Desecration in Scranton

This is not good:It is believed that sometime overnight on Aug. 3 or early morning on Aug. 4 someone broke into St. Rose of Lima Church in Carbondale. The person was able to open the tabernacle, the receptacle on the side altar in which the vessels containing the Blessed Sacrament are kept.The person removed the ciborium, the vessel which contains the small consecrated Hosts used for Holy Communion. These Hosts are the Body of Jesus Christ. [Emphasis mine - admin]The Carbondale police … [Read more...]

Receiving Communion at Age 6?

Horrible Little Girl on a Great Day, Age 6There is a question being bandied about, thanks to A Cardinal's Musings::Children today are maturing so quickly and are exposed to so many different influences that it might be time to consider allowing them to prepare for and receive their first Communion even before their 7th birthdays, said the head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments."A child's first Communion is like the beginning of a journey with Jesus, in communion … [Read more...]

When Jesus Comes to the Sickroom

Does anyone remember having a priest come to the house to make a sick call, either just to visit, or to hear confession and anoint? Or to bring Holy Communion to the sick?I do. We had one of those "sick call" crucifixes as you see above; they open up to reveal two small candles, and a little phial of Holy Water. We have one hanging on the wall of our family room, actually, an old one someone sold me for cheap on ebay! When my brother S was very ill, we had a home visit, and also when my … [Read more...]

RelicTours: Sts Don Bosco UPDATED

Our friend Fr. Steve, who is a Salesian priest informs us that the relics of Don Bosco, founder of the Salesian Order will be making a world tour!In the tradition of pilgrimage, the relics of St. John Bosco are being carried into the towns and villages, neighborhoods and centers where the Gospel is announced among the young and the poor today. This pilgrim journey through 130 nations began on January 31, 2009, the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Salesian Congregation. It prepares us … [Read more...]

Hitchens and the Subversive Liberty of Prayer

Over at Hot Air, yesterday's quotes of the day were all about the oddly controversial issue of whether or not Christians, or any people of faith, have any business praying for Christopher Hitchens as he battles cancer.The topic has generated a great deal of surprising commentary, even here on this blog; at Hot Air, they are highlighting quotes from Fr. Robert Barron, whose Word on Fire videos i sometimes post here, and from this really excellent exchange between Hitchens and Hugh Hewitt.They … [Read more...]

The Patina of Prayer – UPDATED

SourceCity churches are sometimes quiet and peaceful solitudes, caves of silence where a man can seek refuge from the intolerable arrogance of the business world. One can be more alone, sometimes, in a church than in a room in one's own house. At home, one can always be routed out and disturbed (and one should not resent this, for love sometimes demands it). But in these quiet churches one remains nameless, undisturbed in the shadows, where there are only a few chance, anonymous strangers … [Read more...]

The Long Road to Jerusalem

When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem. On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.Today's Gospel, from Luke 9:51-62, is one of those readings that sets some people on edge, as Jesus can seem a bit curt:But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.” But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their … [Read more...]

A Saint Grows in Brooklyn?

A great pleasure of doing In the Arena for the Diocese of Brooklyn as been getting to know Msgr. Kieran Harrington, the Vicar of Communications for the Diocese. New Evangelization Television, which produces, among other things, the only Catholic nightly news broadcast in the country, (Deacon Greg Kandra is its busy News Director) is one of Msgr. Harrington's concerns.Why do I bring him up? Well, it's 2:24 AM, and I am oddly tickled that one Monsignor has tipped me off to this this … [Read more...]

"I cannot mistrust the grace of God." – UPDATED

Today brings us the feasts of three great saints, a bishop, Paulinus of Nola, and two martyrs, St. John Fisher, and St. Thomas More.Therefore, the day gives us a wealth of choices in the Office of Readings. After the scriptural reading from the first book of Samuel, we can peruse an edifying letter by Paulinus, ("only recently have I begun to breathe in the air of life; only recently have I put my hand to the plough and taken up the cross of Christ. I need to be helped by your prayers to … [Read more...]

Feast of Charles Lwanga & Ugandan Martyrs

St. Charles Lwanga and Companion MartyrsVia Fr. Steve:Today is the feast of St. Charles Lwanga and his companions, whose martyrdom, as discussed here is especially moving and reminiscent of the early Christians:They were marched to Namugongo, where, bound with ropes, shackles, iron rings and slave yokes, they waited for one week. During that time the martyrs prayed and sang hymns; the Catholics among them recited morning and evening prayers, grace before and after meals, as well as the … [Read more...]