A Study in Contrasts

Two Polish men.Both artists.Both "brilliant."Both persecuted by Nazis, in their native land. One was a prisoner, one was a slave. When the Nazis left, the Communists came.One, Roman Polanski, becomes a filmmaker. He encounters a 13 year old girl.One, Karol Wojtyla, becomes a priest. He too, encounters a 13 year old girl.After his encounter, the filmmaker -still a youngish man- runs away, out into the world, saying "everyone wants to do what I did." He lives what is for the most … [Read more...]

Polanski: Althouse dares to ask…UPDATED

Honestly, you'd think that -of all issues in the world- the rape of a 13 year old by a 44 year old man would be one issue on which people on the left and the right could come together.Apparently not.For the record, let Kate Harding remind us what Roman Polanski did.As the chronic moral arbiters of the world, who work out of Hollywood, rush to defend Roman Polanski by signing petitions, crying about how they can't watch movies in Switzerland "knowing Roman Polanski is sitting in a cell 5km … [Read more...]

"The stuff priests are made of…" UPDATED

Wow, a great photo via the Crescat, who recounts the story she found here and marvels at "the stuff priests are made of":4 June 1962. Navy chaplain Luis Padillo was giving last rites to dying soldiers as sniper fire surrounded him. A wounded soldier pulled himself up by clinging to the priest’s cassock, as bullets chewed up the concrete around them. Hector Rondón Lovera, who had to lie flat to avoid getting shot, later said that he was unsure how he managed to take this picture. [See all pi … [Read more...]

Huge Friday Linkaround

I so much wanted to do a podcast of morning prayer, but time got away from me. Will try to get a podcast up for Vespers, this afternoon. Meanwhile, this may keep you reading into tomorrow.For your linkaround, first let me talk about me, me, me; Yesterday's Daily article on the murder of George Tiller, and the musings of some Christians as to whether Bonehoeffer made a case for such a terrible killing, garnered many comments, a few of which suggested the commenter had not read the thing, a … [Read more...]

Podcast; Morning Prayer May 13, Our Lady of Fatima

I hadn't realized it until I went to morning mass, but today is the feastday of Our Lady of Fatima, and the anniversary of the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II.So, here is Morning Prayer, using the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A little late for the Eastern Seaboard, but perhaps useful to those west of whatever.You knew I had to do this for Fatima, right? After all, those Portuguese children did nag me into podcasting all four mysteries of the Holy Rosary!Related: Thoughts … [Read more...]

St. Catherine’s Sons and Daughters

"If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire" - St. Catherine of SienaSt. Catherine of Siena - one of my all-time favorite saints. She was not -as many believe- a professed nun of the Order of St. Dominic (Order of Preachers) but rather what we would today call a "lay" Dominican, like our new friend Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati.She was a woman who bucked every trend of her time, and dared to write to a pope, telling him what he must do: "Be a manly man..." she exhorted … [Read more...]

Exile: The Past is Prologue

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Pope John Paul II and Ignatius Cardinal Kung Pin MeiToday at mass, our priest - by no means a reactionary sort - remarked on the Gospel reading for the day, which was Jn 10:31-42. I took notes, but still am paraphrasing a little:"I think the men who wanted to stone Jesus were offended that he would come in their era, that he would intrude on their time with his messianic talk. Because it's one thing to look for and hope for Messiah, and quite another to have to encounter Messiah - … [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...]

Pelosi & the Pope: Do Not Be Afraid

A couple of emails from Catholics expressing displeasure at the news that Nancy Pelosi is heading to Rome with a contingent of legislators and will take a meeting with His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI.Wrote a former marine who seem pretty angry:I am deeply concerned about this matter as I personally believe that Mrs. Pelosi should be excommunicatedI understand where this fellow is coming from, but I am elated, rather than disturbed, that Mrs. Pelosi is meeting with the pope. I hope the … [Read more...]

Mystery Chords and Idols

"Thrummmmmm....""It's been a hard day's night and I been workin' like a dog..."You can hear the chord, of course. But can you play it? Exactly?Many have tried, all have failed, it seems, until now:The opening chord to "A Hard Day’s Night" is also famous because, for 40 years, no one quite knew exactly what chord Harrison was playing. ... Four years ago...Jason Brown of Dalhousie’s Department of Mathematics decided to try and see if he could apply a mathematical calculation known as Fou … [Read more...]


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