12/23/16

The Christmas Triad: Christ, Church, Eucharist – Crisis Magazine

As a cradle Catholic long accustomed to the rituals and feasts of faith, the earliest memories I have coincide, most happily, with membership in what the comedian Lenny Bruce used to call the only the Church. And so there was never a time when Christmas was not an occasion for sheer wonderment and joy, an …

Source: The Christmas Triad: Christ, Church, Eucharist – Crisis Magazine

12/8/16

How to Make Marian Teachings More Appealing – Crisis Magazine

I blush to admit this, but there was a time when I could really get worked up about Marian dogma. In the years just before my conversion, I used to cite the Catholic affirmation of Mary’s Immaculate Conception and perpetual virginity as major obstacles to my intellectual submission. I just didn’t believe in that stuff. …

Source: How to Make Marian Teachings More Appealing – Crisis Magazine