Housekeeping / Commercial Interruption

First, I want to shout out a big thank you to all of you who have used the Amazon search button (or any of my amazon links) to purchase goods - I'm especially grateful for whoever it was bought the Amazon Kindle, as it brought a $35 kickback to the site.What I have been doing with Amazon monies is putting 30% of the earnings into a charity (varies between the hospice which helped my brother and the Summit Nuns Capital Campaign, because our good sisters' kitchen cabinets are falling on them as … [Read more...]

Timothy Dolan for NY – UPDATED

An Epistle in a Picture, (H/T)And so, at the close of the rather distant and disappointing tenure of Cardinal Edward Egan, New York finally gets an Archbishop who might be called the "worthy successor" to the Mighty John Joseph O' Connor, one Timothy Michael Dolan of MilwaukeeI love this quote, highlighted by Deacon Greg:“I was at the vespers when he was installed as bishop. And there’s a part where the bishop knocks on the door. Most do it timidly. Tap, tap. Not him — ‘Bang! Bang!’ It echo … [Read more...]

Doodle for Hunger

This is very cool. … [Read more...]

Lent Prep: Confession Primer

Been a long time since you've been to confession?Well...Lent is comingSo are hard times.If you're feeling fretful, you may want to try incorporating some prayer and spiritual discipline into your life. And if you're Catholic, and you want to get back into church, and begin to re-engage with the sacraments, or simply to get the most out of Lent, you might want to try going back to confession.I confess, I love this sacrament and lately have been partaking of it once a month, both for the … [Read more...]

Nuns in Kentucky Ice

On February 14, a Passionist Nun from St. Joseph's Monastery posted their first news and photos of the January 27 ice storm which - though barely mentioned in the press, or by the steak-eating, super-bowl-watching president - claimed over 50 lives and (as of the 14th when the nun was writing) has left many thousands still without power.I...heard tremendous popping and crashing sounds. This was the sound of trees, tops of trees and very large branches completely covered in ice, breaking and … [Read more...]

Advice: In Hard Times, "Give More" – UPDATED

He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, "Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood." -- Mark … [Read more...]

Virginity, Chastity, Nunstuff

Got an email from someone today wondering why I did not write about Candlemas.Feb 2 is actually one of my very favorite feast days, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, (if I'd ever become a nun I'd have been Sr. Mary Whatever of the Presentation of the Christ) and I would write something about it, but Kansas Catholic has such beautiful pictures, and this priest has the info, so I'll just send you over there.Meanwhile, some young women are advancing in their spiritual journeys within … [Read more...]

Aboard Air Force One & More – UPDATED

Sorry so quiet - big family birthday shindig yesterday and today I am working on a project for Lent.8 PM Tonight, National Geographic Channel: On Board Air Force One:Journey inside the most secure aircraft in the world, Air Force One, as it carries the President through the confusion and terror of 9/11, a secret mission into Baghdad and a whirlwind diplomatic mission through the Middle East. With unprecedented access, National Geographic introduces you to the presidential pilot and the crew … [Read more...]

The Deac Speaks!

Deacon Greg Kandra does a podcast interview over at America Magazine.He's got a nice voice. I'm trying to wheedle him into doing something together, but as I wrote the other day, I can't podcast again until we find some way to quiet down the computer. Since it was repaired the noise is off the charts!Go take a listen to Greg!And my stuff is over here. I really hope I can get things fixed before Lent. … [Read more...]

Lo-Cal Valentine's Day Gifts

Ah, it's approaching fast! I have two suggestions for you, and neither of 'em will make you fat!First, the good Carmelite Monks behind Mystic Monk Coffee offer their "Chocolate Cherry Coffee" in regular or decaf, and it is delish. I am not usually a fan of chocolate flavors in my coffee, but we picked up a bag of this and it really is chocolate-cherry tasty. I usually drink it with just milk, but occasionally I'll use a little sugar and whipped cream for a treat. Either way, we'll be … [Read more...]