Repost: Why Wasn't JPII Buried in Simple Shroud?

Since today is 3 years since the very affecting funeral of John Paul II, thought I'd repost:An email from a reader:I'm asking this because I think you will answer me respectfully. The service today was beautiful but wasn't it too much? Jesus was buried in a simple shroud, and he was God. What we saw today bordered on idolatry. I have no problems with Catholics, I do believe you are Christians, but I think you are misguided on this.Sigh. Really, I am NOT an apologist. I have no energy for it, … [Read more...]

Gorbachev a Christian; British press confused

A week or so ago I lamented that when it comes to religion, the British press rarely gets anything right. They are incredibly incurious and inaccurate.Today we read in the UK Telegraph that Mikael Gorbachev has admitted he is a Christian. Get that? He "admits" he's a Christian.Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Communist leader of the Soviet Union, has acknowledged his Christian faith for the first time, paying a surprise visit to pray at the tomb of St Francis of Assisi.Accompanied by his … [Read more...]

"I was in the dungeon"

Fr. Corapi hears his own father's confession: … [Read more...]

BUMPED: "Faith-based" and hand-wringing

BUMPED TO TOP: I've had a lot of positive feedback on this piece and a request to bump it to top for today. Happy to comply!"A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire. " - Thomas MertonThe other day I wondered if we were making our political parties and voices into idols.Today I'm wondering how it can be that the "faith-based" party -- full of people who … [Read more...]

Pater Noster

It's so easy to forget.The world is so fast, and so noisy, and our lives are so full, it's easy to forget that we have so recently been in the company of a giant.To hear that voice again, pulled out of time...gave me chills:Another vid here. … [Read more...]

Corpus Christi; The Body of Christ, Amen

Greg Kandra is the editor of Couric & Co, the blog associated with the CBS Evening News broadcast. He is also a recently-ordained Deacon in the Catholic Church, and how lucky is the parish in Forest Hills, Queens, to have so talented a wordsmith, and so faithful a servant of God and man, preaching from the Ambo. This Sunday they will feast on this bounty:First Reading: Gen 14:18-20, Melchizedek bringing bread and wine and blessing AbramThen Psalm 110The Lord's revelation to my … [Read more...]

Sanity, insanity, distortions and questions

The problem with writing as much as I do is that I don't get to read as much as I'd like. Too often I fall behind in reading the folks in my blogroll - who are there because I think they're absolutely worth reading - and linking to them in "round ups," but it is the only way I can direct you to so much interesting stuff and still stay reasonably sane. I hope the folks I link to don't feel slighted that their good work is not much excerpted in round ups. My heart is in the right place! And … [Read more...]

Remembering John Paul II

***This post will be updated with new links and stories as I find them, keep scrolling down***CNS file Photo by Arturo MariA year after the death of John Paul II and the elevation of Benedict XVI, the always terrific John Allen has an intelligent and well-written look at the last year. It's long, it's great, it covers a lot. One to print out and read with your Sunday cawfee. But I'll give you this little teaser:John Paul II will likely be remembered in history as a great evangelist. He … [Read more...]

Fruits of the Funeral, Part III

Thanks to The Curt Jester, I found this terrific piece on some Utah folks who found their way back to church via the death and funeral of John Paul the Great. Including a seminarian candidate.Tilley marveled over the devotion of the crowds in St. Peter's Square and arose in the night to watch the live funeral broadcast, even though he had long before stopped attending the Roman Catholic Church with his mother, immersed himself in the Baptist and FourSquare churches and wandered from the pews … [Read more...]

The fruits of the funeral, part II

Gerald has a conversion story that comes at us directly from the funeral of John Paul the Great, via - of course - the Holy Spirit.It's not actually a conversion story. When a Christian turns Romeward we actually say he or she comes into "full communion." That's probably a good distinction to make. Conversion is a turning, but one is converted, turned, to Christ. The Christian is not "converting" then, but simply entering in.But I am so grateful for our "converts," though, because I … [Read more...]