Yom Kippur; Fast & Pray

I know many people of many different faiths are taking today to fast and to offer prayers of atonement, reparation, contrition - for the sake of the whole world.I will be joining in, and will (by God's grace) pray all seven offices of the day (Vigils, Lauds, Terce, Sext, Nones, Vespers & Compline) with great mindfulness.And to get us all started, the Avinu Malkeinu (translation at link).I'll give you two, because they're both good; first the traditional, cantored by the astonishing … [Read more...]

Please renew prayers for Ben

I know that I do a lot of asking for prayers for people, and it's sometimes hard to keep track (you should see my prayerbook! Names, lines, names, lines...) But a few days ago I posted a prayer request for a young boy who was dying:Ben had a heart attack a few days ago on the soccer field. His heart attack it turns out, was from a huge blood clot in his leg, which has since been amputated below the knee. He is stabilizing but still in need of much prayer.For a few days it looked like things … [Read more...]

I lit a candle for all of you…

After reading about this over at Deacon Greg's, I lit a candle for all of you folks who come here every day in all sorts of moods, in all sorts of circumstances.The scoop:A Catholic church is allowing worshippers to light candles in memory of their loved ones over the internet as it seeks to reach out to a broader community.The church of Santa Maria Regina Pacis di Ostia, 20 miles from the Vatican offers the novel scheme through its website.Father Don Ludovico Barbangelo, the church’s p … [Read more...]

Weakness is sown; strength rises up – Repost

Continuing with the idea shared by reader Mark S, I have decided it might be fun, after all, to repost some of my older pieces as I introduce myself to new readers. The following is from 2006, written after spending the anniversary of 9/11 at Adoration and praying the Office for the Dead. Today, having spent some time before the blessed sacrament for the intentions of all on my prayer list (please don't forget Patrick O' Hannigan's daughter, Jane, or our friends Liz and Sarah, who are dealing … [Read more...]

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...]

Exile: The Past is Prologue

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Pope John Paul II and Ignatius Cardinal Kung Pin MeiToday at mass, our priest - by no means a reactionary sort - remarked on the Gospel reading for the day, which was Jn 10:31-42. I took notes, but still am paraphrasing a little:"I think the men who wanted to stone Jesus were offended that he would come in their era, that he would intrude on their time with his messianic talk. Because it's one thing to look for and hope for Messiah, and quite another to have to encounter Messiah - … [Read more...]

"Abortion is a blessing!"

You know, it's so sick, I really didn't want to write about it. I linked to Amy Welborn and figured I'd let you folks find this monstrosity on your own, but I want to make sure you read it.These remarks were made before a NARAL audience, in 2007, but are only just getting some reaction, perhaps because of the current movement to suppress the conscience clause that protects doctors, nurses and pharmacists from losing their jobs, and Catholic hospitals from closing their doors.Or, perhaps … [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, … [Read more...]

The Move to control the Church – UPDATED

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. -- The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of AmericaI frankly thought we had a few more years before we started seeing this, but here we go.As I wrote in the comments section, here, back in … [Read more...]

Obama & Dems: Put your dreams away…UPDATED

My husband works for a company that is trying to sell their product to places like Lowe's and Home Depot.I hear Obama say "BUILDING SPRAWL STOPS NOW!" and I think, there go 800,000 jobs. And along with those jobs, probably another 100,000 jobs in retail and business technologies.And there goes an awful lot of tax revenue. How we are supposed to pay for this beast of a bill without taxable earnings is something the great "I Won" - who can't say a positive word about industry, … [Read more...]


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