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October 15, 2014
A Musical Birthday Card to (and from) St Teresa: No Worries
I am disturbed. I am affrighted. And I suspect I'm not alone. In the world,...
July 22, 2014
The Magdalene’s Cave: Thoughts on Priesthood and Women
I've said it before. I am a Catholic woman who once believed, passionately and thoroughly,...
April 25, 2014
Two Saints, No Waiting: Pope-pourri on Canonization Eve
There's so much good stuff out there on Sunday's dual canonization of Popes John XXIII...
October 01, 2013
You Can Lead a Beggar to Bread: Pope Francis on Evangelization & Proselytism
It's Tuesday, and Pope Francis is smacking gobs again. We're still waiting for a...
July 29, 2013
Quick, Martha, Your Girdle! Slaying the Beast of Internet Ordure
What with so many heads 'splodin' in so many directions this morning---see this wise,...
July 06, 2013
Five for Joy: Michael, Mary’s Mantle, and Other Saturday Mysteries
After a week of quiet for prayer, work, and celebration, I'm back with a First...
May 10, 2013
Catholic and Crazy: The Asylum of Faith
When you're locked in a rubber room, wearing paper pajamas that leave far too little...
April 08, 2013
Something New, Something Other: An Annunciation Diptych
Today we celebrated the Solemnity of the Annunciation, liturgically transferred from March 25 this year...
April 06, 2013
Oh, Mercy, Mercy Me, Still
From last year, slightly updated, my tangled relationship with the Divine Mercy devotion: Oh the...
January 31, 2013
Showing the Beauty of Virtue: Don Bosco’s Legacy of Care
In a week when the scandal of clerical abuse of young people is again in...
December 13, 2012
The Cleaning Crew: 3 Advent Allies for Spiritual Warriors
So here I am, sitting in the clean and light-filled kitchen of my new apartment...
October 05, 2012
The Village of St Bernadette: Egregious Twaddle on Pilgrimage
"There was everything hostile to my peace---an incalculable crowd, an oppressive heat, dust, noise, weariness;...
October 03, 2012
Climb Ev’ry Mountain: Egregious Twaddle on Pilgrimage
An hour in the Pyrenees, and you suddenly understand the deep ties between geography and...
October 02, 2012
Bilocation, Chocolate, and the Patron Saint of Pilgrims: Egregious Twaddle on Pilgrimage
Pilgrim Pop Quiz: What's the oldest Christian pilgrimage shrine in Europe? Hint: It's associated with...
September 21, 2012
Castles in Spain: Egregious Twaddle on Pilgrimage
To build castles in Spain is an 800-year-old idiom meaning to daydream, to indulge in...
September 08, 2012
Happy Birthday, Dear Mary!
As with any family stories, some of the best family stories of our faith are...
August 11, 2012
Chiara, Lady of Light: A Renewed Prayer for Guidance in the Nun Wars
UPDATE: I wrote this reflection on St Clare two years ago, at the start...
July 21, 2012
Magdalene the Magnificent
With the exception of that other Mary, the Mother of Jesus, she's the most famous...
July 14, 2012
Invoking the Pig Man: A St Swithun’s Day Card
Tomorrow is St Swithun's Day, and it can't come to soon for our parched part...
February 01, 2012
Bacon and Butter and Bathtub Beer: Why the Church Needs St Brigid, Bad
UPDATE: It's Lá Fhéile Bríde, the Feast of Brigid, and last year's post is no less...
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