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 God Creator 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 … [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 … [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...]

Kathryn Jean Lopez, Lepanto and More

Kathryn Jean Lopez and I recently commiserated with each other about how life as a writer/editor seems to translate into: "if you are awake, you're working". One need only look around the internet, or check the speaker's schedule around the DC area and in New York to see how busy Lopez is, and yet she's taken the time to contribute a piece to Patheos' Book Club: One of the saddest of sights, to me, is a locked door on a Catholic Church. Mercifully, I find them infrequently. And, all over the … [Read more...]

Prayer Request

From a woman who wants to be The Anonymous Protestant: I'd like to request prayer for an 81 year old man who is dying of renal failure, congestive heart disease and pulmonary fibrosis. He has been arguing with me about the existence of God for over 30 years. When I read a post, some time back, by Julie at Happy Catholic about talking to her dad and getting him to promise that if he saw Jesus reaching out to him in the moment of his death to reach back and take Jesus' hand, I asked my friend … [Read more...]

Patheos Book Club: Catholicism and New Media

From today until October 15, the Patheos Book Club will be taking in-depth looks at three books, Father Robert Barron's Catholicism: a Journey to the Heart of the Faith, Brandon Vogt's The Church and New Media: Blogging Converts, Online Activists, and Bishops Who Tweet, and Richard J. Foster's Sanctuary of the Soul; a Journey into Meditative Prayer I confess, I know nothing about Sanctuary of the Soul, although it looks very interesting (and I will check it out) but that's only because for … [Read more...]

Ground Zero: Out of Darkness UPDATED

My column at First Things is not meant to rile anyone, but I am sure some will be riled and for that I am sorry: At the 1964 Democratic National Convention, Robert Kennedy—finding kinship with a doomed heroine of fiction—referenced the loss of his brother, President John F. Kennedy, by quoting Shakespeare’s Juliet: When he shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars and he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night and pay no worship to … [Read more...]

UK Launches New English Translation

Via Our Lady and the English Martyrs Church and the BBC, we can listen to the liturgy here. "The Lord be with you." "And with your spirit." It seems to go off without a hitch. I was interested in hearing the confiteor. I do love hearing a (blessedly brief) homily -- and this one explains the importance of the changes, particularly that exchange highlighted above -- in such a lovely, clipped accent. Listening to the new translations has had a more powerful effect upon me than reading them has … [Read more...]


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