Sr. Maria Teresa, OP receives ring signifying her solemn espousal to Christ

Nun News: Autumn Vocation Roundup 2014 – UPDATED

There has been "so much" Nun News this year that I have already posted not one, but two "mini-roundups" on the happenings concerning Catholic female religious.But on this Feastday of Saint Therese this is the big one -- I've been collecting information for months -- so settle in, and let's get … [Read More...]


Why Dolan, and Francis, and Benedict are Right

Do you know why, as Pope Francis rightly noted, proselytizing doesn't work?Because it is not Incarnational. It has nothing in common with the example set by the Word when he condescended to join humanity and "set his tent among us". Not near humanity, but still apart; not above humanity, … [Read More...]

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“The Faithful Traveler” Comes to Patheos!

Back in February, EWTN showed a wonderful multi-part video tour of the Holy Land, hosted by a high-energy, vivacious and very faithful young woman named Diana von Glahn, who also produced the series, with her husband, David.You can watch that whole travelogue, and also visit some US Eastcoast … [Read More...]

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Burke’s “Exile” to Malta**: What if Everyone is Wrong? UPDATED

The rumors appear to be true, and it looks like Pope Francis is "demoting" Cardinal Raymond Burke from being prefect of the supreme tribunal of the apostolic signatura to “cardinal patron” of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.Burke is only 66 years old; the current "cardinal patron", Paolo … [Read More...]


The Beautiful Doubled-Edged Sword of Hospice – UPDATED

Carl McColman has lost his beloved daughter, Rhiannon:Many well-meaning friends and loved ones say things like “At least she’s in a better place now” or “She’s no longer stuck in a wheelchair” or “Well, her suffering is over.” That’s all true and I believe it — thank heaven for my faith, or I thi … [Read More...]

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September 17 is Buy a Nun a Book Day! – UPDATED

It started a few years ago, in honor of the great Benedictine Abbess, Hildegard of Bingen being named a Doctor of the Church.The thinking, apparently, went like this: Nuns and Sisters (especially missionaries) often don’t have the opportunity to choose a book for themselves. They have to rely o … [Read More...]

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The Great Unraveling: A Necessary Look at Reality

This morning, the New York Times published an exquisitely-written dose of reality via Roger Cohen. If "only Nixon could go to China" then perhaps only a NYT columnist could spell this out and thus permit us to credibly acknowledge that things are as grim as we have all known, in our guts:It was … [Read More...]

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All About the Bass, but With Elegance

Get this in your head as the work week ends. Well done, Kate Davis and Postmodern Jukebox.Check out her Facebook page. … [Read More...]

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Dolan is Charged to Model Christ, Not the Pharisees

When Jesus rescued the adulterous woman from an angry mob intent on stoning her to death, he was very quiet about it. He wrote something on the ground -- perhaps the sins of the men with the stones? Words in which they might recognize themselves and their own sins and offenses?"But when they … [Read More...]

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Mother of Completeness: Nativity of Mary

"Your birth, O Virgin Mother of God, proclaims joy to the whole world, for from you arose the glorious Sun of Justice, Christ our God; he freed us from the age-old curse and filled us with holiness; he destroyed death and gave us eternal life." - Antiphon for the Canticle of Zechariah, Morning … [Read More...]