JPII on Christ’s love – Youth Day, 2000

A friend, Theresa, a Benedictine nun, had put together a prayer vigil service for her community which contained excerpts from some of JPII's speeches. She writes this to me:One section John Paul wrote on Eucharist was so beautiful-it was to the young people at World Youth Day in 2000. JP writes: "The Eucharist is the presence of Christ who gives himself to us because he loves us. He loves each of us in a unique way in our practical daily lives: in our families, among our friends, at study and … [Read more...]

Delivering a message to my Military readers…

I've been meaning to say something to you folks for a couple of weeks. I get some emails from guys in the military, and I often peek and find them reading the blog, particularly in the wee small hours - I'm always especially humbled to see whoever it is that's reading me out of Baghdad - to think that someone whose courage and sacrifice and commitment I so admire is actually reading little old me. I thank you, and yes, it's humbling.I have something to pass on to you - a message. It is a … [Read more...]

Hope for Buster and J: Grammy Winner bypasses Music Stores

When my sons were little, we would ask them what they wanted to be when they grew up and they'd say, "a daddy" or "a firefighter" or "an army guy" or (alarmingly) "a writer."Then one day, one of them, the quiet dreamer - the thoughtful brainiac with terrifyingly high test scores and so many interests that he can't seem to settle on one - comes to you at age 14 says, "I'm thinking of studying bio-medical engineering...maybe at MIT" and you's got some direction. He'll have a job … [Read more...]

Buster update: There is something about ashes…

First Reading:Psalm:Second Reading:Gospel:Joel 2:12-18Psalm 51:3-6, 12-14, 172 Corinthians 5:20 - 6:2Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18Turn away from sin, and be faithful to the Gospel. -- Ash WednesdayIt's really funny about Ashes and Catholics...tell Catholics they HAVE to do something, and they stick their chests out and fume, "oh yeah? Who are YOU, the Pope?"Sometimes, as with the issuance of Humanae Vitae, they even say it TO the pope. In a manner of speaking.But tell them they don't HAVE to recieve … [Read more...]

Harry, Nancy, and my son Buster

Egad.I'm not going to say much about the speech because 30,000 bloggers are talking about it. I'll just say it gave me goosebumps in some parts - particularly when he looked directly into the camera and said to Iran: if you go for it, we're with you. And when he talked of the troops, "often taking great risks on my orders..."And of course, that hug. My husband is watching the replay on C-Span and it seems to me they cut part of that hug - when the women became caught on their buttons. But maybe … [Read more...]

Anchoress Crashes and Burns. Film at 11:00.

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So, 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 second cardiologist opinion on a situation with Buster (my brother is not long for this world, and my 15 year old is routinely clutching at his chest and turning purple - can we say stress overload?) I took a look at my schedule for the day. It included many errand-y, Christmas-themed type things, ending with the hour's drive … [Read more...]

Christmas and the Holy Name.

It seems some Christians are feeling full of beans and vinegar, this Christmas, and they're takin' it to the business streets and basically saying, "Pony up wit' da "Merry Christmases", or we're shoppin' at the Wal-Mart!" (Hattip to Polipundit.Now, I've mentioned that we have a little bit of this brewing in our own household as younger son Buster takes a stand. But I do think this whole issue of hotheaded insistance on saying the words "Merry Christmas" needs some looking at.I do understand some … [Read more...]