Back from Vacation and Ripe for Confession! – UPDATED

Basilica Santa Sabina, Roma

It's been quiet around here for the past few days, I know; I forgot to post that my husband and I were taking a time away to celebrate anniversaries. We're not quite back -- we're going to try to take the rest of the weekend off -- but we're at home, now and I am very much looking forward to going to confession in a few hours, in anticipation of the end of the liturgical year, the end of the Year of Faith and the coming of Advent, which is my favorite season.And I wanted to encourage … [Read more...]

Prayer and Penance: Did Twitter Hasten Benedict’s Retirement?

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In hindsight, we're seeing clues, now, and reading words he uttered indicating that Pope Benedict XVI has clearly been thinking of renouncing the papal throne for some time.Forgive me if this sounds absurd on the face of it, but I am wondering if, despite these pieces of evidence, Benedict's recent entry into Twitter has had anything to do with the seeming abruptness of his announcement.Before you scoff, consider: the pope's interest in, and support of, the church's engagement with new … [Read more...]

St. Teresa of Avila and New Media

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In the mail today comes a paperback copy of Father James Martin's book, Between Heaven and Mirth, and since I liked it so well when I read it the first time, I flipped through it again over lunch, and re-discovered this quote from St. Teresa of Avila:“From silly devotions and sour-faced saints, good Lord, deliver us.”Ah, I thought. Sour is the mot juste! I don't know whether it's simply because times are hard and headlines are harrowing, or because people are feeling pinched, but that's … [Read more...]

A Papal-Ordered Penance – UPDATED

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Joanne writes on the pope-ordered penance that accompanied the opening of the International Eucharistic Congress in Ireland:. . . at the request of the Holy Father—the papal legate Cardinal Mark Ouellet spent last night in St Patrick’s Purgatory, fasting and keeping barefoot vigil in prayer for reconciliation and healing of the grievous wounds dealt by Ireland’s clergy abuse scandals. [...]Of course, this gesture will be read by many (if not most) as one more cynical photo opp, one mo … [Read more...]

“I don’t have to think; Hollywood does it for me!”

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And here is what Hollywood tells me to think: Catholics who take their church seriously are foolish, hypocritical and failures in love.Normally, since there is a movie trailer involved, I'd just send you over toward the Deacon's place, to watch it, but since I have something to say, I'll post it here:By the way, we often are foolish, hypocritical and failures in love but that's part of the human condition and nothing exclusive to Catholics.Knowing nothing about this film beyond … [Read more...]


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