Holy Hour Reading Recommendations

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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...]

Dorothy Day on the True Anarchist – UPDATE

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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...]

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...]

“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...]

Catholicism: Living Tradition is not Trendy

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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...]

CUA a Pontifical University: No Jesus-Free Places UPDATE

Profile on Ali Basiri, Muslim student at Catholic University

Ali Basiri, 27, prays next to his desk in his office at Catholic University. Ali is an Iranian graduate student who came there to study electrical engineering more than four years ago. Astrid Riecken / For The Washington PostThe Catholic University of America (CUA) a Pontifical University. That means this is a school established by the Holy See, and directly under its authority. As such, it cannot be true to itself while creating "Jesus-free" spaces.To demand that a Pontifical University … [Read more...]

Jesus on Flying out of Newark

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Okay, palate cleanser -- have a laugh courtesy of Father Jim Martin, who knows how to be light of heart! I love this:On a recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land, I started to wonder : What would it have been like for Jesus and the disciples to deal with the stresses and strains of air travel?1 Immediately Jesus left for Galilee with his disciples, via Newark. For their vacation in New York was finished; and they had spent all that they had on Broadway shows, including “The Book of Mormon.” 2 … [Read more...]

Helping You Get Enthused…

...because that's what I do!I know you know October is dedicated to the Rosary, and that is why I have directed you here and here over the past weeks. So, today, let Pat Gohn dispel any idea you might have that the rosary is the prayer of blue-haired old ladies:I have an aversion to being called a "Rosary rattler." But to those who know me, this isn't news.That was the name the local hipsters dubbed the so-called blue-hairs kneeling before Mass petitioning the Blessed Virgin … [Read more...]

October Gift: Renew Our Rosary Appreciation — UPDATED

The wonderful Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary have produced this really lovely video to help us appreciate the Holy Rosary and to deepen our abilities to ponder the 15 fundamental mysteries they entail. I enjoyed it very much, especially the lovely soprano voices!UPDATE: The sisters did a quick adjustment to the video as they note here. It's been updated here. Sister Emailer informs me that the first version was "elongated" which she didn't exactly mind (hey, a girl … [Read more...]

That Atheist Girl with her Catholic Boyfriend UPDATED

Patheos has picked up another new blog, and in keeping with this age of hybridism I think we could call it a kind of hybrid, too.Leah Libresco is a smart young cookie and a lifelong atheist, who has managed to find herself a devout Catholic boyfriend, and she runs the whole topic of religion through her wringer at Unequally Yoked, where she writes:I grew up with atheist patents in a pretty secular neighborhood (when we learned about the Reformation in AP Euro, one student asked if … [Read more...]


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