Our Lady of Good Counsel, Pray for Us

I love her. She is in my hallway, above the holy water fontBut you know, when you see something every day, sometimes you forget to look, really look.So I am glad that Terry at Abbey-Roads wrote about her today. It reminds me that I need some Good Counsel; I need it right now, in fact.So I have taken an Icon from my desk and put it over the font, and brought Our Lady of Good Counsel to my desk, so I can look at her. And beg some prayer from her.And from you, too. I could use … [Read more...]

October; Rosary Month Closes

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October is the month in which Catholics are encouraged to recommit to praying the Rosary. As it draws to a close, I thought I'd repost this, from a couple of years ago -- a rosary prayed while contemplating the Vladimir Theotokos.The Crying Out of Flesh and GodCreator and created, sharing the same flesh, the same blood, entwined, together. The whole story, right there in the Joyful Mysteries.The Annunciation: Since Eden, God's purpose--slow and baffling, yet inexorable--has been … [Read more...]

Quantum Levitation and Faith Levitation

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In our foyer is a small, beautiful icon of Our Lady of Good Counsel, and the icon has an interesting story behind it:Each year on April 25, the feast day of St. Mark Genazzano’s patron Saint, a fair took place near the church of the Mother of Good Counsel. On that day in 1467 towards the evening as the fair was beginning to end a white luminous cloud appeared over the village. The cloud descended on the church of the Mother of Good Counsel. The bells of the old tower began to ring by t … [Read more...]

O Season of Idols! – UPDATED

My Tuesday column is up over at First Things, and it's pondering the recent Golden Globes show and the season of glittery "awards" that is upon us:It was never so rare, or harmless. And as our post-modern society becomes increasingly post-faith, our instincts to raise up entertainers as idols become more frequently indulged, and perhaps we manufacture more of these idols now. Is there a nation that does not have a slew of “Idol-creating” television shows, where celebrity magazines don't cover t … [Read more...]


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