Holy Hour Reading Recommendations

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Someone asked me if I could recommend a good book for reading during Holy Hour.Lots of great books, of course, but I am particularly fond of Jesus, Present Before Me: Meditations for Eucharistic Adoration by Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P.Then again, for Adoration, I like to bring my breviary, mostly, as it is a chance to pray an hour (usually Vespers) before the Blessed Sacrament. I also like old-fashioned prayerbooks like this one. They're kind of comforting and familiar, even if the … [Read more...]

“Our Father” The LONG Version

Jennifer Fulwiler began her "Our Father" project a long time ago. As she writes here:When I wrote the first post for this series back in March, I thought I’d have it wrapped up by the end of Lent. I would have never guessed that the final post wouldn’t be up until almost December!Well, all things happen in God's good time, but Jen -- who is one of those superwomen (like Simcha Fischer, Danielle Bean, Betty Duffy and others) who manages to run writing rings around the rest of us while r … [Read more...]

Reactions Found in Translation – UPDATED

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So, the new English translation of the mass was introduced yesterday for, as the saying goes, better or worse. How did it go for you?As I suspected would be the case the ordinary folks in the pews saw all of this as much less dramatic and onerous than some seemed to want it to be; despite the hand-wringing and drama queening from some quarters (why assume that people are incapable of adapting and re-learning? We do it all the time!) it all went pretty smoothly at my parish, and everyone … [Read more...]

Laughter in my Prayer – UPDATED

Two hours into the day someone sent this my way and I needed it, badly.Laughter is not just good medicine. Sometimes having the opportunity to laugh segues into a prayer of thanksgiving:Thank you, God, for the interruption to a hectic day, and the cleansing effect of a laugh. Thank you God that I can hear and see this, in order to so fully enjoy it. Thank you that my lungs work, so I can bark out "HA! That's funny!" and it heals me more effectively than a thousand sighs. Thank you for … [Read more...]

O Saints: Teachers who Behold the Mystery -UPDATED

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After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice:"Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb." - Rev 7;9-10Today is one of my favorite of all of our Holy Days. It has always pleased me to leave mass of a blustery morning and think, "while … [Read more...]

October; Rosary Month Closes

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October is the month in which Catholics are encouraged to recommit to praying the Rosary. As it draws to a close, I thought I'd repost this, from a couple of years ago -- a rosary prayed while contemplating the Vladimir Theotokos.The Crying Out of Flesh and GodCreator and created, sharing the same flesh, the same blood, entwined, together. The whole story, right there in the Joyful Mysteries.The Annunciation: Since Eden, God's purpose--slow and baffling, yet inexorable--has been … [Read more...]

What Persecution of Churches will Look Like in USA

I wrote about this a few weeks ago at First Things, but here Russell Shaw says it better:It won’t be a repetition of the Spanish Civil War, just 75 years ago, when death squads of the anticlerical left executed the incredible total of 12 bishops, 283 religious women, 4,184 priests, 2,365 religious men, and an unknown number of laity whose only crime was to be faithful Catholics.No, the persecution of religion in the United States won’t be like that. It will be a tight-lipped campaign of … [Read more...]

Helping You Get Enthused…

...because that's what I do!I know you know October is dedicated to the Rosary, and that is why I have directed you here and here over the past weeks. So, today, let Pat Gohn dispel any idea you might have that the rosary is the prayer of blue-haired old ladies:I have an aversion to being called a "Rosary rattler." But to those who know me, this isn't news.That was the name the local hipsters dubbed the so-called blue-hairs kneeling before Mass petitioning the Blessed Virgin … [Read more...]

Coptic Christians in Egypt

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Our Coptic Brothers and sisters in Egypt need our urgent prayers need our prayers:It was against the unmistakable backdrop of St Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday that the Holy Father spoke of his deep sadness at the violence which engulfed the Egyptian capital Cairo last Sunday.26 people mostly Coptic Christians where killed when a peaceful protest by Christians demonstrating over an earlier attack on a church in southern Egypt turned violent.The Pope said he was united in sorrow with … [Read more...]

October Gift: Renew Our Rosary Appreciation — UPDATED

The wonderful Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary have produced this really lovely video to help us appreciate the Holy Rosary and to deepen our abilities to ponder the 15 fundamental mysteries they entail. I enjoyed it very much, especially the lovely soprano voices!UPDATE: The sisters did a quick adjustment to the video as they note here. It's been updated here. Sister Emailer informs me that the first version was "elongated" which she didn't exactly mind (hey, a girl … [Read more...]


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