The Roches – We Three Kings

Happy Feast of the Epiphany (Traditional)For my money, this is the best version of We Three Kings, ever. It's just right.Enjoy! … [Read more...]

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A Simple Question for Nancy Pelosi

I barely get to read news, anymore, but I stumbled across this interesting exchange between Nancy Pelosi and a reporter:The reporter sparked the exchange by asking: “Is an unborn baby with a human heart and human liver a human being?”“Why don’t you take your ideological questions…I don’t know who you are, and you’re welcome to be here and freedom of this press,” Pelosi said. “I am a devout, practicing Catholic. A mother of five children. When my baby was born, my firth child, my oldest ch … [Read more...]

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The Thrill of the Chaste, and the Mystery of Agape Love

In this new Catholic edition of The Thrill of the Chaste, [Dawn] Eden is still living as a sign of contradiction — the world, after all, still misunderstands chastity as being little more than a dreary and joyless island of “no” — but she also has become a rather paradoxical witness to the world of “yes,” and how the power of that word, directed first to God, before any human, creates a chaste place for the Holy Spirit, and providence, to work in our lives.“If you take the longing you feel in … [Read more...]

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How St. Philip Neri Gave Us Stephen Colbert

I had already read, and appreciated, this GQ interview with Stephen Colbert, in which Colbert beautifully expounds on his Catholic faith, but I hadn't realized that there is an indirect-but-clear connection between the comedian and our wise spiritual uncle, Saint Philip Neri, who was known for his playful, sometimes stinging, sense of humor.Father Robert Barron spells it out:Discussing the trauma that he experienced as a young man—the deaths of his father and two of his brothers in a p … [Read more...]

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“Amends”: A Novel Hilarious, True, and Masterful

It's a rare thing for me to begin reading a novel and, only paragraphs into it, wish I'd written it.J. Malachi MacCool was born in Berkeley, California, in the last decade of the Cold War, to parents who deserved better. He had a dilapidated body and a face like the last days of the Raj: jowly, discredited, eager for the final defeat. He was thirty-two, he lived in a cockroach-infested studio apartment in Washington, DC, and fans of his writing -- for magazines like Intimations, Hound and … [Read more...]

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For the Reality of the Personal Vocation, Let us Pray!

We are all created for and called to a specific role; consider your calling by Russell Shaw In the prayer of the faithful said at Mass in my parish day after day we regularly ask God for “an increase of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.” Sometimes “lay ministry” gets added to the list.When we pray for these things, I’m happy to join in the response -- “Lord, hear our prayer” -- because I share the hope that they increase. At the same, though, I feel a twinge of regret. Not f … [Read more...]

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The Early Loneliness by which a Martha is Formed

My Mother in Law -- bless her, she's a living saint -- is a Martha. She can't sit still; she's happier when she is bustling about, cooking, cleaning, sending food to a neighbor who is feeling unwell, putting out "coffee and a little something."Me? I'm a Mary; I'm happy to be hospitable, but while my MIL's kitchen and household run like clockwork mine is, we might say, a bit more laid back. I'm okay, for instance, with letting the dishes sit while we chat a while between a meal and the … [Read more...]

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The Crescat Needs Your Urgent Prayers – UPDATE

UPDATE: Katrina is home after receiving her stent, and while she is not yet set to blog, she sounds like she is getting back into form, as she declares on Facebook that casseroles are welcome. Thanks be to God. Please pray for her swift recovery!Our talented Crescat, Katrina R. Fernandez, has been hospitalized after suffering what she described as "crushing chest pains." After evaluation, she is being moved to another hospital where she will be outfitted with a stent to treat a blockage and … [Read more...]

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Weidenfeld: Better, Braver than Those Seeking to Lead/Rule

I don't know about you, but I'm looking at the people who want to "lead" or "rule" us and stride the halls of power, and I am alternately underwhelmed or absolutely repulsed. If our choices land between overly-cautious, robotic professional politicians who haven't the gumption to say a single word with real meaning, less they be held accountable to it (hellloooo, Mrs. Clinton!), or demagogues and scallywags -- and schlemiels so earnest that they can't see they have no chance -- I'm preparing to … [Read more...]

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Cecile Richards: “Hey, yeah, sorry for that ‘tone'”

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards wants you to know a couple things:She's really sorry for the "tone and statement" of a salad-munching abortionist. So gauche. Abortionists are too close to what they do to entertain euphemisms, though. Planned Parenthood's interests are as vapidly vague as a politicians: "we support millions of people, as they build their futures and pursue their goals." She's really mad that some scum outfit "secretly recorded, heavily edited video" (as … [Read more...]

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