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A Daily Act of Consecration to the Holy Family

+JMJ+ Holy Family of Nazareth, hear the prayers of a prodigal son. I have sinned before heaven and against you. Take me as one of your hired servants. Chaste Heart of Joseph, I consecrate myself to thee! Like thee may … Continue reading

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A Dangerous Book

Popular histories can tend to be strident, combative affairs: they carry on arguments on and off their pages, and come with definitive points of view. People love them or hate them. They divide readers and reviewers into camps of good … Continue reading

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Continuity and Rupture

In the last two weeks of the Lectionary, Weeks 29 and 30 of year A, we’ve had this story (in two parts): The Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech. They sent their disciples to … Continue reading

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I’m running for your heart.

Abba Lot came to Abba Joseph and said: Father, according as I am able, I keep my little rule, and my little fast, my prayer, meditation and contemplative silence; and, according as I am able, I strive to cleanse my … Continue reading

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Not According To

I’ve been thinking about rule books today, viz sex and the church. There’s only two books: The Church’s Rules and Not the Church’s Rules, although the latter comes in several various, often unique editions. Many people outside the Church use … Continue reading

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This is not an interfaith dialogue.

+ JMJ Today’s Readings: Isaiah 55:6-9 Philippians 1:20C-24, 27A Matthew 20:1-16A Et nunc magnificabitur Christus in corpore meo, sive per vitam, sive per mortem. Mihi enim vivere Christus est, et mori lucrum. Christ will be magnified in my body, whether … Continue reading

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All Teh Feelz

+ JMJ Today’s readings: 1 Timothy 3:14-16 Luke 7:31-35 Dixit Jesus, “Cui ergo similes dicam homines generationis hujus? et cui similes sunt? Similes sunt pueris sedentibus in foro, et loquentibus ad invicem, et dicentibus: Cantavimus vobis tibiis, et non saltastis: lamentavimus, … Continue reading

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Enculturated

Today’s readings: 1 Timothy 3:1-13 Luke 7:11-17 Suæ domui bene præpositum: filios habentem subditos cum omni castitate. Si quis autem domui suæ præesse nescit, quomodo ecclesiæ Dei diligentiam habebit? He must manage his own household well, keeping his children under control … Continue reading

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May G-d Bless & Keep the Tzar…

+ JMJ Today’s Readings: 1 Timothy 2:1-8 Luke 7:1-10 Obsecro igitur primum omnium fieri obsecrationes, orationes, postulationes, gratiarum actiones, pro omnibus hominibus: pro regibus, et omnibus qui in sublimitate sunt, ut quietam et tranquillam vitam agamus in omni pietate, et castitate: hoc … Continue reading

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At the Cross her Station Keeping

+ JMJ Today’s readings: 1 Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14 John 19:25-27 “Behold, your mother.” After the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (yesterday) comes the commemoration of Our Lady of Sorrows, noting, as St Simeon prophesied, a sword has … Continue reading

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