"The stuff priests are made of…" UPDATED

Wow, a great photo via the Crescat, who recounts the story she found here and marvels at "the stuff priests are made of":4 June 1962. Navy chaplain Luis Padillo was giving last rites to dying soldiers as sniper fire surrounded him. A wounded soldier pulled himself up by clinging to the priest’s cassock, as bullets chewed up the concrete around them. Hector Rondón Lovera, who had to lie flat to avoid getting shot, later said that he was unsure how he managed to take this picture. [See all pi … [Read more...]

"A pure gift…not a trophy."

A truly terrific videoI especially love the words of Archbishop Timothy Dolan, "This is a pure gift from God, and not an earned trophy. . .His grace lifts up our nature."A simple-sounding yet profound mystery. And what he says about the priestly vocation is true for all of our vocations, including the vocation of marriage, the vocation of the single life, even the vocation of the "necessary other," called to live in an altogether different way than most, with a great deal of … [Read more...]

As a child rests in his mother's arms…

Two terrific "must read" stories, one at the start of a life, and the other at life's culmination, bring to mind verse 2 of Psalm 131:Truly I have set my soul in silence and peace. A weaned child on its mother's breast, even so is my soul.First up, consider the mother who saved her daughter's life by cuddling her in anticipated death:When Carolyn Isbister put her 20oz baby on her chest for a cuddle, she thought that it would be the only chance she would ever have to hold her.Doctors had … [Read more...]

Taking Communion when not Catholic – UPDATED

Rick at Brutally Honest, for whom I have a deal of affection, and he's been a a provocative read for years, has been away from the Catholic Church for a long time.He and his wife have now decided to partake of Holy Communion within the Catholic Church, although without the sacrament of Confession or any sort of adherent "membership," in the church. He feels free to do this, because "no man has a right to stand between another man and Jesus." He believes Jesus would not turn him away, nor his … [Read more...]


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