All Saints Day & Modern Martyrs – UPDATE

Chapel & Tomb of St. Philip Neri, Chiesa Nuova, RomePodcast of the Readings for All Saints Day via the USCCBLate yesterday, word began to come of a "bloodbath" during Mass at Baghdad's Syrian-Catholic cathedral. Details are still emerging; it portends nothing good:The terrorists, some wearing suicide vests, had taken over 120 faithful hostage at the Syriac Catholic Church of Our Lady of Salvation, one of Baghdad's largest, during Sunday mass and demanded the release of al Qaeda … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Van Thuan's Holiness

The process of beatification has begun for Vietnamese Cardinal Van Thuan who spent 13 years in prison for the crime of being a Catholic, and carries with him an almost transparent holiness.His story is similar to the story of China's Ignatius Cardinal Kung Pin Mei, who spent 30 years in prison for his faith, living the last part of his life in exile.Cardinal Ignatius Kung Pin Mei, in exileA little while back I wrote elsewhere:Like the Magi, the Church has been traveling resolutely … [Read more...]

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Benedict & the UK; The First Fruits

Benedict Speaking on Hildegard of Bingen, 09/08/10English and Welsh bishops are urging Catholic parents to dress their children as saints this Halloween.At first consideration, that might not seem too remarkable. But when one takes into account how timid Catholics have been in the UK in recent years, perhaps it is remarkable indeed. Perhaps the Halloween suggestion reflects some of the first fruits of Pope Benedict XVI's recent visit to England and Scotland. British journalist Paul … [Read more...]

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Reasoned Loyalty; the Tuesday Column

My Tuesday Column is up, wherein I wonder about whether an adult and fully-formed faith should rest upon reason or loyalty, and decide that, well...it requires both:Reasonable Catholicism is reasoned loyalty, or sometimes even loyalty with gritted teeth; it is loyalty that insists upon the application of reason lest its value be questioned. By the same token, intellectualism that is not tempered with loyalty ends up pickling itself in its own ego. Either one, by itself, is incomplete. Both … [Read more...]

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St. Therese as Lao Tsu, Genesis & More

St. Therese as Joan of Arc, her own playSo much has been written about St. Therese (and justly; she is very great), that I am appreciative of Frank Weathers' post, here, and the surprising quotes and perspective he culls from the Chinese convert, John C.H. Wu who had remarkable--and jarring--insights on this Doctor of the Church:(Thérèse's) life was not a simple melody, but a marvelous symphony. If she is a child, she is a subtle one. If she is as simple as a dove, she is also as wise as a s … [Read more...]

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Word of the Day – UPDATED

Bernini's Ecstasy of St. Teresa, in Santa Maria della Vittoria Church, RomeYou're going to like this one. And it has a St. Philip Neri connection, again, too!Also, check out a more modern saint with whom you may be unfamiliar, Alberto Hurtado. … [Read more...]

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Beatifying Newman, Neri & More

One of the books I'll be trying to read while in Rome is John Henry Newman; Prayers, Verses and Devotions, from Ignatius Press.Just as it seems like St. Philip Neri, my Patron for this year, may have had a hand in making Rome a suddenly reality (when I discovered that our lodgings are very near his Oratory, I could almost hear him laughing), finding this book--in perfect condition--in the "used book" bin at church seemed like a gift, too. Since Pope Benedict will be beatifying Newman on … [Read more...]

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Feast of St. Clare – UPDATED

Chiara Offreduccio (July 16, 1194 – August 11, 1253)When you have loved Jesus, You are chaste; when you have touched [Him], You become more pure; When you have accepted [Him], You are a virgin. Whose power is stronger, Whose generosity more abundant, Whose appearance more beautiful, Whose love more tender, Whose courtesy more gracious. In Whose embrace You are already caught up; Who has adorned Your breast with precious stones and has placed priceless pearls on Your ears and has surrounded You … [Read more...]

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2 Quick Notes

Today is the Feast of St. Lawrence, Patron of Deacons, and I urge you to go check out Deacon Greg's blog. He has good info, and a prayer, and...the He-Maniest Icon I have ever seen, on display!Also, over at Patheos, I have begun a Catholic Word of the Day feature. Check it out. And if you have suggestions for words I may use in the future, send them along. It's surprisingly difficult to think of a word, some days!Ah, and while you're there, check out my journal entry from 2007 … [Read more...]

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Desecration in Scranton

This is not good:It is believed that sometime overnight on Aug. 3 or early morning on Aug. 4 someone broke into St. Rose of Lima Church in Carbondale. The person was able to open the tabernacle, the receptacle on the side altar in which the vessels containing the Blessed Sacrament are kept.The person removed the ciborium, the vessel which contains the small consecrated Hosts used for Holy Communion. These Hosts are the Body of Jesus Christ. [Emphasis mine - admin]The Carbondale police … [Read more...]

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