Pope in Fatima

Benedict and Baby in FatimaBenedict has Flown to PortugalHalf a million pilgrims turned out to celebrate mass (full text of homily here) with Pope Benedict XVI on this "whopper" of a day, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, the anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun in Fatima. #Fatima was trending on Twitter today, where I also learned that today is Shavuot, which commemorates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the Israelite nation at Mount Sinai. So that's kind of … [Read more...]

The shadow of the jackboot…

I have only just begun to read news about The Ghastly Mrs. Pelosi's machinations, or the single-mindedness of the president who flinches at the slightest criticism but seems not to care about the CIC part of his job, and the passing of the monster bill, and also about some of the troubling rumbles coming out of Europe. While reading, I had the overwhelming image of the shadow of a jackboot, poised just above our nation.Socialism is an opportunistic infection of the body politic. It occurs … [Read more...]

Podcast: Vespers for May 13

On this feast of Our Lady of Fatima, I like this quote from John Vianney, which I actually used just the other day in this compilation:The Father takes pleasure in looking upon the heart of the most holy Virgin Mary, as the masterpiece of his hands…The Son takes pleasure in it as the heart of his Mother, the source from which he drew the blood that has ransomed us. – St. John Vianney (1786-1859)Here is the Podcast for Vespers. Please pardon my rasp. My voice is still strained. … [Read more...]

Rosary Podcast: Sorrowful Mysteries

If you've ever watched Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, you'll realize you are watching the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, beginning with the Agony in the Garden.I am often asked by non-Catholics why we spend so much time pondering the Passion of the Christ, and not the Resurrection. Well, we do both - just as we, all year long and not just at Christmas, keep the mysteries of his Incarnation before us in various ways, through devotions and feast days, we ponder the mysteries of the … [Read more...]

The Rosary: The Joyful Mysteries

The Presentation of the Lord/Fra AngelicoSince we talked about it yesterday:Here is a podcast of The Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary:The Annunciation The Visitation The Birth of Our Lord The Presentation The Finding of our Lord in the TempleHit the link for illustration and lessons - mostly thanks to the remarkable Deacon Greg.I'll try to record the other four mysteries before Ash Wednesday.Before each mystery, I make a very brief note of relevant scripture; literally a line - … [Read more...]

Fatima & the Rosary – UPDATE

Okay, this is a little "officially weird."I'd been playing with the idea of podcasting the 4 mysteries of the rosary, for Lent, as a help for those who wanted to pray the rosary every day and might like the company. But then my computer had problems and podcasting was out.I'd forgotten all about the idea of doing the rosary.But today - Feb 20 - all day, two things kept pounding in my head. The first was: "Make those rosary podcasts, because the rosary is our weapon...""Weapon", I kept … [Read more...]