The Living Rosary

How did you spend Sunday afternoon?  At my parish, we did this: It’s the “Living Rosary,” an unusual devotion that we practice twice a year — during Mary’s month of May, and during the rosary’s month, October. The pray the rosary in the front plaza of our church, one person representing one bead, singing verses [Read More...]

“24 Hour Protection”

Spotted by my goddaughter Branda, during a morning walk in California: [Read more...]

On Medjugorje

Now that Mark Shea has weighed in on this peculiar screed – wherein, it seems, I’m part of a vast all-male conspiracy — I just want to add my two cents. The author of that posting, one Stephen K. Ryan, is not unfamiliar to me.  He wrote me many months back, wondering why I don’t [Read More...]

Artist modifies clothing iron to show Our Lady of Guadalupe

Well this is…different.  From artist Robert Weschler: The steam holes of a working iron were re machined to mirror the iconic aura of the Virgin of Guadalupe. When cloth is scorched by the iron an image of the Virgin appears in the burn. The text on the T-shirts (everything is coming up roses) accompanies the [Read More...]

“The Annunciation is wildly, defiantly countercultural…”

“The Annunciation is wildly, defiantly countercultural.  It is rebellious.    It is a challenge that is offered – and, to our amazement, accepted. Gabriel comes to a virgin and tells her something stunning.  She will bear  a child.  It is an event she never anticipated, one she never planned for.   She’s practically a child herself, in [Read More...]

Joe Biden visits shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Details: As the sun set over Mexico City, the Vice President of the United States toured the shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe. After a tour, VPOTUS walked across the square to the Antigua Parroquia de Los Indios (Old Church of the Indians), part of the pilgrimage for millions of Catholics. Later, under a full [Read More...]

Happy Candlemas

In my church tonight, we’re introducing a special liturgy to mark Candlemas, featuring Vespers, the blessing of candles and concluding with Benediction. So: what exactly is Candlemas?  Glad you asked: Today is a day of purification, renewal, and hope. On this day, exactly 40 days after Christmas, we commemorate Mary’s obedience to the Mosaic law [Read More...]

Cubans end year by honoring their patroness, Mary

In advance of tomorrow’s solemnity, and the start of a brand new year, Cuba paused to hail Mary: Thousands of Cuban Catholics flocked to Havana Bay for an open-air mass marking the end of a 16-month island tour of the statue of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre, Cuba’s patron saint. The service was led [Read More...]

Homily for January 1, 2012: Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God

[Click here for readings] A lot of us had our travel interrupted over the holidays – flight delays, cancellations, weather problems.  But none, I think, can compare with the story of Msgr. Steve Rossetti. Msgr. Rossetti is a priest from the Diocese of Syracuse.  He teaches at Catholic University but every couple years, he goes [Read More...]

Controversial billboard vandalized amid protests

The billboard above, which I mentioned in this post, is literally coming under attack: A couple of hundred protesters are outside an Auckland Anglican church calling for a controversial Christmas billboard to be taken down. The group, which began gathering at 11am, were praying the Rosary and said the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary [Read More...]


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