Remembering the Beatification


Was it only a year ago? We were there, some of us, gathered for the Vatican Blogfest.  Elizabeth Scalia, Katrina Fernandez, Rocco Palmo, Thomas Peters, and so many others.... brought together for the first time half a world away. I was thinking, though, about the Beatification of Pope John Paul II, and what a prayerful and an emotional day it was.  Back at my old blog, I carried a photo montage showing the crowds cheering, the cardinals strolling through the crowded streets, the people sl … [Read more...]

For All or For Many? Pope Benedict Explains

Cornelius Jansen

The year was 2003 and we were motoring through the French countryside, visiting wineries and restaurants and cathedrals and churches.  A Dominican priest served as spiritual director for our pilgrimage.At one of the most beautiful basilicas (I think it was in Bordeaux), we stopped to pray at a side altar, in the left transept of the church.  Over the altar hung a remarkable painting of the Crucifixion; but Jesus’arms were not outstretched on the Cross, as He is usually depicted.  Instead he h … [Read more...]