Speaking of sterilisation . . .
Jimmy Akin of Defensor Fidei has just been kind enough to send me, upon my request, a copy of his most recent article for This Rock magazine, entitled "The Loss of Masculine Spirituality."
Without descending to sugary sentimentality (masculine spirituality, remember?), this is one of the finest articles I have read on the feminization of modern Catholic spirituality. Moving beyond the mere complaining that others have done, Akin actually lays out how this inadequate - or rather unbalanced - spirituality has made it impossible for us to correctly understand the theological meaning of suffering in the Christian life. Seriously, this article changed the way I look at God. I think converts from Evangelicalism -- like Jimmy and myself -- find this aspect of modern Catholic spirituality the hardest to stomach, and often yearn for the masculine, mission-oriented 'cowboy' approach to spirituality manifestd by American Evangelicals.
Unfortunately, it's not available yet on-line, though I'll be sure to link to it the moment it is. I highly recommend not only securing a copy of the June issue of This Rock, but of getting a year's subscription. Many thanks, Jimmy.
# posted by Jamie : 1:38 PM