Egypts Army has Chosen? – UPDATED

From Ed Morrissey at Hot Air:The Mubarak regime has begun to act more forcefully to shore up its power after days of protests pushed it to the brink of collapse. Security forces have begun arresting and intimidating bloggers, journalists, and human rights activists in an attempt to reimpose order in the wake of street fighting:An informal center set up by human rights workers in the square was seized, and a group of journalists was stopped in their car near the square by a gang of men with … [Read more...]

The Idea of Praying Through Time

Pondering prayer, and the notion of praying through time, thanks to our Holy Father:We can love ourselves only if we have first been loved by someone else. The life a mother gives to her child is not just physical life; she gives total life when she takes the child's tears and turns them into smiles. It is only when life has been accepted and is perceived as accepted that it becomes also acceptable. Man is that strange creature that needs not just physical birth but also appreciation if he is … [Read more...]

A Prayer Request for Jeanne

From reader Carolyn:A few months ago you posted a video of a young lady singing a beautiful song . She was blond and sang with no music or very simple musical accompaniment. She was singing about the Lord being with you in the most desperate of circumstances. I think you may have posted it in October or early November. I searched your archives and can’t find it. Could you please post it again or email me the name or the singer. My beautiful 24 year old grand-daughter-in-law is dying of cancer a … [Read more...]

Interrupted by God…UPDATED

I love this piece by Benedictine Sister Ann Marie Wainright, writing from St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, Minnesota:When I transitioned from my life as a layperson into life as a new postulant, getting used to the “interruptions” in my day was a challenging adjustment at times. The bells tolled, I dropped what I was doing and went to prayer. Afterwards, I returned to my previous work, studies, or ministry, or perhaps I shifted gears and began a new task, leaving the former one unfinished. … [Read more...]

A Geek's Analogy to Prayer

Was talking to an IT fellow about internet access-issues and the sorts of big-and-small server issues that are the everyday bane of those who make their living on the internets and he described a recent moment of angst:It is SO incredibly frustrating when you try EVERYTHING you know and most things you barely understand to fix a problem and NONE of it works. Then of course someone else looks at it and goes - "Oh there's a password in this file over here that we forgot to change yesterday, … [Read more...]

7 Nights of Compline

Compline for Sunday Compline for Monday Compline for Tuesday Compline for Wednesday Compline for Thursday Compline for Friday Compline for Saturday … [Read more...]

The only thing worse…UPDATED

What could possibly be worse than getting a phone call to come to a hospital because your spouse wife, or your son or your daughter has been shot by a madman and may not make it?Getting a phone call telling you that your child was the shooter.I frankly don't want to argue about which is worse. They must both be indescribable levels of hell.Awful for everyone concerned.But how good that doctors believe Gabrielle Giffords is going to live.She'll need lots of prayers for the hard road … [Read more...]

". . .the heart of a Catholic Yogi"

In 1989 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith delivered a Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on Some Aspects of Christian Meditation.In Section V of that document, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) wrote:"Just as ‘the Catholic Church rejects nothing of what is true and holy in [the great religions]' neither should these ways be rejected out of hand simply because they are not Christian. On the contrary, one can take from them what is useful so long as t … [Read more...]

The Prayerful Podcasts

I haven't yet figured out where these will go in the blogroll, so, a site to bookmark, if you use these podcasts for your prayers:The Joyful MysteriesThe Sorrowful MysteriesThe Glorious MysteriesThe Luminous MysteriesCompline for 7 NightsLitany Sacred Heart JesusTreasury of Catholic PrayersWhy I Remain a CatholicMore on the Rosary:For Job-Seekers (and discussing that on CurrentsThe Crying Out of Prayer and GodCheating the Habit of Being … [Read more...]