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...]

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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...]

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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, … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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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Doodle for Hunger

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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...]

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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...]

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