A Papal-Ordered Penance – UPDATED

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...]

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Benedict at 85: a Cloister Unto Himself

Today is the 85 birthday of our dear Pope Benedict XVI, and he speaks very plainly to the day:“I find myself on the last stretch of my journey in life, and I don’t know what is awaiting me.”“I know, however, that the light of God exists, that he is risen, that his light is stronger than any darkness and that God’s goodness is stronger than any evil in this world, and this helps me go forward with certainty."In a few days we'll celebrate the 7th anniversary of his pontificate. I canno … [Read more...]

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Saint Bernadette Soubirous: a Quiet Riot – UPDATED

Today is the feastday of Saint Bernadette Soubirous, the visionary of Lourdes -- a woman brought up in such mean poverty that her whole family lived in the equivalent of a jail cell. She was a shepherdess; a poor student who could barely learn her catechism, yet was able to burst into her pastor's office with the words "Immaculate Conception" pouring forth; a visionary who faced public ridicule for digging with her hands, until the healing spring showed forth the next day.I love Bernadette. … [Read more...]

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Viva Cristo Rey!

This film, based on a true story, looks terrific!I admit that, like many Americans, my understanding of the Cristero War is pretty sketchy. I know about the martyrdom of the Jesuit priest Miguel Pro (how many great martyrs have been Jesuits!) and I had heard of Bl. Jose Sanches del Rio, and I know that these Catholic sisters were founded by a brave and determined Mexican woman, and that they still sing "Viva Cristo Rey!" But honestly, that's about all I know.Over at Hot Air, Ed … [Read more...]

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St. Patrick’s Day Shopping

No, I know, I know, Saint Patrick's Day is not about shopping and carousing. I totally get that! In fact, Pat Gohn's column features a terrific exploration of Saint Patrick's Breastplate.But sometimes a girl likes to shop, you know? Sometimes one has to observe the niceties and pick up a birthday or anniversary gift. Sometimes one is simply in the mood to give someone a gift, for no reason at all -- in which case Saint Patrick's Day is as good an excuse as any.My husband, who is a gem, … [Read more...]

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My Elder Son Reads Everything

My elder son, the dreamy quiet planet, has the most curious mind I've ever encountered.He never rejects an idea outright--first he acquaints himself with who and what is behind the idea and then finds out who influenced their thinking and he checks them out too. He will swim in the seas of an idea for a while before deciding whether he accepts or rejects it, and then washes up on the next shore, then the next. His library is formidable, and he is never intimidated (as I sometimes am) by a … [Read more...]

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Kateri Tekakwitha, Marianne Cope to be Canonized

Most wonderful news!The Holy Father today received in audience Cardinal Angelo Amato S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and authorised the promulgation of decrees concerning the following causes:Okay, basically, that's a list of holy teachers and martyrs and miracles, but the big news for us is in my headline!Back in July, I wrote about Kateri Tekakwitha and linked to a remarkable story of healing apparently effected with the help of her intercessory … [Read more...]

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Tired Benedict Needs our Prayers

(photo source)"Benedict turns 85 in the new year, so a slowdown is only natural. Expected. And given his age and continued rigorous work schedule, it's remarkable he does as much as he does and is in such good health overall: Just this past week he confirmed he would travel to Mexico and Cuba next spring.But a decline has been noted as Benedict prepares for next weekend's grueling Christmas celebrations, which kick off two weeks of intense public appearances. [...] Back at home, however, … [Read more...]

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Chatting with Fr. James Martin

I love his latest book, Between Heaven and Mirth almost as much as I loved My Life With the Saints (which is to say, a lot) but "Mirth" strikes me as a particularly great Christmas gift, because what heavy-lifting it requires comes with a ready-hand of diversionary wit and humor.It is not scary. You can give it to someone who already has faith -- any faith; the book does not speak exclusively to Catholics -- and they will enjoy it immensely. You can give it to someone who doesn't have … [Read more...]

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Feast of Saint Andrew Audio/Reading UPDATED

I'm an awful photographer but took this in Rome last May -- happily, mass began in one of the side chapels just a few seconds after I snapped this! Sant'Andrea della Valle is much simpler than many other churches but very beautiful, and I lingered, here.It's recently cleaned-up exterior is very pretty, too -- much more so than the image at the link would suggest.At News.va we read how the relics of Andrew first came to Rome:In 2006 Benedict XVI travelled to Turkey to coincide with … [Read more...]

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