Autobiographical Martyrdom of St. Perpetua

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Thanks to Bender, today we read a most interesting and impressive story. St. Perpetua and her friend St. Felicity were martyred in Rome; Perpetua, who was nursing her infant, left what is believed to be the first autobiographical diary written by a woman, of her time of oppression for her Christianity: . I suckled my child, which was now enfeebled with hunger. In my anxiety for it, I addressed my mother and comforted my brother, and commended to their care my son. I was languishing … [Read more...]

Lent: Disciplining oneself; the hardest thing…

(link) While all the runners in the stadium take part in the race, the award goes to one man. In that case, run so as to win! Athletes deny themselves all sorts of things. They do this to win a crown of leaves that withers, but we a crown that is imperishable. I do not run like a man who loses sight of the finish line. I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. What I do is discipline my own body and master it, for fear that after having preached to others, I myself should be rejected. - 1 … [Read more...]

Are Our Ideologies Our Idols?

The Wall Street Journal has an editorial up entitled McCain's Apostacies. Think about that for a minute. His differences with his party are not differences, they're "apostacies." He is, for some, a heretic who has departed too sharply away from the dogmas and sacraments of The Church of Conservatism. And he's the pro-life guy! I've been thinking for a while that the hyperpartisanship on both sides was beginning to resemble the Protestant/Catholic sectarian troubles in Northern … [Read more...]

Sept. 15 Our Lady of Sorrows – Reposted

33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; 34 and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined to be the rise and the fall of many in Israel, and a sign that is spoken against 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed." The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 2 Today's gospel reading at Mass is one of my favorites - one I think on frequently. I like Simeon, who … [Read more...]

Mea Culpa has its values

I was considering doing a series of posts on the various "communal" prayers which are said at Mass. It's struck me for a while, now, that we Catholics, who begin each Mass with a Penitential Rite meant to free us from the lesser - not grievous or mortal - sins, have been short-changing ourselves by our choice in how we do it. In most parishes today, the Penitential Rite will be a series of affirmations tied in to the Kyrie, so you might hear something like this: "Lord Jesus, You are the Light … [Read more...]

A word from St. Catherine of Siena

"If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire" - St. Catherine of Siena I've told this to my kids all their lives, even before I knew Catherine had said it: If you do the thing you're born to do, you will excel, you will excite, you will change things. "But how do you know what you're born to do?" they would ask, "If you do lots of things well, how do you know what you are born to do?" Some of us might not be so blessed, of course, maybe some of us can only do one thing, … [Read more...]

Praying with the Cloud of Witnesses (bumped to top)

***Bumped to top for today*** Check below for new posts! My very dear Father-in-Law had a stroke just about one month ago, and while he came through it extremely well, his vision was so severely afflicted that he was no longer able to drive, or to build the unique toys he loves to make for his grandchildren, or to pick up a hammer or a measuring tape to help a neighbor. "You're lucky to be alive and mentally intact," his doctors told him. "The stroke you had should have turned your world … [Read more...]

Jaw-droppingly stupid and offensive

Dana over at North Shore Politics writes "although I am not even a practicing Catholic, I was offended by it." By what? This statement made this morning on ABC news: What our viewers will notice is that, among these 115 cardinals, who are wearing what looks like women's garb, that there are no women. That is something the next pope is going to have to address. Says Dana: I was disgusted by that. How disrespectful for one (thing) and pompous for another. I thought it was a stupid, … [Read more...]

More debunking of the “JPII held back women” myth

A very good article sent my way by my dear little brother, Thom, who is the most truly CENTRIST person I know, always fair. Anyway - here are women who knew John Paul the Great, and who advanced in their work because of him, speaking about the changes he has wrought: "If you knock the issue of ordination off the table, women have advanced significantly," even at the Vatican, Sister Mary Ann Walsh, spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in Rome this week. The Vatican … [Read more...]

Prod Mary; The Church Does Not Hate Women

I'm not a subscriber to TIME magazine, but a reader named Jake gave me a head's up on this week's cover story, re the increasing willingness of Protestants to regard Mary as a peculiarly outstanding sort of disciple. I know that a lot of Protestants have difficulty with Mariology - there are so many misconceptions out there about what Catholics actually believe; this is new interest in her is really promising. The Catholic Church has a treasure chest of writing and thinking regarding this woman … [Read more...]


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