In Silence of the Powers

Originally posted on Spirit of Carmel:

How necessary is this blessed unity for the soul that craves to live here below the life of the Blessed,  that is,  of simple beings, of spirits! Did not the Divine Master mean to teach this to St Mary Magdalen when he spoke of the “unum necessarium” how well that great saint realized it , she had recognized her God by the light of faith under the veil of his humanity and in silence, in the unity of her powers, she heard His word and could sing, “My soul is continually in my hands” and also the little word,” Nescivi” Yes, she knew nothing but Him! Whatever noise and bustle there might be around her, “Nescivi” she might be blamed: “Nescivi” neither care for honor nor exterior things could draw her from her sacred silence. Thus it is with the soul dwelling in the fortress of holy recollection. By the…

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A light in the Dark – Reflections on Candle Time at camp & the Paschal Candle

Originally posted on Walking The Way of Beauty:

Well, tonight we started our first ever duo-camp! We are running two camps at once this week. Expedition (7th-8th grade), and Quest (5th-6th). I’m working the Expedition camp and also being a staff counselor (living in the cabins with the campers) this week.

It’s a camp tradition that every night after campfire we close with candle time, a time to be candle-in-the-dark-reporter_087897with each other as brothers, share a little about the day and encourage each other to grow. In the past we have actually used candles during candle time, normally though due to a problem a few years back we don’t though some staff like myself, do like to pull out a candle every once in a while if a group is doing well.

The boys (still not men or young men, but getting there) did excellent tonight. They shared their Holy Spirit moments from the day, talking of how…

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Science, Transgender Theory, and the New Gnosticism

Originally posted on the theological beard:

God the Geometer - 13th century God the Geometer – 13th century

The Church has been and is the greatest supporter and defender of science. This is an historical fact. The above image, which precedes the advent of modern science by approximately 300 to 400 years, depicts Christ in the process of creating the world. He is measuring and setting its boundaries. (To those who think medievals believed the earth was flat notice that the world is here depicted round and Christ is using a compass, not a ruler – just saying). The image depicts order, not chaos; also, the Christian concept of time and creation is linear, not cyclic. Both of these are necessary understandings of the world for science to thrive. What prompted the drive that eventually led to the birth of modern science was a seeking of God Who is the Truth and Creator. The more we know about the world, the more…

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Pope Francis and the Duggars

Originally posted on the theological beard:

I’m not really clued in to pop culture. I was vaguely aware of a show about a family with 19 children, and didn’t even know that the number was 19. So when a student told me about the scandal surrounding the Duggars this past Friday, I didn’t know what she was talking about. I mistakenly thought Josh Duggar was the father and that this had happened recently. Since then I have learned more about this particular scandal. What strikes me (though it does not surprise me) is how condemnatory people’s reactions toward Josh have been. It also drove home how much we truly do need to listen to Pope Francis. The people who condemn Josh and the Duggars in general are the same people who incessantly quote Pope Francis’s, “Who am I to judge,” in defense of homosexual acts. The problem is that these people never bothered to learn what the…

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The Scapular Promise of Eternal Life

Originally posted on the theological beard:


Today marks the 750th anniversary of the death of St. Simon Stock to whom our Lady gave the Scapular with this promise: “Take this Scapular, it shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger and a pledge of peace. Whosoever dies wearing this Scapular shall not suffer eternal fire.” This is quite a promise. (It is also not alone among the great promises made by our Mother and our Lord). It also, unfortunately, is misunderstood by many people. There is a temptation to treat the Scapular like a superstition. One may think something along the lines of this: “If I’m wearing these two little brown squares when I die, I’ll not go to hell. It is guaranteed.” But the Scapular is not a talisman and grace is not magic. While the grace of God is free, there is no compulsion in our cooperation with it. To properly understand the Scapular…

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Benedictine nuns make their home on the range

Originally posted on CNS top stories:

Sister Maria Walburga Schortemeyer, ranch manager at the Abbey of St. Walburga, reaches out to a calf in a pasture near the abbey in Virginia Dale, Colo. Along with running the ranch, the community of 24 Benedictine nuns also maintains a retreat house for individuals and groups who wish to spend one or more days in prayer and contemplation. (CNS/Jim West) Sister Maria Walburga Schortemeyer, ranch manager at the Abbey of St. Walburga, reaches out to a calf in a pasture near the abbey in Virginia Dale, Colo. Along with running the ranch, the community of 24 Benedictine nuns also maintains a retreat house for individuals and groups who wish to spend one or more days in prayer and contemplation. (CNS/Jim West)

By Jim West Catholic News Service

VIRGINIA DALE, Colo. (CNS) — Sister Maria Walburga Schortemeyer is at home wading through the mud and manure of a barnyard in boots, work pants, a fleece jacket, and her white veil.

Minutes later, in the black-and-white habit of a Benedictine nun, she is equally at home singing psalms and praying the Divine Office in a chapel with other nuns.

Sister Maria Walburga is the ranch manager at the Abbey of St. Walburga in Virginia Dale. The town sits in the arid and…

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Saints and Caesar

Originally posted on the theological beard:

While we render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, this does not mean that there are aspects of secular life which are not informed by the Christian faith. Every aspect of secular life is informed by Christian faith because every aspect of secular life is inseparable from the human person created in the image and likeness of God and enlivened by His Spirit. Unfortunately, so often today faith is not seen informing social issues, but social issues informing faith. This rears its ugly head in varied ways. Sometimes it is wholly obvious. For instance, when a homosexualist reduces God’s holy word to merely human so that they may justify rejecting it. Often times it is much more subtle. An example of this comes from Bishop Terence Drainey of Middlesbrough. On May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, he spoke of the dignity of work and the serious problem…

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“Music was better back then”: When do we stop keeping up with popular music?

Originally posted on Skynet & Ebert:

After sixty years of research, it’s conventional wisdom: as people get older, they stop keeping up with popular music. Whether the demands of parenthood and careers mean devoting less time to pop culture, or just because they’ve succumbed to good old-fashioned taste freeze, music fans beyond a certain age seem to reach a point where their tastes have “matured”.

That’s why the organizers of the Super Bowl — with a median viewer age of 44 —  were smart to balance their Katy Perry-headlined halftime show with a showing by Missy Elliott.

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Spotify listener data offers a sliced & diced view of each user’s streams. This lets us measure when this effect begins, how quickly the effect develops, and how it’s impacted by demographic factors.

For this study, I started with individual listening data from U.S. Spotify users and combined that…

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