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“Let Nothing Disturb You”: A Virtual Choir of Carmelites

This impressive both technologically and musically. With a few exceptions among apostolic communities -- and of course, the Third Order laity -- when you think Carmelite, you think enclosure; you think grilles; you think of interior castles and humble cells.And yet, thanks to the wonders of … [Read More...]

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Unhappy Nation America: Not a Family, Not a People

America is not happy. However it might look on paper, in reality we are not getting along. We are e pluribus unum, no more.I wrote that, and later struck it as being too harsh, for my latest column at First Things, which was written after an evening's troubling conversation with an African … [Read More...]

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James Foley, Martyrdom and the Subversive Freedom of Prayer UPDATED

A great deal has been written about the late James Foley, his beheading at the hands of a barbarous Islamic State: the moving response from this band of Syrians, the Jesuit education which, along with the example of his family kept him grounded in his faith; his own words on the power of prayer, … [Read More...]

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Patheos Catholic Introduces Ben Conroy and Tom Zampino

Our "Week of Adding Many Bloggers" is coming to a close, (although there may yet be one more name added by Friday!) with two bloggers who may -- for now -- be only marginally familiar to Patheos readers. It is surely a nice, and a gratifying thing when we can add well-known authors and writers and … [Read More...]

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Patheos Adds Artur Sebastian Rosman & Lisa Mladinich!

Yesterday, we welcomed Kyle Cupp and Rebecca Lane Frech to the Catholic channel, and today, as promised, we introduce two more bloggers to the mix.When you look up "Phenomenology, Catholic" in a search engine, a few names will instantly surface: Pope Saint John Paul II, Saint Edith Stein, and, … [Read More...]

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ISIS “split her in two; she would not convert!”

When I was a little girl, and afraid of monsters in my darkened bedroom, I used to think that if I would just close my eyes and turn my head away, I would be alright. If I could just look away, the monster could not see me, would not get to me, could not use and abuse me. I would be safe. … [Read More...]

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Sisters Rescuing Women from Sex Trades

They are the Mary Queen of Heaven Missionaries, and who looking at them could imagine that they have taken upon themselves -- as have so many great missionary sisters before them -- such difficult work, serving populations invisible to so many?Nuns reach out to sex workers in fight against … [Read More...]

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ISIS Sells Them, Female Kurds Fighting UPDATE

UPDATE: This picture is flying around Twitter right now, and purports to be an televised image of ISIS selling their female captives into slavery. In fact, via Google Translate, and a Twitter friend, we discover it is something else, entirely:Witnessed a march of supporters of President Mohamed … [Read More...]

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The End of the Beginning

So, here we are - my time as a guest blogger here at the Anchorhold has come to an end.I have to emphasise the extent to which this whole thing came as a bolt from the blue - a random act of grace. I emailed Elizabeth to get Leah Libresco's email address because I was trying to see if she'd give … [Read More...]

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Round-Up Part II: The last of the Synod Symposium

Our Summer Symposium highlighting the issues we anticipate being addressed during October's Extraordinary Synod on the Family ended several weeks ago, but my ongoing pneumo-drama, and the serious circumstances in Iraq and Syria proved distracting, and I have not been able to tidy up the loose ends … [Read More...]


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