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Monday, August 23, 2010

Textbook: Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma

This book is a 560-page compendium of important Catholic dogmas. For each dogma, it gives the degree of certainty (the highest being De Fide). It also points out related heresies.

This textbook can be dull at times, but also quite informative. I just read the section on dogmas about Angels, and found it fascinating. I try to read a little bit each day.


Page on Angels

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Flannery O'Connor quotes

From “The Habit of Being”, the collection of her correspondence:

“You don't serve God by saying: the Church is ineffective, I'll have none of it. Your pain at its lack of effectiveness is a sign of your nearness to God. We help overcome this lack of effectiveness simply by suffering on account of it.”

“I don't want to discourage you from reading St. Thomas but don't read him with the notion that he is going to clear anything up for you. That is done by study but more by prayer.”

On the priesthood: “a man, in spite of his intellectual limitations, his neuroticism, his own lack of strength, give up his life to the service of God’s people, however bumblingly he may go about it…”

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Vocation Match (Discernment Tool)

Every person has a vocation, whether it be to marriage, priesthood, the religious life, the consecrated life.

Vocation Match is a website that asks you to answer some questions, then it matches your answers to various groups representing possibilities for your vocation.

Note: Some pages don't work on Safari. Firefox (and probably Internet Explorer) are OK.


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Significant Catholic Poets

Using the Database of Poets, I give you: The List of Significant Catholic Poets:

1550-1598 (48) Alexander Montgomerie
1558-1586 (28) Chidiock Tichborne
1558-1625 (67) Thomas Lodge
1561-1595 (34) Robert Southwell
1596-1666 (70) James Shirley
1613-1649 (36) Richard Crashaw
1631-1700 (69) John Dryden
1688-1744 (56) Alexander Pope
1844-1889 (45) Gerard Manley Hopkins
1867-1900 (33) Ernest Dowson
1899-1979 (80) Allen Tate
1912-1994 (82) William Everson
1923-1997 (74) Denise Levertov
1926-1972 (46) James K. Baxter

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