Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Monday, February 25, 2013

"Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody's business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy if anything can."

Thomas Merton, Letter to Dorothy Day, quoted in Catholic Voices in a World on Fire (2005) by Stephen Hand, p. 180

Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Gift of Asher Lev

"We have our faith. We have our work. Our work is to bring God into this world. Look at what has been done to this world in this godless century. It is a horror. Our task is to redeem this horror. We cannot redeem it by offering ambiguity."

spoken by Asher Lev, p. 343, in The Giff of Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Guest Blogger: St. Mark the Ascetic

'Do not say: "I do not know what is right, therefore I am not to blame when I fail to do it." For if you did all the good about which you do know, what you should do next would then become clear to you, as if you were passing through a house from one room to another. It is not helpful to know what comes later before you have done what comes first. For knowledge without action "puffs up", but "love edifies", because it "patiently accepts all things" (1 Cor. 8:1; 13:7).'
- St. Mark the Ascetic

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

St. Bernard of Clairvaux, in his Sermon on Our Lady

O you, whoever you are, who feel yourself tossed about on the stormy waters of life and exposed to all its violent tempests, turn not your eyes away from the shining light of this bright Star of the Sea, if you would not be overwhelmed by the storm. When a hurricane of temptation sweeps down upon you, and your ship is drifting on to the rocks, look up at the Star, call upon Mary. When buffeted by the billows of pride, of ambition, of bitterness, of envy, look up at the Star, call upon Mary. When anger or avarice or the allurements of the senses have beaten in upon the ship of the soul, look up to Mary. If you are crushed by a terrible burden of sin, if you are appalled at the foulness of a guilty conscience, if you are terrified at the thought of judgment, if you feel yourself sinking into an abyss of sadness, a whirlpool of despair, then think upon Mary, call upon her holy name. Following her you will not stray, invoking her you will never lose hope; thinking of her you will make no mistake: under her protection you need not fear; under her guidance you will feel no fatigue, and with her help you will win the victory. And so you will learn by your own experience how truly it is said ‘The Virgin’s name was Mary,’ how rightly she is called The Star of the Sea, Mary Queen of Peace.”

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Beyond the Intersection of Fourth and Walnut: "The Dorothy Option"

I have often thought (dreamed?) of "conservative" and "liberal" (unfortunate labels) Catholics  meeting at the corner of Fourth and Walnut (anywhere in the US) for a little cross-cultural engagement, or correlation. But to what avail? How to bridge the wide chasm that sometimes (often?) exists between Catholic Social THOUGHT and Catholic Social TEACHING?

This link will take you to a well-written piece which goes beyond cross-cultural engagement. It may be the answer for those of us who embrace the serenity prayer: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom the know the difference". Or as I often modify the prayer: "God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one person I can, and the wisdom to know that the one person is me." Making a attempt to implement as much as possible  The Dorothy Option may be a viable option for people like me - or   well, at least the closing paragraph of Mark's post. Thank you Mark Gordon.