Crucifix on my Oratory

One of these days, I will learn how to take a picture out of a digital camera (or my phone) and post a picture of my Oratory for you.Suffice to say it is makeshift. I have a cushion for sitting or kneeling (it's big). I've pushed a glass-topped credenza to the wall, leaned four Icons against it, and I have these solid brass angel/candleholders I picked up for cheap some years ago at an antique shop. Tealight candles scattered among a few smaller Icons - it's very restful and very simple, … [Read more...]

Feast of the Holy Archangels

One of my very favorite feastdays, and a good tonic before we meet the curmudgeonly St. Jerome, tomorrow:From today's Office of Readings, we read Michael's battle with the dragon (Rev 12:1-17a) and then this homily by Pope St. Gregory the Great:You should be aware that the word "angel" denotes a function rather than a nature. Those holy spirits of heaven have indeed always been spirits. They can only be called angels when they deliver some message. Moreover, those who deliver messages of … [Read more...]

15 Hours: Lifetime of Love

Love goes on, and on.Love, permitted to enter the world, never fails and never ends.God is Love. When we permit new life to enter into the world, we permit ourselves to feel newly-minted love. We permit God to come in, again, to the world - in the form of love.And when we do not permit it to come, what then?I wrote in this post:Does our pride or our bashfulness make it difficult for others to gift us? In all of these ways, when we inhibit gift-giving, we get in the way of simple … [Read more...]

Mariette in Ecstasy

And Christ still sends me roses. We try to be formed and held and kept by him, but instead he offers us freedom. And now when I try to know his will, his kindness floods me, his great love overwhelms me, and I hear him whisper, Surprise me. --Mariette Baptiste, Mariette in EcstasyIt has been a long time since I first read it, but last night I found within this wonderful and strange novel by Ron Hansen, a permanent Deacon in the Catholic Church, things I have longed to share since my … [Read more...]

Getting to know Timothy Dolan

“True freedom is the liberty to do whatever we ought, not the freedom to do whatever we want; we are at our best when we give away freely what’s most inside of us.” --Archbishop Timothy Dolan, (RC-NY)A long and well-worth reading profile of NY's new archbishop, in New York Magazine, where the subtitle declares: If anyone can repair the church’s image, it’s Timothy Dolan. Except there are only so many nice ways to say no.For some people, that's all the Catholic Church is, a big bunch of "no." … [Read more...]

I love them too…

I love Frank and Carrie, just from the way Webster writes about them.And you will too … [Read more...]

"It takes Guts to be a Priest" – UPDATED

Read about it at Happy CatholicThen check out Webster on the guts it takes to be a priest.Yes, and it is purely a giftDiocese of Raliegh unveiles a poster for the year of the priestIt will be a little quiet over here, as I am trying to earn some money. But check back! … [Read more...]

Can't believe Sally missed this…

Over at Icons and Curiosities, Sally and Jody like to showcase the different, new, oddball or kitschy. I am surprised that Sally, who regularly looks at Catholic Goods on Ebay has missed this one:For the Little Catholic Boy who likes to play "Priest at Mass"Ornate lot of 8 very old miniature religious church vessels in silver color pewter lead castmetal that were most probably used as toys in the late 1800's to the early 1900's.2 - Church altar spike candleholders 4,2 inches high. 1 - … [Read more...]

Flowers Before His Majesty!

Come, let us sing to the Lord and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us. Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving and sing joyful songs to the Lord.Is that not a wonderful picture? Shamelessly cribbed from The Crescat (where Carolina Cannonball has a knack of finding great photos and works of art) - we see the child joyfully strewing the path with flowers by the handful and with abandon. She is fearless and self-possessed; the beloved daughter of the King who follows, splendid in … [Read more...]

Our Lady of Sorrows – UPDATED

Repost from 9/15/05And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined to be the rise and the fall of many in Israel, and a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed." The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 2Today's gospel reading at Mass is one of my favorites - one I think on frequently. I like Simeon, … [Read more...]


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