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

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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...]

No Confirmation Yet on Harvard Black Mass Story

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I saw this last night at the Women of Grace site, and was skeptical. I remain so today:The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club is hosting a black mass on May 12 to be staged by The Satanic Temple and which will include a consecrated host.According to a press release from The Satanic Temple, they plan on presenting the black mass at the Queens Head Pub in Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA along with “an academic narration that explores the ritual’s unique history and pra … [Read more...]

Palin and Baptism: It’s simple, folks. She’s wrong.

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Sarah Palin is not the same woman in 2014 that she was in 2008.Sarah Palin in 2008 was a governor who had a solid reputation for being able to work across the aisle, with both Republicans and Democrats. She was not yet someone capable of saying, as she does here, "not all intolerant-anti-freedom-leftist-liberals are hypocrites. I'm kidding, yes they are.""If I were in charge..." (Audience cheers on cue...fade to black.)That's nowhere near the quality of her former speech-making; … [Read more...]

“It is Consummated”: the “Mad Eros of the Cross”

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On the Cross, God’s eros for us is made manifest. Eros is indeed – as Pseudo-Dionysius expresses it – that force “that does not allow the lover to remain in himself but moves him to become one with the beloved” ("De divinis nominibus", IV, 13: PG 3, 712). Is there more “mad eros” (N. Cabasilas, "Vita in Cristo", 648) than that which led the Son of God to make Himself one with us even to the point of suffering as His own the consequences of our offences?Dear brothers and sisters, let us look a … [Read more...]

Christ Crucified Explains it All…

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A friend of mine, reading about Pope Francis' admission to children that he is sometimes fearful, wrote admitting that he too was often fearful -- debilitatingly so -- particularly when reading the headlines and watching our social dynamics. He wondered how to not be afraid.I told him, "I know I sound like a broken record, but get a crucifix." I told him to "study the crucifix while pondering the words of Julian of Norwich."Her words, juxtaposed against the crucifix, explain everything. … [Read more...]


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