Friday, November 23, 2012

The Eucharist and the Ring

I am a big Lord of the Rings fan, so I rather enjoyed the following insight made by Leah Libresco: 

 "The final sacrament received is the Eucharist. For some sects of Christianity, the central point of their worship is the homily, when the priest/reverend/etc interprets Scripture. For Catholics and Orthodox (and some Lutherans and Anglicans) the whole point of the Mass is not bible study, but direct contact with the Risen Christ, fully present in the Eucharist. This is probably not the best metaphor, but think of it as the good version of the moment in Lord of the Rings when Frodo cries out "I am naked in the dark, Sam, there is no veil between me and the wheel of fire! I begin to see it even with my waking eyes." Um, except here you have all that intensity, except the Person you're face to face with is infinitely good, and instead of a burning ring, it's the Beatific Vision, and, y'know, there's a reason I'm not in charge of catechesis."

 -Leah Libresco

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Faith and Reason

"Anyone who acts irrationally cannot become a disciple of Jesus. Faith and reason are necessary and complementary in the pursuit of truth. God created man with an innate vocation to the truth and he gave him reason for this purpose. Certainly, it is not irrationality but rather the yearning for truth which the Christian faith promotes. Each man and woman has to seek the truth and to choose it when he or she finds it, even at the risk of embracing sacrifices."

  — Pope Benedict XVI, Homily, Plaza de la Revoluci√≥n, Havana, March 28, 2012

Andrew Cusack: Where to Sit in Church

Entertaining as usual from Mr. Cusack:

The Lady in Red: Where to Sit in Church

Monday, November 12, 2012

On Paradigms Protestant and Catholic

What Jason Stellman is laying out here is critical to Catholic-Protestant dialogue.

Read the article here: On Paradigms Protestant and Catholic

"Here’s why this matters: If the NT was birthed by an already-existing apostolic tradition, then the question, “Can I make this passage fit my theology?” is the wrong question (especially since, as noted above, its answer is almost always “Yes”). A better question, I came to realize, would be, “Would someone who holds my theological paradigm actually say something like this?” And if the answer is “No,” then the follow-up question must be, “What prior-held theological paradigm would most likely give rise to a statement like this?""