Noonan on Popes JPII & B16 – UPDATED

Deacon Greg, and Miss Kelly and Sissy Willis are all writing about Peggy Noonan's very good piece on the upcoming visit of Pope Benedict to the United States (and Sissy has a few words for those who don't appreciate the full genius of Papa Ratzinger, besides).Because so many are discussing Noonan's piece, I don't have to say much about it other than recommend you read it. I like how she notes that Benedict - unlike most "world leaders" - has no problem praising his predecessor and how she … [Read more...]

Loving Benedict & other Catholic things

Benedict XVI, speaking sweetly and gently, on his upcoming trip to AmericaAs I am mostly sleeping due to my most recent attack of "killer anemia" - which had been well-controlled for a good while - a friend popped to deliver a package of toffee, some of the incredible toffee I've written about here. The package was a free sample from the folks at the Toffeehouse who graciously (and classily) thanked me with a whole pound of what they call "the dangerous stuff" - and it really is dangerously … [Read more...]

They Eat Up My People – Psalm 14

At Midday Prayer the psalms are a little shorter and - for me, anyway - distractions weigh a little longer. Today the third psalm at midday was Psalm 14, which teaches on the foolishness of sinners - which means the foolishness of all of us.I am unhappy with myself just now for many reasons - all of them just - and though I've read the psalm many times, today it struck me. Every line struck me; every line felt like it was meant for me.I should tell you that often when I read the psalms of … [Read more...]

Repost: Why Wasn't JPII Buried in Simple Shroud?

Since today is 3 years since the very affecting funeral of John Paul II, thought I'd repost:An email from a reader:I'm asking this because I think you will answer me respectfully. The service today was beautiful but wasn't it too much? Jesus was buried in a simple shroud, and he was God. What we saw today bordered on idolatry. I have no problems with Catholics, I do believe you are Christians, but I think you are misguided on this.Sigh. Really, I am NOT an apologist. I have no energy for it, … [Read more...]

A Peckish Peek-Around

I'm finding myself out of patience with blogging today - maybe I have spring fever. I'm craving a cup of coffee and a walk through a woods - so here's a quick look at what I've been looking at online, and then I think I'll make myself a large cup of Mystic Monk Dark Roast and I'll travel-mug it outside:The other day I wrote about Bobby Kennedy, today at Inside Catholic Mark Stricherz writes about the death of the Bobby Kennedy CoalitionAlso relating slightly to something else I wrote last … [Read more...]

A Catholic is not a Protestant…

...and vise-versa.Yes, I know, it's obvious, but sometimes the obvious must be stated, and a guest post at Brutally Honest has brought us to one of those times.Rick's guest blogger, Tom Flake, urging "intellectual honesty" writes:Sean Hannity, perhaps more than any other pundit, has lambasted Senator Obama for his association with Pastor Wright. At the same time, while verbally condemning the Catholic hierarchy for its lack of action in the church pedophilia scandal, where, not only were … [Read more...]

Autobiographical Martyrdom of St. Perpetua

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Thanks to Bender, today we read a most interesting and impressive story.St. Perpetua and her friend St. Felicity were martyred in Rome; Perpetua, who was nursing her infant, left what is believed to be the first autobiographical diary written by a woman, of her time of oppression for her Christianity:. I suckled my child, which was now enfeebled with hunger. In my anxiety for it, I addressed my mother and comforted my brother, and commended to their care my son. I was languishing … [Read more...]

10 Inmates Baptised, 300 IMF/World Bank love B-16

Continuing on with Catholic stuff you don't ordinarily read, here is a very lovely story about 10 inmates at Lebanon Correctional Institution in Ohio who were baptized into the Catholic Church at Easter. (H/T Gerald)Through our Lady of Sorrows Parish in nearby Monroe, both LeCI and Warren Correctional Institution are ministered to by a team of Catholic volunteers committed to serving the spiritual needs of their incarcerated Christian brothers, explained Christine Shimrock, who serves as a … [Read more...]

Deconstructing Christianity, Itself – UPDATED

Regular readers know I am not one of those easily offended types who get a case of the vapors at every salvo blasted at Christianity or the Christ or his Blessed Mother.I figure Christianity - if it is true, and it is - can stand up to the slings and arrows of the world, Mary has her own way of dealing with anyone stupid enough to disrespect her (hint - she hounds you with love until you give in) and Jesus has the big shoulders that are required to carry the cross or move the world, so he can … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI, Allam & Osama bin Laden – UPDATED

:::SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE:::So, a few days before Easter, Osama bin Laden - who may or may not be dead - claimed a conspiracy against Islam being headed up by an 81 year old feller who likes cats and plays Mozart.At the Vigil for Easter, the old feller, who also wields a crozier, writes tirelessly and uses the soft answer to turn away wrath, made his gentle response. He baptized with his own hands, and publicly, one Magdi Allam, who chose the baptismal name "Christian".Magdi Christian … [Read more...]