Tired Benedict Needs our Prayers

(photo source)"Benedict turns 85 in the new year, so a slowdown is only natural. Expected. And given his age and continued rigorous work schedule, it's remarkable he does as much as he does and is in such good health overall: Just this past week he confirmed he would travel to Mexico and Cuba next spring.But a decline has been noted as Benedict prepares for next weekend's grueling Christmas celebrations, which kick off two weeks of intense public appearances. [...] Back at home, however, … [Read more...]

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Christmas Cuteness and the Revolution

Okay, the Three Kings killed me!Lethal Christmas Cuteness, right here (New Advent).Followed by the truth of what Advent is preparing us for. Hint -- I've used the word before -- yes: Revolution!More: Pat Gohn: Put Yourself into the Christmas StoryMake Room for ChristAnd one last great Christmas Gift Idea! … [Read more...]

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“But you’re even nice to the dishwasher…”

A Bronx mugger steps out of an idea, into wonder:Julio Diaz has a daily routine. Every night, the 31-year-old social worker ends his hour-long subway commute to the Bronx one stop early, just so he can eat at his favorite diner.But one night last month, as Diaz stepped off the No. 6 train and onto a nearly empty platform, his evening took an unexpected turn.He was walking toward the stairs when a teenage boy approached and pulled out a knife."He wants my money, so I just gave him … [Read more...]

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Our “Yes” to God Brings His More Perfect “Yes” to Us

I love this month's cover of Magnificat Magazine -- Madonna and Child, by Marianne Stokes (1855-1927), Wolverhampton Art Gallery, West Midlands, UK. (© Bridgeman Giraudon) -- it captures the simple youth and energy of Mary, who would have been about 14 years old: her gaze is direct and open, and so is the child's. It almost harkens to Christ's ministry, and his command, "Ephphatha, be opened!"We are living in urgent times, where illusions are swirling all about, making it difficult to … [Read more...]

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Holy Hour Reading Recommendations

Someone asked me if I could recommend a good book for reading during Holy Hour.Lots of great books, of course, but I am particularly fond of Jesus, Present Before Me: Meditations for Eucharistic Adoration by Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P.Then again, for Adoration, I like to bring my breviary, mostly, as it is a chance to pray an hour (usually Vespers) before the Blessed Sacrament. I also like old-fashioned prayerbooks like this one. They're kind of comforting and familiar, even if the … [Read more...]

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Dorothy Day on the True Anarchist – UPDATE

You only love God as much as you love the person you love the least. -- Servant of God, Dorothy DayIt is an awful indictment, but it's true.Dorothy Day ("I am an obedient daughter of the church") died 31 years ago, today. The more confused our world becomes, the more her voice speaks plainly and with clarity. Right now I am reading her diaries, The Duty of Delight (it's diary entries; I can read a little each night, and that's all the reading I am managing, lately).I like this … [Read more...]

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Assessing People as “Units” is Evil – UPDATED

As regular readers know, I rarely listen to talk radio -- the reception is lousy in the house and when I'm driving I like to listen to my cd's. But I was monitoring traffic on the all-news station and something annoyed me so I started flipping around. I hit the Mark Levin show and was stopped in my tracks by a conversation between Levin and a caller who identified himself as a neurosurgeon. Now I need to confirm if this is real.The caller said that he had recently gone to Washington to … [Read more...]

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“It’s mystery, it’s magic, it’s divinity”

From Deacon Greg, who is some sort of a magician in the way he finds the best, most fascinating or touching videos.This one, blew me away, both for the visual presentation, the use of Vivaldi's Et in terrra pax hominimus, from the "Gloria" and most particularly due to the straightfowardness and humility of the scientist, Alexander Tsiaras, of The Visible Human Project, who says without fuss or fervor, "these are mathematical models beyond our human comprehension. . .it's mystery; it's magic; … [Read more...]

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Catholicism: Living Tradition is not Trendy

We've been talking about Robert Barron's Catholicism -- both the book and the DVD series -- for for months, and I am surprised that with all of my reading, I had missed Maurice Timothy Reidy's review at America magazine in which Reidy -- while liking a great deal about the series -- complained that the thing does not adequately embrace the now:It is wonderful to contemplate that we share a faith with the men who crafted the rose windows at Notre Dame and the African martyrs who died in … [Read more...]

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Christ the King; Advent is Coming!

SourceNext Sunday closes out the Liturgical Year by revealing Christ the King, the Self-Immolating Bridegroom. My column at First Things this week looks at the words of Pope Benedict XVI about the workings of his Kingship, which are not always obvious:The King is Jesus. In him God entered humanity and espoused it to himself. This is the usual form of the divine activity in relation to mankind. God does not have a fixed plan that he must carry out; on the contrary, he has many … [Read more...]

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