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...]

Mothers Day Gift Ideas – UPDATED

Yes, I know, you don't want to think about Mother's Day just yet, but as the ranking Daughter-in-Law around here, I must think about it now, or before I know it, I'll get stuck cooking for 25 people, most of them named Joe, Joey or Joseph, Salvatore, Sal or Sally. And those are just the boys.So, Mother's Day is coming and money is a little tighter this year than last year, and chances are the $125 an-ounce perfume you gave your mother last year is still on her dresser, not even half-used, … [Read more...]

Catholicism; a small appreciation

We all know the story of St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine who prayed for him, for years, to finally be turned to Christ.Last weekend I picked this CD up from church - Fr. Isaac Mary Relyea talking about how the prayers of his own mother led him out of a terrible life (he was a streetfighter and a union thug) and into the priesthood.I have to admit, I was a little put-off at first by his accent. Fr. John Corapi, the charismatic "hard-ass" of a priest is a tremendous-but-gruff speaker, … [Read more...]

Heather & Kim and more – UPDATED

Got an update on Heather, the young pregnant woman who was diagnosed with cancer after learning of her pregnancy. On April 1 we learned that Heather had experienced something of a miraculous healing:The technicians opened her mouth to position the equipment relative to the tumor. Only…this time…there was nothing there. No tumor. No cancer. Nothing anywhere on her tongue, jaw, throat, mouth…nothing. The only evidence that she ever had that cancer was a small cancerous patch on her lymphnode whi … [Read more...]

New York; We have a Pastor in Tim Dolan!

Yes, he is larger-than-life; gregarious, accessible, open, friendly, warm, charming, engaging...Archbishop Timothy Michael Dolan is all those things.Dolan kisses his crosier, signaling his acceptance of the Shepherd's burdenBut as he showed us in his barnburner of a homily just now, Dolan is afire with the love of Christ. When the time for jokes and camaraderie has past, he speaks of Christ and his spouse the Church with a direct, steely-eyed mien, and he shows himself as fearsome, fervent … [Read more...]

Welcome Archbishop Dolan!

Archbishop Dolan Knocks, as St. Elizabeth Ann Seton looks on (shamelessly cribbed from Rocco)“I was at the vespers when he was installed as bishop [of Milwaukee]. And there’s a part where the bishop knocks on the door. Most do it timidly. Tap, tap. Not him — ‘Bang! Bang!’ It echoed through the cathedral and let everyone know that Timothy Dolan was there.” –Rev. Steven M. Avella, history professor at Marquette.In keeping with his apparent habit, Archbishop Timothy Dolan knocked resoundingly la … [Read more...]

Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati – UPDATED

“Prayer is the noble supplication which we lift up to the throne of the Most High. It is the most efficient means to obtain from God the graces which we need.” - Pier Giorgio FrassatiThe weirdest thing happened to me last night. I was laying in bed (lying? I can never keep that straight) anyhow, I suddenly found my muscles going into an odd sorts of rolling contractions. Seriously, it was like labor contractions, they "rolled" (or perhaps radiated) from the lower abdomen to mid-ribcage and … [Read more...]

Exile: The Past is Prologue


Pope John Paul II and Ignatius Cardinal Kung Pin MeiToday at mass, our priest - by no means a reactionary sort - remarked on the Gospel reading for the day, which was Jn 10:31-42. I took notes, but still am paraphrasing a little:"I think the men who wanted to stone Jesus were offended that he would come in their era, that he would intrude on their time with his messianic talk. Because it's one thing to look for and hope for Messiah, and quite another to have to encounter Messiah - … [Read more...]

Feast of the Annunciation

"The Angel of the Lord appeared unto Mary," R: And she conceived by the Holy Spirit -- The AngelusA nearby parish rings the Angelus bells twice a day, and I love it. Sometimes in Manhattan, you can hear a church ringing the Angelus. People hurry by; possibly few of them even hear the bells, and those who do may think they are simply tolling 6PM, or noon.The Angelus is a devotion of the Church. At the tolling of the bells, signifying mid-day or evening prayer, a leader will intone, "The … [Read more...]