Funk, Priesthood, Military & Jobs – UPDATED

I know that header could describe the state of the whole nation, right now; we're in a funk.But really, I am simply down with a bit of a fever/sore throat/immune system thing, and shivers. So I am taking it easy today.Woke up with this on my mind, though: "someone's son has to be the priest; someone's child must be the soldier, and the cop." I have no idea why that was with me. When my kids were growing up my husband and I always made it clear that whatever would make them happy … [Read more...]

Saints, Sleds and Snowballs

Moniales, the blogsite for the Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey (affectionately known around here as the Sisters of Our Lady of the Incredible Soaps and Hand Creme) is a favorite stop of mine. There are many great blogs run by Catholic priests and by religious, both male and female, but the blogmistress at Moniales manages to give a comprehensive sense of what monastic life is like in the 21st century -the juxtaposition of the modern with the ancient, and how they manage to fit- and to also … [Read more...]

"You have to break my heart, always"

So, I picked up the Magnificat Year of the Priest Companion - a little book of novenas, litanies, essays and meditations on the value and meaning of the priesthood.Being a Magnificat product, it is as excellently put-together as you would expect: the illustrations are gorgeous and invite contemplation. The prayers are thoughtful and comprehensive. The meditations are little gems.Skimming through it last night, I came across a brief piece by Fr. Vincent Nagel, and it was stirring, and a … [Read more...]

Prayer is ruining me for blogging…

SourcebookI love my oratory. It's so nice, so restful, so mine. Going there to pray every day ("going there;" it's on the other side of my desk) just...shapes the whole day.But it's really playing hell with my blogging and the direction of the blog.I mean, here's my morning: I shower, get dressed, wrap the towel around my wet head (hey, it's a handy headcoving!) and then go to my oratory. I light tea candles, one before each Icon, one before the Crucifix, one before my little pewter … [Read more...]

The shadow of the jackboot…

I have only just begun to read news about The Ghastly Mrs. Pelosi's machinations, or the single-mindedness of the president who flinches at the slightest criticism but seems not to care about the CIC part of his job, and the passing of the monster bill, and also about some of the troubling rumbles coming out of Europe. While reading, I had the overwhelming image of the shadow of a jackboot, poised just above our nation.Socialism is an opportunistic infection of the body politic. It occurs … [Read more...]

My World Series Prediction?

Several readers have asked me to predict the outcome of this world series.Now, I do dearly love the Yankees, and it is true that Hillary Clinton is no longer NY's senator, (having moved on to become a truly DREADFUL SecState), so her "I've always been a Yankees fan" curse may have finally been lifted (we have not won the WS since she was sworn into the Senate in 2001), and of course, I am rooting for them.But, the Phillies are a scrappy young team, and the defending champs. And the Yanks … [Read more...]

A Study in Contrasts

Two Polish men.Both artists.Both "brilliant."Both persecuted by Nazis, in their native land. One was a prisoner, one was a slave. When the Nazis left, the Communists came.One, Roman Polanski, becomes a filmmaker. He encounters a 13 year old girl.One, Karol Wojtyla, becomes a priest. He too, encounters a 13 year old girl.After his encounter, the filmmaker -still a youngish man- runs away, out into the world, saying "everyone wants to do what I did." He lives what is for the most … [Read more...]

Getting to know Timothy Dolan

“True freedom is the liberty to do whatever we ought, not the freedom to do whatever we want; we are at our best when we give away freely what’s most inside of us.” --Archbishop Timothy Dolan, (RC-NY)A long and well-worth reading profile of NY's new archbishop, in New York Magazine, where the subtitle declares: If anyone can repair the church’s image, it’s Timothy Dolan. Except there are only so many nice ways to say no.For some people, that's all the Catholic Church is, a big bunch of "no." … [Read more...]

"It takes Guts to be a Priest" – UPDATED

Read about it at Happy CatholicThen check out Webster on the guts it takes to be a priest.Yes, and it is purely a giftDiocese of Raliegh unveiles a poster for the year of the priestIt will be a little quiet over here, as I am trying to earn some money. But check back! … [Read more...]

The Leadership Void; we need St. Benedict – UPDATED

Deacon Greg sent this my way, noting, "this is extraordinary, and the piece mentions you, too!"Such a star, I am!What is "extraordinary" is the lengthy post Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley put up in his blog, addressing the criticism he has received for presiding (in a very minimalist way, it must be said) at the Funeral Mass of Sen. Ted Kennedy.For the record, I wasn't one of those suggesting Kennedy should not have a Catholic funeral; my gripe was with the sanctification of the man by … [Read more...]


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