Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow…. My Farewell Tribute to Patheos

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Patheos, I have loved you.When Elizabeth Scalia first invited me to sit in her chair, guest blogging for her while she enjoyed some much-needed down time, she described it as "giving me the keys to a Ferrari." And I had to agree! "The Anchoress" was one of the blogs I read every day, without fail. Indeed, many of the writers over at the Catholic Portal at Patheos had their fingers on the virtual pulse of the Church--Patheos was my "go-to" site for news and thoughtful opinions regarding … [Read more...]

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THE O ANTIPHONS and the Beatles: Great Secrets Revealed?

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First, I mean no disrespect—but if you are a theologian or a historian or a liturgist, please pop in here to explain something for me.I’ve been reading about the O ANTIPHONS, those profound anticipatory verses from Isaiah which, in the Catholic tradition, are read at Vespers from December 17 through December 23, leading up to the Christmas season.  Lovely prayers, most certainly!  But over and over in the literature, as an after-note, I read that the first letters of the seven Antiphons, wh … [Read more...]

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LOOKING BACK: Eight Really Big Stories from “Seasons of Grace”

What do readers want in a good Catholic blog? As the year draws to a close, I've taken a few minutes this week to look back at what on this blog, exactly, elicited the most interest from my readers.Can you equate pageviews with quality? I don't think so.Is the most popular article also the most important? Not necessarily.But looking back at the top stories of the last year (or the last five years) can be a great parlor game, a fun-packed trip down Memory Lane. It's with that carefree … [Read more...]

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