Lenten Reading Suggestions

Julie at Happy Catholic has her Lenten reading list up."Wait a minute, what? You guys have "reading lists" for Lent, too?"Yeah. But it's a good thing. It is a tradition that started with the Benedictine Monastics as part of St. Benedicts Rule for his monks:During the days of Lent, they should be free in the morning to read until the third hour. . . . During this time of Lent each one is to receive a book from the library, and is to read the whole of it straight through. These books are … [Read more...]

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Flattered & Blushing linkaround – UPDATED

Amazing footage: US Air Splashdown. Watching those people evacuate is really something. Thank God for good news.As the doorman said, "well, bust my buttons!" It seems Tony Blankley has visited my humble abode and said some very nice things. I'm blushing. No, really. But that was very nice; thanks. I would add that I share the same experience with Blankley; I get the papers and leave them unread because I get it all online. But...we do need our crossword puzzles and our Sudoku's, don't … [Read more...]

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Friday Linkaround

Quiet today. After gabbing and watching videos through the night, we put Buster on a plane headed back to school early this morning, then went to mass and - since it was offered - took the opportunity to go to confession, and then came home and promptly fell asleep until the early afternoon. Can't remember the last time I've done that. Felt kind of good, actually!So, here is a link around to stuff you may or may not be seeing elsewhere. It's a long post, but stick with it; I don't think … [Read more...]

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Incarnation: "The Mystery IS the Gift…"

Have you ever read something and then said, "damn, I wish I'd written that?I do it frequently, but especially today with this piece, especially, by the renowned skeptic, Vanderleun:Theirs was the Age of Myth; a world where night was not dimmed by the web of lights that now obscures the stars. Their nights were lit by flaring torches, dim oil lamps, guttering candles; by the phases of the moon and the broad shimmering river of the Milky Way. As the sun declined and night ascended, life … [Read more...]

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Holding on to what?

I like this short lesson from Abbess Maria-Michael Newe, OSB, of St. Walburga's Abbey of Benedictines, in Colorado. She doesn't harangue, but she gives food for thought to the roustabout internets, so lively with opinion:Sometimes the things you hang on to the tightest are the very things you should get rid of first; because they’re the very things that tie your heart down. They keep you from seeking God because you spend so much time protecting those things or identifying with them instead o … [Read more...]

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Guns, Bailouts, Gitmo and Soap

Retreat was excellent, but I need to process it a little before I write about it.Meanwhile, a quick look around tells me I didn't miss much, newswise.Guns: Instapundit links to two pieces on increased gun sales - or the perception of it. I don't know if I buy the cause and effect. I've been contemplating buying a gun for at least two years, and it has nothing to do with politics or social issues, or the election. It's because after reading female-authored articles on training with … [Read more...]

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Oct 22 Morning Prayer

Let your daughter have first of all the book of Psalms for holiness of heart, and be instructed in the Proverbs of Solomon for her godly life. ~ St. JeromeThe Podcast for today's Morning Prayer may be found here.As ever, I'm using the breviary and guide featured below … [Read more...]

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Mornings are for Prayer & Study

That's actually a Dominican in the picture, but "ora et labora" is the motto of the Benedictine: Pray and Work.And study. Books are the Benedictine lifeblood.I promised myself a while back that I would take mornings to study, specifically to read books on anything but what is going on around us, although very often what I'm reading has its resonances in the day, as well, and no, I don't strictly mean scripture, but there's that, too.It is good to be quiet. In fact, it is necessary. I … [Read more...]

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The DC Nuke & the Saving Monks

Random Thoughts is writing about what is happening to her finances.No one has defended President Bush more than I have during his time in office. No one.But his signing the "bailout bill" that Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the rest of them were giddy over this afternoon - it has stunned me. I know he had to do it. I know there were no choices, here. But I am still stunned.When I heard Joe Biden talk about giving courts the power to reset mortgage principles I thought he'd simply … [Read more...]

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Vespers for Sept 30

Wow, this was kind of a fun Office, tonight, on this feast of the curmudgeonly St. Jerome - the psalms really spoke to the day, even down to the prayer for our legislators in the final intercessions.The podcast is here, and it contains all the page directives for the Breviary. As usual I'm using the breviary shown below; I love the translations, and this is the most commonly used of the breviaries for the Liturgy of the Hours.Tomorrow is the Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, another Doctor … [Read more...]

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