Finding My Way Back to Fatima, and Down the Road

"Tell everybody that God gives His graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Tell them to ask graces from her, . . . for the Lord has confided the peace of the world to her." ~ A message from the Lady of Fatima, according to LuciaTomorrow is┬áthe optional Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima, the 99th anniversary of the Lady's first appearance to three children minding their sheep in a bowl-like vale on a dusty Portuguese afternoon. The children, a brother and sister and their slightly older … [Read more...]

The Exultation (sic) of the Holy Cross

A year ago today I went on pilgrimage, through the grace of God and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and my friend Michael. A year ago today I took the first steps of my own Way of the Cross, a journey ad Jesum per Mariam---to Jesus through Mary---that I am still only baby steps along. A year ago today I began to know what suffering, joy, death and resurrection really meant, in my own weak flesh. I am still learning, and I exult.I've always loved the story behind the Feast of the Exaltation of … [Read more...]

“A Palpable Hopefulness”: A Book Response and a Wish

The Lady of the Angels and Her City: A Marian Pilgrimage by Wendy M. Wright Liturgical Press, 2013I can't think of a better day than May 13, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, to bring to your attention Wendy Wright's new book---and to make a wish for Wendy herself. The publisher's description sums up well the author's intent, and why this lavishly illustrated volume is of interest far beyond the widespread boundaries of the largest Catholic diocese in the United States: The Lady of the … [Read more...]

Something New, Something Other: An Annunciation Diptych

Today we celebrated the Solemnity of the Annunciation, liturgically transferred from March 25 this year because Holy Week and the Octave of Easter take precedence over any other feast.I love the art of the Annunciation, from its earliest Byzantine expressions through the many beautiful and thought-provoking contemporary depictions of the angelic greeting to Mary. It's only right that this moment when the Word becomes flesh has inspired so much iconography. I usually celebrate this solemnity … [Read more...]

Salus Populi Romani—A New Pope Goes Home to Mamma: UPDATED

 Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, you've just been elected pope. What're you going to do next?According to a tweet from the always knowledgeable Rocco Palmo, Papa Francesco is not going to Disneyland. He's doing what every good Italian boy---and the new pontiff, though hailing from Argentina, is of Italian extraction---and every good Bishop of Rome does first. He's going home to Mamma. Specifically, in this case, Pope Francis will make a private visit sometime tomorrow to the … [Read more...]


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