The Passing of a "True Monk"

A gorgeous remembrance of Sr. Angelika, OSB, by her Abbess at St. Walburga's:In 1980, with Mother Maria-Thomas as superior, she was chosen to be the prioress. She served this call beautifully for many, many years. And she encouraged us in the same way that she encouraged the young monks. One of the sisters was saying this morning that you would go to her with a problem and she would sit there and listen very intently and she would give you an answer and you would say, “How did you know that?” A … [Read more...]

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...]

Eucharistic Adoration is Life Changing

I've written before how my fraying life snapped back into focus during a chance encounter with Eucharistic Adoration. I'd been driving down a street with the windows open and heard the noontime bells ring as I passed a church. Obeying an impulse - ahem - I decided to stop in and maybe light a candle.When I entered the church I saw the altar, alive with candles, and the gleaming monstrance holding the Blessed Sacrament. "Oh, they do Adoration here," I thought, with something like joy … [Read more...]

Hyundai Goes too Far?

It begins with the Agnus Dei - what they are chanting here is "Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us."A most excellent prayer.It is unfortunate that such a prayer is lost in the mess of images, here:Every Catholic blogger I know is getting emails about this. Lots of really angry people out there who feel like the ad goes too far.One blogger emailed me saying, "I wanted to shrug it off as dumb until I saw the pizza-as-communion shot."I can understand why … [Read more...]

Pie Pellicane, Iesu Domine…

Pelicans back in dangerIn St. Thomas Aquinas' Adoro te Devote, we sing:Pie Pellicane, Iesu Domine, Me immundum munda tuo sanguine. Cuius una stilla salvum facere Totum mundum quit ab omni scelere.Translation: Lord Jesus, good Pelican, wash me clean with your blood, one drop of which can free the entire world of all its sins.Why "Jesus, good Pelican?" The Pelican has come to be a symbol of the Eucharist:The Pelican is a symbol of the atonement and the Redeemer and is often found in … [Read more...]

Year of the Priest: Military

Excerpts from a great photo essay on military chaplains, coming to us via the Crescat, who loves to celebrate the manly priests:Catholic military chaplain Cpt. Carl Subler on March 5 at a small U.S. combat outpost in Sha-Wali-Kot in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan (See the whole inspiring thing hereAll found via New AdventRelated: The Stuff Priests are Made Of … [Read more...]

The Ball & the Cross & the Bread

[In Chesterton's novel The Ball and the Cross, old Turnbull, the atheist] starts falling in love with a young Catholic woman named Madeleine. . . she finally talks to him not only about his duel, but about the sacraments:He advanced upon Madeleine with flaming eyes, and almost took her by the two shoulders. "I do not love God," he cried, . . . "I do not want to find Him; I do not think he is there to be found. I must burst up the show; I must and will say everything. You are the happiest … [Read more...]

Oprah, Sisters of Mary, Haiti & Random Stuff -UPDATED

Sisters after making Perpetual ProfessionI was busy with other work this morning, and so Thomas Peters beat me to it, and he has exclusive pics, darn him! Our friends the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist -about whom I have written many times, most recently in this vocations update will be featured on the Oprah Winfrey show, (tentatively scheduled for February 9). Apparently Oprah's crew was in Ann Arbor yesterday, filming on the premises and talking to some sisters, and … [Read more...]

Candlemas; Feast of the Presentation

And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined to be the rise and the fall of many in Israel, and a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed." The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 2It is odd that this feastday -The Feast of the Presentation of Christ- (which is also called "Candlemas" because it is … [Read more...]