Ven. Solanus Casey – UPDATED

Sometimes listening to people becomes monotonous and extremely boring, till one is nearly collapsing; but in such cases it helps to remember that even when Jesus was about to fall the third time, he patiently consoled the women-folk and children of his persecutors, making no exceptions. How can we ever be as grateful as we ought for such a vocation? --Fr. Solanus CaseyI've written several times, but only briefly, about Bl Venerable Solanus Casey, the Capuchin friar who was reknowned for his … [Read more...]

Should have posted this yesterday

Watch and you'll understand...Into the Oneby mavocation(H/T The Deac) … [Read more...]

"I come from a long line of depressed Germans…"

I was going to hang on to this piece and save it for an upcoming post on Vocations, but I was so charmed by the sisters being interviewed, here, that I am going to do a "little" Vocations piece, today. This is H/T Deacon Greg:"The [Monastic Dominican Nuns] didn't want to come to Hollywood," Sister Mary Pia says with a smile. "That was the funny thing. They didn't want any kind of worldly association."But as it turned out, Hollywood - even back in the '30s, before most of the studios and … [Read more...]

Father's Day is Coming!

My birth father was easy to buy for; books, paints (he was a very amateur, and messy artist).My Father in Law, whom I adore, is the most difficult man in the world to buy anything for. Clothes? He wears the same things all the time, so whatever I buy him ends up in my husband's closet. Books? He's not into them. Hobby Kits? Enough with that, please. I knew we were done with those when we gave him a kit to build a ship in a bottle ended up in my husband's closet.But last year, … [Read more...]

Coffee Wedding Favors?

Hey, why not?I just got three sweet emails from readers saying generous things about the blog (thanks, guys, I appreciate it) and one funny email from someone who attended a wedding reception where the favors were various sample packs of Mystic Monk Coffee! Apparently there was much hoarding by some guests, and serious trading between caffeine/decaf guests and those who wanted the flavored coffees.I keep telling you The Monks make some great Coffee. I'd never thought of a party favor, … [Read more...]

I need an Oratory!

Okay, I don't need an Oratory.But I need one.Nicely doneOrthodox Prayer Corner My Oratory will not be so elaborateMy husband, who is a very fine woodworker when he has time to indulge the hobby, has already been assigned the task of building me a prie-Dieu. I'm not expecting it any time soon, but I know eventually he'll make something beautiful.In the meantime, I am re-doing an old escritoire; hopefully most of my icons will fit on the shelves, and the writing-desk part will be for a … [Read more...]

I like this vid & link-around

Like this video which I found at Deacon Greg's Place, which I hope you peek in on every day!Do you remember when you were a kid, and you'd want to bring a book with you to supper, and your mother would yell at you to get the book off the table and then give you an Irish love-tap with the back of her left hand so that your head would snap back and hit the wall, and the wedding band would leave a mark on your forehead?No? Oh. That's how I remember it! Anyway...I knew there was a reason I … [Read more...]

May 3; World Day of Prayer for Vocations & the Habit

The Benedictine Suscipe; "Accept me Lord, as Thou hast promised, and I shall truly live" A Benedictine of Mary makes her First ProfessionI want to invite all the People of God to reflect on the theme: Faith in the divine initiative - the human response. The exhortation of Jesus to his disciples: "Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38) has a constant resonance in the Church. Pray! The urgent call of the Lord stresses that prayer for vocations … [Read more...]

Dalai Lama Hearts George W. Bush

I love this piece from Jay Nordlinger, on how the Dalai Lama stunned Cambridge, Massacusetts with the news that George W. Bush is a good man, and one he loves:Audience member: “Can you give us an example of a leader we should look up to as a positive influence?”Dalai Lama (after thinking for a few seconds): “President Bush. I met him personally and liked him very much. He was honest and straightforward, and that is very important. I may not have agreed with all his policies, but I thought he … [Read more...]

St. Catherine’s Sons and Daughters

"If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire" - St. Catherine of SienaSt. Catherine of Siena - one of my all-time favorite saints. She was not -as many believe- a professed nun of the Order of St. Dominic (Order of Preachers) but rather what we would today call a "lay" Dominican, like our new friend Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati.She was a woman who bucked every trend of her time, and dared to write to a pope, telling him what he must do: "Be a manly man..." she exhorted … [Read more...]