The mysterious church on the edge of the world

I have discovered now through direct experience, though I had certainly sensed it through photographs, that it is practically impossible to gaze at Mont Saint-Michel without falling into mystical reverie.
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Musing on the teeth of St. Ambrose

We clothe the skeleton of St. Ambrose in stately liturgical robes and we crown his skull with a bishop's miter, not be macabre or "creepy," but because we reverence his body as a place where Christ had come to dwell
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A Bride and Groom; The Bride and The Groom

It is a peculiarity of Catholic theology that a couple exchanging vows at their wedding Mass do not so much receive a sacrament as they become a sacrament.
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Kathy Griffin and the vanishing of argument

when there is no truth, there can be no argument, for argument depends upon a shared appeal to certain epistemic and ethical values.
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Our Lady of Fatima and a theological reading of history

The series of Fatima appearances — lasting from May until October of 1917 — is one of the most extraordinary in the history of the church.
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The Benedict Option and the identity/relevance dilemma

The very intensity of the interest in The Benedict Option in one way proves Dreher's central point, namely, that there is a widely-felt instinct that something has gone rather deeply wrong with the culture and that classical Christianity, at least in the West, is in a bit of a mess.
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‘The Case for Christ’ and a stubbornly historical religion

The Case for Christ is interesting for any number of reasons, but I think it is particularly compelling for its subtle portrayal of the psychological, spiritual, and intellectual dynamics of evangelization.
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Pope Francis and the Evangelicals

(The Church) should lead today as it led two thousand years ago, with the stunning news that Jesus Christ is the Lord, and the joy of that proclamation should be as evident now as it was then.
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