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...]