Please fast and pray every Thursday for the renewal of the Catholic Church in America. Please note: The Cybersociety will fast on Fridays beginning January 2013, in accordance with ancient custom.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Lent II

It will no longer do to hide,
To cover, to conceal,
To pretend to be building anything
Except a house of sin
Over a cellar of disordered love.

Only the bare bones can stay now
In mercy's clearing...
While still there is a recognizable heart,
Boneclean barrenness alone
Can look to spring.
--"Winterset" by Gervase Toelle, O. Carm.

Friday, February 16, 2018


"Love ... commands only those who consent. Love is abdication. God is abdication." -- Simone Weil

"When you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you not appear to be fasting, except to your Father, who is hidden." (Matthew 6:18)

Friday, January 19, 2018

Ordinary (Winter) Time

"Love of God is not something that can be taught. We did not learn from someone else how to rejoice in light or want to live, or to love our parents or guardians. It is the same--perhaps even more so--with our love for God. It does not come by another's teaching. As soon as the living creature [that is, man] comes to be, a power of reason is implanted in us like a seed, containing within it the ability and the need to love." -- St. Basil the Great

Friday, January 12, 2018

Who Said It?

"I cannot be contented to view this wonderful universe, and especially the nature of man, and to conclude that everything is the result of brute force. I am inclined to look at everything as resulting from designed laws, with the details, whether good or bad, left to the working out of what we may call chance. I feel most deeply that the whole subject is too profound for the human intellect." -- Charles Darwin

Friday, December 22, 2017


Are you not mine who art the whole world's lover?
Can I not find you in all winds that blow,
In the wild loneliness of lark and plover,
In slender shadow trees upon the snow?

--Sister M. Madeleva (1887-1964)

Friday, December 8, 2017


Trample my courts no more!
Your new moons and festivals I detest,
they weigh me down....
Make justice your aim....
Cease doing evil, learn to do good....
Though your sins be as scarlet,
they may become white as snow.
---Isaiah, Chapter 1

Friday, April 28, 2017

Psalm 11

"For what is our great stay and consolation amid the perturbations of this world? The truth and justice of God. The righteous Lord loveth righteousness; His countenance doth behold the upright (Psalm 11:7). Accordingly, when we witness the inequalities of the present world, we comfort ourselves by reflecting that they will be put right in another. St. Paul tells us that he that cometh to God, must believe that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6)."
--Blessed John Henry Newman.