Bright Saints

I travel to Newark this week to Immaculate Conception Seminary for my final ordination examination. Prayers please! When I was taking the written exams some weeks ago my brother phoned and said, “I’m praying to the Cure d’Ars for you!” “Thanks. The Cure d’Ars was holy, but he wasn’t real smart. Could you switch over [Read More…]

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Churches, Hypocrisy and Stolen Umbrellas

Rod Dreher’s recent defection to the Eastern Orthodox reminds all of us of the need to see the Church upside down in order to see it the way it really is. We converts from Protestantism find it difficult to shake the idea that the church should be what we expect it to be: a congregation [Read More…]

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Blonde or Blue Hair Heaven?

Here’s a hilarious take on Catholic heaven from the Simpsons, linked from Brian Miller at Just an Apprentice and it jives with my understanding that Catholics are the natural jesters of the Christian faith. Like blondes, they have more fun… Marge Simpson explores Catholic or Protestant heaven. [Read more…]

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Gubbio and Grigio

Here’s St Francis with the Wolf of Gubbio, but did you know that St John Bosco had a sort of familiar guardian angel type dog named Grigio, who hung about protecting the saint on his forays into the bad part of town in nineteenth century Italy? This huge gray dog appeared out of nowhere, and [Read More…]

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Ecumenism in Action

The Curt Jester has a good post about a non-Catholic healed by a Catholic saint. This seems to me a very good example of the right kind of ecumenical dialogue… My Presbyterian father used to tell us about his Great Aunt Anne…a staunch Mennonite woman who was healed of bone cancer by praying to the [Read More…]

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Take and Read

“I heard the voice as of a boy or girl, I know not which, coming from a neighbouring house, chanting, and oft repeating, “Take and read; take and read.” — St Augustine, The Confessions In the Rule of St Benedict there is an instruction that the Abbot should give the monks a book to read [Read More…]

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