“the usual efforts at Church reform are useless…”

The English writer and mystic Caryll Houselander is one of those people whose work I keep meaning to read, because every time I am exposed to even a little of her thinking, I'm intrigued and want more -- she always puts me a bit in mind of Heather King.At the Philanthropy Daily blog, Scott Walter serves up a dose of Houselander that packs a relevant wallop: Pope Francis’ election reminded me of a passage in Houselander's letters.She's writing to a Mr. St. George about [a man whose t … [Read more...]

Between Fusty and Freaky: Can Francis find the Liturgical Balance? UPDATED

So, really, what is your feeling about lace peeking out from under the chausible? Are you in mid-meltdown because noble vestments meant to showcase the Kingship and glory of Christ may take a backseat in Pope Francis' bus while the plainer stuff, equally valid for liturgy but emphasizing Christ's humanity, gets used?Scripture tells us "to everything there is a season". In a very complicated age, when the church has an awful lot of housecleaning to do, perhaps it is a season of simple dress. … [Read more...]

All In: the Deep Evangelization of Pope Francis -UPDATED

Sadly, my phone is not letting me have the picture I took today, for this piece, but honestly, I didn't get any really good shots, anyway. I am a bad photographer, and too short to get much more than pictures of taller people getting better shots. Such is life. This pic above is from 2011.So, my recovery continues apace, and this morning I was able to be part of Pope Francis' audience with the press. Unfortunately, his Italian was too much for mine, so I had to wait for the translated … [Read more...]

The Jesuit in the Dominican Robes, with the Franciscan Name

Well, I've been quiet through some exciting time, and I apologize for that. I was supposed to be writing to you from St. Peter's Square when the white smoke billowed and the new pope emerged, but instead I appear to have brought something dysenteric with me from NY; since landing in Rome, have been unable to do more than cling to the bathroom floor begging for death or healing and offering up my ordeal for the conclave and now our new pope, Francis. I'm a girl who appreciates irony, and … [Read more...]


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