Blessed Marianne Cope: Have You Heard of Her?

Reverend Sister Marianne Matron of the Bishop Home, KalaupapaTo see the infinite pity of this place, The mangled limb, the devastated face, The innocent sufferers smiling at the rod, A fool were tempted to deny his God.He sees, and shrinks; but if he look again, Lo, beauty springing from the breast of pain!— He marks the sisters on the painful shores, And even a fool is silent and adores. Robert Louis Stevenson Kalawao, May 22, 1889On November 16-18, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops … [Read more...]

BLESSED JOHN PAUL II: Larger Than Life (In More Ways Than One)

Here it is:  the larger-than-life portrait of Pope John Paul II which was hung today in St. Peter’s Square.  I suppose it wasn’t displayed at the May 1 Beatification because it would have obstructed the view of hundreds of the faithful.At the Beatification ceremony, Pope Benedict read the official decree in Latin:  We grant that the venerable Servant of God John Paul II, Pope, henceforth be called Blessed and that his feast may be celebrated in the places and according to the regulations establ … [Read more...]

TIRED FEET, WARM HEART. Present at the Beatification of Pope John Paul II!

Today I watched the sun rise over the Tiber River with a million of my brothers and sisters  in Christ.Attending a Beatification is hard work! We had planned to leave the apartment at 4:00 a.m. Our group learned, though, that others would depart for St. Peter’s Square as early as 3:00 a.m.—so Lisa Wheeler, grand taskmaster and organizer extraordinaire, revised the plan and we planned instead to leave by 2:30. That’s 2:30 in the morning!!We set off at a brisk pace. Lisa has firsthand knowle … [Read more...]