Wisdom on Wednesdays—A passion for the permanence of matter

Carl Schmitt: The Vision of Beauty

“Religion today is often nothing more than a concept.
“Hence the seeming dichotomy between religion and beauty.
“For the artist has an instinct for material absolutes: he has a passion for the permanence of matter which the philosopher, in his specialization, seems to ignore.  Hence, a Roman Paganism seems necessary to balance the Greco-Jewish religion which tends either to Gnosticism, or concepts, or both, avoiding the Incarnation and death of a God-man.”  (1952)

CSF12004Madonna Against a Hillside, oil on canvas, 24 x 20 in.

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Transformed in Christ – New Confirmation Programme

Listening in the Desert

Fr. Stephen Wang with Author - Hannah Vaughan-Spruce (centre) Fr. Stephen Wang with Author – Hannah Vaughan-Spruce (centre)

Dynamic new Confirmation programme makes young disciples of Christ
At a vibrant gathering last Wednesday, catechists from around the country celebrated the launch of a dynamic new Confirmation programme – Transformed in Christ – which has helped many young people aged 12-16 become disciples of Christ.
The year-round programme was piloted over three years in Holy Ghost Parish, Balham, south London, between 2010 and 2013, where scores of young people took part.
Programme author, Hannah Vaughan-Spruce, said: “Not only did young people continue attending Sunday Mass after Confirmation, they built strong Christian friendships, got involved in the parish’s youth ministry, and grew in a personal relationship with God.”
“It is often thought that 22 sessions is too much to expect of Confirmation candidates,” she added. “We found that the opposite was true. It took time for young people to be open…

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Joy IS a Legitimate Spiritual Way

Lordy, after Sarah Palin’s Barracuda Brigade, I needed this rush of good vibes!

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 Just like C.S. Lewis, I was Surprised by Joy. Of course there are certain serious Catholic bloggers who have a problem with my spirituality. Often traditional, Pre-Vatican ll prophets of doom, who religiously fast and recite prescribed set prayers for hours each day, take exception to my childlike spirit of joy. Yet this path was not of my choosing. I craved a life which would embrace an intense regime of self-sacrifice as a consecrated, contemplative religious. When God called me to marriage and to be a mother, I really did feel like I was accepting second best. Then, twenty years ago, a consecrated, contemplative who served in a  listening house,  said to me,

” You really have been given the best of both worlds. You are married with children yet you are living the contemplative life.”

Her response still brings tears to my eyes. To live a childlike spirituality…

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Christian Prayer

Christian Prayer. Reform and Renewal (through Prayer) are every bit as important as Eternal Vigilance is, in the preservation of freedom.