“Merciful Lord Jesus, grant them rest!”

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Please, please pray for the Lewis family. Pray for Olivia and Emma. And pray for those they leave behind, most especially Sean, Becca, and Vivian. They’re being asked to carry an impossibly heavy cross, to travel down an impossibly dark and difficult road. Even with the extraordinary and edifying outpourings of human sympathy, prayer, and [Read More...]

A Day of Lamentation and Bitter Weeping

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Thus says the Lord: A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are not. — Jeremiah 31:15 In all the Dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) [Read More...]

Advice For All Papal Watchers: Chew Before Swallowing

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Nathan, our youngest, has reached that hilarious transitional stage where he adjusting from receiving his sustenance almost exclusively through breast-feeding to actually eating solid foods. (And by “solid,” I mean “mostly mashed bananas and rice cereal mixed with yogurt,” of course.) He’s both extraordinarily adept — I guess that goes with the early walking — [Read More...]

Tending to My Own Garden

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This piece from Mary DeTurris Poust (and her follow-up thoughts) has been making the rounds. It’s hit a real chord (or nerve, or home-run) with many, and produced a great deal of commentary that I find both timely and helpful. And it’s reminded me of my own frustrations over the question of how to respond to the shepherding deficiencies we see all [Read More...]

A Quote I Just Can’t Shake

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Things have been a bit crazy over the past few days, both personally and professionally. (Personally, because “Seven Boys = Crazy” each and every day, without qualification. And professionally, because the opening of a new academic year is always insane.) Over the years, I’ve come to recognize a peculiar, personal tic that pops up every time [Read More...]

Comforting Quote of the Day

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My, my. The Catholic Internet is certainly abuzz today, brimming over with Sturm und Drang and all manner of hand-wringing, name-calling, and wolf-crying. Of course, none of these things are particularly new when it comes to the online world, but I’m feeling it particularly keenly today, for some reason — mostly, I think, because I can’t [Read More...]

The Man Behind the Booth — Part IV

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“It is hard to be human. It is hard to know what to do. It is hard to know how to take care of those we love. It is hard to give up on our fantasies of immortality, or power, or the thought that if we could shape the world to our will everything would [Read More...]

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, According to John (and Bach)

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Each year, as part of my Good Friday devotions, I try to listen (as distraction-free as possible) to a musical work suited — both emotionally and liturgically — to the commemoration of Christ’s passion and death. Past listening sessions have ranged from Alfeyev’s Passion of St. Matthew and Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light to Schutz’s Passions (Matthew, Luke, [Read More...]

Complacency, Abandonment, And The Violence That Precedes Grace

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“Our age not only does not have a very sharp eye for the almost imperceptible intrusions of grace, it no longer has much feeling for the nature of the violences which precede and follow them.” – Flannery O’Connor I stumbled across that O’Connor quote earlier this week while searching for ways to commemorate her birthday. I’ve [Read More...]

The Calm Before The Storm

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The first few days of Holy Week always feel so strange to me. The eager throngs and joyful Hosannas of Palm Sunday are behind us; the angry shouts, the betrayals, the torches of Holy Thursday, before. At this moment, though — waiting in this liturgical lull; this eye of the Lenten storm — all is [Read More...]


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