A Rose for JPII?

Benning has a piece about it and a picture. It's purdy. … [Read more...]

Novena to John Paul the Great

I had occasion to compose this novena on behalf of a friend of mine whose wife is ill, and am using it, also, for my family member who has peritoneal mesothelioma. I thought for the beginning of Lent, I'd share it. Caveat Emptor - there is no imprimatur, here, I just made the prayer up, so if it's not theologically sound, I am to blame. ***Holy Father, John Paul II, Shepherd and Teacher, you are now in … [Read more...]

Deus Caritas Est – Benedict’s letter

Benedict XVI's first encyclical, which we talked about talked about last week, is called Deus Caritas Est - God is Love - and it is released today.In a world where the name of God is sometimes associated with vengeance or even a duty of hatred and violence, this message is both timely and significant. For this reason, I wish in my first Encyclical to speak of the love which God lavishes upon us and which we in turn must share with others. That, in essence, is what the two main parts of this … [Read more...]

“Oh, he’s on about SEX, again?”

Word is that Pope Benedict XVI's first encyclical of his pontificate will be released this Friday, and that it deals with the topic of love, in various forms, and the topic of sex. You know it will be the sex part the world will pay attention to....(in it the) Pope issues a warning in the document, entitled Deus Caritas Est (God is Love), that eros risks being "degraded to mere sex" if it is not balanced with spiritual or divine love founded on the teachings of Jesus.Oh, boy, am I ready to … [Read more...]

I kinda like these Santa Clothes

Julie at Happy Catholic has Benedict all poped-out in traditional papal habidashery.Dappled Things has more and links to a slide show.It's nice, the special clothes and festooning...but I don't get hung up on it, and doubt that Benedict will, either. I loved JPII - he was so outsized, so larger than life, that he didn't need all the trappings, and kept his wardrobe simple and rather modern, and I liked that, too.Balance. St. Benedict's whole Rule was about finding balance. This … [Read more...]

“Do not forget who you are…”

Tom Shales reviews two upcoming TV flicks on the life of Pope John Paul the Great, and the reviews are well worth reading. The CBS biopic sounds like a real winner - I'm looking forward to it, particularly because the writers and director seem to have gotten the key message of John Paul's priesthood and pontificate, not only was he all about exhorting us to courage ("Do not be afraid!") but he was all about reminding us of who we - all of us are - beloved children of the Creator:While ABC's … [Read more...]

JPII was grand. Benedict is homey.

I loved Pope John Paul the Great and honor his memory, but I must say, I am really enjoying getting to know Benedict XVI.John Paul was the deep and mystical philosopher, whose writings are so dense my limited intellect gets bogged down. Benedict, on the other hand, whether writing or talking, is plainspeaking, clear and direct and not at all pedantic."One of the dangers we face as human beings is that our memory of the evil we have suffered is often stronger than our memory of goodness," he … [Read more...]

I am Wojtyla!

Wojtyla! You take after the energetic andenthusiastic John Paul II (the Great). Yourvision is prophetic and BIG - when it comes tosaints, travel, or crowds you can't get enough! Where do you fall on the Wojtyla-Ratzinger Continuum? brought to you by QuizillaI am also surprised! I hate to travel and I cannot stand to be in crowds. I thought for sure I'd be Ratty! H/T Julie Ratzinger. … [Read more...]

A remarkable blog post

It is with a feeling of some reluctance that I direct your attention to Carol's post at An American Housewife. I am reluctant because the first part of the post actually mentions little ol' me, and I don't want people to think I am sending them there to read about the "wonderfulness" of myself. Quite the contrary. Rather, I am directing you there because I am marveling at what the Holy Spirit does, sometimes, without our knowing it. Yesterday I, uncharacteristically, wrote a post based on a … [Read more...]

Two Popes, One leader

From the National Catholic Register. Very well-worth reading.The new name fit John Paul’s larger-than-life presence. He was, in one iconic description, the "spark that flew forth from Poland to set fire to the whole world." He rallied huge crowds of people as a bishop in Poland, and as Pope. In the images we remember, he is often driving through a sea of people in his popemobile, or standing in front of an ocean of faces with his arms raised.Pope Benedict XVI’s name also fits his very dif … [Read more...]