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March 27, 2018

 The Cross
Wearing a cross around your neck can seem somewhat weird.  And when it has a body on the cross it is really grotesque.  It is a sign of torture.  Catholics wear these things around their necks, like other people might wear jewelry.  The cross was the way Jes...

March 19, 2018

 St. Joseph


Today is the Feast of St. Joseph, the husband of Mary.  Nothing of what he ever said is recorded.  But not so for me.  This past Saturday, I gave a great talk on the Celtic/Cosmic Christ, and I did record it. You can find it on Soundcloud.com which is a u-t...

March 16, 2018

 The Baptism Way
I read where in the early Christian church, people who wanted to be baptized had to go through this long process of initiation.  That was the basis for the long process we have today.  Then I read where this fellow Ambrose, in the 4th century, a declar...

March 8, 2018

Fleeting Concern
In centuries past, some ascetic monks and hermits counseled a "careless and fleeting concern for the world."  They said we were to fix our energy and attention on the next life, the everlasting one as they saw it.  Back then, there was little knowledge...

March 6, 2018

 Nuper Nonnulli + 160
160 years ago today, on March 6, 1858, the Congregation of Bishops and Regulars issued the Decree Nuper Nonnulli. At their request, it dispensed four of Isaac Hecker’s Redemptorist colleagues, Clarence Walworth, Augustine Hewit, George Deshon, and...

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