Tag: pride

Scandala

No, the title's not a typo. It's Latin. "Scandal" comes from "scandalum". It's means "stumbling block", "temptation", or "trap". With all the talk of priestly impropriety and pro-choice Catholics, it's easy to miss more ordinary forms of scandal. Each one of us can be a stumbling block to someone else's faith. Non-Catholics, and non-Christians in …

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Point of View

There's an interesting post on The Dawn Patrol about counterproductive evangelization. Specifically, several Catholics clumsily tried to convert her from Protestantism. I understand the reasoning, but the approach left a lot to be desired. I have a news flash for self-righteous catechism thumpers. Protestants aren't the spawn of Satan. Nor are they doomed to Hell. …

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Spiritual Snobbery

The next time I’m tempted to turn my nose up at mass that contradicts Redemptionis Sacramentum, I’ll try to think of this quote. (Thanks, Being! Or Nothingness) I can recommend this as an exercise: make your Communion in circumstances that affront your taste. Choose a snuffling or gabbling priest or a proud and vulgar friar; …

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Inconvenient

"It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish." – Mother Theresa "It's not the back of a pickup at 16, but now I'm going to have to move to Staten Island. I'll never leave my house because I'll have to care for these children. …

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Busted

Wow. Reading this entry at Jollyblogger really got me thinking. Righteous indignation is one thing. Self-righteous snobbery is another. I think I tend toward the latter and I need to work on that (no need to comment, John). Advice to Christian Bloggers from G. K. Chesterton This month's Gilbert Magazine (a magazine devoted to G. …

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