Please fast and pray every Thursday for the renewal of the Catholic Church in America. Please note: The Cybersociety will fast on Fridays beginning January 2013, in accordance with ancient custom.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Mature Hope

"The more mature hope becomes, the more clearly it perceives the nonsense of a mere existence running toward death. Hope is continually being confirmed in little, outwardly insignificant but irrefutable ways. How? In the sparks that flash forth in love's response. Summoned by love, hearts recognize each other now here and now there....This is a spark from the immense fire that burns in its unapproachable center. Hope would not exist if it did not come from the immense fire at the heart of things, if eternal love--contrary to appearances--were not the meaning of life." (Hans Urs von Balthasar, You Crown the Year with Your Goodness)

Friday, April 17, 2015


"The new earth that will some day come will result both from man's endeavor and from God's act in raising it up to a final and complete form. Once we have summoned the courage to entrust ourselves to this hope, however, how can we live? How can we apply it? The power of  hope grows within us by battling against meaninglessness and futility. The vast regions of unbelief all around us; all the mortal weariness of our culture; the absurd with all it powers of persuasion; all of this must be negated, constantly, by our hope."--Hans Urs von Balthasar, You Crown the Year with Your Goodness

Friday, April 10, 2015

Easter Week


Christ keep the hollow-land
Through the sweet springtide,
When the apple blossoms bless
The lowly bent hill side.

Christ keep the hollow-land
All the summertide;
Still we cannot understand
Where the waters glide.

--William Morris (1834-1896), "The Hollow-Land"

Friday, April 3, 2015

Good Friday

"What is the good of trying to teach people to love God without preaching through those wounds?"
--Thomas Merton, The Sign of Jonas

"Jesus gave us more than a sublime doctrine: He gave us Himself."--Thomas Merton, What is Contemplation?

Friday, March 27, 2015


"Set up waymarks for yourself, make yourself guideposts, consider well the highway, the road by which you went. Return, o virgin Israel, return to these your cities. How long will you waver...? (Jeremiah 31:21-22)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Grace in Exile

And there the Lord opened the sense of my unbelief that I might at last remember my sins and be converted with all my heart to the Lord my God....I cannot be silent about the great grace which the Lord has deigned to bestow upon me in the land of my captivity; for this I can give to God in return after having been chastened by Him, to exalt and praise His wonders before every nation anywhere under heaven. (The Confession of St. Patrick)

Thus says the Lord: Behold, I will restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob, and have compassion on his dwellings; the city shall be rebuilt upon its mound, and the palace shall stand where it used to be. Out of them shall come songs of thanksgiving, and the voices of those who make merry. (Jeremiah 30: 18-19)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Jeremiah, Patrick, and Exile

I will appoint over them four kinds of destroyers, says the Lord: the sword to slay, the dogs to tear, and the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy.

Those who are for pestilence, to pestilence, and those who are for the sword, to the sword; those who are for famine, to famine, and those who are for captivity, to captivity. (Jeremiah 15:3,2)

"I am Patrick, a sinner, most unlearned, the least of all the faithful, and utterly despised by many. I was taken into captivity to Ireland
with many thousands of people and deservedly so, because we turned away from God, and did not keep His commandments, and did not obey our priests, who used to remind us of our salvation. And the Lord brought over us the wrath of his anger and scattered us among many nations, even unto the utmost part of the earth, where now my littleness is placed among strangers"--The Confession of Saint Patrick.