Helping You Get Enthused…

…because that’s what I do!

I know you know October is dedicated to the Rosary, and that is why I have directed you here and here over the past weeks. So, today, let Pat Gohn dispel any idea you might have that the rosary is the prayer of blue-haired old ladies:

I have an aversion to being called a “Rosary rattler.” But to those who know me, this isn’t news.

That was the name the local hipsters dubbed the so-called blue-hairs kneeling before Mass petitioning the Blessed Virgin Mary as they fingered the long beads that inevitably clacked against the backs of the pews before them.

As I later found out, the Rosary was not just the prayer of the old folks, or traditionalists clinging to a bygone era; I grew to love it in my late 20s—when I still had my natural hair color…

Pat, of course, is the sanest woman on the internets, so I do recommend you go learn what she has to share on that very Christocentric and contemplative prayer, and then check out her special podcast for this week which has some prominent Catholic bloggers and writers discussing why they love the rosary and other things. I was going to chime in, but you know — if only the day were 38 hours long.

If you live in the Chicago area, you might be interested in knowing that tonight, yes, tonight, WTTW will begin airing Fr. Robert Barron’s Catholicism series — in fact a lot of places are broadcasting it, so take a peek at the latest schedule to see when it might be available for you.

Speaking of which, as we close out the book club this week, we finish with not one, not two, but three new looks at Catholicism by three terrific writers sharing their insights:

Read Julie Davis, with The Catholic Things We Do:

Father Robert Barron. Barron has the knack of articulating Catholic theology in a way that makes one sit up in astonishment and delight as well-worn concepts take on fresh, new life.

Read María Morera Johnson, with Out of Beige and Into Beauty:

I grew up in an era probably best defined as The Beige Period. Everything was bland; my house was beige (we called them earth tones), my clothes were beige (we called them warm tones), and my faith, sadly, was diluted and . . . beige (we called it Catholic).

The move from the city to the suburbs took me away from a gothic cathedral with gorgeous stained glass windows and vibrant mosaics to wood paneling and safety glass, tinted, so it didn’t even let in the sun.

Two extended periods of residency in Europe got me back to rediscovering the beauty of our faith. I’ve been in recovery ever since.

Read By Fran Rossi Szpylczyn, with Rendering Truth in Succinct Simplicity:

. . .with this book, when people look at me quizzically and ask me why I am so ardent about my faith and my church, I can consider handing them a copy of Catholicism.

And when other Catholics say they want to learn more about the Roman Catholic Church, but don’t know where to begin, I can do the same thing.

I still say it’s a course in revolution.

But anyway, after you see an episode or read a review, you may totally hopped up to read and appreciate Bad Catholic’s piece on the Holy Eucharist and blasphemy.

And speaking of getting enthused…check back in a couple of hours; you’ll be meeting yet another interesting writer who will bring new and wonderful things to Patheos.

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  • Katherine

    Oi w ith you! Putting all these treasures in my lab, when there is so very much to do. I can slack on the laundry, but the food must be prepared.

  • Fran Rossi Szpylczyn

    Thanks for the link and thank you always for such rich and varied resources – I am enthused and well fed! I really LOVED Pat’s rosary piece – exceptional!

  • Frances

    And don’t forget! The 2011 Family Rosary Crusade in San Francisco this Saturday!

    We’re commemorating the Rosary Crusade 50 years ago here in San Francisco when Fr. Patrick Peyton prayed the rosary with 550,000 people in the Polo Grounds at Golden Gate Park. Now that’s a lot of people. We’ll be happy if we get 20,000. Pleaes pray for us! We will have it right behind our City Hall. The rosary said at City Hall in San Francisco. Think about it. Powerful.

    Thanks for praying for us!