"The stuff priests are made of…" UPDATED

Wow, a great photo via the Crescat, who recounts the story she found here and marvels at "the stuff priests are made of":4 June 1962. Navy chaplain Luis Padillo was giving last rites to dying soldiers as sniper fire surrounded him. A wounded soldier pulled himself up by clinging to the priest’s cassock, as bullets chewed up the concrete around them. Hector Rondón Lovera, who had to lie flat to avoid getting shot, later said that he was unsure how he managed to take this picture. [See all pi … [Read more...]

Podcast late: Almost burned down house!

I wrote here, that I would be recording a podcast of Vespers in 'about an hour.'Well, Vespers will be late. They're coming, just as soon as I write this and my hands stop shaking.Here's the deal: I'm fasting. No eating between meals, only two meals a day, yadda yadda, by the time supper comes around, yer girl is pretty hungry, a little lightheaded and goofy.My husband is having a "guys night out" which I encouraged. Elder Son is distracted. So, I decided I would order out - a pasta … [Read more...]

A word from St. Catherine of Siena

"If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire" - St. Catherine of SienaI've told this to my kids all their lives, even before I knew Catherine had said it: If you do the thing you're born to do, you will excel, you will excite, you will change things."But how do you know what you're born to do?" they would ask, "If you do lots of things well, how do you know what you are born to do?"Some of us might not be so blessed, of course, maybe some of us can only do one thing, … [Read more...]

Explaining what Catholics believe

This is a very well-done explanation of what Roman Catholics believe about the Holy Eucharist, that it is, for us, the Body and Blood of Christ, and not merely symbolism.I have never seen this site, Northwestern Winds, before, but I like! Here they have some snarky fun with the recent spate of women taking to the high seas to for some in-your-face ordinations.Found via Happy Catholic. … [Read more...]

A poll for Catholics

I apologize to all of my Protestant/Jewish/Agnostic friends, but this one is for the Catholics, alone; I need to get something clear in my head. I may or may not write something about it later...depending, of course, on whether my head ever does get clear!Catholics: A Few Simple Questions: - you can leave your answers in the comments section or email me at: theanchoress@gmail.com.1) A few minutes before Mass begins, are you:a) praying/reading b) talking to a neighbor c) simply sitting … [Read more...]

Catholic Church gone in a breath

When John Holland closed his eyes, made a wish and blew out the 46 candles on the birthday cake his wife made him, he had no idea how badly the rest of his day would go.In just a matter of hours, classical works by Homer, Ovid and Vergil disintegrated, Europe was overun by Moors and is now under a theocratic dictatorship, works by Michaelangelo and other artists vanished, the slave trade resurrected, his wife ceased to be, and 2000 years of unsaid prayers went unanswered.He said he wished … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI blogs about beer!

It's http://musumpontificalis.blogspot.com/">satire!. And it's really good satire. H/T Happy Catholic. … [Read more...]

Turley lays down his God Card

UPDATE: This carrying on about other people's religion is becoming a very bad habit. Here is Ted Kennedy "not talking" about Mitt Romney's Mormonism.It would be all-too predictable if I were to go on a rant about this article by Jonathan Turley wherein he basically lets the cat out of the bag and reveals the position of the left on religion, specifically on those troublesome Catholics and other Christians, that is: It's okay to be Catholic, as long as you disagree with the Church. It's … [Read more...]

Finally! Catholic music is being looked into!

Oh, this is excellent news, via Closed Cafeteria.The working paper of the next Synod of Bishops suggests that "songs used at present" in the liturgy should "be reconsidered."What an understatement! We've been subjected to the most appalling, campfire/jingle music...The working paper, published July 7, outlines the topics that the bishops will discuss during the assembly.In connection with the question of liturgical singing, the paper states that "musicians and poets should be encouraged … [Read more...]

When PC-devotees go mad…

I thought this could not be true but there is an audio.You know those people who are really, really committed to the separation of church and state?Canadian National Public Radio Broadcasts Call for State Control of Religion, Especially CatholicismOTTAWA, July 19, 2005 - Just as Senate approaches the final vote on the gay 'marriage' bill, C-38, Canada's national public radio CBC Radio has aired a commentary by a retired professor from the Royal Military College calling for state control … [Read more...]