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Music For Contemplation: Eight Minutes of Transcendent Listening with Arvo Pärt

When was the last time you did nothing but listen to a piece of music? Can you remember a time when maybe you were sitting down or lying down, either blessed with a quality hi-fi stereo system or satisfied by the intimacy of headphones, maybe eyes opened or closed, and simply listened? Well, although I… Continue reading Music For Contemplation: Eight Minutes of Transcendent Listening with Arvo Pärt

Sophia Institute: March 2020 Current Events Lesson

St. Bernadino of Siena, Patron of Respiratory Illnesses Of all the textbook options out there, rarely am I inspired by a textbook but I do perk up when it comes to the materials created by the Sophia Institute for Teachers. They've been giving more in-person seminars at the Diocese of Green Bay lately, and I… Continue reading Sophia Institute: March 2020 Current Events Lesson

The Memento Mori Daily Examen

There's a media-savvy nun by the name of Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble who, inspired by classical paintings of Mary Magdalen and the ancient Christian practice of memento mori, kept a skull on her desk for a year as a daily reminder of her death and documented the practice in a seemingly unlikely evangelical ally of… Continue reading The Memento Mori Daily Examen

Visio Divina Meditation Activity: SABBATH

This is the woodcut image that graces the cover of Heschel's classic book on Jewish Spirituality called Sabbath: It's Meaning for Modern Man. Now, instead of having a conversation on why an understanding of Jewish spiritual practices can better inform our practice of the Catholic faith (except to take a moment to remind everyone of… Continue reading Visio Divina Meditation Activity: SABBATH

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry

When taking a moment to muse on how slowed down the world has become in response to COVID-19, with traffic eerily scarce and a new silence permeating a once-perpetual noise, the title of this book popped into my head as an alternate nickname for the coronavirus: "The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry." It's title penned by… Continue reading The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry