Saints Simon and Jude

Today is the feast day of Saints Simon and Jude, two of Jesus’s disciples that we know relatively little about. They are included in every list of the disciples (although Jude is sometimes identified as Thaddeus), but we do not know any details about their life after Pentecost. According to early Christian tradition, they set…

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Of Casting Off Mantles

Sunday brings the Gospel of Blind Bartimaeus who cried out to Jesus who called Bartimaeus to him, and Blind Bartimaeus “casting off his mantle” came to him. The New Revised Standard translates it as “throwing off his cloak.” See Mark 10. In ancient Israel, people usually wore at minimum of single undergarment that was usually…

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The Feast of Teresa of Ávila

I was born on the feast of Teresa of Ávila. Go ahead and Wikipedia her. We will wait.   Her primary book is The Interior Castle, and it is a seminal text for anyone looking to move into a more contemplative prayer life. We studied it last year on Wednesday mornings with the help of R. Thomas…

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Rule of Life

The Terrible Thing about a Rule of Life For every spiritual discipline, there is a cost.  For fasting, there is hunger. For Bible Study, there is the time it takes and the intellectual work of reading and thinking.  The meta-discipline is writing and living by a Rule of Life. The concept actually goes back to the…

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