Remembering Schiavo and John Paul II

Leticia Velasquez has written a beautiful witness to life and love on the main page: It was the first day of spring in 2005. I was at the florist in the seaside village where I grew up, assembling a basket of flowering spring plants for my sister, who had just given birth. Immersing my hands in budding greenery, inhaling the earthy scents—it helped to chase away, for a few moments, the looming death which occupied my mind. Later that evening, watching my sister's pink newborn suck on his … [Read more...]

Ferraro's Funeral – UPDATES!

I've had a few emails asking me why I haven't yet commented about the death of Geraldine Ferraro and fact that she will be laid to rest this Thursday after a funeral Mass. Frankly, I haven't thought much about it. She battled blood cancer for over a decade, and it seems to me she bore that cross with a good deal of grace and discretion; many people did not even know she was struggling, and she did not seem to seek out sympathy. That's an instructive thing to ponder in Lent, at least I think it … [Read more...]

EWTN Explains about Corapi Programming UPDATED

Although EWTN had already made a statement announcing that it was pulling its Father Corapi programing until the matters concerning him are settled, the network must have gotten a lot of negative feedback from people who are hurting about the controversy and also -- I am sadly sure -- from people telling them what shameful, disloyal Catholics they are, and threatening to never contribute another dime to their operation, and so they've released a fuller statement: We are aware that many of our … [Read more...]

Prosecutors to seek Death Penalty for Gosnell – UPDATED

Via Lifesite News: Prosecutors in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania announced today they will seek the death penalty for abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell, who faces charged related to killing a woman in a botched abortion and killing babies infanticides." [. . .] prosecutors notified his attorney, Jack McMahon, that they will seek death by lethal injection if a jury finds Gosnell guilty of first-degree murder in the counts he faces. Gosnell faces a third-degree murder charge related to the death … [Read more...]

Pilgrim, Ora et Labora; the Fountain of Youth?

Look at this 103 year-old Catholic Sister, Sr. Cecilia Adorni, as she dances a remarkably spry polka amid the senior citizens whom she still serves. Watch her dance -- I know 60 year-olds who can't move like that -- and notice her skin, which is gorgeous and youthful! We concern ourselves with holding on to our youthfulness and "defying age" with all sorts of medicines and foods and goops and ointments, while this sister appears to have found a "fountain of youth," and it's one St. Benedict of … [Read more...]

No, Virtue is not impossible

Call it Virtue. Call it Chastity. Call it Continence. Whatever you want to call it, our society loves to tell us that it can't be lived, is weird to try, and an attraction to it probably means that you're all neurotic and hung-up, provincial and you know, like, so lame. In an era where city governments are celebrating the creation of iphone apps that can take you to your leader nearest free condom (because when sex is just a bodily function, free condoms are the answer to many questions) … [Read more...]

Suffering; the Great Leveler

My archives are not all moved over yet, so I can't find most of the posts, but we do sometimes muse about suffering here. Often the topic comes up because we are sharing sad news that reminds us once again that no one gets through life without experiencing what it is to suffer. We have been trained in the secular world to disregard life as something holy and to understand that our human potential is inextricably tied to our personal freedoms and our domination over those uncontrollable matters … [Read more...]

Why Tyranny Fears Art – UPDATED

About ten years ago, maybe longer, I read an interview with U2's Bono, and he said (paraphrasing from memory) "art and lovemaking are the ways to touch God." I think he meant that art and lovemaking were transcendent because they are both activities are a means of self-revelation - that they take us out of ourselves and make us vulnerable in an act of creation, or co-creation, and there is tremendous power in that. Well, I happen to think - if that's what he meant - that Bono was correct. The … [Read more...]

March For Life Visual Round-Up

The Franciscan Friars note: The time it took for the March to pass our camera was 1 hour 31 minutes. A week past the giant march the media couldn't find, I figured it might be good to look back on the peaceful gathering of nearly 250,000 people, declaring that life is good. Keep the momentum going by getting the visuals; they're very heartening! Kathryn Jean Lopez has terrific pictures up at National Review Even better pictures (sorry, Kathryn) at St. Blogustine. Sr. Lisa … [Read more...]

The Beatitudes & Sargent Shriver

Deacon Greg Kandra has had a very impressive career; as a writer and producer with CBS News, he won Peabody Awards and Emmy Awards, and Writer's Guild Awards - and then he went to the Diocese of Brooklyn and helped establish Currents, the first daily Catholic news broadcast in the country, at New Evangelization Television. He has a gift for zeroing in on the human center of a story, and extending it in a way that brings all the peripheral loose ends together into a cohesive and marvelous … [Read more...]


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