American Leningrad – UPDATED

You'll want to read neo-neocon today.She's got quotes by Lenin and thoughts on Dostoevsky and yes, it's all relevant, relevant, relevant.The quotes from Lenin are chilling and you will be able to relate all of them to what is happening in America, today, even though President Obama insists it's not, and that he's no socialist, nope, not him! Bush was the socialist, yep, yep, yep.Bush made his mistakes, and the damn bailout in October was a biggie, but he was no deliberate socialist.A … [Read more...]

Lenten Reading Suggestions

Julie at Happy Catholic has her Lenten reading list up."Wait a minute, what? You guys have "reading lists" for Lent, too?"Yeah. But it's a good thing. It is a tradition that started with the Benedictine Monastics as part of St. Benedicts Rule for his monks:During the days of Lent, they should be free in the morning to read until the third hour. . . . During this time of Lent each one is to receive a book from the library, and is to read the whole of it straight through. These books are … [Read more...]

Nuns in Kentucky Ice

On February 14, a Passionist Nun from St. Joseph's Monastery posted their first news and photos of the January 27 ice storm which - though barely mentioned in the press, or by the steak-eating, super-bowl-watching president - claimed over 50 lives and (as of the 14th when the nun was writing) has left many thousands still without power.I...heard tremendous popping and crashing sounds. This was the sound of trees, tops of trees and very large branches completely covered in ice, breaking and … [Read more...]

Virginity, Chastity, Nunstuff

Got an email from someone today wondering why I did not write about Candlemas.Feb 2 is actually one of my very favorite feast days, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, (if I'd ever become a nun I'd have been Sr. Mary Whatever of the Presentation of the Christ) and I would write something about it, but Kansas Catholic has such beautiful pictures, and this priest has the info, so I'll just send you over there.Meanwhile, some young women are advancing in their spiritual journeys within … [Read more...]

No news; working on a Project

The news is: fascinating, troubling, confoundingly stupid, entertaining, amusing, cautionary, worrying, dysfunctional, encouraging, discouraging, predictable, mind-boggling, wholly engaging and completely addictive and I would rather not pull myself away from it, but a deadline looms and I have to do it.I'd much, much rather be talking about how President Obama is going to put a lot of people out of work and make life much more difficult for the auto industry and the oil industry by allowing … [Read more...]

"…if you have not love, you are nothing"

An Orthodox Hermit says it all, and it's very humbling to hear.H/T Reader DickI have to get quieter. I have so far to go.He says: "without purity one cannot approach holiness..."I am sure he means purity of body and mind and spirit.I have far to go.This young one has wisely started early. Her story is here, here, here and hereIt is Vocation awareness week: How to encourage vocations More. And more.In the UK: a crisis in the vocation of marriage. … [Read more...]

Friday Linkaround

Quiet today. After gabbing and watching videos through the night, we put Buster on a plane headed back to school early this morning, then went to mass and - since it was offered - took the opportunity to go to confession, and then came home and promptly fell asleep until the early afternoon. Can't remember the last time I've done that. Felt kind of good, actually!So, here is a link around to stuff you may or may not be seeing elsewhere. It's a long post, but stick with it; I don't think … [Read more...]

O Eve! Reconciled!


Eve and Mary by Sr. Grace Remington, O.C.S.OIt's still Christmas! And here is a lovely story about how things get moved along by the Holy Spirit:A Trappistine nun, Abbess Columba Guare of Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey, who composes the texts for the Abbey's Christmas cards, wrote this lovely poem, wherein the Virgin Mary addresses Eve with hope and gladness:O Eve! My mother, my daughter, life-giving Eve,Do not be ashamed, do not grieve.The former things have passed … [Read more...]

Obama/Blagojevich or Podcasts?

In preparing to record Vespers for today I thought instead I should ask you folks what you prefer. So far, the most popular podcasts seem to be the Rosanne Rosannadanna impression w/homiliette at the end, the podcast with no prayers, just a talk on the Immaculate Conception, and the Office for the Dead which I did on for 9/11, and was one of my earliest efforts.Would you like to hear Morning Prayer instead of Vespers, or would you like me to mix it up with Midday Prayer or the Office of … [Read more...]

Some questions from the mailbag

Q: Anchoress, I notice you're writing a lot about Advent and nothing about politics.A: Well, you're very observant! I decided after the election - actually a few weeks before the election, but by then I was in the circuit and had to see it through, so to speak - that I would write about politics only where it intersects with religion. I didn't like myself writing about politics and I frankly didn't like the tones being sounded from the right in my email. Also, Advent is just always … [Read more...]