Semper Quaerens

Meditate A Good Deal In This Manner

From the Office of Readings for the Memoria of St Ignatius of Loyola, priest:

…divine mercy was at hand and, in place of these thoughts, it used to substitute others from what he had recently read. For when he had read the lives of Christ our Lord and the saints he would think to himself and ponder: ‘What, if I were to do what blessed Francis did or what blessed Dominic did?’ And he used to meditate a good deal in this manner. This way of thinking lasted for some time, but then other things intervened, and he resumed his idle and worldly thoughts, and these persisted for a long time. He was involved in that succession of changes of mind for a considerable time.

From the Acts of St Ignatius taken down by Luis Gonzalez.

Getting With The Program

A well written and thought provoking column from Barry Cassidy on the ABC’s The Drum website connecting the seemingly disconnected issues surrounding the current Speaker of the House of Representatives and Adam Goodes, one of the stars of the AFL’s Sydney Swans team.

One might think it would be a struggle to connect these two issues, but Cassidy finds the thread that binds these two public happenings together – and expresses it well as always.

The Church, Our Mother

From the Office of Readings for Thursday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time:

The Church is called ‘Catholic': such is the proper name of the holy Church which is the mother of us all. She is also the bride of our Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God (for it is written in the scripture, ‘Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her’, and so on). Moreover she fulfils the type and carries out the pattern of the Jerusalem which is from above, which is free and the mother of us all. Though she was at first childless, she is now the parent of a mighty family.

From the instructions of St Cyril of Jerusalem to catechumens.

Review: Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor

Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My NeighborFlunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor by Jana Riess

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a book that made me, literally, laugh our loud. It was thoroughly enjoyable to read, and to journey with the author through her experiment of attempting twelve different spiritual practices across a year.

In doing so, the reader managed to catch glimpses of what each of those spiritual practices involved, both physically and spiritually, and was invited into contemplating whether these individual practices might be something they themselves might find attractive. The author, Jana Reiss, doesn’t hold back from highlighting the difficulties she experienced in attempting those practices, nor does she claim that she was successful in her attempts. In fact, as the title suggests, Reiss believes she failed at each practice she attempted across the year.

The true beauty of Riess’ journey, however, comes in the epilogue – and I won’t spoil it for you.

A highly recommended, fantastically engaging, easily accessible book.

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Hunger and Thirst In The Flesh

From the Office of Readings for the Memorial of St Martha:

Martha and Mary were sisters, not only in the flesh but they were sisters also in sanctity; both were devoted to the Lord and in unison they served the Lord present in the flesh. Martha received him just as pilgrims are received. But it was the servant receiving her Lord, the sick woman receiving her Saviour, the creature receiving her Creator. She who had to be fed with the Spirit received him who had to be fed with flesh. For it was the will of the Lord to take the form of a servant and while in the form of a servant to be fed by servants, for whom it was an honour not a duty. It was an honour that he should show he required a meal. He had flesh in which he could indeed hunger and thirst.

From the sermons of St Augustine.

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