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Ashes and Annointings FR RAY BLAKE'S BLOG - March 4, 2014 ... symbols should be. What is turned to ashes? Is it the popular understanding of the Kingdom, the one the disciples had, the one that solicited the cries of 'Hosanna' that would soon be replaced by 'Crucify him'. We begin Lent with ashes but the Paschal Mystery actually ends with the coming of the fire of Pentecost, is the ash of Lent supposed to remind us of how we reduce his Divine gifts of the Spirit. It is what we are without Christ. The ...http://marymagdalen.blogspot.com/2014/03/ashes-and-annointings.html
Balthasar and the Beautiful 3 –Aidan Nichols, OP PAYING ATTENTION TO THE SKY - February 4, 2014 The life of Christ culminating in the Paschal mystery — the totality of which constitutes the Christ-form — has all the intelligible beauty of a drama. The more deeply we penetrate its meaning — ultimately the task of a theological dramatics — the more this beauty asserts itself. Theological dramatics, then, requires theological aesthetics. That is why the Church expresses the ugly physical facts of the Crucifixion not simply as an ...http://payingattentiontothesky.com/2014/02/05/balthasar-and-the-beautiful-3-aidan-nichols-op/