A month gone, we remember John Paul the Great

My li'l brother Thom directed me to this site; he wanted me to enjoy the many political cartoons celebrating JPII, but if you keep scrolling, you'll see how college students in Poland lighted their dorms upon his death. And then, there is this little gem, which I actually have in my CD rack but had quite forgotten:JPtG singing the Pater Nostre. He begins the song about two minutes or so into it, but the music accompanying his speaking is also very lovely.It is only a month since he is … [Read more...]

E-bay auctioned Holy Eucharist recovered!

Great News!We are pleased to report that the sale of what was purported to be a Host consecrated by Pope John Paul II and put up for sale on eBay, the on-line auctioneer, has been withdrawn, with the Host handed over to the Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa, where the seller is located.Earlier Friday, Monsignor Roger J. Augustine, administrator of the Diocese of Sioux City, met with the seller and was advised that the sale would not be consummated. According to Msgr. Augustine, the seller deeply … [Read more...]

More debunking of the “JPII held back women” myth

A very good article sent my way by my dear little brother, Thom, who is the most truly CENTRIST person I know, always fair.Anyway - here are women who knew John Paul the Great, and who advanced in their work because of him, speaking about the changes he has wrought:"If you knock the issue of ordination off the table, women have advanced significantly," even at the Vatican, Sister Mary Ann Walsh, spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in Rome this week.The Vatican … [Read more...]

Photo Essay of Rome and the Funeral

Matteo at Cartago Delenda Est has tipped me off to a really wonderful photo essay- pics taken by a pal of his who went off to Rome to study theology and was there for all of the events last week, including the funeral mass. The pics are stunning, and his brief remarks sound awe-struck. Go. View. You'll like. … [Read more...]

The Holy Eucharist on ebay

This makes me ill.There is so much WRONG with this, I can't even begin to tote it all up."I don't believe in this, and I don't believe I'm going to hell, so don't bother writing to me!"Listen to MR. SENSITIVITY.I only hope and pray that whoever bought this - for $2000.00 - plans to either consume the Host or return it to a parish for safekeeping. I pray that it is not being bought for some nefarious purpose, for a purpose of disrespect or abuse.This ebay sale is an excellent argument … [Read more...]

Why wasn’t JPII put into the ground in a 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...]

Final thoughts

At first I thought I would have loved to have live-blogged the funeral of Pope John Paul the Great, but it wasn't necessary, was it? The images, the spontaneous outbursts of applause and cheering - it was most eloquent. But I did have a few thoughts:Today, an event occured which was witnessed by the whole world. A million people knelt in prayer on the cobblestone of St. Peter's. Hundreds of thousands of people publicly received communion in this, the year of the Eucharist. Leaders from all over … [Read more...]

Live-blogging the funeral if blogger will allow it

5:20 AM I am so glad that CNN has John Allen. He really is excellent. And how reverent, now is this Liturgy of the Eucharist.5:00 AM Not a bad homily from Ratzinger. I DO love all the chanting - particularly the chanting of the Gospel in Latin, and I thought the priest chanted it very well. I recall once visiting an Orthodox church, Latin rite, and pretty much the whole Mass was chanted. Between the icons, the chanting...for an hour it felt like we'd left earth and gone to heaven.4:45 AM In the … [Read more...]

Doh! Forgot about Noonan

You have probably read it already, but if you haven't go read her assessment on JPII's part in bringing down communism.Then, I have linked to this already, back when I was live-blogging last weekend, but if you missed it you really MUST read it. Noonan's very moving and exceedingly well-written piece on a a papal audience she attended 'way back in 2002. It's an absolute gem.And this is NOT by Noonan, but by Susan Vigilante, and it's a small, charming piece of a work in progress a book I must get … [Read more...]

The Polish Seminarian and the Jewish Girl he Saved

I'd heard this story but never heard it told before by a member of Edith Zierer's family. It is the very touching account of what happened when a young Jewish girl, released from Nazi prison and cold, hungry, too ill to walk, encountered a Polish Catholic named Karol Wojtyla, a year before his ordination. In January 1945, at 13, she emerged from a Nazi labor camp in Czestochowa, Poland, a waif on the verge of death. Separated from her family, unaware that her mother had been killed by the … [Read more...]


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