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The Mystery of the Spirit

First appeared on 05/21/2013. Insights is also available to members via email delivery.

I've been thinking lately about the disconnect between the spiritual and modern culture, which does its best to squeeze the spiritual out. I've tried to capture one aspect of the problem, as it affects even Catholics, here: Against a Facile Assurance of Salvation, the Need for Mystery.

Still, the spirit does have its moments. A recent funeral of a friend's child occasioned a pertinent reflection by Phil Lawler in Learning from the sick, and from the death of a child.

From another angle, Phil also suggests how little the opinion makers in the modern world "get" spiritual things: An exorcism? No, a blessing. You'd think reporters would know the difference.

It will surprise none of our readers that we need to form our young people with this difficulty of approaching the spiritual clearly in mind. Not least, this means better youth programs in our parishes. So how about one based on Eucharistic Adoration? See our latest website review of a new approach called Veritas.... [more content for subscribers]

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