"Lourdes" author on EWTN

A few days ago I reviewed this book and highly recommended it. Julie at Happy Catholic did, too, and you know you can trust her!I wrote:Do yourself a favor, particularly if - in this bleak mid-winter full of election noise and bloviation - you feel the need to be refreshed and uplifted, and pick up this book. It will have something to say to you.The author, Elizabeth Ficocelli will talk about the book with Father Benedict Groeschel's on his program, "Sunday Night Live" on EWTN, and I'm … [Read more...]

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“Lourdes” author on EWTN

A few days ago I reviewed this book and highly recommended it. Julie at Happy Catholic did, too, and you know you can trust her!I wrote:Do yourself a favor, particularly if - in this bleak mid-winter full of election noise and bloviation - you feel the need to be refreshed and uplifted, and pick up this book. It will have something to say to you.The author, Elizabeth Ficocelli will talk about the book with Father Benedict Groeschel's on his program, "Sunday Night Live" on EWTN, and I'm … [Read more...]

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Page 123 Book Meme

Karen Hall at Some Have Hats has included me in a meme. As regular readers know, I don't participate in these often, mostly because I hate to think of five other bloggers to amuse/annoy with it (you never know who will write back saying, "you shouldn't have...really...you shouldn't have!"But this meme is kind of quirky and cute, and since I happen to have a book - only one - at hand (I am at my "second" desk, which is the one I try to keep neat and uncluttered because it's in the middle of … [Read more...]

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To Quell The Terror Optioned for the screen!

At least twice in the past this blog has written about William Bush's To Quell the Terror: The Mystery of the Vocation of the Sixteen Carmelites of Compiegne Guillotined July 17, 1794 - it's a splendid account of the 16 women who were beheaded near the end of the French Revolution. They went to their deaths singing psalms and offering their deaths up as prayers for an end of the terror - and in fact it ended ten days later.Now writer Barbara Nicolosi announces the possibility that this … [Read more...]

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Scanning the ‘sphere of a Tuesday Morning

First up: Tim Blair has cancer. GM Roper has a moving message for him. Godspeed with the treatment, Tim, hopefully you'll be back at it very soon.President Bush meets with Kuwaiti women in politics. Consider how unthinkable that sentence would have been a decade ago. And imagine what the press would have made of it, had a Democrat president whose vision had shifted the Middle East, taken this meeting.AJ says Bush has a few more hat-tricks.Three examples of solid, good, insightful and … [Read more...]

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Scanning the 'sphere of a Tuesday Morning

First up: Tim Blair has cancer. GM Roper has a moving message for him. Godspeed with the treatment, Tim, hopefully you'll be back at it very soon.President Bush meets with Kuwaiti women in politics. Consider how unthinkable that sentence would have been a decade ago. And imagine what the press would have made of it, had a Democrat president whose vision had shifted the Middle East, taken this meeting.AJ says Bush has a few more hat-tricks.Three examples of solid, good, insightful and … [Read more...]

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Liberal Fascism stirring waters.

Wrote about Jonah's book earlier this week. Apparently, as Glenn Reynolds points out, some chuckleheads are making Goldberg's case for him:JONAH GOLBERG'S LIBERAL FASCISM is now up to #20 on Amazon despite the best efforts of the anti-Jonah lefty blogosphere. Somebody even hacked the page -- an Amazon first, I think -- and replaced the cover photo with one of Jonah with a Hitler mustacheIt makes me wonder if some folks are not quite sure what fascism is. As I've written elsewhere around … [Read more...]

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Liberal Fascism – provocative through and through?

C'mon, now...that's a provocative cover. The title, daring to use the deplorable label that has been flung about rather-too-freely in the past few years; the cover, the classic "happy-face" - ubiquitous in the early 1970's and plastered everywhere as societal conventions came tumbling down. Just past Haight-Ashbury and the Generation Gap, in the middle of the "unisex everything" years of protest and upheaval, everywhere you looked that simple yellow face floated before you and said "be happy!" … [Read more...]

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Cracking open the Gates of Prayer

Recently we were fortunate enough to attend a bar Mitzvah and I became intrigued with this book, which I'd been leafing through before the ceremony.Happily, Santa noticed my interest, and this afternoon I had a chance to read and think on some of these little gems:47 I cannot be religious without belonging to a particular religion any more than I can talk without using a particular language.5. I have always found prayer difficult. So often it seems like a fruitless game of hide-and-seek … [Read more...]

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A priest celebrates his first Latin Mass

Gerald at Closed Cafeteria links to a fascinating read in America Magazine, as a priest, Fr. Michael Kerper, relates his insights and feelings upon performing his first Traditional Latin Mass. Enormously interesting, and humbling stuff:...As I studied the Latin texts and intricate rituals I had never noticed as a boy, I discovered that the old rite’s priestly spirituality and theology were exactly the opposite of what I had expected. Whereas I had looked for the “high priest/king of the par … [Read more...]

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