Morning Prayer October 01

Sorry to say there are a few small mistakes in this podcast, the most glaring of which is that I said I would provide the page directives and read the small bio of St. Therese in the breviary and then proceeded to accidentally cut all of that out during the edit, also, I am dealing with a sore throat and choked my way through the third psalm...apologies.Here's the podcast for morning prayer. While this is the feastday of Therese of Lisieux, we're not praying the Office of Virgins or the … [Read more...]

Sept 29; Feast of the Holy Archangels

Reposted from 2006:At morning prayer, the psalms seem suited to the archangels. Psalm 29 for Michael, the power of God: "The Lord's voice resounding on the waters, the God of Glory thunders; the Lord on the immensity of waters..." And for Gabriel, Psalm 25, a quiet prayer of hope and trust. For Raphael, a psalm that I love, 147: "The Lord builds up Jerusalem, and brings back Israel's exiles. And heals the broken-hearted; and binds up all their wounds." Michael - who is as God; … [Read more...]

Morning Prayer; Our Lady of Sorrows

In today's podcast, I read two psalms and chant one (you are warned!) from the Office of the day. I begin a little differently, though, reading excepts from a 2006 post meditating on the feast day, and the role of Mary as Mother to all of us Christians. The full text can be found here.Also, Pope Benedict XVI just wrapped up a successful visit to France that - with all of our storm and election news - we didn't hear much about in the US. He gets around pretty well for a fellow in his 80's, … [Read more...]

Feast of St. Augustine/Morning Prayer

Good Morning!St. Augustine by Nancy OliphantLate have I loved you, O Beauty so ancient, and so new. Late have I loved you! You were within me but I was outside myself, and there I sought you! In my weakness I ran after the beauty of the things you have made — the things which would have no being unless they existed in you! You have called, you have cried, and you have pierced my deafness. You have radiated forth, you have shined out brightly, and you have dispelled my blindness. You have s … [Read more...]

St. Monica, meet Nancy Pelosi

St. Monica by John Nava, cribbed from the DeacToday is the Feast Day of St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine who prayed for years and years that he would accept Jesus Christ and enter the church - which he finally did, and in a big way, because Augustine did everything big.If it seems like you're hearing Augustine's name a lot, lately, it may be because Nancy Pelosi has been throwing it around as she uses his musings about the ensoulment of a fetus to reconcile her voting record on … [Read more...]

Pelosi to Bishops: drill your brains?

Wait, that can't be right. Nancy Pelosi cannot have respond to the rather heavy dose of correction she received from various and sundry Bishops and Cardinals, some of her colleagues in Congress and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops with an offer to drill their brains, right?Oh, wait! I see! She asked some of the "Drill here, drill now" people chanting in Colorado if she could drill their brains. Which seems like a strange remark - what does it mean, actually? Is she saying these … [Read more...]

St. Rose de Lima

I knew a Sr. Rose de Lima, once, who was a very kind soul.Today is her feast day, and the Dominicans of Summit, NJ have a beautiful portrait of her featured, along with some background and a shot of Rose's "hermitage,"It looks pretty bare and simple. Not like my snug little Anchor, here!Still taking Buster to school. Comments will be held in moderation queue until Monday! … [Read more...]

Welcome to Retreat!

:NOTE::::Check this post (below photo) for links to latest retreat posts::::END:Welcome to our first Online Retreat!Each day of the retreat (from now until sundown, August 16) will be found on its own page, and this notice will remain at the top of the "blog proper" until the retreat ends. In the interest of promoting interior silence, comments will be turned off.RETREAT START, beginning at Sundown, August 10, may be found here. -- First meditation (Sunday Night) is here.MONDAY … [Read more...]

June 9, the Chinese Martyrs

A while back we took another look at U2's halftime show at the 2002 Super Bowl (I never realized it before, but Bono speaks a phrase from psalm 51 "Oh Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will proclaim your praise" before he starts he starts wailing).Only Deacon Greg Kandra can take that clip and use it to teach us - brilliantly and movingly - about St. Augustine Zhao Rong & Companions, The Chinese Martyrs:As the song began, behind the stage a massive banner started to rise, coming up from … [Read more...]

Sally Quinn: A tribute too far? – UPDATE

Of all the tribute written by journalists about their friend, Tim Russert, a few have been standouts; Jon Meacham's piece in Newsweek was onesuch.In her column, "On Faith" Sally Quinn writes another excellent, heartfelt tribute about the fullness of the man, Tim Russert, and how his faith, joyfully confessed throughout his being, completed that fullness. Russert was, by all accounts, a man who was not defined by his faith; rather he - by the way he lived his life - helped define the faith to … [Read more...]