Be That Candle

All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle. –St. Francis of Assisi Lately I’ve had to go on a media fast (again)–the darkness out in the world just seems too oppressive at this moment, and the evil on every front seems poised to swallow us all up. But–now is when…

Facing God

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending a peaceful, joyful, reverent Mass, celebrated in English. During the Elevation (and of course, the whole Eucharistic prayer) the priest prayed like this: Thanks be to God, this is actually my experience every Sunday at Mass now. And what a difference it makes to me to go to…

Before Holy Mass

So I’m reading this FANTASTIC book, A Sense of the Sacred, by James Monti. It’s all about Catholic worship in the “Middle Ages.” * How enlightening and awe-inspiring it is! I wish we still did Catholic worship in all those ways I’ve been reading about. Sure, I like indoor plumbing, and people living to 80 and no Bubonic…

Step #3: A Weekly Rhythm

The results of the struggle between belief and unbelief will depend to a great extent on the use that each of the opposing fronts will make of Sunday.     –Pope Pius XII Although this sobering quote is from the first half of the 20th Century, and refers to the turmoil going on then in Europe and…