Archive | June 2013

Turning the Dream of Vatican II Into Reality

Turning the Dream of Vatican II Into Reality


Archbishop Chaput on Junipero Serra


From a speech at this year’s Serra International Conference in Blessed Junipero Serra’s home country.

“Christian faith is not a habit. It’s not a useful moral code. It’s not an exercise in nostalgia. It’s a restlessness, a consuming fire in the heart to experience the love of Jesus Christ and then share it with others — or it’s nothing at all.”

“That one idea …

“Hollywood is always telling us that if you want anything badly enough, you can achieve it; just believe in yourself, and you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.

In a way, Pixar has been pouring cold water on this idea ever since Buzz Lightyear came crashing to Earth despite his deep need to believe that he could fly. Perhaps everyone is special, and anyone can cook — but real superpowers, or the makings of a great chef, are a gift that not everyone has. On this theme, Pixar remains true to its school. Well, kind of.”

Steven Greydanus’ review of Monsters University. For those working through Walking Toward Eternity this provides an interesting secular reflection on the topic of humility (loosely related to Day 2, reflection #4).

You can read his full review here.

Fr. Emil Kapaun

Fr. Emil Kapaun

The men at “Catholic Stuff You Should Know” podcast handle the story of a Servant of God who is close to the thoughts of many people in the Lincoln area.

Kreeft Interview – Charisms

Three part interview with Kreeft on Charisms.

Would enjoy seeing a vision of an angel?

Kreeft: Of course, my goodness. What a silly question. That’s almost like saying, “Would you enjoy watching Michelangelo paint the Last Supper?” I wouldn’t feel comfortable, I would certainly enjoy it. I may not be able to endure it, but I would enjoy it.”

“Well, why not?…

“Well, why not? I guess the reasons against having more children always seemed uninspiring and superficial. What exactly am I missing out on? Money? A few more hours of sleep? A more peaceful meal? More hair? These are nothing compared to what I get from these five monsters who rule my life … each one of them has been a pump of light into my shriveled black heart.”

Jim Gaffigan on having a large family. Here is an interesting blurb about he and his “Shiite Catholic” wife.

Eucharistic Adoration

Thought I’d toss this out there in case you haven’t seen it. It always makes me want to go get in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

Cardinal Bergoglio’s Pre-Conclave Remarks

Cardinal Bergoglio’s Pre-Conclave Remarks

“In Revelation, Jesus says that he is at the door and knocks. Obviously, the text refers to his knocking from the outside in order to enter but I think about the times in which Jesus knocks from within so that we will let him come out. The self-referential Church keeps Jesus Christ within herself and does not let him out.” – Pope Francis (then Cardinal Bergoglio)

From Philosphy of Jesus by Peter Kreeft.  It was if the last line was written just for me.  Classic.

“This is the most radical solution to the fundamental problem of metaphysics: how to know Being. Being (“AM”) turned out to be also Person (“I”), and knowing turned out to be marrying! The object of metaphysics proposes to the metaphysician. It is as utterly unexpected as if when Newton discovered gravity he had heard a voice coming from all the gravity in the universe: “Will you marry me?” It is as if the square of the hypotenuse had confessed it was in love with Pythagoras.”