How to Pray for the Nation

Got this from reader Alexandra, and thought it was such incredibly simple (but profound) advice, that I had to share it. It really humbled and instructed me:. . .when the Bush-Gore recount battle was going on, I asked my parish priest, a very wise man who loves Christ, how to discern God's will. I wasn't asking so much for his opinion on the politics of the day but when I am in one of these political battles and a religious person, can I discern God's will in the course of trying to decide … [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...]

Please Pray for 2 young boys – UPDATED

Readers may remember that DeLynn has kept us supplied with photographs and updates of the devastation and slow recovery of the village of Petit Goave, Haiti, since the January earthquake. She has informed me that her 11-year old son, Sam, has recently suffered a seizure, and an MRI reveals a mass affecting the brain.Sam is building a reputation in basketballDeLynn has given me permission to introduce you to Sam. She writes that consultations with a pediatric neurologist and a ped. … [Read more...]

Pelosi Doesn't Know from St. Joseph

I'm sorry. Almost nothing that has come from this woman's mouth has infuriated me like this.This woman is a profound grotesque who gets virtually everything wrong here, from what feastday it is, to the kinds of Catholic religious sisters supporting her monster's bastard of a bill.Note, because it is important in the face of her stupidity, her mendacity, her slander and her willingness to use any-and-all means to achieve her ends, the Catholic sisters who vehemently oppose this health care … [Read more...]

The best thing about being a writer…UPDATED gives you an excuse to have a pretty notebook like this one in your purse:Then you can fill your notebook with all sorts of things you want to remember. Train schedules, addresses and phone numbers that you need all the time but simply can't remember. Random thoughts. Snippets of conversations you want to think more about. Bad poems written by yourself; better poems written by others. Quick little prayers. Things you have observed around you and pondered, and will want to revisit … [Read more...]

Cardinal DiNardo at Baptist U

I can't remember where I came upon this video -it might have been from First Things' Evangel blog- but I like it a lot, and I think y'all will, too: Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, the Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, doing the convocation at Houston Baptist University.An excellent video for an extended Sunday Coffee Break. … [Read more...]

Lent: Back to Eden

"Most probably we are in Eden still. It is only our eyes that have changed." --G.K. Chesterton, Introduction to The DefendantSomehow Lent always seems to lead me, in one way or another, toward Eden.This year -and coinciding with a Lent that seems to be all about re-appreciating family- I find myself back in Eden thanks to this thoughtful piece about birth control and its effect on vocations, including the vocation to marriage.Writes Fr. Dwight Longenecker:The second shift due to … [Read more...]

The "God gap" in realpolitik

A study in Chicago comes to an interesting conclusion:American foreign policy is handicapped by a narrow, ill-informed and "uncompromising Western secularism" that feeds religious extremism, threatens traditional cultures and fails to encourage religious groups that promote peace and human rights, according to a two-year study by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.The council's 32-member task force, which included former government officials and scholars representing all major faiths, … [Read more...]

Incarnate Word = Undercover Boss

I've never seen the show Undercover Boss, although I do think the premise is interesting. Deacon Greg brings his appreciation for the program into this week's homily:[The undercover] CEOs got to experience what their employees have to put up with - indignity, long hours, low pay, sexism. But they also got to share in the spirit that sustains these workers - optimism, faith, love of family. They saw the enthusiasm and sense of humor that some people bring to even the most menial jobs. The … [Read more...]

Lindsay Lohan & Jesus Christ

You know, from time to time, I have more conservative Catholics give me a hard time for linking (or referencing) the Jesuit priest and writer, Fr. James Martin.James is a Jesuit, so by definition, yes, he is going to be a little more left-of-center than me on some things, but those who would dismiss him as a far-leftist, or -more importantly- as anything but obedient and loving of the church wherein he works, and the Lord he serves, risks exposing himself or herself as uninformed and a bit … [Read more...]