Monthly Archives: November 2010

Just a Beginning

“In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm,” says Goethe. “In the real world all rests on perseverance.” These words would seem to fit very well two sides of Saint Andrew, whose feast it is today. Fisherman, disciple of … Continue reading

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A Spoke in the Wheel

Today is the Feast of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, also known as Saint Catherine of the Wheel, patron – among other things – of scholars, students, philosophers and theologians. Although one would not normally associate the practice of theology with … Continue reading

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Just Above the Heart

“Every church is a stone on the grave of a god-man,” writes Friedrich Nietzsche. “It does not want him to rise up again under any circumstances.” When Francis collected stones to repair the church of San Damiano, when later he collected … Continue reading

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Francis, Go and Repair My House

As quoted previously in the November 11 posting, Enter Again into Yourself, Rudolf Steiner remarked: “To accomplish the greatest deeds, to achieve the greatest results in the spiritual world, a strengthening of the positive will impulse is not what is … Continue reading

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Enter Again into Yourself

Today, November 11, is the Feast of Saint Martin or Martinmas. In Church tradition, beginning the day after Martinmas, from the late 4th century (following hard upon the death of Saint Martin) to the late Middle Ages, much of Western … Continue reading

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Behold, She Makes All Things New

A few years before I began going to Saint Martin’s (patron of soldiers, alcoholics and beggars) there had been a major fracas within the parish over the decision by the bishop to allow priestly blessings of same-sex unions within the … Continue reading

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To the Soul from Its Roots

                                                                                                                                                                      To gain further insight into the first novena (the nine days of prayer to which the one hundred twenty disciples devoted themselves in the upper room, concluding with the descent of the Holy Spirit on the tenth day), I turn … Continue reading

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