Chiara Corbella: Dying for love, “wonderful love that grew more and more…”

Photo image at Source28 year-old Chiara Corbella has died and at her funeral in Rome, there was joy amid the sorrow. In fact, there was a kind of triumph, of love over life and life over death -- one of those contradictory signs that makes no sense to an efficient world but is transcendently reasonable to the mind of faith:Chiara was happily married to Enrico Petrillo. They had already suffered the loss of two children [born with birth defects] in recent years. . .The couple became … [Read more...]

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Nuns and Bishops and Popes, Oh My! – UPDATES

The sisters are all Joan of Arc and the Bishops are all Don Giovanni!Allow me to clear my tabbar of these numerous links touching on the Sr. Margaret Farley story, the LCWR leadership meeting with Rome story and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad menfolk -- offering "the contorted thinking of celibate men" -- who just don't appreciate the linear and perfect thinking of the celibate women.I guess female celibacy is superior to male celibacy and therefore confers credibility on … [Read more...]

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Terry Teachout’s Long Goodbye

Terry Teachout on the death of his mother:As always, I threw myself into work in order to stave off despair. Going to the theater three or four nights a week was as good a way as any to keep my mind occupied, but in between shows I thought the same blunt, ugly thoughts that had come to me at odd moments ever since December. What do I do if she starts to fail while my play is in rehearsal? What's the closest airport to Lenox? What if it happens on the morning of the dress rehearsal? Or on … [Read more...]

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God and Dogs and Naked, Naked Love – UPDATED

Caught this over at Deacon Greg's place.There is nothing like the unconditional love of a dog, and nothing like its fierceness when you need it's protection. It will lay down its life to keep you safe, and when you come home after being away, it does not harass you; it does not shake a finger at you; it does not hold you at arms length until you prove yourself; it simply loves you with all the love it has within, and weeps with joy for your return. It's the Prodigal Son story, only with an … [Read more...]

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A Partly Cloudy Reminder of Truth in Love

Last night, after Easter entertaining, my husband and I collapsed on the couch and, flipping through the channels, found a re-broadcasting of Pixar's wonderful short film, "Partly Cloudy", which you can see here.Enjoying it again, I told my husband I had actually written about the short, tying it into Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical, Caritas in Veritate.The piece was lost-in-transit from First Things to Patheos, but I was able to reconstruct most of it -- the internet is a glorious … [Read more...]

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Easter Praise: Update on Sarah K.

On Good Friday I posted a plea for prayers for friend Sarah, whose kidneys seemed to be shutting down.A few hours later, everything seemed to turn around. Sarah writes: "It seems to me a very large coincidence, yet, I hesitate to call it a miracle. Who am I God would do even a small miracle for?"Who are any of us? Who were Peter and Andrew that Christ should call them? Who was the adulterous woman that Christ should defend her? Who was the nameless leper to be made clean? Who was the … [Read more...]

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Easter Monday Office of Readings – UPDATED

Speaking just for myself -- because in recent years I always seem to host the family feast of Easter Sunday, Easter Monday is a respite, almost a day of retreat and recovery; regaining energy expended over the past 4 days. I will be spending most of my day before my oratory, I think. I hope your Easter was wonderful.From an Easter homily by Melito of Sardis, bishopWe should understand, beloved, that the paschal mystery is at once old and new, transitory and eternal, corruptible and … [Read more...]

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Why We Need Redemption

This ugly, deplorable, heartbreaking picture showed up in my facebook feed.That's a beautiful baby, who looks to be full-term. And there are thousands if not millions of people who cannot have babies, and who would quickly claim this little one for their own. In a world where the fullness of love is constantly being challenged by hate and emptiness, the love therein created -- parent-to-child-to-grandparents and so on -- would have brought a little more affirmation, a little more "yes" into … [Read more...]

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“When shall we begin to do good?” (video fixed)

Last year I had a chance to interview Tony Rossi about The Christopher Awards, and how they emphasize how Christ is borne in the stories, these awards bring to our attention.The latest awards have been announced, and they'll be presented in May, but over at his blog today, Tony features one of the honored books, Kisses from Katie: a Story of Relentless Love and Redemption, and what an inspiring, humbling story it is!A few years ago, the Tennessee teen served as class president at her … [Read more...]

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The Busy Servants of Moloch – UPDATED

When the "learning opportunity" of the Susan G. Komen/Planned Parenthood debacle was taking place, I wrote:[the past day's high drama had given] me a mental image of Moloch, enraged and stomping and roaring because there was a threat of less meat coming to his fire.Today, Moloch is appeased; the media‚Äôs heartbeat and respiration are returning to normal. They and their pals in DC can take a nice, deep cleansing breath and sit back and smile, understanding what they have just demonstrated … [Read more...]

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