Bookchat; Saints, Alive! -UPDATED

Have had a flurry of emails lately (really, an actual flurry) asking for recommended books on Saints, and the requests cover a broad range. I realized today that there are confirmations coming up in some parishes, so perhaps that is why.One person is seeking a book that discusses the sort of "personal" relationships Catholics can establish with some saints, like my son Buster's devotion to St. Michael the Archangel, or all of the holy men and women I nag a lot, or those who nag me back.If … [Read more...]

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Should I pray before an abortion clinic?

Had an email exchange with a reader who calls herself Owl in the Ruins, and given that we both feel like we're being nudged to "do more," I reprint much of it here, with her kind permission:Dear Anchoress, I just saw you on In the Area talking about blogs. ... I think it's sweet that Fr. K has so much faith in the fact checking mechanisms in newspapers.I am considering doing something tomorrow that I think I'm supposed to do, but, if I could get a clear message not to, I would be happy. A … [Read more...]

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Jesus on the Seashore

I really like this lovely meditation from St. Gregory the Great (died 604) and wanted to share it with you. Via, once again, the invaluable Magnificat Magazine, which I cannot recommend to you more whole-heartedly....The question also rises as to why, after his resurrection, the Lord stood on the shore, while his disciples were laboring int he sea, when before his resurrection he walked on the waves of the sea in his disciples' sight. We quickly perceive the reason for this if we consider … [Read more...]

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Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati – UPDATED

“Prayer is the noble supplication which we lift up to the throne of the Most High. It is the most efficient means to obtain from God the graces which we need.” - Pier Giorgio Frassati The weirdest thing happened to me last night. I was laying in bed (lying? I can never keep that straight) anyhow, I suddenly found my muscles going into an odd sorts of rolling contractions. Seriously, it was like labor contractions, they "rolled" (or perhaps radiated) from the lower abdomen to mid-ribcage and all … [Read more...]

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Exile: The Past is Prologue

Pope John Paul II and Ignatius Cardinal Kung Pin MeiToday at mass, our priest - by no means a reactionary sort - remarked on the Gospel reading for the day, which was Jn 10:31-42. I took notes, but still am paraphrasing a little:"I think the men who wanted to stone Jesus were offended that he would come in their era, that he would intrude on their time with his messianic talk. Because it's one thing to look for and hope for Messiah, and quite another to have to encounter Messiah - … [Read more...]

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"Abortion is a blessing!"

You know, it's so sick, I really didn't want to write about it. I linked to Amy Welborn and figured I'd let you folks find this monstrosity on your own, but I want to make sure you read it.These remarks were made before a NARAL audience, in 2007, but are only just getting some reaction, perhaps because of the current movement to suppress the conscience clause that protects doctors, nurses and pharmacists from losing their jobs, and Catholic hospitals from closing their doors.Or, perhaps … [Read more...]

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"New Eve" encounters her snakes?

Hillary Clinton sort of looking at Our Lady of GuadalupeOkay, I admit I'm being a bit snarky with the headline. I'm not really calling Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama "snakes" - I'm just having a little fun with scripture, and the whole notion that the two biggest abortion proponents in the country are having Marian encounters.If you are unfamiliar with the concept of Mary as The New Eve, there's lots of info out there, and a few lovely meditations by some of our nun friends, too.Anyway, … [Read more...]

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Saintly Relics, Babylon & Nimrod

As a Benedictine Oblate, it was with great joy that I read this article on the discovery of ancient relics, including one of our Holy Father, St. Benedict:The new medieval gallery at the British Museum is full of beautiful images of saints in ivory, stone, gold and wood - but invisible to visitors, it also holds the bones of 39 real saints, whose discovery came as a shock to their curator.The relics, packed in tiny bundles of cloth including one scrap of fabric over 1,000 years old, were … [Read more...]

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St. Joseph; The Hidden Life

Podcast of Second Vespers of the Feastday here.The other day I sang the praises of the Irish as we feasted St. Patrick. Today is actually a much bigger feast day - the solemn feast day of St. Joseph, the Husband of Mary. Just as St. Patrick is huge to the Irish community even though he was not, himself Irish, St. Joseph is very big in the Italian community, even though he was not Italian.It's a bit of an inside joke, but at least here in NY, if you come into an Italian family, at some … [Read more...]

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Feb 11 & St. Bernadette Soubirous

The Incorruptible Body of St. Bernadette SoubirousFr. James Martin, author of My Life With the Saints - which I have mightily praised in these parts - has made a series of videos on some of his favorite saints, and today he gives us a very well-done look at St. Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes, who is one of my favorite saints, too.Last December, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which is intimately connected with Bernadette, I talked about the saint in this podcast, which you … [Read more...]

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