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The musings of Ken Hallenius, a Roman Catholic lay catechist and university administrator living in Portland, Oregon.
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Oh, my Lord! How true it is that whoever works for you is paid in troubles! And what a precious price to those who love you if we understand its value.
St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church, patron saint of those who suffer from headaches.

The latest twitters from my fingers to your eyeballs. An ongoing catalog of my phrases and sayings, by semi-popular demand.

The Twenty-fifth Day of December,

when ages beyond number had run their course from the creation of the world,

when God in the beginning created heaven and earth, and formed man in his own likeness;

when century upon century had passed since the Almighty set his bow in the clouds after the Great Flood, as a sign of covenant and peace;

in the twenty-first century since Abraham, our father in faith, came out of Ur of the Chaldees;

in the thirteenth century since the People of Israel were led by Moses in the Exodus from Egypt;

around the thousandth year since David was anointed King;

in the sixty-fifth week of the prophecy of Daniel;

in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;

in the year seven hundred and fifty-two since the foundation of the City of Rome;

in the forty-second year of the reign of Caesar Octavian Augustus, the whole world being at peace,

JESUS CHRIST, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father, desiring to consecrate the world by his most loving presence, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and when nine months had passed since his conception, was born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judah, and was made man:

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.

Text: The Christmas Proclamation from the USCCB. Comic: XKCD

At one point or another, all Christians have experienced what Tolkien terms “sagging faith.” Here are 3 pieces of advice from Tolkien for overcoming this:
• Make an Act of Faith
• Don’t Dwell on Scandal
• Receive the Eucharist Frequently

Make sure you read the whole post over at tolkiencatholic.com, as it includes quotations from a letter the Professor wrote to his son when he was struggling. Good stuff.

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The Story of a Soul, in fact, is a marvelous story of Love, told with such authenticity, simplicity and freshness that the reader cannot but be fascinated by it! But what was this Love that filled Thérèse’s whole life, from childhood to death? Dear friends, this Love has a Face, it has a Name, it is Jesus!
Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience: St. Thérèse of Lisieux, 6 April 2011
What can we learn from St Jerome? It seems to me, this above all; to love the Word of God in Sacred Scripture… We must not read Sacred Scripture as a word of the past but as the Word of God that is also addressed to us, and we must try to understand what it is that the Lord wants to tell us. However, to avoid falling into individualism, we must bear in mind that the Word of God has been given to us precisely in order to build communion and to join forces in the truth on our journey towards God. Thus, although it is always a personal Word, it is also a Word that builds community, that builds the Church. We must therefore read it in communion with the living Church.
Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience on the Life of St. Jerome, November 7, 2007.

A wonderful accompaniment to Mike Duncan’s excellent The History of Rome podcast.

With links to e-book versions of many of the works.

Part of being a serious student of literature also involves learning what to read, what to skim, and what to totally BS.

Open Culture: W.H. Auden’s English 135 Syllabus is 6000 Pages of Reading for a 2 Credit Course

Actually, being a serious student of any sort is learning what to read, what to skim, and what to totally BS.

A page-by-page rendition of the Harvard Classics and the Shelf of Fiction.

The progressive’s form of the Great Books program.

Here are some good resources on what the Fathers of the Church have written about the events that we meditate upon while praying the Rosary, as compiled by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf.