What is your favorite psalm?

I actually meant to talk about psalms yesterday, but somehow that post, almost from the first word, was taken out of my hands and morphed into this piece on Oblates and Tertiaries, and I've gotten to the point where I just don't fight that sort of stuff anymore.Those who check in from time to time to pray Morning Prayer or Vespers with me in the podcasts know that I consider psalmody a spiritual wellspring for our eternal thirst, and a most perfect reflection of the human condition in all of … [Read more...]

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Oblates, Tertiaries, Professed Laypeople

I was corresponding with a Dominican nun the other day and I joked with her that, although I am a Benedictine Oblate, I am lately finding myself very drawn to Dominican spirituality, likely due to my friendship with her and also because of those those two charismatic and intrepid Dominican nags I have mentioned with some frequency, lately, St. Catherine of Siena and Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, both of whom were laypeople, not vowed religious."If you become a Dominican Tertiary, your chances … [Read more...]

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I told you it was liquid crack! UPDATE!

Got this email today from reader Sally:It was entitled: Mystic Monk Coffeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!I am at this moment polishing off my first 12 cup pot of Mystic Monk Coffee. Momentarily I will start a second pot brewing -- will try Cowboy Blend next. Would you like me to run to NY and clean out all your closets? I can be there by Noon, I swear.Ordered 10 gift sets (nine for family at the Catholic wedding we're attending next week) plus one for myself. All based of course, on your … [Read more...]

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Mothers Day Gift Ideas – UPDATED

Yes, I know, you don't want to think about Mother's Day just yet, but as the ranking Daughter-in-Law around here, I must think about it now, or before I know it, I'll get stuck cooking for 25 people, most of them named Joe, Joey or Joseph, Salvatore, Sal or Sally. And those are just the boys.So, Mother's Day is coming and money is a little tighter this year than last year, and chances are the $125 an-ounce perfume you gave your mother last year is still on her dresser, not even half-used, … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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 … [Read more...]

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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...]

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"…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...]

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