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The Absence of God and the Asceticism of Ascension


Today is the feast of the Ascension.  It marks the beginning of one of the strangest periods in the entire liturgical year in the Church.  Jesus leaves us, but the promised helper or Paraclete hasn’t come yet.  The Holy Spirit will not come to us until Pentecost.  That’s ten days away.  We are without two-thirds of the Godhead, liturgically speaking,…

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St. Antony the Great: Fuga Mundi Series, Part 1


Welcome to the first installment of the Fuga Mundi Series with St. Antony the Great.  Here and over the next few weeks I’ll be reflecting on the paradox that withdrawal from the world is what allows us as Christians to be authentically Christ to the world.  Page references below in parentheses are from the biography of St. Antony by St.…

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