He’s her fan: Leonard Cohen and St. Kateri

A Leonard Cohen fan blog revealed this week that the legendary singer-songwriter’s home has images of St. Kateri Tekakwitha practically everywhere you look. Cohen has been fascinated with Tekakwitha at least since 1966, when her story provided the backbone for his novel Beautiful Losers. Unfortunately the novel is filled with obscenity and the kind of [Read More...]

UPDATED: Prayer request

Please pray for my friend Deirdre McQuade, who fell seriously ill today at work and was taken to the emergency room. From what I have been told, quick treatment saved her, but she will need ongoing prayers as she recovers. UPDATE, 10/27/12, 3:55 p.m.: Latest word is very good. Deirdre is in good spirits and [Read More...]

Barron, why so barren? Questions on a priest’s sterile definition of marital love

I just read Father Robert Barron’s column “Saying No to Nietzche” and have a few questions, which I would like to publicly pose to him and to anyone who would like to answer: Father, when Jesus spoke of the joining together of spouses in marriage, “They are no longer two but one flesh,” was he [Read More...]

“I no longer felt alone”: Angela Sealana reviews My Peace I Give You

Catholic new-media expert Angela Sealana, who blogs at Inspired Angela, confesses today that she used to think of me as “that chastity speaker.” When she saw that I had written My Peace I Give You, a new book offering a Catholic spirituality of healing from childhood sexual abuse, her first reaction that it didn’t apply to [Read More...]

New John Paul II feast day prayer: it’s better in Latin

    If you attended Mass yesterday for the newly instituted feast day for Blessed John Paul II, did you catch the secret messages in the opening Collect? They’re there—but they’re easier to spot if your parish celebrates the Latin Novus Ordo. Here is the Collect for Blessed John Paul II’s feast day in English: [Read More...]

“I was afraid of her purity”: Discovering Mary’s purifying love

    Today is traditionally the Feast of the Purity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (see liturgical prayers here and a reflection by Father Lovasik here). In my book My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints, I talk about how I used to be afraid of Mary’s purity. [Read More...]

Defining deviancy down: Andy Warhol refashioned as an “intentionally celibate” Catholic

  My Patheos colleague Marc Barnes asserts on his Bad Catholic blog that Andy Warhol was not only “gay and Catholic,” but was also “intentionally celibate” in a manner that reveals “an effort at communion with the teachings of the Catholic Church”: Whether his understanding of the amoral nature of art (by which recording and artistically [Read More...]

Georgetown University hides Catholic truth in the closet during “Coming Out Week”

What I saw today at Georgetown University: The above video shows two large signs hanging above Georgetown’s Red Square: one advertising “The Spirit of Georgetown” and the other advertising the Georgetown University Office of Student Affairs’ LGBTQ Resource Center‘s “Coming Out Week.” You can get a better look at the “Spirit of Georgetown” sign on [Read More...]

The candidate who defies his own conscience

Today, as the Church began its Year of Faith. a historic moment occurred when two Catholic vice presidential candidates faced each other in a nationally televised debate. How chilling, then, to see one candidate effectively claim, in that same debate, that he was violating his own conscience on the issue of abortion. But that is [Read More...]

“The Journey Home” and other journeys

Just a note for readers interested in my faith journey or in my apostolate spreading the word about healing sexual wounds with the help of the saints: Yesterday I had the great pleasure of taping an interview for EWTN’s “The Journey Home,” which will air November 12. My personal blog, The Dawn Patrol, has some reflections [Read More...]