Why I’m Catholic: It’s Home

The whole flailing, disastrous mess — all true, all somehow in accord with what is, and, despite itself, ably engaged in bringing our distorted grasp of things in line with that reality.

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Wipo of Burgundy: Our Easter Template of Ordinary Discipleship

Our Christian destiny is, in fact, a great one, but we cannot achieve greatness unless we lose all interest in being great.
~ Thomas Merton, OCSO

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Saturday Mornings and the Discipline of Daily Mass

It is necessary, above all in the beginning of our spiritual life, to do certain things at fixed times.
~ Thomas Merton, OCSO

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The Communion Fast: An Essential Element of Eucharistic Rapport

Frequent Communion is not magic.
~ Dom Hubert van Zeller

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Liquid God


O Lord, we cannot go to the pool of Siloe to which you sent the blind man.
But we have the chalice of Your Precious Blood, filled with life and light.
~ St. Ephrem of Syria

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Of Sunday Obligation, Harry Stovall, and Catholic Spleen

And I said, ‘Well, that’s the one thing we’ve got.’
~ Deep Blue Something

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Altar Server Surrogate


To touch the throne most holy,
to hand the gifts for the feast,
To see Him meekly, lowly,
descend at the word of a priest.

To hear man’s poor petition,
to sound the silver bell,
When He in sweet submission,
comes down with us to dwell.

~ St. John Berchmans

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Put Down the Missalette Already!


Come and gaze upon this marvelous feat:
the woman conceives through the hearing of her ears!
~ Athanasius of Alexandria

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The Benefits of Bad Preaching


A preacher may be able to hold the attention of his listeners for a whole hour, but in this case his words become more important than the celebration of faith.
~ Pope Francis

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Marching Orders


Be present at the sacred and divine liturgy, conclude its prayer
and do not leave before the dismissal.
~ from an ancient Greek sermon

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