Russia, Ukraine, Poland and 2 Timely New Saints

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"President Obama's foreign policy is based on fantasy." That's the Washington Post's ultimately restrained assessment, not mine. But I think along similar lines. The man's sense of himself has been over-indulged to a reckless point. The current sense of impotence, however, is not wholly Obama's fault. Yes, he damaged his own credibility, and ours when he drew a red line regarding Syria (and then not only ignored it being crossed but tried to deny that he ever drew it) but in truth, the … [Read more...]

Live-blogging Beatification John Paul II

(Photo Source He is a Beato! Loved singing the Gloria, in Latin, with my fellow Catholics. Bells ringing all over Rome! 8:33 AM After doing more grousing than a mature woman and a Christian should, I stood up, watched the chopper overhead, the stunning vista, the crowds, the placement, the choir...and I was just overwhelmed. I found myself doing the hand-to-chest thing: holy moley, look where I am! This is unbelievable; it is breathtaking, heart-aching, staggering, and I want to share it with … [Read more...]

Beatification Link Roundup

Here, some of the best and brightest weigh in on Pope John Paul II's beatification, and correct some popular misconceptions. The Curt Jester ripostes John Paul's critics by explaining the difference between heroic virtue and administrative brilliance. Fr. Z. reminds readers that they shall know a saint by the fruits of the people mourning him. While defending John Paul's sanctity, Pia de Solenni calls for more transparency on the handling of the Maciel and sex-abuse cases. In the National … [Read more...]

Lenten Reading: Jesus and Jewish Roots of the Eucharist

It's that time of the year again. As Ash Wednesday approaches (it's later than usual this year, and am I the only one who feels likes she's missing it and needs it to begin?) I'll be suggesting books that may enhance the Lenten journey. Foremost in my recommendations will be this book, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist. It is foremost because the Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith, and it is so poorly understood by so many -- even among Catholics -- that I can … [Read more...]

WYD, Madrid 2011 Awesome Sauce!

HOLY SMOKES! Via Deacon Greg Chills! Chills to hear that baritone voice again, and to see these youthful crowds. Chills to realize that Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI have drawn millions of young people to them with the message they so need to hear: You are good. You are loved. You are created for a purpose. You are more than the pop culture. You are greater than the temptations of the age. You are the ongoing affirmation of unique individualism. Jesus loves you, he calls you. Do … [Read more...]


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