What’s Up with Sacrifice?

Georg Flegel, Fastenstillleben What’s Up with Sacrifice?

Sacrifice is tough. It is even more so because it’s hard to make sense out of why we should bother in the first place. As one who also struggles with sacrifice, I turned to a trustworthy brother (Thomas Aquinas) for some clarity on the matter. We usually take “sacrifice” to mean “giving something... [Read more...]

Stay Awake

Hendrick ter Brugghen, Mars Asleep Stay Awake

Today we begin the Holy Triduum, the three-day liturgy, the highest celebration of the church. It is an exhausting enterprise, with waiting, silence, fasting, lots of lines and processions and standing and kneeling. To appreciate it requires both attention and faith. It requires that we “stay awake.” By... [Read more...]

The Presence of God

Andrej Rublëv, Angels at Mamre (Holy Trinity) The Presence of God

Homes are not beautiful if they are empty. Things are beautiful by the presence of God. —St. Thomas Aquinas on Psalm 25 So many today never think of God, and some, even when they do think of God, consider him only as a puppet-master, a policeman, or a watchmaker. But God is much more marvelous than... [Read more...]

A Song Beneath

Hans Memling, Christ Surrounded by Musician Angels A Song Beneath

Kino heard the little splash of morning waves on the beach. It was very good—Kino closed his eyes again to listen to his music. Perhaps he alone did this and perhaps all of his people did it. His people had once been great makers of songs so that everything they saw or thought or did or heard became... [Read more...]

I Spy with My Little Eye

I Spy with My Little Eye

And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger… And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. Lk 2:16, 20 Sometimes the shepherd boys in the manger scene look a little too young. Isn’t it a little... [Read more...]

The Way of Happiness

The Way of Happiness

No one can fail to wish to be happy or to seek after happiness. But we are reminded on every side that we have not found it yet. We are still yearning and seeking after happiness, or after someone to bring us there. The question that we are left to ask, then, is eminently natural, and as the Psalmist... [Read more...]

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