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...]

Failing to love is killing Europe

Over at the Corner, they're quoting Bruce Thornton: [Europe is not reproducing because] “children are expensive. They require you to sacrifice your time and your interests and your own comfort. If your highest good is pleasure, if your highest good is a sophisticated life, then children get in the way. Why would you spend so much money and so much energy on children if your highest good is simply material well-being? That's sort of the spiritual dimension of the problem."Read Dr. Melissa C … [Read more...]

Pews, Press, Prostitutes…whatever

The two big stories of the last 48 hours have been the Spitzer fiasco and the "new sins from the Vatican" nonsense. Priests and Prostitutes? No, mostly prostitutes and the press.Yesterday I got an email from a reader which read in part:Has liberal cretinism permeated their minds? I mean, at a time when Christianity is under attack from Islam and secularism, is this a way to unify Christians and save Western Civilization? Am I nuts; aren't all the saints in heaven shaking their heads over … [Read more...]

Hillary, Confessions, Blogs, Popes, Priests & more

Heh. John Hawkins has a post up with 10 reasons why this blog is not succeeding while others do.I try! I don't feel comfortable networking, but I link out! I try to be interesting and varied - most days I post at least three or four new things. Seems I'm just not all that provocative, and undoubtedly I'm too long-winded. Still - it blows my mind that other people manage to support themselves blogging. This little endeavor nets yer girl something under $2,000 per year, and with two kids … [Read more...]

Lent: Dancing in Shadows & Light

A Secular Franciscan friend emailed, thanking me for the Kaddish I linked to here. She wrote: "I'll use it to accompany me through the rest of Lent (because this one will be very very hard to forget any time soon)".Within minutes of her email, another friend wrote: "Lent is here with a vengeance."To both of these I snorted a wry, "tell me about it...I'm having the sort of Lent I prayed I would have because I was too stupid to remember that God takes us at our words. It has been rich but … [Read more...]

"I was in the dungeon"

Fr. Corapi hears his own father's confession: … [Read more...]

Nun Soap

Yesterday I extolled to you the wonders of Mystic Monk Coffee (I am enjoying a hearty mid-day cup right now); today I bring you another Easter/Mother's Day gift idea: Nun Soap.A New Jersey paper is writing up the bubbly efforts of the good Dominican Nuns at Summit, (whose prayers support us all) as they supplement their income with the craft.Sister Mary Catharine said the nuns have experienced a fair amount of trial and error since they launched sales of the soap last fall in the small … [Read more...]

Lent: Peter & the Gates of Hell

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" They replied, "Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter said in reply, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." Jesus said to him in reply, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly … [Read more...]