Unemployment Numbers & a Timely Meditation

The unemployment numbers are looking pretty dismal and bleak, aren't they?A while back, I was praying for someone's job intention when it turned into a meditation through the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, which adapt themselves perfectly and powerfully to the feelings of abandonment, isolation and exposure that those suffering a job loss can experience.The folks at Our Sunday Visitor wondered if I could adapt that post, after some revision, to a pamphlet that could help prayer groups, … [Read more...]

This is True

An excellent thought on this particular feastday:Only by the power of grace can nature be liberated from its dross, restored to its purity, and made free to received divine life. And this divine life itself is the inner driving power from which acts of love come forth. Whoever wants to preserve this life continually within herself must nourish it constantly from the source whence it flows without end - from the holy sacraments, above all the sacraments of love.To have divine love as its … [Read more...]

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

My podcast of the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is here.Fr. James Martin has an interesting take on how this feast can still speak to us personally and as a church. … [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...]

Get the Lead Out!

Abbey of St. WalburgaMother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB, in a conference to the nuns at St. Walburga's Abbey, Colorado, gives a very tough message in the gentlest of voices:What makes things unstable? When things rock they are unstable. When you back and forth constantly you become unstable. When you have to vacillate too much between the world and the Christian life you’re unstable. Where is your allegiance? Where are you truly sealed? Who is the image within you?I think what has happened in t … [Read more...]

Pray for Nancy Pelosi

Just pray for her.Pelosi’s office did not respond to CNSNews.com’s follow-up questions regarding the speaker’s statement that she seeks to make policy in conformance with the values of the Word made flesh.It takes a special kind of cognitive dissonance to speak fervently of the Word Made Flesh, and to understand that by his Incarnation God has ennobled all mortal flesh with a sanctity and a holiness relative to his own, and yet to consistently vote--as Nancy Pelosi did in 2003--against legi … [Read more...]

God is not sophisticated enough

There is a quote from Archbishop Oscar Romero that both traditional and progressive Catholics love to latch onto, because each feels Romero was speaking for them:A church that doesn't provoke any crisis, a gospel that doesn't unsettle, a Word of God that doesn't get under anyone's skin, what kind of gospel is that? Preachers who avoid every thorny matter so as not to be harassed do not light up the world!In truth, Romero was speaking for Christ. His words are a challenge to all of us, from … [Read more...]

The Crying out of Flesh and God

Sometimes the things you done a thousand times can bring new results; the prayers you've said a million times bring new insight.Close up of Oratory as CurrentMy Oratory has an assortment of Holy Icons and small pewter statues, an old standing crucifix, and a second-class relic of St. Philip Neri, who is my Patron for this year. Generally, as I begin my morning prayer, I ponder what is before me. Currently I have an Icon of the Resurrection up, and before it a small pile of tumbled stones, … [Read more...]

Speaking of Eschatology – UPDATED

...which, we sort of were...Assume your last day is tomorrow. What will you cling to, and what will you put aside?UPDATE: Msgr. Charles Pope: Developing the desire for all that really matters... … [Read more...]

The Great Prostration; Count Me In

In an impromptu, and very beautiful homily, Pope Benedict XVI last week brought up the issue of penance:Penance is grace; it is a grace that we recognize our sin, it is a grace that we know we need renewal, change, a transformation of our being. Penance, being able to do penance, is the gift of grace. And I must say that we Christians, even in recent times, have often avoided the word penance, it has seemed too harsh to us. Now, under the attacks of the world that speak to us of our sins, we … [Read more...]


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