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...]

He is risen, truly he is risen!

(Photo shameless cribbed from Gerard and his wonderful post)If this seems early for some of you, I apologize. For those of us attending Easter Vigil liturgies, we have been plunged into darkness, then seen fire blessed and made to light the Paschal Candle, which was processed in darkness and then raised high with the proclamation, "Christ, our Light!"To which we responded, "Thanks be to God."We have listened to the Exultet, the great chant of Easter and been reminded of the whole pageant … [Read more...]

Pange Lingua & Exultet

I wrote last year, about Holy Week, and about the glorious and mysterious chant, the Pange Lingua.Sing, my tongue, the Savior’s glory, Of His flesh the mystery sing, Of the blood, all price exceeding, Shed by our immortal King, Destined, for the world’s redemption, From a noble womb to spring.You can hear a wonderful version, in Latin, <a href=" here (H/T Chant BlogBeautiful as this is, nothing compares to the great chant of Easter, the E … [Read more...]

Good Friday – Miserere

Psalm 51Please avail yourself of Deacon Greg's really splendid (and brief) Good Friday Homily. You'll be glad you did. … [Read more...]

Novice Clothings for Easter

It must be a wonderful thing to receive your holy habit just before Easter.Over at Moniales, the Dominican Nuns share a video of a bit of celebrating the investitures of Sr. Deepa and Sr. Giang, now Sr. Veronica Marie and Sr. Joseph Maria, respectively. Very cute to see Sr. Veronica not quite used to responding to her new name. I guess that can take a while.Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, we see a slideshow; three Sr. Maralisa, Sr. Julianna and Sr. Marie Rachel receive the … [Read more...]

Gorbachev a Christian; British press confused

A week or so ago I lamented that when it comes to religion, the British press rarely gets anything right. They are incredibly incurious and inaccurate.Today we read in the UK Telegraph that Mikael Gorbachev has admitted he is a Christian. Get that? He "admits" he's a Christian.Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Communist leader of the Soviet Union, has acknowledged his Christian faith for the first time, paying a surprise visit to pray at the tomb of St Francis of Assisi.Accompanied by his … [Read more...]

Anniversary of an insight

“I have the immense joy of being man, a member of a race in which God Himself became incarnate. As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now that I realize what we all are. And if only everybody could realize this! But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.” –- Thomas MertonFr. James Martin notes an, March 18, the 50th anniversary of a great epiphany that changed … [Read more...]

Anger, Expectations, Palms & the Crucifix

In England, a vicar was attacked by "Asian youths" and beaten badly enough to be brought to the hospital.The Reverend Alan Green, Area Dean for Tower Hamlets, said it was the latest in a series of "faith hate" crimes in the borough.He said: "It was a nasty cowardly attack. There were several groups in the churchyard and two from one group attacked him and the other group came and helped him back to the house."He was kicked and punched in the head as he lay on the ground, I believe that … [Read more...]

Two New Novices in NJ

The Dominican nuns of Summit, NJ come into Holy week with two new novices.Let us pray for Sr. Veronica Marie and Sr. Joseph Maria and for their families! … [Read more...]

Lenten Hymn: Attende Domine

One of my favorite Lenten Hymns:I like that they superimpose the lyrics so you can sing along with this lovely hymn, which is not difficult to master.English translation here.More on it here.My second favorite hymn of Lent is the Pange Lingua: you can hear it here.Related: Sing, my tongue; in praise of Holy Week … [Read more...]