Friday Linkaround

Quiet today. After gabbing and watching videos through the night, we put Buster on a plane headed back to school early this morning, then went to mass and - since it was offered - took the opportunity to go to confession, and then came home and promptly fell asleep until the early afternoon. Can't remember the last time I've done that. Felt kind of good, actually!So, here is a link around to stuff you may or may not be seeing elsewhere. It's a long post, but stick with it; I don't think … [Read more...]

"…Jesus Christ is better." – UPDATED

A profile of three young Dominican sisters from the Ann Arbor-based teaching order, the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, yields some good things:Sister Maria, a native of the Bronx, a first-year novitiate...gave up a successful corporate career in the car business to enter the convent. She chose the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, she said, because of their devotion to Mary, traditional lifestyle and sense of humor.“I knew that to go to heaven, I needed to be in a … [Read more...]

O Eve! Reconciled!


Eve and Mary by Sr. Grace Remington, O.C.S.OIt's still Christmas! And here is a lovely story about how things get moved along by the Holy Spirit:A Trappistine nun, Abbess Columba Guare of Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey, who composes the texts for the Abbey's Christmas cards, wrote this lovely poem, wherein the Virgin Mary addresses Eve with hope and gladness:O Eve! My mother, my daughter, life-giving Eve,Do not be ashamed, do not grieve.The former things have passed … [Read more...]

In Praise of Adoration

Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters at ChristmasSitting before the Holy Eucharist: “it is like sitting out in the sun. You may not feel the effect at the moment, but a little while later, you know you were singed.” -- Sr. Briege McKennaI've written several times in the past about how genuinely wonderful it is to have the opportunity to sit before the Blessed Sacrament in prayer and silence.It was by happening upon Adoration that my heart was turned, irrevocably, finally and for all time, toward … [Read more...]

It's Still Christmastime!

An Anchoress Word Cloud via WordleThe Reading from Vespers, December 27:God sent his son in the likeness of sinful flesh as a sin offering, thereby condemning sin in the flesh, so that the just demands of the law might be fulfilled in us who live, not according to the flesh, but according to the spirit. -- Romans 8:3-4If you need a little shot in the arm to keep the mind of Christmas going, Pope Benedict XVI spoke a truly beautiful homily at midnight mass, which many are only just getting … [Read more...]

Quick links around

Happy Hannukah! Or Oy, Come all ye Faithful!Mulling Advent and Friendship over coffee. It's a nice, thoughtful piece by Patrick O' Hannigan, even though he does not say whether it was the delectable Mystic Monk Coffee being served. No, I can't recommend it enough!We'd like Rites and Rituals: but with no transcendence, please.Bush is mulling a farewell message. I personally think he should buy an hour of tv time and debunk the NY Times one distortion, spin or outright lie at a time. At … [Read more...]

Accepting this tasty stollen…

...on your behalf!The good Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ - whose soaps, lotions, balms and notions you folks apparently purchased in mass quantities to give as Christmas gifts - have sent a delicious Christmas stollen to me by way of saying "thank you" for the blog exposure, and your subsequent orders.I gratefully, humbly accept the stollen on your behalf. It arrived this morning just as we were pouring our Mystic Monk Coffee, and the two monastic products went together very well, indeed. … [Read more...]

Incarnation: "The Mystery IS the Gift…"

Have you ever read something and then said, "damn, I wish I'd written that?I do it frequently, but especially today with this piece, especially, by the renowned skeptic, Vanderleun:Theirs was the Age of Myth; a world where night was not dimmed by the web of lights that now obscures the stars. Their nights were lit by flaring torches, dim oil lamps, guttering candles; by the phases of the moon and the broad shimmering river of the Milky Way. As the sun declined and night ascended, life … [Read more...]

The usefulness of intercessory prayer

Do you remember, a while I ago, I wrote about the point of monasticism and the power and efficacy of their focused and concentrated prayers, on behalf of the world. At the time I linked to many religious communities of monastic men and women who are happy to storm heaven for the benefit of others.I've always felt strongly that what blesses us and the whole world is when we pray for others rather than ourselves. In terms of economy and government, these are worrisome times for all of us, and … [Read more...]

More distant than any star

The self is more distant than any star... -- G. K. ChestertonOver at Inside Catholic, Irene Lagan has a moving post; through conversation with a nun in Rome, she finds herself thinking of a remarkable young woman from Rwanda:Our conversation recalled an experience I had last year when I met Immaculee Ilibagiza. Immaculée is the author of Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, an account of her survival of the Rwandan genocide...I realized that Immaculée’s message is tim … [Read more...]