A Voice Crying in the Political Wilderness

George Weigel makes a case here that now is the time for a robust and uncompromising form of Catholicism to stand up and be counted in America. As for the opportunity embedded in this crisis, it is nothing less than to be the Church of the New Evangelization, full-throttle. Shallow, tribal, institutional-maintenance Catholicism is utterly [Read More...]

Would Jesus Recognize Catholic Worship?

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  I posted a picture the other day of ¬†worship at St Peter’s. There was a crowd of altar servers, robed clergy in procession and clouds of incense. In the combox someone observed, “Would Jesus recognize this as worship?” I don’t know the commenter and his background, but it sounds like the comment is based [Read More...]

This is Catholic Worship

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The Little Girl as Warrior

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“Sanctity! It must be won at the point of a sword!” said the little warrior St Therese. If anyone has read her Story of a Soul and gave it up as a sentimental exercise in French bad taste they should pick up¬†The Last Conversations. The first book might just put folks off with the cute [Read More...]

Be Self Centered –It’s Good for You

There. That headline got your attention didn’t it? As usual, I’m trying to stand things on their head. This is what I mean: Be self centered. Look after the good of your own soul first and foremost. Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. There are several advantages to this. First, it will [Read More...]

Teresa of Avila and the Infant of Prague

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Did you know that the original Infant of Prague was owned by St Teresa of Avila? Here’s the story: In 1628 the small, 19″ wooden, wax coated statue was given by the Spanish princess Polyxena Lobkowicz to the Discalced Carmelites. The princess who was Spanish, had received the statue as a wedding gift in 1603 [Read More...]


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