New Poem

The Dogwood TreeFor a Papal VisitMy garden has an ancient dogwood tree,grown from a cutting from a tree that datesback beyond all living memory.The old gardener loves that tree, and relatesthe tale of how one tree was kept alivefor thousands of years through bad times and good;how some cuttings would falter, others thrive,yet all, both [Read More...]

Apostolic Visit

During Pope Benedict’s Apostolic visit to the USA, remembering that ‘apostle’ means’ ‘sent one’. From yesterday’s gospel: Whoever rejects me and does not accept my wordshas something to judge him: the word that I spoke,it will condemn him on the last day,because I did not speak on my own,but the Father who sent me commanded [Read More...]

Papal Visit Coverage

American Papist has some of the best blogger coverage of the Pope’s visit to Washington.  John Allen summarizes the Pope’s message to the Bishops here. [Read more...]

Mass Evangelism

There was a Protestant publishing company in England that used to produce smart publicity materials that you could buy for your parish events. They would do overprinting–putting your details into their nice artwork. They had rules though. You weren’t allowed to use the word ‘Mass’ in any of your publicity materials because they couldn’t be [Read More...]

Why America Needs the Pope

Here is my article for National Catholic Register published this weekend. [Read more...]

Pictures from Day 1

London’s Daily Telegraph has this nice gallery of photos from the Pope’s visit to the White House. [Read more...]