The Last Secret of Fatima

I just finished (and loved) The Last Secret of Fatima by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, which will be coming out in early May but may be pre-ordered.If you followed coverage of Pope Benedict's XVI's recent visit to America, you saw a lot of Cardinal Bertone, the Vatican's SecState; you'll recall he told informed the pope, in St. Patrick's Cathedral, of the moment of the anniversary of his election, at which the pope spoke so eloquently and extemporaneously.The Last Secret of Fatima is actually a … [Read more...]

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Merton: The Seven Storey Mountain

If you've never read the remarkable book The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton, you really should consider it. It's not just for Catholics; it is a tremendously readable autobiography of a brilliant man on spiritual sojourn. One of those books you pick up and have difficulty putting down. I quote some of the book - and share how it made me think.Here is a video about Merton and the evolution of the book … [Read more...]

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B16 gets big at Nationals Stadium – UPDATED

Did it seem to you, as it did to me, that we watched Benedict loosen up or break free a little bit at this mass? Watching him exit he seemed bigger and bolder to me, as though he was growing into his part.I was inclined to like him, of course, through his writings, but I didn't know if I would be put off by his manner. After half a lifetime watching the effusive, playful and outgoing John Paul II, I wondered if Benedict, in person, could manage to inspire in the same way. He does.Benedict … [Read more...]

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Benedict so far…

(H/T American Digest)Yes, I said the site would be "wall-to-wall" Benedict for the duration of his visit. I may throw in a video here or there - or something just to refresh myself, but if you're looking for All Things Benedict, this is where we're at so far - I'll be writing more later.Benedict Gets Big at Nationals Stadium (He seemed Bunyunesque!)The Pope on the Sex Abuse Issue (A first-look at Benedict's address to his bishops following Vespers. Includes some personal … [Read more...]

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Gold poop, incest, animal cruelty & more…

Wherein Tracey reads her niece a bedtime story... and traumatizes herself.The basic setup for Donkeyskin is this: Handsome king and beautiful queen have a beautiful daughter and a magic donkey that poos gold. The beautiful queen falls deathly ill, and in a final beautifully bitchy act, makes the handsome king promise never to marry again unless he finds a woman as beautiful and virtuous as she. Beautiful queen dies happy — haha! — because she knows he will never ever find a woman like her. All … [Read more...]

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How are you liking HBO's John Adams?

I confess, after excitedly looking forward to HBO's presentation, I am a little disappointed. Not tremendously so, because I knew the book could never translate perfectly to the screen, but...yeah, disappointed.I had thought Paul Giamatti - an actor I admire a lot - would be the perfect John Adams, but it seems to me he has not managed to get inside him. Adams was a man with a temper, a tendency toward vanity and stubbornness, it's true, but he also seems to have had boundless energy, a … [Read more...]

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Hillary, Confessions, Blogs, Popes, Priests & more

Heh. John Hawkins has a post up with 10 reasons why this blog is not succeeding while others do.I try! I don't feel comfortable networking, but I link out! I try to be interesting and varied - most days I post at least three or four new things. Seems I'm just not all that provocative, and undoubtedly I'm too long-winded. Still - it blows my mind that other people manage to support themselves blogging. This little endeavor nets yer girl something under $2,000 per year, and with two kids … [Read more...]

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Book in the mail today

You'll note there is an ad running in the right hand sidebar for the book Extraordinary Circumstances; The Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower by Cynthia Cooper, who was on of Time Magazine's people of the year in 2002.From the press release: In June 2002, Cynthia Cooper, Vice President of Internal Audit at WorldCom, made a decision that would reveal the largest fraud in US corporate history. Cooper discovered that WorldCom's crafty accounting methods turned a $662 million dollar loss into a … [Read more...]

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A Catholic Round Up

2008 Catholic Blog Awards are now taking nominations.I'm not clear on the changes this year...I think there will only be one chance to vote once the nominees are named. Check it out and nominate your faves!Barbara Nicolosi of Church of the Masses has founded a program to prepare Christians for Hollywood careers.Writes Barbara:The program takes place in the heart of the Hollywood entertainment industry with intensive classroom instruction and mentoring from a world-class faculty of over … [Read more...]

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150 Years today ago in Lourdes…

Grotto at Lourdes, shamelessly cribbed from Fr. James Martin...a dirt-poor, uneducated girl saw a beautiful lady in the most humble of places.Thus begins a true story whose epilogue has not yet been written.The key to the story of Lourdes is not the Marian apparition. It is not Bernadette's story. It is not the healings which have taken place at this holy spot where heaven kissed the earth. It is the notion of service to others. It is knowing what is meant for you, and what you are … [Read more...]

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