Popping in for Adoration; Te Deum!

A visitation and a view from the pew, discreetly, with phone camera:Te DeumYou are God: we praise you; You are the Lord: we acclaim you; You are the Eternal Father: All creation worships you.To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.The glorious company of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship of prophets praise you. The white-robed army of … [Read more...]

He is Risen! Truly, He is Risen!

Exultet! Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen!(Listen to the Great Chant of Easter* as you read, if you like)Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing choirs of angels! Exult, all creation around God's throne! Jesus Christ, our King is risen! Sound the trumpet of salvation!Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendor, radiant in the brightness of your King! Christ has conquered! Glory fills you! Darkness vanishes for ever!Rejoice, O Mother Church! Exult in glory! The risen Savior shines upon you! Let … [Read more...]

Humble Veneration & Connection

Rick over at Brutally Honest, who from time-to-time writes a bit about faith and where he is of a moment (he has been taking the "long route" to Rome!) has written poignantly about his first time attending a Good Friday Veneration of the Cross service.I confess now to you that initially, I was uneasy. This sort of thing is not looked kindly upon by some of my Protestant brethren, and I, at one time, had come to agree with them. So I actually hesitated as it was our turn to join the … [Read more...]

Why I Remain A Catholic

The question has come my way several times, in the past week: "how do you maintain your faith in light of news stories that bring light to the dark places that exist within your church?"When have darkness and light been anything but co-existent? How do we recognize either without the other?I remain within, and love, the Catholic church because it is a church that has lived and wrestled within the mystery of the shadow-lands ever since an innocent man was arrested, sentenced and crucified, … [Read more...]

Catching Up – UPDATES

Some interesting updates to the ongoing story of the NY Times and the Pope.Currents TV has a telephone interview with Fr. Thomas Brundage, the priest who adjudicated the Milwaukee case in question but was never contacted by the Times, and who wrote, among other things:"...the fact is that on the day that Father Murphy died, he was still the defendant in a church criminal trial. No one seems to be aware of this."What people also do not seem to be aware of is that, while the statute of … [Read more...]

Elizabeth Lev on the Looping of History

One gets the sense that if Edmund Burke showed up today, he'd look around and say "meh, I've seen this before; know how it ends."This is excellent; a piece by Elizabeth Lev which takes a gander at history and finds some astonishing parallels with the present moment.In 1790, most of the world was congratulating France for what seemed like a successfully completed revolution. The hated King had been brought to heel, and change had swept through an oppressed nation, offering hope for a … [Read more...]

Clarity & Spirited Defense re Pope -UPDATED

CLARITY After adding a link to this post, I decided that this piece by Jimmy Akin deserves to be more than a footnote in a blogpiece.I am not saying that the Holy See’s handling of abuse cases can’t be legitimately criticized. I’m not saying that then-Cardinal Ratzinger/now-Pope Benedict XVI didn’t experience a learning curve on this point. And I don’t know what else is out there that remains to be discovered.But I am saying that the media is getting this story wrong, particularly in the case … [Read more...]

Murphy Case: NYT Never Talked to Judge – UPDATES

In a remarkable piece, we get a sense of confirmation, that the New York Times and the mainstream press are doing their best -during Holy Week, as usual- to (at the very least) foment disgust at the Pontiff and the Catholic Church and/or (at worst) create a climate that "demands" a papal abdication.But curiously, as the media talk endlessly about an extremely sick case out of Wisconsin, the Times -which "broke" the story- seems to have been very selective in their sources. Fr. Thomas … [Read more...]

Podcast: Mass Readings of the Day

Ah, you knew I couldn't keep totally silent, right? Finally found a good cord for podcast recordings, so I thought I would give you the mass readings for the day, which are from Isaiah 49:1-6 and John 13:21-33, 36-38.I've included the Responsorial Psalm, too, which is number 71.It is Holy Week, after all.Sorry about the "Master, where are y'goin'?" We New Yorkers do have a problem, sometimes, with those g's. … [Read more...]

"Come away and rest…"

With apologies to some of my readers who are not able to enjoy videos, I nevertheless have to share this with you, courtesy of Fr. Steve.There is madness all about us; noise and roiling anger. Are you exhausted?Come away and rest a while, and wonder and gaze and let go, a little. Cultivate silence within yourself, because there is none to be found, outside. … [Read more...]