The Wisdom to Know the Difference: Fr. Jonathan Morris Unpacks the Serenity Prayer

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THE SERENITY PRAYER Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.The Serenity Prayer is a familiar quote on wall plaques and greeting cards and lockets.Originally written by American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, The Serenity Prayer was recited in the second season of the American television drama "Desperate Housewives" and set to music by Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor.  It was prominently … [Read more...]

Edgar Allan Poe’s Hymn to Our Lady

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Did you know that Edgar Allen Poe once penned a hymn to Our Lady?Poe, the tortured poet of the American Romantic Movement, is best known for his stories of mystery and the macabre--stories like "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Tell-Tale Heart," and famous narrative poems like "The Raven" and "Annabel Lee."His onomatopoeic poem "The Bells," which was published after his death in 1849, is believed to have been inspired by the bells of the tower at … [Read more...]

Something New to Worry About: Will a Typhoon Hit the Pope’s Mass?

This just out from CNN:  A typhoon with winds approaching 75 miles per hour and heavy rain is approaching the Philippines--and heading right to where Pope Francis' big outdoor Mass is supposed to be held on Saturday.The Mass is planned in Tacloban, where 6,300 people died in 2013 in Super Typhoon Haiyan.  This year's storm, Typhoon Mekkhala, has not been that fierce and is not expected to make landfall until two hours after the papal mass begins.Still, though, what a worry!  Even the he … [Read more...]