The Nativity of Mary – UPDATED

"Your birth, O Virgin Mother of God, proclaims joy to the whole world, for from you arose the glorious Sun of Justice, Christ our God; he freed us from the age-old curse and filled us with holiness; he destroyed death and gave us eternal life." - Antiphon for the Canticle of Zechariah, Morning Prayer for Sept. 8I was struck this morning at mass by the Gospel reading, which was the genealogy and Annunciation from Matthew. The whole list of patriarchs and fathers, with the occasional mention … [Read more...]

Clearing out the tab

I've got some deadlines to meet and a project I'd like to get started, so I need to stop futzing around, reading news and blogs and get to it. Here is what's been cluttering up my tab-bar for the last day or so - it's a bit of a jumble, sorry:Malta, shamelessly cribbed from CrescatBeautiful Malta! Where Doug Kmiec is the new US Ambassador after what Dan Gilgoff describes as a "strange religious/political" swearing in. Kmiec is the Catholic former Reagan WH Legal Counsel who campaigned … [Read more...]

Assumption of the Virgin (Repost)

I am on monastic retreat until the weekend, and have scheduled two reposts each day of pieces that some may not have read before. Comments will be off until I return. You might like peeking into last year's Online RetreatThis post was part of that retreat* * *Today is the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, one of the most contentious bits of Catholic teaching among their non-Catholic brethren. This morning's meditation - a little late (sorry) for reasons I will … [Read more...]

Podcast: Vespers for May 13

On this feast of Our Lady of Fatima, I like this quote from John Vianney, which I actually used just the other day in this compilation:The Father takes pleasure in looking upon the heart of the most holy Virgin Mary, as the masterpiece of his hands…The Son takes pleasure in it as the heart of his Mother, the source from which he drew the blood that has ransomed us. – St. John Vianney (1786-1859)Here is the Podcast for Vespers. Please pardon my rasp. My voice is still strained. … [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...]

Should I pray before an abortion clinic?

Had an email exchange with a reader who calls herself Owl in the Ruins, and given that we both feel like we're being nudged to "do more," I reprint much of it here, with her kind permission:Dear Anchoress, I just saw you on In the Area talking about blogs. ... I think it's sweet that Fr. K has so much faith in the fact checking mechanisms in newspapers.I am considering doing something tomorrow that I think I'm supposed to do, but, if I could get a clear message not to, I would be happy. A … [Read more...]

"New Eve" encounters her snakes?

Hillary Clinton sort of looking at Our Lady of GuadalupeOkay, I admit I'm being a bit snarky with the headline. I'm not really calling Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama "snakes" - I'm just having a little fun with scripture, and the whole notion that the two biggest abortion proponents in the country are having Marian encounters.If you are unfamiliar with the concept of Mary as The New Eve, there's lots of info out there, and a few lovely meditations by some of our nun friends, too.Anyway, … [Read more...]

A Recovery Party? Random Chills, Thrills & Myths

Comrades, it's difficult to keep up, but the mandatory service requirement requires that you try. The oxymoronic thing passed in the Senate. It passed by a healthy margin.Yesterday a thoughtful young 24 year old whom I have known since he was about 10 or 11 sent along this piece about California regulating car colors, and I wrote back - feeling a little bit like King Arthur in the last scene of Camelot, "someday you will tell your children about the mythical land of America, where people … [Read more...]

Feast of the Annunciation

"The Angel of the Lord appeared unto Mary," R: And she conceived by the Holy Spirit -- The AngelusA nearby parish rings the Angelus bells twice a day, and I love it. Sometimes in Manhattan, you can hear a church ringing the Angelus. People hurry by; possibly few of them even hear the bells, and those who do may think they are simply tolling 6PM, or noon.The Angelus is a devotion of the Church. At the tolling of the bells, signifying mid-day or evening prayer, a leader will intone, "The … [Read more...]

Rosary Podcast: Luminous Mysteries

Here is the Podcast of the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, which are ordinarily prayed on Thursdays in Ordinary Time, but as with any of the mysteries, you can pray whichever one the Spirit is leading you to pray.Many Catholics have difficulty remembering the Luminous Mysteries as they are fairly new - instituted by Pope John Paul II.Moving on from the infancy and the hidden life in Nazareth to the public life of Jesus, our contemplation brings us to those mysteries which may be called in … [Read more...]


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