In Praise of Adoration

Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters at ChristmasSitting before the Holy Eucharist: “it is like sitting out in the sun. You may not feel the effect at the moment, but a little while later, you know you were singed.” -- Sr. Briege McKennaI've written several times in the past about how genuinely wonderful it is to have the opportunity to sit before the Blessed Sacrament in prayer and silence.It was by happening upon Adoration that my heart was turned, irrevocably, finally and for all time, toward … [Read more...]

Random Updates & Links

Those Oreo Truffles: Recipe here. In answer to an email, no they are not too rich, and yes, they taste like truffles, not Oreos. If you don't believe me, here is a note from Reader Ellen:I was intrigued enough to try it, though, and I now join the raving masses who love them! I took them to my department’s Christmas lunch today, and had multiple requests for the recipe. Next time I make them, I’m adding Grand Marnier!The Italian Rainbow Cookies: Sorry they're a little difficult to find. … [Read more...]

Simplicity in the desert

When no one listens to me any more God still listens to me When I can no longer talk to anyone I can always talk to God When there is no longer anyone to help me He can help me When I am plunged into complete solitude If I pray I am never totally alone. -- Pope Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free, 'Tis the gift to come down where you ought to be, And when we find ourselves in the place just right, 'Twill be in the … [Read more...]

Vespers for 1st Monday in Advent

"Advent" does not mean "expectation" as some may think. It is a translation of the Greek word parousia, which means "presence" or, more accurately, "arrival," i.e. the beginning of a presence. In antiquity the word was a technical term for the presence of a king or ruler and also of the god being worshipped, who bestows his parousia upon his devotees for a time. "Advent", then, means a presence begun, the presence being that of God. -- Pope Benedict XVI, Dogma and Preaching (from the … [Read more...]

Benedict on Monasticism

“When you have become God's in the measure He wants, He, Himself will know how to best bestow you on others. Unless He prefer, for thy greater advantage, to keep thee all to Himself.” --St. BasilI like this:"In virtue of the absolute primacy reserved to Christ, monasteries are called to be places in which space is made for the celebration of the glory of God, where one adores and chants the mysterious but real presence of the divine in the world and where one tries to live the new com … [Read more...]

Obama: Yes to Iran, No to WFTV

A reader who asks for anonymity but refers to himself as "a product of Pittsburgh Steelworkers" writes about his discomfort over Obama:Dear Anchoress:An observation about Barack Obama that bothers me enough to write somebody an email.Barack Obama said during the first debate that he would sit down and talk to Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism, without preconditions because he did not believe in the notion that by not talking to people we are somehow punishing them.Then when a Florida TV … [Read more...]

The Word Going Forth…

In case you're wondering, the Great Big Continuous Public Bible Read instigated by Pope Benedict XVI is still going on, and they're up to Ezekiel 14. It's in Italian, but still awesome to check in on from time to time. There are musical interludes between books.I'm loving it. As I wrote here, this will bear fruit!It doesn't really matter if no one listens. Some will, some won't. The major portion of the Word will be read to no audience at all. But by the very act of reading it - of … [Read more...]

The Pope, the Word & the World

At the end of the sky is the rising of the sun; to the furthest end of the sky is its course. There is nothing concealed from its burning heat. (Psalm 19)How funny. Not funny, "ha-ha" but funny "strange." And good.The pope announced last week that he would begin a televised reading of all 73 books of the bible beginning yesterday. Spare me notes arguing about the number of books in the bible - I'm not going to get mired down in apologetics - and just stick with me.So, think about it - … [Read more...]

Vespers for an Anxious Weekend

Offered for anyone interested, a podcast of tonight's Vespers, and remarkably, the psalms seem to reflect what we have been watching unfold over the past 48 hours, and they speak to our anxiety - but they manage to offer hope, as wellAlso, if you're inclined, it's nice to listen to the podcast with this before your eyes.If you're reading along with the Christian Prayer breviary, this begins on Page 765. I did not read anything from the office of Marytrs because the psalms and antiphons of … [Read more...]

Morning Prayer; Our Lady of Sorrows

In today's podcast, I read two psalms and chant one (you are warned!) from the Office of the day. I begin a little differently, though, reading excepts from a 2006 post meditating on the feast day, and the role of Mary as Mother to all of us Christians. The full text can be found here.Also, Pope Benedict XVI just wrapped up a successful visit to France that - with all of our storm and election news - we didn't hear much about in the US. He gets around pretty well for a fellow in his 80's, … [Read more...]