Just One Thing

 After the radio silence of my weekend in the wilds of Southern Indiana, many voices this morning:Former NYT editor Bill Keller, echoing the It's-time-to-get-outta-Dodge chorus that has included full-page ads from the Freedom From Religion Foundation in the NYT and WaPo, writes today (h/t Deacon Greg Kandra) that Catholics who disagree with Rome should stop dithering and vote with their feet. It's a sentiment, Keller notes, that appears to be shared by the hierarchy. He cites Bill … [Read more...]

Of Divine Bondage: When the Ties of Religion Unravel

 Blest be the tie that binds Our hearts in Christian love; The fellowship of kindred minds Is like to that above . . .Two stories I was too dumbfounded by to blog about last night, and the tie that (pun intended) binds them.Story 1: Sr Joan Chittister, OSB, is interviewed by CNN's Christiane Amanpour. The piece, as Diane at Te Deum notes, epitomizes everything that is wrong with the media coverage of the CDF-LCWR interaction, and with the GPS system of the bus the LCWR … [Read more...]

Is There Healing for the Dialogue of the Deaf?

 Ouch. What a morning.So far I have already: Missed a meeting that I have inexplicably had in my calendar for two weeks as being scheduled for this afternoon, when it was this morning at 9:30---in Cincinnati. Been told that my post on St Patrick's Purgatory represents the worst of the "world-rejecting" worst of Irish Jansenism. (Yup. That's me. If it's a choice between the world and a place of pilgrimage, prayer, and penitence, I'm kicking the world to the curb.¬†Especially this … [Read more...]

In St Patrick’s Purgatory

 Rocco posted a moving story last night on the opening of the Dublin Eucharistic Congress, and how---at the request of the Holy Father---the papal legate Cardinal Mark Ouellet spent last night in St Patrick's Purgatory, fasting and keeping barefoot vigil in prayer for reconciliation and healing of the grievous wounds dealt by Ireland's clergy abuse scandals.The ancient pilgrimage site known as St Patrick's Purgatory is on an island in Lough Derg near Dublin. According to legend, … [Read more...]

Lost & Found: A Prayer to St Anthony

Tomorrow, June 13, is the Feast of St Anthony, native son of Lisbon and adopted son of Padua. I'm posting today because I'll be on the road tomorrow, but the anticipation seems right for a day full of stories about how much our Church could use Anthony's intercession these days.Almost everyone, Catholic or not, knows to invoke Anthony as the Finder of Lost Things, a reputation he acquired after death. (Spaniards are the exception. Perhaps less willing to trust a Portuguese, they turn instead … [Read more...]

Entertaining Panda Angels, Unaware

The Hollywood Bowl, 44 years ago tonight. Fireflies (Southern California still had them, then) flickering against the foothills. The summer smell of sage and eucalyptus. From the pit, an organist sounds the first strains of Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance." Two lines of young women, dressed in identical white formal gowns and white elbow-length gloves, carrying bouquets of red roses, make their way down the hillside to the stage. Graduation night for the Pandas of Immaculate Heart High School, … [Read more...]

The Parable of the Order Muppet and the Turquoise Hightops

 Max Lindenman shared a great piece yesterday categorizing everyone as either an Order Muppet or a Chaos Muppet. Today my Order Muppet manifested itself in a big and ugly way, leading to a reenactment of the parable we used to know as The Pharisee and the Publican. (The first time I heard this story, in second grade, I ran home to my Democrat family wailing at the notion that Jesus preferred Republicans.)This video, God in the Streets of New York (h/t to Deacon Greg Kandra), is the … [Read more...]

The Light of the Body of Christ

 For Corpus Christi weekend, a 2012 piece on the history and meaning of the feast. For a beautiful Corpus Christi soundtrack, immerse yourself in Adoration at Ephesus, the latest release from the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, which features several settings of material from Thomas's Office, along with other Eucharistic hymns ancient and not-so-ancient.This weekend Catholics in the Thursday-averse United States celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of … [Read more...]