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

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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...]

Lives "Hidden" & Suppressed

I have written a few times about how socialistic, totalitarian governments tend to go after people of faith - to try to suppress them - and they specifically (and usually pretty quickly) also move to shut down the monastics and vowed religious, and leave them bereft of community.I suspect part of the reason they try to shut down the monasteries - aside from their usual statements demanding "unity and usefulness," and even apart from the fact that such governments are threatened by the power of … [Read more...]

Anchoress writes at 'First Things' – UPDATED

Oh, isn't that awful? My header, I mean. It's all about me, me, me!But I am very pleased to have a piece running as a Daily Article over at First Things, the invaluable ecumenical journal (founded by one of my rosary partners, Richard John Neuhaus) that gathers us together at the corner where faith and politics meet. It's a happy day!In the piece - which you can read here, I am responding to Sr. Sandra M. Schneiders' recent hootenanny of hubris published over at the National Catholic … [Read more...]

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...]


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