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Allan Bloom, the famed educator with no religious agenda whatsoever, once suggested that lack of chastity is the biggest reason why there isn't a stronger passion for life among people, especially the young, in the Western world.
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Several years ago I attended a seminar on religious experience where a woman shared this story:
A few years before this incident occurred her life had been rather settled. She had been happily married, her children were grown and on their own, and she and her husband were running a successful business together.
Robert Coles once wrote a fine biographical essay on Simone Weil. In it, he coined a beautiful phrase to describe a quality which made her so extraordinary and which also caused her much suffering. Moral loneliness, he called it.
The long-standing Catholic practice of daily Eucharist is today being questioned: On one hand, fewer and fewer people are going to daily Eucharist and many parishes no longer even offer it. As well, more theologians, liturgists and priests are becoming less enthusiastic about promoting it – indeed, sometimes even positively opposing its practice.