Beatifying Newman, Neri & More

One of the books I'll be trying to read while in Rome is John Henry Newman; Prayers, Verses and Devotions, from Ignatius Press. Just as it seems like St. Philip Neri, my Patron for this year, may have had a hand in making Rome a suddenly reality (when I discovered that our lodgings are very near his Oratory, I could almost hear him laughing), finding this book--in perfect condition--in the "used book" bin at church seemed like a gift, too. Since Pope Benedict will be beatifying Newman on … [Read more...]

The Force of Her Focus – UPDATED

Marks '10/Kris Snibble (Photosource) Readers may remember a post from the spring, featuring Mary Anne Marks, Harvard '10, and her salutatory address, given in Latin, with not a notecard in sight. In this interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez, you can feel the force of her focus; she is like a laser. The cry that the Church is a “dying, loser organization of sinners” echoes down the centuries; it rang out in Christ’s day, it rang out in Luther’s day, and it rings out in ours. The second … [Read more...]

The Passing of a "True Monk"

A gorgeous remembrance of Sr. Angelika, OSB, by her Abbess at St. Walburga's: In 1980, with Mother Maria-Thomas as superior, she was chosen to be the prioress. She served this call beautifully for many, many years. And she encouraged us in the same way that she encouraged the young monks. One of the sisters was saying this morning that you would go to her with a problem and she would sit there and listen very intently and she would give you an answer and you would say, “How did you know … [Read more...]

The August Vocation Round-Up

Little Sisters of the Poor, First Vows, July 2010 It's that time of year again, when postulants receive the habit, novices take their first vows and some finally arrive at the long-hoped-for day of final profession. Above we see Sisters Amy Marie, Dara Catherine, Judith, and Maria Catherine four newly-professed Little Sisters of the Poor, just after making their first profession. Five new novices were also welcomed to the community in Queens, New York. Their photo album is here. And The … [Read more...]

Beautiful Stained Glass

A while back I mentioned that the Poor Clare's of Perpetual Adoration, who are establishing themselves in Arizona, were showing off their stained glass designs for the planned chapel of Our Lady of Solitude Monastery, and looking for donors. At the time, I was wishing I had the sort of cash that could fund the window for Bl. Pier Georgio Frassati. On August 7th, the sisters celebrated the installation of the first complete windows. Gorgeous...but I think the St. Clare really is my very … [Read more...]

"Prosper the work of our hands…"

How dare these monks try to make a living for themselves? Margaret Cabaniss has more Via Instapundit Related: St. Joseph's Abbey and a lovely gallery of abbey photos … [Read more...]

Save Fatherhood; Save the World

A moving video for anyone who has ever had a good father. Perhaps an even more moving video for those whose fathers were broken, or deeply flawed, or not there at all. In a former parish, there was a sister-liturgist who--eager to promote "sensitivity"--decided that the Gloria should be sung with the refrain "Glory to God in the Highest, and peace to God's people on earth;" she was content to brutalize the ear, change a liturgical prayer that is not supposed to be changed, and disorient the … [Read more...]

Feast of St. Clare – UPDATED

Chiara Offreduccio (July 16, 1194 – August 11, 1253) When you have loved Jesus, You are chaste; when you have touched [Him], You become more pure; When you have accepted [Him], You are a virgin. Whose power is stronger, Whose generosity more abundant, Whose appearance more beautiful, Whose love more tender, Whose courtesy more gracious. In Whose embrace You are already caught up; Who has adorned Your breast with precious stones and has placed priceless pearls on Your ears and has surrounded … [Read more...]

A few Carmelite Nuggets

I know Carmelites are considered the heavy-duty contemplatives, but it was Teresa of Avila (or Teresa of Jesus) who said to God, "if this is how you treat your friends, small wonder you have so few!" 10. God save us from sour faced saints! (St. Teresa of Jesus) 9 more here: … [Read more...]

A Benedictine Community Copes

Sr. Denise Mosier, OSB + 2010 This is so worth reading. In the midst of life, we are in death; in the midst of death, we are in life. In the midst of a tumultuous world of noise and hyper-everything, we find stability, the very thing Benedictines vow themselves to. There is an amazing backdrop this week for the Benedictine nuns in Virginia who are reeling from a deadly drunk-driving crash: silent retreat. The community of 33 women had their annual retreat scheduled when the crash happened … [Read more...]

This is True

An excellent thought on this particular feastday: Only by the power of grace can nature be liberated from its dross, restored to its purity, and made free to received divine life. And this divine life itself is the inner driving power from which acts of love come forth. Whoever wants to preserve this life continually within herself must nourish it constantly from the source whence it flows without end - from the holy sacraments, above all the sacraments of love. To have divine love as its … [Read more...]

Byzantine Carmelites

Beautiful! … [Read more...]

The Mass: 155 AD & More

Via Ancient Witnesses to the Catholic Faith, The Didache: The Didache is one of the earliest written documents of the Church other than Scripture itself. It was written sometime between 90 and 110 AD. It may not have had a single author but may have been compiled from the Apostolic Teaching as a kind of early catechism and a summary of the essential moral tenets of the Faith. It’s existence demonstrates that many current teachings of the faith, often under attack by modernity, are in fact … [Read more...]

More Norm Fallout, Abortion Alleys & More

Apparently, for reasons I cannot yet fathom, the comments section for this post on what I referred to as a Vatican "fail" was all discombobulated. That has been corrected, but this gives me an excuse to link to a few other reactions to the Norms, and so you can all continue your fisticuffs and so forth either over there or in the comments below! I know the Abortion Alley headline piqued your interest: here is Mary Rose Somarriba explaining why abortion, legal or otherwise, will never leave the … [Read more...]