When you cannot see clearly and openly whether the sin is
deadly, you must not pass judgment in your mind, but be concerned
only about my will for that person. And if you do see it, you
must respond not with judgment, but with holy compassion,
for if you act this way your spirit will not be scandalized either
in me or in your neighbors. For you cast contempt on your neighbors
when you pay attention to their ill will toward you rather than
my will for them.
— St. Catherine of Siena, The Dialogue


Common Star-Of-Bethlehem


Welcome back, peonies


New strawberry patch!


Two pollinators at once


Currently reading: The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World by Desmond Tutu 📚


Just finished another paper that will close out my online class, clearing the decks to start the preparatory reading for this month's OT course. 

It was a good one, too. Our assigned readings generally followed the pattern of the Apostle's Creed and ranged all over the place, including a fair amount of modern stuff: Bernard Lonergan, Frederick Crowe, Desmond and Mpho Tutu, René Girard, and more. Our instructor (John Dadosky) included his own work as well. I'll be chewing on a lot of these for years to come, I think.


Currently reading: I See Satan Fall Like Lightning by Rene Girard 📚


Currently reading: Work by Louisa May Alcott 📚


7-year-old: I have a lot of reading to do.

Me: Same, brother. Same. The reading doesn’t stop until we die.

7-year-old: (pause) There aren’t that many Magic Treehouse Books.