US Bank “Blessing” Brouhaha; Not a Hill to Die On? – UPDATE

All the blessings

Over at Kathy Shiffer's place, she links to a story about a woman who goes beyond "Have a Nice Day!" and is suing US Bank, for her "right" to do so. Except, from the story at Christian Today, it kinda sounds like this woman was making a pest of herself and her faith, not merely wishing blessings but putting people on the spot, too: The former Walton branch employee had worked for the bank for over 20 years. She said that she started saying "have a blessed day" to all of her customers … [Read more...]

“Why be singular when you can participate in heaven?”

tcabannercropped

My latest column at The Catholic Answer is called "Our Professors, Who Art in Heaven" and touches on the question that comes up again and again, particularly with those concerned about idolatry: why do Catholics show such reverence for saints? The Communion of Saints must seem strange to outsiders who wonder why Catholics and Orthodox Christians bother taking side roads in their orisons when a prayer to Jesus seems like a faster, more direct route. As a religious sister from my childhood put … [Read more...]

How Does Vatican Interfaith Prayer Help the Peace Process?

Abraham and the Three Angels/Marc Chagall

We're seeing lots of internet coverage, stories, and opinions regarding Pope Francis hosting Israel’s President Shimon Peres, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tomorrow -- on Pentecost Sunday, at the close to the Easter season -- and the prayers that will be said. Here's the deal: . . .Vatican officials also confirmed that Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople will participate in the prayer service [and] stressed that the prayer service should be seen not as a … [Read more...]

A Joyful Community of Intercessors Needs a Bit More Space

dear sisters

In Rumer Godden's classic gem of a novel, In This House of Brede, a large cloistered community of English Benedictine nuns faces a pressing debt; one nun rather serenely says she will pray for the solution. "Like a child asking the bank manager for a bag of money to take home to Daddy?" a sharp-tongued sister asks in rebuke. "Exactly. Exactly like that," says the first nun. Later, when the idea of selling of 7 of the community's 14 acres seems like the only practical answer, the doubtful … [Read more...]

Heading to Holy Land: May I Take Your Intentions WIth Me?

Holy-Sepulcher-place-of-crucifixion,-tb092902203-bibleplaces

Early next week I will be heading to the Holy Land as part of a team of Catholic journalists who will be touring most of Christendom's holiest sites, and also encountering the Holy Father during his time in Jerusalem. You regular readers know I do not travel well, so please pray for me, particularly that I might survive that long, tightly-packed-in flight without stroking out, getting deep vein thrombosis or whatever. Please pray for Pope Francis, too, whose itinerary is public, and who … [Read more...]

Adoration and Intercession: One Way to Pray

MonstranceFramed-218x300

So after the great showing in Cambridge, MA, where "Catholics Answered Black Mass with Prayers of Reparation, the whole topic of Adoration has come up in my email -- "how does one do a Holy Hour?" -- so I thought I would repost this piece from a few years back. It's one way to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament. There are no "right" ways. Sometimes, you just look at Him, and He looks at you. Like a sunburn, you feel the effects later. When I go to Adoration, it is such a privilege … [Read more...]

To Suffer With Us: the Duty and Privilege of Priesthood

farmingdale crash

Here on Long Island, the little town of Farmingdale is reeling as they deal with the stark pain that comes of burying five teenagers, all lost in one horrific car accident. Families, students at their high school, even perfect strangers within the community are bound in grief, and our prayers must fly to heaven for their sustenance and consolation. Frequently quoted amid the many reports is Father Michael Duffy, an associate pastor at Saint Kilian's Church. The parish is located not far from … [Read more...]

Cultivating a Habit of Ejaculation

Piazza del Popolo, Rome, Image courtesy of Shutterstock.com

I just spent more time than I had planned typing the word "ejaculations", along with my name or blog name, into search engines and, later, into document files. Okay, let's get it out of our systems: "she said 'ejaculations'! Heh-heh!" I was looking for a phrase I had written about what we used to call "ejaculations of prayer," and I was sure I had talked about it in Strange Gods, but I couldn't find it in my files and the only thing turning up in search engines was one line in this First … [Read more...]

Augustine’s Confessions Set to Music? Let’s Bring This Baby Home! – UPDATE: GOAL REACHED!

Augustine of Hippo, Modern Icon by Nancy Oliphant; available here

:::UPDATE:::: GOAL REACHED! Applaud yourselves for the hand you've had in a creative endeavor! :::END UPDATE::: Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would not have been at all. You … [Read more...]

When We Truly Love, We Model God to Each Other – UPDATED

psalm139 hubbel

A while back, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Mother Dolores Hart, OSB about her book, and she talked of breaking off her engagement in order to enter the Abbey: He was furious. Oh, He was so upset. But he said a very unexpected thing which was, ‘you know all love relationships don’t end at the altar, and I will be faithful to you in this.’ Well, I thought that was a head-trip too. I didn’t see how in the world he could do that, but in effect, fifty years later, Don did … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X