Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Last year, I gave an 8 minute podcast talking about this solemnity. It's one of the biggies in the church, and for a good reason. As St. Anselm teaches us from across the centuries in today's Office of Readings:God begot the Son, through whom all things were made, and Mary gave birth to him as the Savior of the world. WIthout God's Son, nothing could exist; without Mary's Son, nothing could be redeemed.Or, as St. John Vianney taught:“The Father takes pleasure in looking upon the heart o … [Read more...]

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Sorry I drank your present

So, two weeks ago I ordered various coffees, mugs and sundry from The Mystic Monks Coffee site.And it all smelled so good . . . and my personal supplies were running a tad low...So today I had to tell Buster that I had already enjoyed the brew he'd asked me to pick up for one of his professors.This is the risk one runs when one shops early.But I will order more for him.I had also bought a really cute pair of earrings for someone from Amazon. This weekend it was all I could do not to … [Read more...]

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Prayer is ruining me for blogging…

I love my oratory. It's so nice, so restful, so mine. Going there to pray every day ("going there;" it's on the other side of my desk) just...shapes the whole day.But it's really playing hell with my blogging and the direction of the blog.I mean, here's my morning: I shower, get dressed, wrap the towel around my wet head (hey, it's a handy headcoving!) and then go to my oratory. I light tea candles, one before each Icon, one before the Crucifix, one before my little pewter statues. … [Read more...]

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Dreaming her way to Christ

This is a rather remarkable story of one couple's journey. (Source)It was January 2006 and she was living in Singapore with her husband, Kumar, and her son, Karthi. In her dream she saw a “very humble lady” surrounded by candles.She and Kumar were devout Hindus and they knew the lady in Uma’s dreams was not a Hindu god. They knew little of Christianity, but they thought this lady might be the Blessed Mother. Still, because they came from a long tradition of Hinduism in India, they didn’t give … [Read more...]

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The World’s Tiniest Hair Shirt…

Brown ScapularMy husband was noticed a brown cord peeking out from the neckline of my shirt and asked, "what's that?"Oops. Caught. "It's a brown scapular," I admitted."That's like, hardcore fanatical Catholic stuff, isn't it," he asked. "When did you start wearing that?"He wasn't being critical, exactly. My husband is a tolerant sort, and if a person wants to practice a lot of devotions that he doesn't feel particularly called to, that's alright by him. But he did seem a … [Read more...]

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Our Lady of Sorrows – UPDATED

Repost from 9/15/05And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined to be the rise and the fall of many in Israel, and a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed." The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 2Today's gospel reading at Mass is one of my favorites - one I think on frequently. I like Simeon, … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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