The Last Secret of Fatima

I just finished (and loved) The Last Secret of Fatima by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, which will be coming out in early May but may be pre-ordered.If you followed coverage of Pope Benedict's XVI's recent visit to America, you saw a lot of Cardinal Bertone, the Vatican's SecState; you'll recall he told informed the pope, in St. Patrick's Cathedral, of the moment of the anniversary of his election, at which the pope spoke so eloquently and extemporaneously.The Last Secret of Fatima is actually a … [Read more...]

More Questions in the Blogosphere

see more crazy cat picsThe other day - for reasons I don't understand - I tripped through the blogosphere Q & A style, and people seemed to like that.So, here are some more:Q: What is Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's motto for this session of Congress?A: Well, I am not privvy to the great-woman's thoughts, but it would appear to be, "Mr. President, tear down any economic advantages you might be pursuing for us, and while you're at it, please make us as vulnerable to the … [Read more...]

Is Ethanol crossing an Ethical line? – UPDATED

Just last month I wrote at Pajamas Media:...proponents of ethanol, despite growing evidence that food energies are causing some unexpected environmental problems of their own, press on with the idea of using fiber and food to create energy, even though the UN reports that world food supplies are quickly dwindlingOur food bill is certainly feeling the effects, too - and now we see food vendors limiting the amount of rice that may be purchased.So...thanks to the noble environmentalists, … [Read more...]

Jesus in the Eucharist – UPDATED

Poster available at catholicposter.comI'm actually working on a piece answering various questions/rants that were sent my way during Benedict's visit, but I haven't had time yet to really put it together. But first and foremost I can answer this one question, which I was asked several times:Do you really, truly, actually believe that Jesus is Present - physically present - in the Eucharist?Oh, yes. Why shouldn't God - who can raise the dead and walk on water - be able to do … [Read more...]

Merton: The Seven Storey Mountain

If you've never read the remarkable book The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton, you really should consider it. It's not just for Catholics; it is a tremendously readable autobiography of a brilliant man on spiritual sojourn. One of those books you pick up and have difficulty putting down. I quote some of the book - and share how it made me think.Here is a video about Merton and the evolution of the book … [Read more...]

Benedict: The Last 20th Century Man: UPDATED

:::SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE:::It seems almost silly to say I am bringing coverage of Benedict XVI's extraordinary sojourn in America to a close (actually, my final final thoughts are here) because the truth is I will likely be reading all of his addresses more closely and bringing them up in coming weeks, but the wall-to-wall writing will end here. I do want, though, to end with a thought that blipped through my head when Benedict was in DC, and again as he addressed the United … [Read more...]

When you feast…call the poor & lame

A very moving and wonderful storyWhen Beverly Ruiz and her wheelchair-bound son arrived outside St. Patrick's Cathedral early Saturday they had no hope of getting inside.But all that changed when 9-year-old Aaron, who has muscular dystrophy, caught the eye of one of the Secret Service agents safeguarding Pope Benedict.Just moments before the historic Mass began, the federal agent singled out the mother and son and whisked them into the house of worship."After the Holy Father arrived and … [Read more...]

Benedict and Ground Zero

For me, the most moving image of the papal visit thus far was watching Pope Benedict XVI leave the popemobile to walk, gravely and unassumingly, down the ramp at Ground Zero, to pray, bless the ground and meet with survivors and family members.He walked, all in papal white, wearing a light coat against the damp wind, arms to his side, his face solemn, and the world was quiet. And that image - at that instant - seemed earthshaking: the man Peter walking down into that terrible pit of pain - a … [Read more...]

Benedict at St. Pat's & Dunwoodie

Rocco at Whispers in the Loggia has been the indispensable go-to source for complete and timely postings of the texts of each of the many addresses Pope Benedict has made during his sojourn in America. I was happy to see that he (and Fr. James Martin) thought similarly to me, that the pontiff's brief extemporaneous remarks at the back of St. Patrick's Cathedral (upon being reminded that it was the precise moment of his election three years earlier) provided a perfect glimpse into the heart of … [Read more...]

No, Malkin is not Maher

For cryin' out loud, Michelle Malkin is not Bill Maher - not even close - not even in the same time-zone, and I think that is a silly charge to make - one that over-reacts in precisely the same way that some feel Michelle over-reacted.But I can understand why some were unhappy with her post on "Open Borders and the Catholic Elite", which echoed SOME the sort of cynical crap I've seen in nasty emails when I have dared to go against "the base" on illegal immigration. I was very sorry to read, … [Read more...]