A Journal of My Council: A Book Review

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My Journal of the Council by Yves Congar, OP Liturgical Press, 2012Even as my arteries and my religious views harden with age, I remain a daughter of Vatican II. The first session of the council was officially convened on my 12th birthday in 1962, and the fruits of the council were the single most important influence on my faith formation. As I've written here before, I still consider myself a Catholic of the John XXIIIrd Generation, and proud of it. I carried a well-thumbed copy of the … [Read more...]

The Road It Gives and the Road It Takes Away: Egregious Twaddle on Pilgrimage

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Not every encounter on the pilgrim path is with Christ and his saints. Not every experience is a mystical insight. Not everything you learn has spiritual significance. But it's all part of the road.It's worth taking a breather to note some of the things we've learned and experienced and encountered on this pilgrimage. They weren't necessarily on the agenda, but they'll stay with us at least as long as the dates of the Spanish Reconquest or the number of dining rooms in the Royal Palace of … [Read more...]

Finding the Frog: Egregious Twaddle on Pilgrimage

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In which we learn that pilgrimage cultivates a different way of seeing: We come to honor visionaries, and are expected to come away visionaries ourselves.Pilgrimage 2012, Day 4: Fatima to Salamanca, Spain, by way of Coimbra, PortugalI've gotten behind in posting, due to a combination of the exhaustion that accompanies cramming so many powerful experiences into each day and the instability of network connections. The downside is that you're probably wondering whether, like that Italian … [Read more...]

The Peace of the World: Egregious Twaddle on Pilgrimage

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"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 Lucia Pilgrimage 2012, Day 3: FatimaWe pilgrims spent yesterday in Fatima. In the early morning, a tour of the Sanctuary, the huge devotional complex that encompasses the Chapel of the Apparitions on the site where the Lady most often appeared to the three … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Dear Mary!

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 As with any family stories, some of the best family stories of our faith are embroideries, fashioned from tradition, love, and a longing for closeness with those who went before us. They tell us as much about ourselves as they do about our ancestors in faith.Today, September 8, the universal Church---East and West---celebrates Mary's birthday. The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary (the Great Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos, the God-Bearer, in Orthodoxy) is one … [Read more...]

Holier Than None–UPDATED

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Why are we so shocked when priests go rogue? After all, holiness isn't applied with chrism.In the same week that a good part of the Catholic blogosphere was convening in Texas for the Catholic New Media Conference, and the Republicans were convening in Tampa for whatever it is they were convening for, and Hurricane-then-Tropical-Storm Isaac was convening to make the folks of the Gulf even more miserable, my external and internal news feeds filled up with reaction to two stories of priests, … [Read more...]

A Little Left-Coast Lull

Our Lady Queen of the Angels (La Placita) in Olvera Street, the place where Los Angeles was founded 231 years ago this September 4

I'm in the City of Angels this week---not (only) because it's about as far from the Republican convention as I can get, but because my heart is here year-round: son, daughter-in-law, grandson and all the rest of my earthly family, which includes the Dodgers and many of my Panda sisters. I'm sure I'll find a few things to blog about, the twaddling here being at all times egregious, but it will be a slow week. That applies to comments, too: I'm monitoring, but not as frequently. Your wisdom may … [Read more...]

Mea Maxima Culpa: An Upstart Blogger Eats Crow

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There is an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers, that, with his Tygers heart wrapt in a Players hide, supposes he is as well able to bumbast out a blanke verse as the best of you; and being an absolute Johannes Factotum, is in his owne conceit the onely Shake-scene in a countrie. ~ Robert Greene, The Groatsworth of Wit, 1597Robert Greene's oft-quoted smackdown of a rookie Renaissance playwright, generally assumed to be one of the first public references to William Shakespeare and a … [Read more...]


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