“Emerging into Orthodoxy” at Patheos

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Every once in a while, I get an email from someone asking, "WHEN are you going to get some Orthodox blogging going?"Well...finally, we begin with "Emerging into Orthodoxy!"Blogger Drew Tatusko writes:I was baptized Catholic. I went to seminary to become a Presbyterian pastor. On June 3, 2012 I became Eastern Orthodox. This blog is about my journey and practice of this new way of life with God and a new community. Join me in the journey!Tatusko is a fellow-Lyme's-endurer, and he … [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...]

Another vowed Domincan nun! – UPDATE

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Last December, I had the privilege of attending the first profession of Sister Mary Magdalene of the Immaculate Conception, OP. I don't know if I will ever forget how powerfully resonant was her quiet but obvious deep and joy as she received her black veil. I have seldom encountered such a punch of supernatural serenity.Just six months later, the Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ are celebrating again as another young nun pronounces her first vows and becomes Sister Mary Cecilia of the … [Read more...]

The Talking, Thinking and Wondering Will Continue

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There is a saying attributed to St. Gregory of Nyssa, that I used to keep up on my header: "Ideas lead to idols; only wonder leads to knowing."I wonder about that phrase often, and continually draw new understanding as I apply it to different subject matters. It reminds me that I am not only free to ponder, but that as a Catholic, I am (quite contra-CW) required to think. Not to give in to the soft tyranny of sentimentalism until I'm so busy feeling that thinking is dismissed; not to … [Read more...]

Our Lady of Good Counsel, Pray for Us

I love her. She is in my hallway, above the holy water fontBut you know, when you see something every day, sometimes you forget to look, really look.So I am glad that Terry at Abbey-Roads wrote about her today. It reminds me that I need some Good Counsel; I need it right now, in fact.So I have taken an Icon from my desk and put it over the font, and brought Our Lady of Good Counsel to my desk, so I can look at her. And beg some prayer from her.And from you, too. I could use … [Read more...]

Bible Basics for Catholics: A New Picture! – UPDATED

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Got three new books in the mail yesterday, and I'm going to share all of them with you. I actually have about 25 books that arrived while I was sick last month and I never did get a chance to catch up on them, so perhaps this week I will slip them into the blog and let you make up your own minds about whether they might be of interest to you, but this book, Bible Basics for Catholics: A New PIcture of Salvation HistoryI know I can highly recommend, because I read the galleys and loved it so much … [Read more...]

Prayers for Kitty and Three Others…

Some of you may remember that about six months ago my son's fiance "Kitty" dealt with a burst appendix and many complications. She's been having increasing pain and discomfort for the past few days, and today it reached the point where she really couldn't function, so they are waiting for doctors to tell them whether they can do an office visit or must go back to the ER.I haven't spoken to Kitty, but I can imagine she is feeling pretty upset, if not by the pain, then by the potential havoc … [Read more...]

When Mass Rubs the Nerves Raw

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My First Things piece this week confesses that I sometimes seek out a music-less mass at an early hour, just to escape the rambunctious irreverence that sometimes makes Sunday mass an opportunity to practice the virtue of patience...and endurance:Perhaps it is different where you worship, but in my parish—and I would count mine as one of the “quieter” and “more reverent” in our area—that sort of preparation is nearly impossible. The choir and musicians are noisily setting up, talking and lau … [Read more...]

Pouring Thoughts and Pee-Phobia

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Elizabeth Duffy has an entertaining and thoughtful entry in her column, this week as shares with us the origins of her writing:I started keeping a diary when I was about eleven. My mother suggested I start writing to cure a weird childhood insomnia that kept me up late nights worrying that I was going to pee in my sleep, even though I'd not wet the bed since I was out of diapers.When I was struck by pee-phobia, I would go stand by Mom and Dad's bed, and wait for them to wake up, which … [Read more...]

It Matters to Know We Are Small

One of the greatest nights of my life was spent alone. My husband and sons were off camping with the Boy Scouts and I took myself to Montauk, and found a small beachfront and parked myself on a blanket under the sky. I simply watched the constellations roll by, and all the shooting stars falling. Such depths of sparkling beauty. Such a night of wonder.Electric light is wonderful -- it's near-miraculous -- but we give up an awful lot to have it all about us, making us feel safe and less … [Read more...]


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