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"The Old that is Strong does not Wither..." Wisdom from Ignatius of Antioch

By Tom Palanza, Jr.

Perhaps I seemed critical of the “Francis Movement” in my recent post?  I was, in fact, trying to look at it through a critical lens, but I do think that Francis is doing things well.  671 more words

Pope Francis

Praying like a Professional: Meeting the Carmelites Carmelites

By Thomas Palanza, Jr.

You really don’t hear much about the Carmelites, do you?  Not like Franciscans – who doesn’t know at least one person who goes around in Birkenstocks and a brown gown?  1,133 more words

Prayer

Augustine and Francis on being a Shepherd

By Tom Palanza, Jr.

Priest Matt’s last post and article about shepherd imagery and its influence on the priesthood brought to mind a passage from the Office of Readings from last Monday and a quote from Pope Francis.  860 more words

Practical Theology

"Two Guys and a Bird" and Hildegard von Bingen

Don’t lie, the Holy Spirit is your least favorite hypostasis (follow the link “person: 3″ in definition 2) of the Trinity.  You might want to argue against this, but consider that last Sunday was the feast of the Trinity and the Sunday before that was Pentacost; these past few weeks are probably the most likely time of the liturgical calendar that your thoughts and prayers would be dwelling on the Spirit.   809 more words

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