Homework & Hospitals

Elder Son & Buster, long agoLongtime readers may recall that while he was in High School Buster frequently landed in the ER usually from a rash move on the playing field:Now he's away at college, and here we are again. Only Buster can apply himself to his homework and land in the hospital! He had an assignment to videotape reactions to the breaking of social norms, and then to analyze them. His partner taped him intruding on a game of catch by making a play intended for another.His … [Read more...]

The Great Prostration; Count Me In

In an impromptu, and very beautiful homily, Pope Benedict XVI last week brought up the issue of penance:Penance is grace; it is a grace that we recognize our sin, it is a grace that we know we need renewal, change, a transformation of our being. Penance, being able to do penance, is the gift of grace. And I must say that we Christians, even in recent times, have often avoided the word penance, it has seemed too harsh to us. Now, under the attacks of the world that speak to us of our sins, we … [Read more...]

Re-recorded the "Treasury" Podcasts

Because the originals seemed to be set at too low a volume, I just got done re-recording all of the podcasts for the Treasury of Catholic Prayers.So, for those who complained (and who did not), please re-download what you like. I have added a few more prayers, and completely re-recorded the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, because the first one included me gassing away interminably about I-forget-what. Now you can have just the prayer, without the rest.Oh, and I also recorded The … [Read more...]

Staring into the Empty Tomb

"There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach." — J.R.R. TolkienThe news is terrible, disheartening, troubling, horrific -choose your a … [Read more...]

Popping in for Adoration; Te Deum!

A visitation and a view from the pew, discreetly, with phone camera:Te DeumYou are God: we praise you; You are the Lord: we acclaim you; You are the Eternal Father: All creation worships you.To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.The glorious company of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship of prophets praise you. The white-robed army of … [Read more...]

Clarity & Spirited Defense re Pope -UPDATED

CLARITY After adding a link to this post, I decided that this piece by Jimmy Akin deserves to be more than a footnote in a blogpiece.I am not saying that the Holy See’s handling of abuse cases can’t be legitimately criticized. I’m not saying that then-Cardinal Ratzinger/now-Pope Benedict XVI didn’t experience a learning curve on this point. And I don’t know what else is out there that remains to be discovered.But I am saying that the media is getting this story wrong, particularly in the case … [Read more...]

Podcast: Treasury of Prayers

Someone actually asked me to do this, and now that I have my good recording cord thingy, I have the chance, so here are a collection of prayers and pleas that can be downloaded into your mp3 things.I'll add more as I find time. Unless y'all hate them, in which case, I won't.A Prayer for EveningAct of ContritionAngelus (w/ Call to Prayer (Bells)Anima ChristiAgnus Dei (Latin, Chanted)Apostles CreedBreastplate of St. PatrickCome, Holy SpiritDoxologyHail MaryHoly, Holy, … [Read more...]

I Am a Sinful Woman

All who have embarked on true contrition and penance for the sins they have committed, and are firmly resolved not to [repeat those sins] in the future, but to persevere constantly in that pursuit of virtues which they have now begun, all these become sharers in this holy and eternal sacrifice. - from a commentary on the psalms by St. John Fisher, Bishop and MartyrJesus, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, the sinner.Lent was going so well -or at least I thought it was. I had been … [Read more...]

Faith & Politics, Appetite & Desire

Today at Mass I was praying for all on my list, and also praying for the nation, the president, Speaker Pelosi and so forth. I thought to myself: "she strikes me as someone in whom everything has been burned away except political appetite."But then I considered that the same statement can be true about so many of us who are "political junkies." The old nag began within me again: when do our ideologies take over to the extent that they become our idols?It's a valid concern.And then … [Read more...]

Lenten Retreat Day

Took this with my phone. Came out well, didn't it?I know, I'm very quiet. Sorry. It's a quiet Lent. I feel so disinclined toward reading or writing about politics, and spiritually this has been a very stillpoint/nothing, emptying sort of Lent; often (and this may come as no surprise, to some of you) there is just nothing going on in my head. You could roll bowling balls through there and hit nothing. Drop a penny on my skull, you'll hear an echo.As I said, some of you may have … [Read more...]


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