Useful Stuff: All the Mass Readings for 2015 in One Book – Updated

Yesterday the 2015 Abide in My Word showed up in the mail.  Nice thick glossy-cover paperback that looks like this:Wow.  What a neat book.  It's nothing complicated, just the daily Mass readings for every single day of 2015.  (Note: It starts on January 1, not with Advent.)  Big print, and big, bold-faced date headings for each day.  Very cool, and not very expensive.  I was particularly excited about it because a friend of mine is trying to improve her English by going to more English-l … [Read more...]

At Mass Today: Types of Mary

When we say something is a "type" of Christ, what we mean is that it in some way reflects the reality of Our Lord.  For example, Isaac is a "type" of Christ when he willingly lets his father offer him as a sacrifice to God.  (Early monotheists had to work through a few misunderstandings in how this whole "religion" thing was supposed to work.  Hint: The real God doesn't want you to ritually sacrifice your children, even if you've been raised to think that's just the cure for all that ails. Wh … [Read more...]

HDO Alert: Build Your Life Around the Most Important Thing

Happy Feast of the Assumption!It's a Holy Day of Obligation, so get yourself to Mass someplace.Why does the Church do this to us every so often, insisting we turn up and worship not just on Sundays, but six other days of the year into the equation?  It's as if you're expected to totally rearrange your life in order to attend Mass.  It's as if there were something so important about these feasts that we should make them the priority.  It's as if even we who have busy in-the-world vo … [Read more...]

Something Beautiful: Lectio Divina Blog

Serendipity is following  a link to the Lectio Divina site by transitional deacon Ian Van Heusen.  The blog is here.  Hard not to like a place with posts -- good ones, true ones -- about things like "learning to die."  Yes.  This.Beautiful.Go look.  … [Read more...]

Staying on the Narrow Road in Gardening Our Souls

Julie Davis comments on the Parable of the Sower: Listening to the Gospel reading last Sunday with the parable of the sowers, this was the very thought that ran through my head. Yes the soil may be packed down hard from people walking on it, but if someone hoes it up, adds some compost, and the soft rain falls? Then it too may be fertile. To which I'd like to add a thought.Years ago, when our then-pastor preached on the idea of mulching and composting in order to improve the fertility of … [Read more...]

Mercy Where You Least Expected It: A Jubilee Year

Turns out the Holy Father has announced a Jubilee Year.[Quick update: Fr. Capo writes, "@TheAnchoress @Jennifer_Fitz The Jubilee Year is to be celebrated just in Isernia, Italy, where Pope Celestine was born 800 yrs ago."  Thanks for the clarification, Father!]I was scratching my head, vaguely remembering JPII had done such a thing back in the early years of my reversion (2000, as it happens), and sure enough, even Wikipedia wasn't expecting another such until 2025.  I'm unclear, given t … [Read more...]

Adult Catechesis on the Thorny Issues that Make People Hate the Church

When I returned to the Catholic faith, I landed in the hands of the right priest.  He heard my confession, and then pointed me in the direction I needed to go.  "Does your marriage need to be convalidated? We can take care of that.  Let's see . . . I like to offer NFP instruction to all my marriage-prep couples, here's this free intro session coming up, you might be interested in it."  Gracious, pastoral, and completely confident in the truth of the Catholic faith.  Is it easy? Not always.  But t … [Read more...]