May is for Mary, Mothers, Rosaries and Gifts!

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The header is true! May is the month for all of that; it's also the month for First Communions and weddings and graduations. And Mother's Day. In May, everywhere you turn you are reminded that something is coming up for which you need a gift.That alone should keep you wanting to seek out prayer.Do you know who can help you out with all of those things? Our dear friends, the Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary -- the gals out in Summit, New Jersey!On the prayer … [Read more...]

Come, Pray the Luminous Mysteries with Me!

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Aside from being aggravated by some minor, but continual, issues with my computer today, I'm feeling pretty peaceful about the election, in general. I have no idea who will win, although I suspect Romney is in a stronger position than poll purchasers wanted to see, but I could be wrong.Either way I am at peace. Perhaps it's because of my conversation with this man -- which in part inspired this column -- but I prayed the Office of Readings today and look forward to praying Vespers in about … [Read more...]

It’s October: Do you know where your Rosary beads are?

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About 20 hours from the time of this writing, The Year of Faith will be officially launched from Rome!Here at Patheos, we have something special planned -- and a Facebook page to keep you up-to-date on everything new, but more about that later.For now, a quick question: Do you know where your Rosary Beads are?Deacon Greg wants to know;I still have my first set. Do you?It was given to me as a first communion gift: simple black beads with a plain plastic cross. They're … [Read more...]

The Employment Rosary; on Currents

Last week, I had a chance to speak with Currents' Nathalia Ortiz about the idea of using the mysteries of the Rosary as a consolation and meditation for all of those who are seeking employment, or their family members who are anxiously watching them.The prayers and meditations are fleshed out in this little publication by Our Sunday Visitor, which I have written more about here.The great folks at NET-NY produce Currents (the only nightly Catholic newscast in the nation) have excerpted the … [Read more...]

Rosary for Job-Seekers – UPDATED

UPDATE: I have written an expanded version of these rosary meditations for OSV; you can order pamphlets of it for your church or group, hereReading about these especially horrific numbers and the endless squeezing of the Middle Class, and watching my son--still trying to find a real, full-time job now that the temporary one has ended--brought prayer.Prayer has power. When everything is falling apart, prayer holds. Any one of us can suddenly find ourselves out of work, and looking at … [Read more...]

Pray for Nancy Pelosi

Just pray for her.Pelosi’s office did not respond to CNSNews.com’s follow-up questions regarding the speaker’s statement that she seeks to make policy in conformance with the values of the Word made flesh.It takes a special kind of cognitive dissonance to speak fervently of the Word Made Flesh, and to understand that by his Incarnation God has ennobled all mortal flesh with a sanctity and a holiness relative to his own, and yet to consistently vote--as Nancy Pelosi did in 2003--against legi … [Read more...]

Life of Faith, Power of Prayer

The life of faith, in truth, is -like Jumpin’ Jack Flash, a g-g-gas; it is a mind-blower. We humans tend to try to put everything, including God, and love and life, into manageable compartments, and we hide in them. We hide inside our frameworks, our structures, our plans, our narratives, our willful and our unintentional bigotries.But God -who created a world of order- points cannons at those tidy compartments and goes ba-boom! And when we ask, repeatedly, “why did you do that, when I had it a … [Read more...]

Pope in Fatima

Benedict and Baby in FatimaBenedict has Flown to PortugalHalf a million pilgrims turned out to celebrate mass (full text of homily here) with Pope Benedict XVI on this "whopper" of a day, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, the anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun in Fatima. #Fatima was trending on Twitter today, where I also learned that today is Shavuot, which commemorates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the Israelite nation at Mount Sinai. So that's kind of … [Read more...]

The Crying out of Flesh and God

Sometimes the things you done a thousand times can bring new results; the prayers you've said a million times bring new insight.Close up of Oratory as CurrentMy Oratory has an assortment of Holy Icons and small pewter statues, an old standing crucifix, and a second-class relic of St. Philip Neri, who is my Patron for this year. Generally, as I begin my morning prayer, I ponder what is before me. Currently I have an Icon of the Resurrection up, and before it a small pile of tumbled stones, … [Read more...]

The Tiny Hair Shirt – UPDATE

Back when we talked about head coverings, I made a point of following up on it as the experiment went along.I'm still covering at home, and still covering at Mass, too. I'm less self-conscious about it than I had been, although I do note the occasional hairy-eyeball directed my way, by some. One priest, after several weeks, finally asked, "okay, why? You tried this once before, I know, and didn't stick with it.""Yeah, it's such a pain in the neck," I agreed. "It's a mortification. The … [Read more...]


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