicolosi (Church of the Masses) and Karen Hall (Some Have Hats). I want to thank both of them for thinking of me, so here goes: (This "meme" is going around the blogs and consists of answering the following questions).

1. What is the total number of books I own?
I don't know--it would take too long to count them. Actually I technically don't really own them because of the vow of poverty, but can have them in my possession to use (which really boils down to owning them). I must have at least 100 that I generally keep around. But a lot of other books pass through my office. Every few months I go through and weed them down so my bookshelf won't collapse from the weight.

2. The last book I bought
Today I bought a Bible as a gift for my nephew getting married. For our editorial reference I've been ordering the volumes of the Ancient Christian Commentary on the Scriptures as they come out. For myself personally I can't buy too many books because of limited funds and inborn frugality (aka "cheapskate")--but my work gives me easy access to lots of great books. I use the library a lot and also borrow other people's books. Boston College has a fabulous library of great Catholic books. Every so often I go over there and roam the stacks, feeling awfully frustrated that I don't have time to read a fraction of them.

3. The last book I read
I can't really say. Lately I've stopped reading most books from cover to cover, but dip and choose. I do a lot of reference work. For fun I recently read the latest Mary Higgins Clark mystery, No Place Like Home.

4. Which 5 or 6 books mean a lot to me?
a) Theology and Sanity by Frank Sheed. I read this in high school and loved it because it was the first real theological book I ever read, in the sense of really getting me to think about the faith. Sheed was an extremely lucid writer. That was in the 70s when my religion classes in the Catholic school I attended were mostly cream puffs, so it was really exciting to discover the intellectual basis of Catholicism.

b) The Summa Theologiae of St. Thomas. I still haven't fininshed it, but started it over ten years ago and keep on going back to it. St. Thomas is my teacher; I love him to pieces. He's so clear, logical and thorough, and he doesn't say more than he needs to. On the personal level he was so humble despite being such a genius.

c) The Divine Comedy by Dante. I love this one too; it's the kind of book you can go back to over and over and get more out of it.

d) I should pick something by John Paul, but that's pretty hard because all of his writings are so great. But maybe I'll settle for his encyclical on the Eucharist, which has been a real treasure for prayer and meditation.

e) I should also mention something by Blessed James Alberione, our founder. My personal favorite is Sanctification of the Mind. He had a great insight that everything starts from the mind, and how important it is to sancify our thoughts. He said that wars are begun not on the battle field but in the ideas that fill people's minds.

f) Logic puzzles. This may not exactly qualify, but I enjoy doing them and they do involve reading.

5. Tag 5 other persons to do this.
I think I'm one of the last ones to do this, so it seems most other bloggers have been tagged already.

A martyr for our times

I just received a newsletter from the Servites that had an item I missed last year. On July 24, 2004, Fr. Faustino Gazziero De Stefani, a Servite priest, was celebrating Mass at the cathedral in Santiago, Chile. A Satanist approached the altar and murdered the priest--in the name of Satan.

Originally from Italy, Fr. De Stafani served as a missionary in Chile for over 40 years. His martyrdom is truly a sign of our times, when the forces of evil and Satan have been attacking the Church in unprecedented ways.

Fr. De Stafani, pray for us!

Grace on retreat

God's grace comes in strange and unexpected ways. My retreat director gave me some Scripture texts to pray with each day. On Sunday it was the one from Luke about the paralyzed man who got cured when his friends lowered him through the roof.
So the next day I told him that I got a big grace praying with the passage about the paralyzed man. He looked a little puzzled and said, "The paralyzed man? I gave you the Sermon on the Plain." It turned out that the text was Luke 6:17 ff., and when I opened my Bible I just looked at the reference on the top that said Luke 6. I didn't notice that chapter 6 started at the very bottom, so I was actually in chapter 5:17. But as he said, with God there are no mistakes.

Actually, that reading was so great coming so soon after the death of my mother. Somehow there's this part of me that still feels like a little kid who wants her mother to take care of her. Yes, I know as an adult that's not appropriate and not possible. Yet feelings don't bother about what they're supposed to do. The finality of death came crashing down and put an end to all that. Grieving is not just about the person who died, but more, for the living left behind. Grieving for the things left unsaid, undone, for the ways in which the relationship could have been better. It left me feeling paralyzed in a way, like the helpless man who couldn't help himself. But Jesus said to him, "Get up and walk!" And grace broke the bonds of paralysis. It still breaks those bonds, no matter what form they take.

Prayer intentions

Thanks to all who left their prayer intentions. I was praying for them on retreat and will keep on doing so. I also printed them out to put in our community prayer intention book so they will be included in everyone's prayers here.
I felt everyone's prayers too. Retreat was a grace-filled moment for me. I needed the spiritual boost!

Monday, June 13, 2005

On retreat

Tonight I'll leave for my annual retreat, so I won't be able to blog until I get back next week.
While there I'll pray in a particular way for the intentions of everyone who visits this blog. If you would like to leave any intentions in the comments box, please feel free to do so. When I get back I'll print them out and put them in our community prayer intention book.

Thomas Tuesday

St. Thomas on the Trinity:

"There are other truths about God revealed to us in the teaching of the Christian religion, which were beyond the reach of the philosophers. Therse are truths about which we are insructed, in accord with the norm of Christian faith, in a way that transcends human perception.
The teaching is that although God is one and simple...God is Father, God is Son, and God is Holy Spirit. And these three are not three gods, but one God. We now turn to a consideration of this truth, so far as is possible to us."

As a mystery, we can never fully understand the Trinity. But as Frank Sheed liked to say, God wouldn't have revealed it if we couldn't understand at least something about it. And whatever light we can get about God is worth the effort. Just to know that God is a Trinity of persons that we can never fully understand is to know a lot more than we would without that knowledge.

More about healing for men after abortion

Thanks to Annie for posting more information under the original post. Also check out her blog: http://afterabortion.blogspot.com

Thanks also to Theresa who sent me this information:
The Franciscan friars of the Renewal in NY have a post abortion retreat for men. One is taking place in New Jersey on June 25th.

If you go to Luminas web site http://www.postabortionhelp.org/ , and to the article page, you will find info on men and abortion.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Mildred Rodkey, RIP

Mildred Rodkey, affectionately known as "Aunt Mim," died yesterday at the age of 87. She was the aunt of two of the sisters in my community (who are also blood sisters). She had a massive stroke last Saturday evening and was in the hospital since then. She always went to the Saturday evening Mass, so her Mass last weekend was almost the last thing she did before the stroke.
Aunt Mim was a great old lady--a generous benefactor to our community who always sent cookies, fruitcake and other baked goods every Christmas. She lived together with Grams (the sisters' mother) and their brother Joe for many years. She never married but helped Grams raise her large family. She was one of those people who are the "salt of the earth," with their quiet, hidden, hard-working and dedicated lives. She kept up with current events, loved to watch Fox news, and always supported the pro-life cause.
I knew her well and feel really bad, since she and Grams were almost like second mothers to me. Grams is still going strong at 93, but please pray for her as this is a big loss.

Third Secret of Fatima

A frequent commenter here asked about the third secret of Fatima. The link above goes to the official Vatican website which explains all about it. A few years ago it was revealed and the Congregtion for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a letter with all the details and the text of the message from Sr Lucia.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Paul and the Law

Today's two Mass readings offer contrasting views of the law. Paul says in 2 Cor that the new covenant is not one of law but of Spirit--the written law kills but the Spirit gives life. In the Gospel, Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount says he has not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it.
It seems contradictory but knowing the context helps us sort it out.

In recent years, Scripture scholars have been studying Paul's view of the law more deeply. He did not see it in terms of the polemics that developed during and after the Reformation between Protestants and Catholics. Instead, he was fighting those who would have his Gentile converts adopt the Mosaic law. But Paul had no quarrel with Jewish Christians who wanted to keep on observing the law, as long as they understood that the law didn't justify them. Only the blood of Jesus justifies us. Paul himself observed some precepts of the Jewish law, as when he had Timothy circumcised and when he took the Nazirite vow.

Matthew's Gospel was written for a community of Jewish converts to Christianity. Matthew presented Jesus to them as the fulfillment of everything the law had promised. They knew that their salvation did not come from simply observing the precepts, but through faith in Jesus. But that faith didn't nullify God's covenant with them.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Project Rachel is for men too

A man left a comment in response to a post about abortion, expressing regret for an abortion he had been a party to when he was young.
I checked out Project Rachel's website, and they also offer services to men who are fathers of aborted children. These men are often overlooked, but they experience grief and guilt as well. Project Rachel offers a booklet called "Forgotten Fathers."
Does anyone know of other resources for men?

Archbishop Foley on the Internet

From the Vatican Information Service:
The archbishop stated that the Church must welcome the challenges posed by the Internet but also "remain firm on the ethical principles and values that are universally recognized as indispensable for the growth and evolution of all cultures. The Church, as the bearer of the Revelation of God, has the duty to communicate the Word and to encourage the use of the Internet for the common good, for the development of peace and justice in respect for personal dignity and in a spirit of solidarity. ... Internet is thus the areopagus of our times, the instrument for spreading the Christian message."

"Among the millions of people who navigate daily on the Internet," said Archbishop Foley, "many will be able to find a word of hope. ... Thus the Internet can be a new path to God," a way for the Church "to bring the Word of God to every place, to reach those living in solitude and who perhaps would never open the doors of their home."

Thomas Tuesday

I'm stealing this idea from Barbara Nicolosi (Church of the Masses). She has "Emily Monday," in which she posts thoughts from the great poet. On Thomas Tuesday, I'll post thoughts from St. Thomas Aquinas. I'm starting with The Compendium of Theology, also called the Shorter Summa. In this work, Thomas synthesizes themes from his larger work, the Summa Theologiae.

"Faith is a certain foretaste of that knowledge which is to make us happy in the life to come. ...
Our Lord has taught us that this beatific knowledge has to do with two truths, namely, the divinity of the Blessed Trinity and the humanity of Christ. That is why, addressing the Father, he says, "This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." All the knowledge imparted by faith turns about these t wo points, the divinity of the Trinity and the humanity of Christ."
(from chapter 2)

My comment: notice that St. Thomas sees happiness in heaven in terms of knowledge of God, a loving knowledge.

Salt of the earth

Today's Gospel reading is the one from Matthew about being the salt of the earth. Some years ago I was at a workshop given by a speaker named John Pilch. He's studied the cultural world of the Bible and gave a great explanation of this passage. He said that in the ancient Mideast, people used animal manure as fuel. They would make it into little "cakes" and they would put salt in it as a catalyst to start the fire. So when Jesus said, "You are the salt of the earth," he knew salt was mainly used for that purpose--the catalyst to start the fire. Then the next metaphor, "you are the light of the world," makes even more sense. First the fire, then the light. So Jesus is really telling us that we have to set the world on fire for God.

A story about St. Dominic says that when his mother was expecting him, she had a dream. In it, she saw herself giving birth to a dog with a torch in its mouth that would set the world on fire. I don't know if the story is true or not, but it's an interesting twist on the theme of faith as a fire.

More on the nuns' study and brains

Dr. Snowdon said in his book that when people ask him what they can do to help their children develop healthy brains, he simply says, "Read to them." His studies have shown that there's something about reading to small children that helps their brain cells develop.
He also said that mental activity throughout life can help to preserve and enhance brain cells, too. It's not foolproof, since some very intelligent and creative people developed dementia later in life. I'm thinking, for example, of the gifted Jesuit Fr. Bernard Lonergan. When he realized that his mind was starting to fail, he accepted it in a spirit of faith and offered it as a sacrifice to the Lord.

Monday, June 06, 2005

The nuns' study and aging

This link is about a study done with rats and their aging brains. But it reminded me of the nuns' study on aging. Dr. David Snowdon wrote a great book called, "Aging with Grace." In it he tells of his work with the School Sisters of Notre Dame. He asked them to donate their brains (after death, of course!) so he could study how Alzheimer's disease affects the brain.

His findings were astounding. While many sisters whose brains showed Alzheimer's plaques had shown symptoms of the disease, about a third didn't. That's right--many of these sisters had damage to their brains from Alzheimer's, even to a significant degree. But while alive they had shown no symptoms of the disease. This finding revolutionized what scientists had previously thought about the brain. Evidently the nuns' brains were able to develop more connections that compensated for the neurons lost to Alzheimer's plaques. So they were able to stave off the disease. Some of them probably would have developed symptoms if they had lived longer, Snowdon thinks. Still, the study broke open how we understand the aging brain.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

John Paul's notes not burned

This news story says that Pope John Paul's personal secretary did not burn the pope's notes, as his will indicated. The secretary didn't do it because he didn't want to lose the riches that are there. I for one am glad that he didn't, and hope they will eventually be published so we can learn more about John Paul the Great. What do you think?

Friday, June 03, 2005

Ways to inner healing

A blog called "After Abortion" (about women recovering from abortion) has a discussion about inner healing. They quote Henry Cloud, author of How People Grow Workbook, who said:

"In Christian circles at the time I was beginning my training, there were basically four popular ways of thinking about personal growth.The sin model: All problems are a result of one's sin.The truth model: The truth of the Bible will set you free.The experiential model: Get to the pain in your life, and then somehow "get it out."The supernatural model: The Holy Spirit heals, sometimes instantly and sometimes gradually."


The blogger asks what value do you see in these models. I see value in all four models, and I also see them overlapping a bit. For example, the Holy Spirit heals by giving us grace to repent from sin, by leading us into the truth, and sometimes through painful experiences that involve suffering. Rather than seeing these as four separate models, I would see them as different parts of the same experience. Some people need to emphasize one or the other a bit more. But we all need to repent of sin, we all need to accept the truth, we all need to suffer something to grow, and we all need the grace of the Holy Spirit.
What's your take on this?

Feast of the Sacred Heart

This year the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus happens to fall on the first Friday of June.
Today's reading from 1 John says, "We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us." What a great gift that is! Yet so many people have such a hard time believing in God's love for them. Leanne Payne, noted for her healing prayer ministry, says that self-hatred is the biggest stumbling block to knowing God's love. The first step in inner healing is to renounce that self-hatred and accept God's love.

Store Wars

This link is to a very funny parody of Star Wars, based on organic vegetables.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Pope Benedict's speeches

This news report says that Pope Benedict writes his own speeches. Apparently John Paul didn't write most of his, because he gave so many. But so far Benedict is doing his own.

The spelling bee

The national spelling bee is going on now, and reading about it brought back some memories. When I was in 7th grade I won the spelling bee for our school, and went on to a regional contest. My father was really excited about it and hoped I would win, even more than I did. He had me studying word lists and would quiz me every night. Well, I didn't win. I missed out on some word and that was the end of my national spelling bee hopes. Secretly, I felt relieved but I also felt like I had let him down. He was disappointed to see me go down to defeat, but it was OK--he still loved me and that's all that really counts. So now when I read about the spelling bees, it reminds me of that and how God loves us too, despite the ways we go down to defeat and disappointment. All that studying wasn't in vain, though, because it helped me get a good enough grasp of English that still helps me in my current editorial work.
You win some, you lose some. It's good for kids to experience defeat so they learn how to bounce back from it and keep on trying. Do you have any stories of defeats that turned out for the best?

The Sacred Heart of Jesus

June is the month of the Sacred Heart, reminding us of the intense love that Jesus has for each one of us. The above link is to a prayer by St. Padre Pio to the Sacred Heart.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

George MacDonald

I get a magazine called Christian History, and the current issue is on George MacDonald. He was born in Scotland in 1924, into a Calvinist family, and was a poet, pastor and storyteller. His writings profoundly influenced C.S. Lewis. It got me reflecting on how we can help each other in the Mystical Body of Christ. Lewis knew Tolkien, so who knows what conversations they may have had. Imaging how great it would have been if they had had blogs!

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