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...]

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...]