"The stuff priests are made of…" UPDATED

Wow, a great photo via the Crescat, who recounts the story she found here and marvels at "the stuff priests are made of":4 June 1962. Navy chaplain Luis Padillo was giving last rites to dying soldiers as sniper fire surrounded him. A wounded soldier pulled himself up by clinging to the priest’s cassock, as bullets chewed up the concrete around them. Hector Rondón Lovera, who had to lie flat to avoid getting shot, later said that he was unsure how he managed to take this picture. [See all pi … [Read more...]

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Passion, Passion, Passion – UPDATED

Our friends, the Passionist Nuns of St. Joseph Monastery in Kentucky, (whose joy-filled tribulations we followed through last winter's media-ignored ice storm) having recently clothed their postulant as a novice were rejoicing last week as they announced the upcoming reception of yet another young aspirant to their cloister.It was lovely to read of their new aspirant, but then reader Robert H passed along this very moving post from that convent-minded young lady, as she closed her blog to … [Read more...]

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When your daughter becomes a sister…

We are coming up to that time of the year when a small-but-growing number of young men and young women (and the not-so-young as well) hug their weeping family members and then step away joyfully into another world, one where the family may not follow, to try their vocations as Diocesan priests or as Benedictines, Dominicans, Franciscans, Carmelites and more; to explore a radical path of prayer and service onto which they believe they are being called.It is a little early for my yearly … [Read more...]

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Ven. Solanus Casey – UPDATED

Sometimes listening to people becomes monotonous and extremely boring, till one is nearly collapsing; but in such cases it helps to remember that even when Jesus was about to fall the third time, he patiently consoled the women-folk and children of his persecutors, making no exceptions. How can we ever be as grateful as we ought for such a vocation? --Fr. Solanus CaseyI've written several times, but only briefly, about Bl Venerable Solanus Casey, the Capuchin friar who was reknowned for his … [Read more...]

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Weakness is sown; strength rises up – Repost

Continuing with the idea shared by reader Mark S, I have decided it might be fun, after all, to repost some of my older pieces as I introduce myself to new readers. The following is from 2006, written after spending the anniversary of 9/11 at Adoration and praying the Office for the Dead. Today, having spent some time before the blessed sacrament for the intentions of all on my prayer list (please don't forget Patrick O' Hannigan's daughter, Jane, or our friends Liz and Sarah, who are dealing … [Read more...]

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Prejean; cautionary tale for Christians – UPDATED

Good for her. In America, we should not be watching a person endure character assassination and the possible loss of livelihood because she has committed the sin of daring to hold a "politically incorrect" position. Carrie Prejean was asked a question and she answered it. In America, once upon a time, the people who referred to themselves as "liberal" believed that one was entitled to one's opinion and to full respect for it. Currently in America, every diversity is celebrated except the … [Read more...]

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