Prayers for a First Profession – UPDATED

Sr. Rose Marie, the young Passionist nun who so charmingly invites people to pray about their vocations in this video will be making her first profession of vows tomorrow, with this very joyful community. Let's pray for her on the eve of her big day! My understanding is that Passionists take an additional vow -- one of enclosure -- and that they receive their ring at first profession rather than at final profession. It will be interesting to check the Passionist blog after the event and learn … [Read more...]

Update on Jadon & Second Urgent Need

From reader Karen -- some good news!: Just wanted to give you an update. Jadon started making urine again so did not need dialysis. Just this morning his mom sent me a message that he has opened his eyes and wiggled his fingers in her hand. His heart rate when I visited yesterday was down to the 140s and his blood pressure was up to normal. He still has a way to go, but this is good news and prayers are so appreciated! We are still praying for a miracle - that he completely recovers from … [Read more...]

Chasing Grace

My fraternal grandmother -- a woman from Naples from whom I inherited the round shape but not, thankfully, the mustache --was, I am told, a "healer" to whom neighbors would come for hand-on release of headaches and fevers, and also an interpreter of dreams. I never knew her, but my mother occasionally shared her dream-interpreting standards: If you dream of death, there will be a birth, and vice versa. If you dream of dirty water, you will come into money. I can't remember what dreaming of poop … [Read more...]

A Theology of Expansive Love

After being rather quiet for the past two weeks, it feels good to write again, and funnily enough my column today at First Things came about precisely because illness made me submissive to silence, where I re-acquainted myself with a "quaint" act that I do not practice enough -- "offering it up" -- and rediscovered the powerful theological punch contained therein: Pondering the crucifix, and the immensity of what Christ endured, we wonder what could possibly be ‘lacking’ in his … [Read more...]

May I take your intentions with me to Rome? – UPDATED

(My photo of ancient side altar at the Basilica of Santa Sabina) While I am busy getting my column written for tomorrow and attending to other duties and devotions (Easter Monday Adoration! Yay!) I thought I'd invite you to leave your prayer requests and intentions in the comments thread. I will print them out and take them with me to Rome, and ask St. Catherine of Siena, St. Philip Neri and others for their prayerful support on your behalves, and then take the whole list with me -- in my hands … [Read more...]

Prayer request

My blogging day ends with a request for prayers for both of my sons -- for elder son's intention regarding finding employment and for Buster, who (unbelievably!) has pneumonia again! I just talked to him and he sounds terrible. He's away at school, which makes it all very difficult. If you could whisper up a prayer for them, I would be so very grateful. … [Read more...]

A Hermitage in Your Future?

My husband thinks this will be me, one day: The hermitage isn't what you'd expect: a small home in a quiet neighborhood of Essex, Maryland, that was originally built as a one-room fishing shack 100 years ago. But then, the hermit who lives there isn't what you'd expect, either. Mary Zimmerer, now Sr. Maria Veronica of the Holy Face, is a bubbly widow who discerned a call to the contemplative life after her husband passed away five years ago. Having made a public profession of vows last fall, … [Read more...]

Reclaiming Lent

Comments are closed for the weekend. Let us reclaim our Lenten focus. Image Source We think that in prayer we speak to God, and we are not wrong to think so. But the heart of prayer is that God speaks to us. It is not God whose mind is changed by our prayer, but we ourselves, if we would but cease to speak, and would instead wait upon God, and listen to him. It is the prayer of silent expectation, whereby we who love God wait upon him, like the prophet Elijah who did not hear the Lord … [Read more...]

No, EWTN is not airing Fr. Corapi – UPDATED

Via For reasons I will never understand, when it comes to this ongoing issue with Father John Corapi, my encouraging a "wait and see" attitude has translated (for some) as meaning "Mean Lizzie hates Fr. Corapi and cannot wait to see him destroyed, bwwwaaaahahahaha!" Which, as I have said before, is crap. But people believe what they want, and that's human nature, I guess. So, a couple of hours ago, I get one of those "you hate Fr. Corapi" emails out of the blue, this one from a woman named … [Read more...]

Corapi Story; Devil's Delight

Over at Deacon Greg's place, the raging, the speculation, the accusing, the snide remarks, the sneering, the hyperventilating, the name-calling, the condescension, the nasty challenges just go on and on and on. There is this whole "we call you part of an anti-Corapi conspiracy" thing going on there, and in my email, which is sad, and sick, and disheartening, and it must be throwing the devil into spasms of delight. I popped over to Deacon Greg's, because someone sent me an email of the … [Read more...]


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