Friday, 15 July 2016

The pride of fake holiness

Judgments about a person’s holiness based on outward shows of religiosity and purity say more about the person making the judgment than the one being judged; “Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind. They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.” (Colossians 2:18,19) And that head is Jesus Christ – when we lose touch with Him we become desolate and abandoned to our own lusts; “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.” (v. 21-23)

Excellent post here

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Triumph Through Failure: A Theology of the Cross

We confront failure in all levels of our humanity. There is failure in the use of the gifts of the earth, the unlimited exercise of intelligence, the enjoyment of freedom, and in the acceptance of the call of an infinite God. The failure to achieve fulfillment at any one of these levels may contribute to a particular frustration that may destroy the wholesome harmony necessary for happiness. In a period of utopian ideologies and theologies, this book may serve as a reminder that we do fail and that our faith does not promise that we shall not fail. Yet, precisely because we experience failures, we find cause for hope and deliverance outside ourselves. This is the theology of the cross-triumph through failure.(Amazon description)

On my wish list!

Brexit will hurt the vulnerable. Catholics must show solidarity in action

Excellent opinion by Fr Ashley Beck here

Our priority is to build what Dorothy Day's Catholic Worker movement called 'communities of resistance'
Recently I read that Pope Francis had commended a book by the theologian Fr John Navone SJ, entitled A Theology of Failure.Those of us who argued that Catholics should not support the leave campaign in the EU Referendum (and I don’t know of any breakdown of how Catholics voted) ought to get the book.
Read the rest here