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Ascension 10: Ego me absolvo

Let’s begin our final meditation with the beautiful Latin rite and its English translation. Dominus noster Jesus Christus te absolvat; et ego auctoritate ipsius te absolvo ab omni vinculo excommunicationis et interdicti in quantum possum et tu indiges. Deinde, ego te absolvo a peccatis tuis in nomine Patris, et Filii, + et Spiritus Sancti. Amen. […]

Ascension 9: Self

Perhaps the very easiest idea for us to fathom in this series is that of hurting one’s self.  Think paper cut and you’re already there.  Me, I’m a total klutz so I trip and fall, literally, or drop things, or jam my fingers into things and it hurts.  Often I actually do bruise or sprain […]

Ascension 8: Absolution

See if you can picture it.  You have confessed your sin to a priest, formally in the confession booth.  He gives you some Hail Marys and Our Fathers to say, and then tells you you’re absolved from your sin.  What exactly does this mean? Well, technically, we might term this a promissory absolution since it […]

Ascension 7 : Satisfaction Completed

Two of my favorite words are: deep satisfaction; or just shifted a tiny bit, deeply satisfying.  I remember first attentively encountering those two words in a movie after an individual had released pent up tension shooting soda cans and beer bottles out in the woods.  She found that practice to be deeply satisfying. Turn negative […]

Ascension 6 : Satisfaction

In my study for today’s essay I learned there’s a nuanced disagreement among the experts over the sequence of contrition and confession, leading of course to today’s step, satisfaction.  It’s worth noting. Some argue that until you have confessed your sin and accepted judgment against yourself over it, you have nothing to feel contrite over, […]

Ascension 5 : Confession Completed

Wow, those cops, eh?  They have every trick in the book worked out on how to extract a confession from you. And I say, we must learn from them.  We’ll come back to that. To finish up on the power of the priesthood to receive confessions, with none of the immediate earthly power the police […]

Ascension 4 : Confession

It was a beautiful idea, Martin Luther’s thought, his dream of the priesthood of all believers.  And boy oh boy did it win the world for him and his movement.  But the idea doesn’t end up working in the real world. Well let me qualify, for those who get it, and learn the art of […]

Ascension 3 : Contrition

So forget about Dante, he’d be nothing without the Catholic Church, which was already about 1,000 years old or so by the time he started in on his work. We’ll discuss the so-Catholic idea of contrition in a moment.  Before we do, though, honor and respect have to be expressed.  Ask any college professor and […]

Ascension 2: Absolution

We’re not ready to dive deeply into our Dante work, but we do have contemplate the bold vision that drove him.  Not the entire vison, but one of its boldest most stunning principles.  To understand the idea of Absolution, you have to first picture God, and most of all, God’s heart. I know we’ve already […]

Ascension: The Art of Self-Absolution

To dive in, ascension?  That is, what does that one term, all by itself indicate?  There is something about the human experience indicating that up is good.  Think of living on the top of the hill.  Well, hey, where do you build a castle?  And, why do you build it tall?  Up is surely good […]