The Village of St Bernadette: Egregious Twaddle on Pilgrimage

People wondered why there is no statue of Bernadette in the Grotto. But at Lourdes, we are all Bernadette.

"There was everything hostile to my peace---an incalculable crowd, an oppressive heat, dust, noise, weariness; there was the disappointment of the churches and the image; there was the sour unfamiliarity of the place and the experience; and yet I was neither troubled nor depressed nor irritated nor disappointed. . . . To leave Lourdes at the end was like leaving home."Msgr Robert Hugh Benson, a convert from Anglicanism, wrote these words in his memoir of a visit to Lourdes in 1908. I … [Read more...]

Bilocation, Chocolate, and the Patron Saint of Pilgrims: Egregious Twaddle on Pilgrimage

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Pilgrim Pop Quiz: What's the oldest Christian pilgrimage shrine in Europe? Hint: It's associated with St James (Santiago, as they call him in Spain), but it's not the one from that movie with Charlie Sheen's dad. It's in Zaragoza, where the ancient and the thoroughly post-modern meet for tapas, and neither one blinks.Pilgrimage 2012, Day 7: Madrid to ZaragozaWhen you say Spain, Santiago, and pilgrimage, everybody thinks Compostela, the purported resting place of St James the Greater, … [Read more...]

Hollowed Be Our Aim: Egregious Twaddle on Pilgrimage

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Prepare to Yield. That's what the sign flashed when we entered the departure lanes at Cincinnati/Northern KY International Airport yesterday (was that only yesterday?) afternoon. Other than Whan that Aprille with his shoures shoote, I can't think of a more apt start to a pilgrimage. That's what pilgrims are called to do, after all---to yield themselves to God's will and the vicissitudes of the road, to let the Spirit blow them where the Spirit wills, to break down those resistances of pride and … [Read more...]

The Dance of the Cross and the Crescent: Egregious Twaddle on Pilgrimage

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Our bags are . . . well, not actually packed yet, but close. We're . . . well, not exactly ready to go, but with a flurry of last minute chores (sync the iPad, stock up on protein bars, don't forget the European plug adapters) we'll be leaving on a jet plane tomorrow afternoon, after Mass at the Cathedral of St Peter in Chains in Cincinnati.Tomorrow, of course, is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and there could hardly be a better day to set off on pilgrimage. It was as a … [Read more...]

‘Who Would True Valor See’: Egregious Twaddle Goes on Pilgrimage

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We're going on pilgrimage. You, me, the Archbishop of Cincinnati, and 80+ assorted pilgrims, hitting the road Friday for 10 days. We may be packing light, but we're carrying priceless cargo---our prayers and those of others who've asked our intercession, the burdens and fears and and hurts and losses we long to lay in the lap of the Mother of God, the weight of our heart's devotion. The Marian shrines of Portugal, Spain, and France are our destination, but we know that destinations do not a … [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...]


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