April 20, 2007


I was watching Jenna Fischer aka Pam Beasley on "The Office" last night and it occurred to me that she looked like someone I knew. And then it hit me - St. Thérèse of Lisieux!

While googling for pictures of St. Therese I found the arresting image at right, which was taken just hours after her death. (Click to enlarge.) It's very providential that at the start of the Industrial Revolution God would send someone like St. Therese and the "little way". As John Gardner, former Sec. of HEW, once said: "...the sense of helplessness is intensified by the huge, glistening machinery of our society. It hums with intimidating smoothness. How could any individual be needed much?” St. Therese helped answered that.

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Converting my old journals to digital is giving me greater empathy for what the young go through (i.e. 'broken pen'). The romantic haze is taken off the past when you re-read contemporary accounts - even that of your own past.

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I just found another context for saying the pre-Communion prayer "Lord I am not worthy to receive you....", and that is to say it before praying for someone. It helps lessen the consciousness of the scandal of being used as a vessel for any blessings God might grant. As N.T. Wright once wrote, "The more I appreciate my own laughable inadequacy, the more I celebrate the fact of the Trinity." Amen.
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As a bibliophile, sola scriptura lines up well with my natural disposition and I can see why many non-Catholics are loathe to give it up. It also appeals to my native skepticism. But the fact that Christ appointed apostles (i.e. people) and didn't commission writers was so wise! In my distrust I would've thought: "what faith can there be in man"? But that ignores that man is given supernatural help, and that Peter and those in his chair are prevented from teaching error. Not surprisingly Jesus knew what he was doing, for we see that sola scriptura has divided us into so many denominations while Peter's church remains one. (This from the perspective of faith. To paraphrase St. Augustine, I've believed that I might understand.)

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