Category Archives: Prayer

Coleridge on Faith

The life of Faith is the substantiating principle of all true wisdom, the satisfactory solution of all the contradictions of human nature, of the whole riddle of the world.  This alone belongs to and speaks intelligibly to all alike, the … Continue reading

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The Social Crisis of the Working Class

Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington remains the single most significant sociologist since the passing of Seymour Martin Lipset.  His latest is titled ‘The State of White America’.  This is a startling account of reversal of America’s … Continue reading

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Rawanda, Catholic Prayer, Healing Memories: Immaculee Ilibagiza

Not to long ago a great friend called me to see if I’d go and hear a lecture from a writer who published an account of being held by Hutu opposition in Rawanda during the genocidal slaughter.  I simply was … Continue reading

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Marian Wright Edelman: The Poverty of Secularism

Author of ‘Families in Peril:  An Agenda for Social Change’, Marian Wright Edelman gave a lecture at Harvard University recently, she contrasted the moral poverty that dominates contemporary American life. “The legacies my parents and church and teachers left to … Continue reading

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William McNamara On Mystical Experience

In “The Human Adventure”, William McNamara reveals that mystical experience is more like a man learning to walk than a a man learning to fly.  An isolated peak experience is more like the periodic refreshment of a man’s vocation than … Continue reading

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Prayer

What may not come spontaneously from the heart can be requested in prayer.

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The Limitations of Autonomy

“It is ultimately a cruel understanding of youth to believe it will find its hearts desire in freedom alone.”  Thomas Mann ‘Magic Mountain’

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A New Beginning

Every life begins with great promise.  How this promise grows depends on our willingness to accept the challenge of grace in all its tragedy, comedy and unique wonder. Every person knows what fearful destiny waits us; namely death.  Nevertheless, in … Continue reading

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