Holy Saturday: A Reflection

Credo in Iesum Christum qui descendit ad inferos.

After Adam’s sin, it is said that Adam’s expulsion from the Temple Garden of God was ever descent; every step forward was a step downward from the heights and away from closeness with God, with whom he had walked in the cool of the day. Downward Adam went, more enmeshed with the toils of the world, more estranged from God, his Creator, his Beloved. […]

By |April 8th, 2023|Categories: Pseudo-Ermatinger, Spiritual Growth|

Good Friday in Three Parts: Part III

And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

Crucifixion of Christ, Isenheim Altarpiece (detail), Matthias Grünewald, 1510-15

Depictions of the Crucifiction of Christ typically end in darkness and silence. The heavens grow dark, the distant Father is seemingly silent in the face of the murder of His Only Begotten Son, life fades from the Incarnate Body of the Son, […]

By |April 7th, 2023|Categories: Pseudo-Ermatinger, Spiritual Combat, Spiritual Growth|

Good Friday in Three Parts: Part II

Behold, But a Man

Pontius Pilate is altogether human, perhaps too human. He is a man of some knowledge, but not a man of conviction or ideals. Pilate knows that truth and justice are important but, likely due to being assigned to the provincial backwater of Roman Judaea, decidedly not Roman and filled with a plethora of competing political and religious worldviews, took a subjective stance on the issue. What mattered at the end […]

By |April 7th, 2023|Categories: Pseudo-Ermatinger, Spiritual Combat, Spiritual Growth|

Good Friday in Three Parts: Part I

For Our Sins

There is nothing particularly necessary about the maltreatment that Jesus suffers as part of His Passion. None of the animal sacrificial victims of the Old Law were abused prior to their sacrifice, and their slaughter was as humane as a sacrifice could be.  Even the goat of Yom Kippur, upon which the sins of the Nation were placed, was simply let free. The abuse that Christ suffered prior to His death […]

By |April 7th, 2023|Categories: Pseudo-Ermatinger, Spiritual Combat, Spiritual Growth|

Why is Tonight Different From All Other Nights? — A Reflection

Why is tonight different from all other nights, Papa?

La Última Cena, Bartolomeo Carducci, 1605

The high point of the Jewish liturgical year: the Passover, the day when the Jews recollected and celebrated God’s deliverance of the ancient Hebrew peoples from bondage in Egypt and set in motion that which would bring about the giving of the Law, the founding of the Korban […]

By |April 6th, 2023|Categories: Pseudo-Ermatinger, Spiritual Growth|

Spy Wednesday – A Reflection

Spy Wednesday

Judas Accepting the 30 Pieces of Silver Icon, Maxim Sheshukov

It would be wrong to view Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of the Lord, as a tragic figure in the unfolding of the last days of Our Lord’s Passion. Pitiable yes, but tragic no. Tragic denotes a figure to whom misfortune out of their control befalls. This is not Judas, for his actions […]

By |April 5th, 2023|Categories: Pseudo-Ermatinger, Spiritual Combat, Spiritual Growth|

And I Will Give Them One Heart, and Put a New Spirit Within Them

Part IV in a Series by Pseudo-Ermatinger 

Women Picking Olives, Vangogh, 1889

The way to the Holy Mountain of the Divine Father is a path trod by prayer.  If one ascends through prayer, they will find themselves ascending through the cloud of unknowing that veils the summit from prying eyes (cfr.  Job 28:12-28; Isa 45:3; 1 Cor 2:9).  There beyond they […]

By |February 4th, 2022|Categories: Pseudo-Ermatinger, Spiritual Growth|

At the East of the Garden of Eden God Placed the Cherubim, and a Flaming Sword To Guard the Way

Part III in a Series by Pseudo-Ermatinger 

The space shuttle Challenger lifts off from the Complex 39A launch pad, National Archives, 1983.

The soul’s journey towards the divine may travel outward from herself, might propel herself outward and upward under her own power, her own ingenuity, her own vainglory.  To be sure, the powers of man, of body, mind, […]

By |January 28th, 2022|Categories: Pseudo-Ermatinger, Spiritual Growth|

Listen, While I Tell Again the Story of the Lord’s Mercies, What Renown the Lord has Won

Part II in a Series by Pseudo-Ermatinger 

Bergidyll Hans Dahl (ca. 1900)Bergidyll Hans Dahl (ca. 1900)

The little of our Heavenly Father that we see in this world below is enough to cry out to Him Glory! — at least it should be.  Creation cries out to Him unceasingly, praising Him for the sundry multitude […]

By |January 21st, 2022|Categories: Pseudo-Ermatinger, Spiritual Growth|
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