Many of the beguines were mystics and some were likely misjudged as heretics as they threatened the power of the Church and society. As their charitable works touched many lives, many people chose to donate their money to the works of these women; this threatened some of those in power for suddenly donations to parishes were declining. One pope required the beguines to donate a quarter of their collection of prayers for the dead to local parishes. 

Weekend Reading – August 2, 2019

Two articles and a podcast are coming at you: one facing how our complicity in White Supremacy separates us from the full life God promises. Another is about two of my favorite things: bodies and summertime. As you can imagine, when these two collide, sometimes it's glorious and other times it's disastrous. And finally a prayer podcast. A prayer-cast, if you will. Enjoy!