Why Dolan, and Francis, and Benedict are Right

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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, overseeing it, but among and with and in commonality with us.When Proposition 8 was roiling California in 2008, a group of Evangelical Christians decided to make a weekly trip into the Castro section of … [Read more...]

Mother of Completeness: Nativity of Mary

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"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 Prayer for Sept. 8I was struck this morning at mass by the Gospel reading, which was the genealogy and Annunciation from Matthew. The whole list of patriarchs and fathers, with the occasional mention … [Read more...]

Consigning Joni Mitchell to the Prayers of Dorothy Day

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Very likely due to being ill for nearly four months, I'm in a bit of a work-and-spiritual funk just now. I've got the blues and am hauling out all the usual prescriptions to try to help myself along.I want to "snap out of it" because I know that I have no business feeling glum; my life is too full of good things, for which -- when my head is on straight -- I am everyday grateful. My husband and kids are healthy. My son is happily married to a wonderful young woman. My other son is making … [Read more...]

Confirmed: Yes, the “Fire Challenge” IS Real!

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So, the other day, I posted here about this "fire challenge", wherein teenagers set themselves on fire for fun and Facebook Fame.And then I learned that the page I'd linked to calls itself a satire site, and did the full "mea culpa" for being taken in about it.Then someone on Facebook sent me a YouTube video of someone aflame and I threw up my hands to heaven, wondering what was true or not; when Glenn Reynolds linked from Instapundit, I welcomed his readers and asked them to help me … [Read more...]

Douglas-to-Dust: Feeling Helpless About the Homeless

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New York City is such a microcosm of every aspect of the human experience -- and the human condition in all its vagaries of darkness and light -- that if one is halfway awake and paying attention, it is impossible not to, at some point, have your world-view challenged, or your spiritual bell rung. I recently related how getting clocked at Penn Station has changed everything for me, though not always in a good way.Recently, Tom Zampino, a lawyer working in the city, had one of those moments, … [Read more...]

Adoration and Intercession: One Way to Pray

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So after the great showing in Cambridge, MA, where "Catholics Answered Black Mass with Prayers of Reparation, the whole topic of Adoration has come up in my email -- "how does one do a Holy Hour?" -- so I thought I would repost this piece from a few years back. It's one way to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament. There are no "right" ways. Sometimes, you just look at Him, and He looks at you. Like a sunburn, you feel the effects later.When I go to Adoration, it is such a privilege … [Read more...]

St. Catherine of Siena would “get” Sister Cristina Scuccia

Via Sisters, Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Not long after Deacon Greg posted this bit about her singing "Flashdance: What a Feeling", a friend on Facebook shot me a private message wondering if I was not getting "a little worried" about all of the attention being given to Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia, or -- as she is known in Italy -- Suor Cristina."Well, sure. As she becomes more well-known, the world will throw awful temptations her way," I responded, "so we really should pray for her spiritual welfare. She's human and we're … [Read more...]

What Would Screwtape Say re Harvard Black Mass?

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Yesterday, someone sent an email asking me, "Do you have enough energy to write this as a Screwtape Letter?"This" being the "Harvard Black Mass", I really didn't. As it turns out, fifteen hours at the desk is my limit.I didn't have to have the energy, however, because my correspondent provided an example of what he had in mind, and I thought was full-witty."Dear Wormwood,I congratulate you on the success of your latest efforts at Harvard University. I must say, dear nephew, that … [Read more...]

Archdiocese of Boston Issues Statement on Harvard Black Mass

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This is the official statement, in full:The Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Boston expresses its deep sadness and strong opposition to the plan to stage a “black mass” on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge.For the good of the Catholic faithful and all people, the Church provides clear teaching concerning Satanic worship. This activity separates people from God and the human community, it is contrary to charity and goodness, and it places participants dangerously clo … [Read more...]

“Yes we will use a Consecrated Host” at Harvard “Black Mass”

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Following up on this post, I have made a couple of phone calls to the The Cambridge Queen’s Head where Madelyn, an events manager, first promised to "research this", saying that her computers were down. During a subsequent conversation, sounding very flustered, she and told me she had no comment to offer at the moment. Confirming that she is the Events manager, she promised a response later today.She did confirm to another caller that the Harvard Cultural Exchange is having an event there, … [Read more...]


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