Monthly Archives: March 2005

Isaiah 53 Revisited

I’m still not on great terms with my Church. I haven’t taken Communion inside my diocese since 14 February, which will be the biblical 40 days on Saturday. (Since I have travelled outside the boundaries 4 times, to 4 different … Continue reading

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Salvifici Doloris

Suffering is an extremely difficult concept. From the dictionary, I get a couple definitions – distress; agony; a state of acute pain. One source even called suffering and pain virtual equals. In the last piece, I described suffering as the … Continue reading

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Community, Suffering, Redemption

As the news reporter was kind enough to remind me, yesterday was the first day of Holy Week in the Christian church. Catholics have three special services; Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil Saturday night. We like the number … Continue reading

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Mortification is for Wimps

In the Four Failures, I mentioned this group Opus Dei, “The Work of God”, and I called them the shining favored example of Catholicism as Obedience. Recently, the group has accelerated its quiet recruiting at Calvert House and on the … Continue reading

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A Matchbook

Monday night and Tuesday I carried a pack of matches. No, I haven’t become a smoker or a pyromaniac. Nor is it for work, or Calvert House, or any friend. Nor is it Chicago pride, even though the book was … Continue reading

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