No one taking Pill wants to acknowledge the evil

The following comes from Bishop Robert Vasa's Mass of Chrism homily on April 10 (Santa Rosa diocese). Everyone is familiar with the adage, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” When I was bishop in Baker, Oregon, there was a time during the summer of 2001 when one would been well advised to reverse the phrase, for it was obvious that, “Where there’s fire, there’s smoke.” The … [Read more...]

Why we need monks

The following comes from an April 14 posting on Patheos by J. David Nolan. “Fathers and teachers, what is a monk?” asks the Elder Zosima in The Brothers Karamazov. “In the enlightened world of today,” he says, referring to Dostoyevsky’s Russia, “this word is uttered in mockery by some, and by others even as a term of abuse. And it gets worse and worse.” Though monasticism … [Read more...]

For hermits, prayer is always a good option

The following comes from an Oct. 28 story on the website of the Catholic World Report. When Sister Mary Diana, 83, of Springfield, Oregon, became a consecrated hermit almost 40 years ago, she was among the first in the US. “There were some, but not like what you’ve got now,” said Sister Mary Diana, who lives with Sister Mary Magdalene, 89, who was also among the country’s … [Read more...]