Two Formidable Maries

Over at the Catholic Portal we have the curious circumstance (or gift) of reading about two women, both known as Marie of the Incarnation, one is a beata, and one is a saint, but both of them would be considered formidable women in any age...even our own, and both of them give lie to the notion that the Catholic church "keeps women down" or has held them back from self-actualizing and being all they could be.Frank Weathers enthusiastically introduces us to the beata,Blessed Marie de … [Read more...]

Devils are hot; as in topical!

Giotto, Exorcism at Arezzo (1297-99), Upper Church, San Francesco, AssisiNo, not hot as in tropical!Okay, bad wordplay, but Tim Muldoon's started it, here with his look at our current interest in all things devilish:". . . it’s hard to avoid the fact that there’s suddenly a fascination with all things demonic. Consider this Discovery Channel series in production, cooperating with the Vatican (though the article does not specify who or what office of the Holy See). Then there are the fil … [Read more...]

Fun, Fascinating Comments -UPDATED

Communion of Saints, John NavaIt is rare that the comments thread of a post ends up generating emails from people telling me that they've enjoyed reading it so well, but the comments from this Patron Saint post really have been great to read.It is remarkable how often the Patron and the pick seem to align meaningfully.ScottB: After a quick prayer, I was given St. Katharine Drexel. As a wealthy heiress who gave away her inheritence to found the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, she is the … [Read more...]

Get Your Patron Saint for 2011 – UPDATED

Regular readers know that around this time each year I have been fortunate enough to have someone "pull a patron saint" - someone who will be a specific teacher and friend for the coming twelve months. My patron for 2010--you can see his picture in the sidebar--has been the great St. Philip Neri, of whom I knew nothing beyond the fact that he was famous for his sense of humor.I did some research on him, bought a book and found that there was much more to this "Apostle of Rome" than his … [Read more...]

Hecker like the Flour!

Illustration by Dr. Pat McNamara, 1993I somehow neglected to share with you last week this very interesting profile of a very interesting Catholic priest who had an profound impact on the faith in America.Dr. Pat McNamara writes about the Vibrant, Active Piety of Fr. Isaac Hecker, yes, Hecker like the flour that is currently in my cabinet. That family:Early 19th-century America was an exciting time, an age of reform. Known as "the era of the common man," it saw a movement toward greater … [Read more...]

And now…Bernadette! And Adele!

Father James Martin graciously permits Patheos to excerpt a chapter of his wonderful book My Life With the Saints so that we can get to know St. Bernadette Soubirous, the unschooled French visionary who made the acquaintance of the Immaculate Conception: "In the Grotto of Massabieille"On a Friday evening during my first year as a Jesuit novice I wandered into the TV room to see what video was being served up. Television watching was a popular pastime for novices still on a $35.00 monthly … [Read more...]

"Hail, Full of Grace!" – UPDATED

The Annunciation by WaterhouseA little collection of links and videos appropriate to the Holy Day:Start with Deacon Greg, whose affection for Our Lady seems to have blossomed into one of his loveliest homilies:. . . one of the women said, “We’re Jewish, from up in Orange County, and we just don’t have anything like these [stained glass windows]. They’re just magnificent.”Well, she’s right. They are magnificent. But she was wrong about something else. The Jewish people do have somethi … [Read more...]

Finding Closure with Jumper Cables

The latest entry into the Habit of Witness series is a particularly poignant one, written by Carmelite Sister Timothy Marie.When the convent car breaks down, Sister seeks out some help and her need allows kindness to come full circle, putting paid to "centuries of ignorance and prejudice:A lot of big trucks were parked nearby. Truckers! My answer had come! Saying good-bye to my newfound friend, I went to the crosswalk and, feeling like Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music scene where she is … [Read more...]

The Heroic Ordination at Dachau – UPDATED

Deacon Greg brings us a look at a secret ordination that took place at Dachau:Leisner was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and in Dachau his condition began to deteriorate. Fearing that the great dream of his life -- to be a priest -- would never be realized, he and the priests in his cellblock secretly sent a petition to a local cardinal (aided here, and in so many areas, by a heroic nun known as the "Angel of Dachau," Sister Imma Mack.) The cardinal granted permission for a French bishop … [Read more...]

Dolan on Dorothy Day

This is a great start to the weekend, thanks to Mary DeTurris Poust:6 Insights from the Life of Dorothy Day from Province of Saint Joseph on Vimeo. … [Read more...]


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