New "Gloria" for New Roman Missal

Having long begged my musician sons to please try to compose a singable, non-bombast-filled-nor-sickly-sweet-nor-plodding "Gloria" to replace the two (just two) versions all of the local parishes have used for at least three decades, I rejoiced to see a new "Gloria" being made available in accordance with the soon-to-be released revisions to the Roman Missal. I admit, on my first listen of Jeff Ostrowski's treatment, I was not sure I liked it. On re-listening a few times, I have decided that … [Read more...]

A Geek's Analogy to Prayer

Was talking to an IT fellow about internet access-issues and the sorts of big-and-small server issues that are the everyday bane of those who make their living on the internets and he described a recent moment of angst: It is SO incredibly frustrating when you try EVERYTHING you know and most things you barely understand to fix a problem and NONE of it works. Then of course someone else looks at it and goes - "Oh there's a password in this file over here that we forgot to change yesterday, … [Read more...]

Vocation Awareness Week

This is Vocation Awareness Week -- one of my favorite weeks of the year, because (as regular readers know) I get to bring out the Nun News Network banner (designed by reader Brian J.) and discuss all things nunny (and priestly, friarly, monkish and so forth) Let's begin here, with the Solemn Profession of a Poor Clare Nun as covered by the St. Louis Review: The sign of a woman’s true strength is not a measure of independence or success, but rather her persevering love. Just ask Sister … [Read more...]

The Setons, Bayleys and Roosevelts

Seton, Bayley and Roosevelt sounds like a Park Avenue practice; they sound like surnames of character names from an old Katharine Hepburn/Cary Grant movie. In fact, Hepburn did play a "Seton" in the 1938 film "Holiday". If the names sound much more "Episcopal" than Catholic, it's because they are. Dr. Pat McNamara, who runs a weekly column, "In Ages Past" at Patheos' Catholic portal, also blogs at McNamara's Blog, where this week I was delighted to read about a favorite saint of mine, … [Read more...]

Devils are hot; as in topical!

Giotto, Exorcism at Arezzo (1297-99), Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi No, not hot as in tropical! Okay, bad wordplay, but Tim Muldoon's started it, here with his look at our current interest in all things devilish: ". . . it’s hard to avoid the fact that there’s suddenly a fascination with all things demonic. Consider this Discovery Channel series in production, cooperating with the Vatican (though the article does not specify who or what office of the Holy See). Then there are the … [Read more...]

Aftershock; Haiti, Hardship, Help & Hope

After Shock I wrote recently again about the neverending suffering of Haiti, and the remarkable resiliency of the people and the children who live in conditions unimaginable to the rest of us: The question is always "what can we do?" and the answer always feels a little hopeless; yes, by all means, we can and should send help to relief agencies. We should keep the people of Haiti, especially the children, in our prayers. Reading stories like this, what can we do but keep them humbly in our … [Read more...]

Pedophilia Chic; Criminal Parenting?

Joe Carter wrote earlier this week, about how Vogue has sexualized little girls to the extreme--and served up a platterful of fantasy for pedophiles--while intoning "innocence" and "playing dress up." And in this picture, I can actually buy it: I'm not easily shocked, but now Deacon Greg links to a batch of these appalling pictures, and yes, color me shocked: Look, I know the world is full of dark, evil places, none darker or more easily conformed to evil than the human heart itself, but … [Read more...]

"A Terrifying Sign of the Times"

Fr. Robert Barron looks at Pope Benedict XVI's Christmas Message. … [Read more...]

Get Your Patron Saint for 2011 – UPDATED

Regular readers know that around this time each year I have been fortunate enough to have someone "pull a patron saint" - someone who will be a specific teacher and friend for the coming twelve months. My patron for 2010--you can see his picture in the sidebar--has been the great St. Philip Neri, of whom I knew nothing beyond the fact that he was famous for his sense of humor. I did some research on him, bought a book and found that there was much more to this "Apostle of Rome" than his … [Read more...]

"Dynamite that will turn…

...the world upside down" A gorgeous trailer for an exciting project--it's been going on for a long time: … [Read more...]


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