Thanks to the Anchoress!

As the day draws to a close, I want to thank Elizabeth Scalia for her kind hospitality in welcoming me to spend a day here in her warm cozy blog space. I know you readers will be thrilled to have the Queen back firmly ensconced on her throne tomorrow, but I thank you all for your warm welcome and for the great interactions we've shared in this space today. If you'd like to connect with me in the future, please feel free to visit CatholicMom.com any time (even if you're not Catholic, or not a … [Read more...]

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The view from the pew

When big news breaks as it did today with the release of "Toward Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of Global Public Authority" by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, I sometimes pause to think about the majority of the Catholics I know.While we in the blogosphere are running from Twitter to Facebook to the blogs in search of informed perspectives, I'd venture to say that most of the folks sitting near us in the pews have no idea that such a … [Read more...]

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Living the Faith in My Corner of California

In the comments below, Manny invited me to say a few words about living as a faithful Catholic in the state of California. I'll state up front that I'm not a political blogger, nor am I qualified to making sweeping defenses of every issue on the plate. But I can respond -- at least from one mom's perspective -- to Manny's question, "Is California as anti Catholic (or anti religious in general) as it seems?"California is a big, diverse and beautiful melting pot of a state, just as in many … [Read more...]

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Catholic First

In the comments below, my good friend Lisa Schmidt (of the wonderful blog The Practicing Catholic) posed the following query: Archbishop Chaput recently issued (in part) the following statement: “We should see ourselves as Catholic first — not white or black, or young or old, or Democrat or Republican, or labor militant or business owner, but Catholic first as the main way we identify ourselves. Our faith should shape our lives, including our political choices.” One of the many things I admire a … [Read more...]

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Jewish and liberal paeans to a blessed pope

Here are two especially moving tributes to John Paul II, whose beatification ceremony Elizabeth is now winging her way to attend. The first comes from Dr. Michael Berenbaum of A Jewish Journal:Enter Pope John Paul II who as a young man in Poland witnessed the Shoah. Three million Jews of Poland were killed in the Holocaust. After the war, Polish cities, which were once the home of large and thriving Jewish communities, were bereft of Jews and the Pope’s hometown was the site of a large g … [Read more...]

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"If you can keep your head…" UPDATED

There is a poem by Rudyard Kipling - I'm sure we all know it:If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated, don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:As I wrote below, I don't often come up to smack. But it's important to keep … [Read more...]

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St. Francis de Sales

"To live according to the spirit is to love according to the spirit."Today is the feastday of this very great saint - a bishop, a prolific writer and Doctor of the Church; patron of writers and communicators.In this age where we are all of us communicating instantly, non-stop, and probably more than we ought, he is a good saint to keep in mind.If you have not read Pat Gohn's reasons for keeping St. Francis on her fridge door, go check it out. His message of hope, which she shares, … [Read more...]

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The Setons, Bayleys and Roosevelts

Seton, Bayley and Roosevelt sounds like a Park Avenue practice; they sound like surnames of character names from an old Katharine Hepburn/Cary Grant movie. In fact, Hepburn did play a "Seton" in the 1938 film "Holiday".If the names sound much more "Episcopal" than Catholic, it's because they are.Dr. Pat McNamara, who runs a weekly column, "In Ages Past" at Patheos' Catholic portal, also blogs at McNamara's Blog, where this week I was delighted to read about a favorite saint of mine, … [Read more...]

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The Heroic Ordination at Dachau – UPDATED

Deacon Greg brings us a look at a secret ordination that took place at Dachau:Leisner was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and in Dachau his condition began to deteriorate. Fearing that the great dream of his life -- to be a priest -- would never be realized, he and the priests in his cellblock secretly sent a petition to a local cardinal (aided here, and in so many areas, by a heroic nun known as the "Angel of Dachau," Sister Imma Mack.) The cardinal granted permission for a French bishop … [Read more...]

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St. Leo the Great, Attila & Children of Men

One of my favorite saints and favorite popes, today we remember Pope St. Leo the Great, whose homily excerpts in the Divine Office never fail to stir me:For there are two loves from which proceed all wishes, as different in quality as they are different in their sources. For the reasonable soul, which cannot exist without love, is the lover either of God or the world. In the love of God there is no excess, but in the love of the world all is hurtful. And therefore we must cling inseparably to … [Read more...]

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