Your light is strong…

Father of light, unchanging God, today you reveal to men of faith the resplendent fact of the Word made flesh. Your light is strong, your love is near; draw us beyond the limits which this world imposes, to the life where your Spirit makes all life complete. We ask this through Christ our Lord. -- Alternative Closing Prayer, First Vespers of the EpiphanyYou can listen to the complete First Vespers for this Solemnity, here. Much more professionally done than my old podcasts.An underrated … [Read more...]

"God has carved a place…"

One of the good things about a Catholic church is that it isn't respectable; you can find anyone in it, from duchesses to whores, from tramps to kings. -- Rumer Godden, In This House of BredeOver at Inside Catholic, Zoe Romanowsky links to a piece by the newly-conservative psychotherapist known as Robin of Berkeley, who has chronicled her recent experiences at a Catholic Christmas Mass.To my amazement, the painfully shy child sitting next to me came out of her shell. She started singing her … [Read more...]

Breath of Heaven – UPDATE

My podcast reading the Nativity Narrative of the Gospel of St. LukeUPDATE: "Teach them to watch the star that leads to the baby. A must-read. One to save to re-read in mid-year, when both Christmas and Easter are have passed, and we've begun to forget. (H/T)More giving...and...Even moreA very generous little kid who must have good parenting.Fr. James Martin: Hail Mary … [Read more...]

Dec 23- O Emmanuel

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist bring it all homeGod has always been with us, but the Incarnation radically changed His manner of being "with us." The most sacred item for the people of the Old Testament was the Ark of the Covenant, which contained several holy objects: the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments, God's word inscribed by God Himself; a jar of the manna with which God fed them in the desert; and Aaron's rod, the symbol of his priesthood (Heb. 9:4). From the … [Read more...]

When Anchoress Crashed and Burned

I stumbled on to this tonight, while looking for another piece. In re-reading, I realized this is where I was, precisely 5 years ago, tonight.I do surely miss my brother. But I am so grateful for the lessons we learned together, in his last days.ANCHORESS CRASHES AND BURNS; FILM AT 11 Reposted from December 22, 2004So, as sometimes happens in life, everything came to a head yesterday afternoon. After a so-so day at work, during which I made arrangements with my pediatrician to get a … [Read more...]

Dec 22 – O Rex Gentium

Write the Dominicans:The Baltimore Catechism asks the question, "Why did God make you?" and the answer, while straightforward, is also profound: He made us to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this life, and to be happy with Him forever in the next. He is our beginning and our end - we were literally made for Him, and our greatest happiness will be found in loving Him. Of course, He cannot force us to love Him; in fact He gave us a free will so that it is entirely our choice. But then … [Read more...]

Dec 21 The Challenge and The Light

"The issue is now clear. It is between light and darkness, and everyone must choose his side." -- reported last words of G. K. ChestertonWrite our Dominican friends:Today, on the shortest day of the year, the liturgy calls Christ the Dayspring, the Radiant Dawn. He truly is the Light which comes bursting into our darkness and shows us the way of holiness and peace. And while He calls Himself the light of the world, He also tells us that in him we are the light of the world. We receive this … [Read more...]

Wrapping our heads around the world at Christmas

So, Bookworm is sounding bummed out as she is quoting Mark Steyn:The liberal wing of the party—the Barney Franks, the David Obeys—are focused beyond November 2010, to the long-term political prize. They want a health-care program that inevitably leads to a value-added tax and a permanent welfare state. Big government then becomes fact, and another Ronald Reagan becomes impossible. See Continental Europe.Optimism is still a virtue, and I am forever battling my inner cynic, but I've said fre … [Read more...]

Dec 20 – O Key of David

Again a nice meditation from the DSMME's and Julie at Happy Catholic joins in the exposition:O Key of David, O royal power of Israel, controlling at your will the gate of heaven: come, break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death; and lead your captive people into freedom.The Key of David opens up something utterly new - something never before imagined - the God who loves us so much he humbles himself and sets his tent among us. The God, … [Read more...]

Dec 19 – O Radix Jesse

Once again, the sisters give us a nudge:O Flower of Jesse's stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presences; the nations bow down in worship before you. Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid. … [Read more...]