Checking Into The Weekend, New Pope in Tow

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It’s been quite a week, hasn’t it? My Fridays are a bit unfocused under the most ordinary of circumstances, and the roiling emotions of the past few weeks have been anything but ordinary. (Think we’ve had it crazy? Try imagining what life’s been like for Monsignor Guido Marini over the past month or so. Monday’s “Extra Omnes” moment [Read More...]

Watching with the Family as Papal History Unfolds

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View image | gettyimages.com I love the fact that we must wait to learn the identity of the new pope. In this explosively-expanding technopoly of ours, having to wait seems borderline absurd. We use our cell phones to help diagnose and treat diseases, but when the Catholic Church wants to notify its members of the [Read More...]

No Commentary Necessary — “Habemus Papam” Edition

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Yes, I know it’s Lent. But come on, people. We have a pope! View image | gettyimages.com Bonus Celebratory Music: Palestrina’s “Tu es Petrus” — always beautiful, but particularly appropriate today. Tu es Petrus et super hanc petram ædificabo ecclesiam meam et portæ inferi non prævalebunt adversus eam. Et tibi dabo claves regni cælorum. Attribution(s): Photos [Read More...]

Musical Meditation for the Third Sunday of Lent

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As I reflected on Andrei Tarkovsky’s “The Sacrifice” last week, I was reminded of the wonderfully Lenten aria that serves as its musical backbone: Erbarme Dich, mein Gott from J.S. Bach’s Matthäus-Passion. My recommendation? Don’t watch. Just listen. Erbarme dich, mein Gott, Um meiner Zähren Willen ! Shaue hier, Herz und Auge Weint vor dir bitterlich. Erbarme dich, [Read More...]

Calming the Waves of the Pope’s Departure

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“Do not be afraid,” I tell myself. “He’s still in the boat.” These are momentous times for the Church. Changing one’s shepherd under normal circumstances is already an historic, life-changing event. Add in the wrinkle of searching for a new shepherd as the last one is still settling into his new (and still very much [Read More...]

Into the Wilderness

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Therefore, in the punishment, and also in the malediction of the soil, there remains a good intention that comes from God. When he says to man, “You are dust and to dust you shall return!” together with the just punishment he also intends to announce a path of salvation, which will travel through the earth, [Read More...]

Reacting to The Resignation

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Yes. If a Pope clearly realizes that he is no longer physically, psychologically, and spiritually capable of handling the duties of his office, then he has a right and, under some circumstances, also an obligation to resign. — Benedict XVI My Latin’s undeniably rusty, so as I listened to Papa Benedetto’s announcement this morning, I [Read More...]

The Overview Effect

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View image | gettyimages.com “When we look down at the Earth from space we see this amazing, indescribably beautiful planet – it looks like a living, breathing organism. But it also, at the same time, looks extremely fragile.” – Ron Garan Despite the fabulously futuristic  (and costly) efforts of Richard Branson and Friends,  the Overview [Read More...]

Bruised Once More ‘Gainst the Wood of the Cross

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They scarcely waked before they slept, They scarcely wept before they laughed; They drank indeed death’s bitter draught, But all its bitterest dregs were kept And drained by Mothers while they wept. – Christina Rossetti I’ve been at this Cradle Catholic gig for nearly 35 years, so you’d think I’d have learned a thing or two [Read More...]

Music and Meditation for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

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It’s one of those “Fourth Week, we hardly knew ye” years, where Week Four of Advent feels more like a vestigial than a full-blown liturgical event. But two days is more than enough to highlight some of the memorable melodic edifices built upon today’s introit: “Rorate Coeli Desuper.” Rorate caeli desuper, et nubes pluant justum: aperiatur [Read More...]


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