Tag Archives: Catholic Mystery

The Church as Living Organism, the Church as Mystery …

    Recently I stammered here a little about the nature of the Church as a Living Organism. And I tried to draw a distinction between the Protestant emphasis on sermons and the Miracle of the Seven Sacraments: The Protestant sermon imparts beliefs. It teaches. Often very good and beautiful things. But the Organism does something else. […]

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Catholic Obedience and New Age Thinking

Roger has recently posted a long piece, on the traditional nature of the Catholicity of Valentin Tomberg. This piece was written largely in response to questions and comments by a reader of the site. Having read the article, I am struck by the theme of obedience, of giving oneself over to the authority of a […]

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Catholicism: Living Mystery or Human Label?

  In dialoguing with non-Catholics in secular society, the greatest problem will frequently be complete lack of understanding. This can easily arise because – often without realising it – non-Catholics and Catholics have completely different understandings of what the Church is. For within the secular world, the idea has become prevalent that Catholicism amounts to […]

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St. Catherine Labouré and Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Wonderful, well-researched 1904 account of the Apparition of Our Lady in the Rue du Bac Paris to St. Catherine Labouré.

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The (Secret) World I See (O Catholic Ireland!)

Catholic Ireland, Catholic culture, the Sacraments and the black-out of Catholicism in England and America.

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What Findhorn Could Never Give Me

A former member of the New Age Findhorn Community in Scotland looks back at what was missing ….

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All Things Made New by Stratford Caldecott (Review)

Stratford Caldecott’s All Things Made New serves to wonderfully restore symbolism and numerological correspondences to the Catholic imagination.

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Book Review: Padre Pio: The True Story

The astonishing story of Padre Pio moved me to tears.

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Talking to the New Age Movement Part 5: The Catholic Sacraments

How a convert from the New Age found the Catholic Sacraments …

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The Curé d’Ars by François Trochu (Review – with Extracts from the Book)

A review – with lengthy extracts – from François Trochu’s classic biography of the Curé d’Ars. This book offers a window not only onto the life of the Saint, but of Catholic France.

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In the Day to Day Struggle …

Frequent reception of the Sacraments as the doorway to His Sacred Heart.

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Lazarus Come Forth by Valentin Tomberg (Review)

  The first part here is a slightly-edited version of a review I wrote for Amazon some years back … This book – I am incapable of thinking of it as anything other than one of the greatest books of the twentieth century. My writing of these words is very, very personal. Though I never […]

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The Pope’s Legion by Charles A. Coulombe (Review)

The Pope’s Legion: Charles A. Coulombe writing about the Sixties – a very different Sixties …

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Nobody Told Me …

Long years lived in the heart of the New Age including the Findhorn Community in Scotland and nobody told me of the Sacraments, of the Church …

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Christmas and the Fate of the Earth

January 2011 Amendment: The following entry was originally written under a slight misapprehension as to something the Holy Father had said. In a British print journal, I had read the Pope say that in terms of the global climate crisis: The Church is the only hope. The quote had been taken from Light of the […]

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The Pope on Ecological “Catastrophe … The Church is often the Only Hope”

January 2011 Amendment: The following entry was originally written under a slight misapprehension as to the Holy Father’s words. In a British print journal, I had read the Pope say that in terms of the global climate crisis: The Church is the only hope. The quote had been taken from Light of the World – […]

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On the Sacred Heart, the Crisis of Catholic Tradition and the New Age Movement

A traditional Catholic looks at the Crisis of the Church, modern materialism and the New Age movement.

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This is the Faith by Canon Francis Ripley (Review)

A long review of the very beautiful pre-Vatican II catechism This is the Faith by Canon Francis Ripley – a treasure house for Catholic traditionalists!

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The Secret Joy

I was grateful here for Disciple’s comments and in surfing to his site (here) I was also moved to see something that he expresses forthrightly there. It is the joy of the Faith. Now in my hopefully soon to be self-published book Cor Jesu Sacratissimum, I also expand on this theme of the joy of […]

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Into the Catholic Mystery …

Confirmation is entry into a profound Catholic Mystery …

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