9 Ways To Keep Lent

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Pope Benedict gave us a gift yesterday. He gave us a Lent that would focus our minds on Christ, the Church, and His People in a way no one has ever experienced. I awoke yesterday at 6am to learn–on Facebook–that the pope had resigned. The news spread across the world almost at the speed of [Read More...]

Magnificat for Lent in Digital Formats

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The Magnificat Lent and Advent books are wonderful companions for the journey. Now that they’re rolling out on more and more readers and devices, you can get these little gems for a buck and have them delivered in seconds. You can find some information on the 2013 Magnificat Lenten Companion here. It’s the usual excellent collection [Read More...]

Bishop O’Connell on Benedict’s Resignation

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My local CBS affiliate (Philadelphia) tends to do good coverage of the Church: even-handed, expansive, and not obsessed with scandals uber alles. They did an interview with my bishop this morning that I thought was respectful (they even address him properly) and gave this fine academic and shepherd a chance to explain the news in context. I can’t embed [Read More...]

Joseph

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This is the Room of Tears: the place where popes traditionally retire after being chosen. Here, they contemplate the burden they are about to assume: a 2000-year-old office founded by Christ himself not on a book or a government or a place, but on a man named Simon, thereafter known as Cephas, petros, rock: Peter. [Read More...]

Halo 4 Goes Deep

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Halo 4 Publisher/Developer: Microsoft/i343 Platforms: Xbox 360 Rated: M (Mature) for Blood and Violence Parents should know (ESRB description): This is a first-person shooter in which players control futuristic super-soldiers who engage in military campaigns against alien forces. Players use pistols, scoped rifles, machine guns, grenade launchers, and futuristic weaponry to kill enemies in ranged combat; [Read More...]

“Finnegan” Awakes in China

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James Joyce’s famously impenetrable novel Finnegan’s Wake has been published in China. And it’s a bestseller! I’m blogging this just because a) I’m a lit geek, and b) it’s just weird. Dr.  Dai Congrong has spent 8 years translating a completely untranslatable novel into (according to the original article) “Chinese,” by which I assume they mean Mandarin. The translator, God [Read More...]

Some Thoughts on Richard III, History, and Catholicism

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Everyone by now has heard the big news: the bones of King Richard III–last king of the House of York, villain of one of Shakespeare’s most masterful historical plays, and a man long long regarded as a psychopath twisted in both body and mind–have been found under a parking lot in Leicester, England. DNA testing has confirmed [Read More...]

A Little Art For Your Morning

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Sent along by my blog neighbor, the most excellent Kathy Schiffer. I get sent quite a few riffs on the “Creation of Adam” because of my blog header. I wasn’t sure if they warranted full posts, and then realized, “Why the heck not? It’s my blog.” I wish I could credit the artist, but I just [Read More...]


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