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...]

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 round-up … [Read more...]

"Shut Up," he explained – UPDATED

Source<centerWrites Allahpundit: "It’s practically a taunt."Indeed, I find it breathtaking. The man is supposed to be the leader of the country, the president of ALL the people, not just the ones who agree with him, and he's basically over half the nation to just shut up and fall in line.In fact, the president and his White House have been so irresponsible this week, what with their, "punch back twice as hard" nonsense (good going, there, chief) and so blatantly authoritarian with t … [Read more...]

Protesting with Detachment, MLK-style -UPDATED

Early yesterday evening, I wrote:You know who could put a stop to the bad feelings arising in this country? President Obama, who is supposed to be the leadership. Just as Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton backed off when they realized America was not into having their Healthcare taken over by the government, Obama could say, “you know, I’m moving kind of fast here, maybe we’ll shelve this for a while and concentrate more on putting people back to work, which is urgent.”Such a move would be an … [Read more...]

Faith & Science & Albacete

Knowing that we've been musing about Evolution, Genesis, Science and Faith around here, Elder Son brought this video to my attention, remarking that he found the priest to be "insightful and charming."Faith & Science from World Science Festival on Vimeo.Not a bad panel, eh? Proving once again that people with opposing views can still manage a good-faith debate with civility, and humor, and even admission of commonalities. As we celebrate the feastday of St. John Vianney, patron of … [Read more...]

Little Sisters of Poor, seeking alms

Sr. Maria Lourdes, L.S.P. makes her First Profession of VowsSome of you may remember Sr. Maria Lourdes from her appearance on In the Arena a few months back. Making the acquaintance of Sr. Lourdes, Sr. Camille and Sr. Mary Richard was a memorable day; all three women were lit with uncommon joy and were so lovely to talk to. Sr. Lourdes stayed in my awareness (and my prayers) because she was so serenely composed, even when discussing her excitement that "if it pleases God," she would soon be … [Read more...]

Science Czars & Healthcare; When Life is devalued…UPDATED

President Obama's plans are to appoint 32 Czars within his administration. These are people about whom Congress does not advise or consent, and about whom the press is conveniently incurious. So far, the press thinks they're all just brilliant and they have no problem with a president appointing 32 Czars accountable only to him.Whadda you think of that? You comfortable knowing that these "czars" escape serious but are given some rather potent power with little oversight?I mean, come … [Read more...]

Defending Nuns, Popes, Freedom, Life…

Some interesting pieces and subjects that I have been too busy to post on this week, but really wanted to share with you:Fr. James Martin - author of one of the best Catholic autobiographical books in the last 50 years and a longtime friend of this blog - is in many ways the perfect go-to voice of "reasonable, palatable Catholicism" for many in the media (and he is a very genial, bright and exceedingly reasonable, fair-minded fellow). At big Catholic events like Papal Visits and Archbishop … [Read more...]

Reclaiming a Holy Thing from the Dogs

So, a during the Carrie Prejean/Prop 8 kerfluffle, I wrote this:"...if you’re going to take off your top for a camera, be prepared (sooner or later) to have to answer for it, both in this world, and the next...You’ll have to answer for it because when you profess yourself a Christian, you choose exile, and you will be held to a different standard, entirely, than the world’s. ... In the next world, of course, you’ll have to answer to Christ, himself, who is much more merciful than the rest of us … [Read more...]

Whither Glass Coffins?

The Incorruptible Body of St. Bernadette SoubirousVictorino Matus wonders:I thought about other ways a church can revive that sense of awe and mystery as I sat through a mass at the Church of St. Thomas in the Malastranska neighborhood of Prague. (I’m here under the auspices of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and will report on the latest on Iran after meeting the hardworking folks at Radio Farda in a few minutes.) But looking around, I realized no parish would have the money to build golden … [Read more...]