“Not theory, but testimony.”

Today we need prophecy, but real prophecy: not fast talkers who promise the impossible, but testimonies that the Gospel is possible. […] It makes me sad when I hear someone say, ‘We want a prophetic Church.’ All right. But what are you doing, so that the Church can be prophetic? We need lives that showContinue reading ““Not theory, but testimony.””

Artemisia Gentileschi as Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, c. 1615–1617 Artemisia Gentileschi National Gallery, London Her eyes look away, as if thinking of a painful memory, yet there is a calm in her monumental pose. She’s got the strong, muscular arms Artemisia always gave the women in her paintings and as she ponders the past, the fingersContinue reading “Artemisia Gentileschi as Saint Catherine of Alexandria”

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz on Saint Catherine of Alexandria

De una Mujer se convencen todos los Sabios de Egipto, para prueba de que el sexo no es esencia en lo entendido. ¡Víctor, víctor! Prodigio fue, y aun milagro; pero no estuvo el prodigio en vencerlos, sino en que ellos se den por vencidos. ¡Víctor, víctor! ¡Qué bien se ve que eran Sabios en confesarseContinue reading “Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz on Saint Catherine of Alexandria”

“Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture”

There’s a lot to be said for the Old Testament God. Tomorrow morning I will read at Mass from the book of the prophet Jeremiah: Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture, says the LORD. Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, against the shepherds who shepherdContinue reading ““Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture””

“Answer the question really asked. And answer it with your life.”

Shag: Man comes to the door, asks if the King’s inside. Tell me. What’s he really asking? Garnet: He’s asking, ‘May I kill your guest? Will you open the door for me to kill him?’ He’s asking, ‘Will you hand over to me one more victim to add to the long slow massacre that isContinue reading ““Answer the question really asked. And answer it with your life.””

“the profligacy of the saints”

I take heart from the profligacy of the saints. There’s a kind of spendthrift nature in loving others in a way you don’t know if you can sustain. Even if your love will be tested or permanently disrupted by a move, by unpredictable hours, or by a lack of societal support from friends and familyContinue reading ““the profligacy of the saints””

Sirach 34:21–27

If one sacrifices ill-gotten goods, the offering is blemished; the gifts of the lawless are not acceptable. The Most High is not pleased with the offerings of the ungodly, nor for a multitude of sacrifices does he forgive sins. Like one who kills a son before his father’s eyes is the person who offers aContinue reading “Sirach 34:21–27”

a prayer for exam season

Shut your laptop, look up at the sky or ceiling, and say Christ is risen. The most momentous thing that will ever happen to you and everyone you love has already happened and it is happening every day on altars around the world. Term papers are nothing. Alleluia. —the priest at chapel mass this afternoonContinue reading “a prayer for exam season”

the darkness has not overcome him

O happy fault that earned for us so great, so glorious a Redeemer! / O felix culpa, quæ talem ac tantum méruit habére Redemptórem! Tonight it was preached: the darkness has not overcome him, and it will not overcome you. Be not afraid to carry the light of Christ into the darkness within you. ItContinue reading “the darkness has not overcome him”