A good day for this book: Voices of the Saints

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I happened to be talking to Julie Davis -- who is the primo go-to person when pondering any book, because I do believe she may have read them all! -- about what collections of "lives of the saints" we would recommend. I have a few that I like a lot, and they're all well-known award winners: Father Jim Martin's My Life with the Saints, Colleen Carroll Campbell's My Sisters, the Saints and Robert Ellsberg's All Saints. And I've always liked Lisa Hendey's collection for Catholic Moms.Julie … [Read more...]

Acedia and the Help of Saint Benedict

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So, you may have noticed that for the week, I have written nothing. At all. Anywhere.For whatever reason, I have most uncharacteristically been doing battle, all week, with the devilish little blue megrim that is acedia.Actually, "doing battle" sounds romantic and pro-active. It would be more accurate to say I have been whining and unable to work and whining about being unable to work, and wandering around the house ineffectually, and walking the park feeding ducks, and missing my dog, … [Read more...]

“You will set the world on fire…” Catherine echoed in Pope Francis

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"If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire" - St. Catherine of SienaI'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 … [Read more...]

St. Frances of Rome, A Heavy-Hitter at an Important Time

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O God, who have given to us in Saint Frances of Rome a singular model of both married and monastic life, grant us perseverance in your service, that in every circumstance of life we may see and follow you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. -- Collect from today's MassToday is the feastday of Saint Frances of Rome, particularly beloved by me because she was a wife and mother who lived monasticism … [Read more...]

When a 375 Word Rebuttal is just not Enough – UPDATED

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Image courtesy of shutterstock.comA few days ago I received an invite from a major US newspaper (one I like and even count among its contributors a friend or two) asking if I would be interested in writing a 375 word rebuttal to an editorial; its publication next week will apparently identify the problems within the Catholic church, as this editorial board sees them, and would proceed (I presume) to make its recommendations as to what the church should do in order to (again, I presume) get … [Read more...]

My Sisters the Saints: Mothers for Everyone!

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I'm a few days tardy in mentioning it, and that's my fault, but if you look over at the sidebar, you'll see a button for the Patheos Book Club that says "BOOK GIVEAWAY".It looks like this:If you press the button, you will be led to this page where you can register to win a free copy of Colleen Carroll Campbell's latest book, My Sisters, the Saints.The question is, will you want to press the button?Well, I think you will, for this is an uncommon book of saints. … [Read more...]

Would “Saint” Dorothy Day like that?

In just about any article or bio of Dorothy Day, one of the first quotes you'll come across that is ascribed to her is, "Don't call me a saint; I don't want to be dismissed that easily." One the heels of news that the USCCB has enthusiastically endorsed her cause Father James Martin, S.J. talks to Robert Ellsberg (who edited her wonderful diaries for The Duty of Delight) about that remark, what it means, and in what context Dorothy might have made it:Dorothy’s own relationship with saints w … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Dorothy Day!

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“I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.” ― Dorothy DayThis, of course, is correct, and precisely why I have to go to confession on Saturday. I have to confess to loving Harry Reid very, very, very little and badly.Happy Birthday to Servant of God Dorothy Day; Benedictine Oblate, fangirl of St. Therese of Lisieux; an "obedient daughter of the Church" who loved the Mass, had no time for bullshit and managed to commingle Catholic teaching about the Eucha … [Read more...]

All Saints: Are you Parental, Praying or Partying?

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Today is the Solemnity of All Saints, one of my favorite days of the liturgical year. I love stepping out of church into the full thrust of Autumn and pondering that while the rest of the world goes about its business, we Catholics have taken some time to consider some of our great ancestors in the faith. Tomorrow, we consider the rest of them, for All Souls day.While tomorrow is not, today is a Holy Day of Obligation and it occurred to me as I peered down my facebook feed that our … [Read more...]

The Appeal of Fulton Sheen

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I like Pat McNamara's look into the background of Ven. Fulton Sheen:Growing up on an Illinois farm, a neighbor had told his father: "Newt, that oldest boy of yours, Fulton, will never be worth a damn. He's always got his nose in a book." Born May 8th, 1895, he was named Peter but called Fulton (his mother's maiden name) throughout his life. From childhood, he knew two things: he hated farm life and he wanted to be a priest.At St. Viator College in Bourbonnais, he joined the debating … [Read more...]


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