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...]

Obamacare, “and then what”? – UPDATED

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We had a busy weekend, and I barely was able to keep up with the headlines, but I did read a little about the Obamacare arguments before the SCOTUS. I also heard about former Vice-President Dick Cheney's heart transplant, and some of the less-than charitable, often outright hateful remarks emanating from the left. The most interesting of those, I think, are the ones instantly re-embracing the "constitution-shredding" and "war criminal" narratives of 2001-2008 without the merest acknowledgment … [Read more...]

Viva Cristo Rey!

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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...]

St. Patrick’s Day Shopping

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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...]

Reverend Dr. King, Joan of Arc, TEBOW?


Launching the new blog, today has kept me pretty busy, but I wanted to point your attention to two particularly good pieces on the portal, today -- both of them looking at heroes and faith and their effects on society.Citing The Holy Courage of Martin Luther King, Jr. Lisa Mladinich writes: He was radical in the best sense. He didn't just want to elbow the unworthy racist aside to take what was rightfully owed him or to declaim, deplore, and destroy.He didn't seek revenge. He sought … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Tired Benedict Needs our Prayers

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(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...]

“I Hate Youse All!” A Christmas Memory

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I love the Feast of Saint Nicholas because he is the patron saint of children -- I have been putting my kids under the protection of his prayers for half my life, and I do believe his prayers have enormously helped a severely autistic little boy named Nicholas, who has made great strides these past few years, under the Bishop of Myra's patronage.A few years ago, as we were putting up on Christmas tree on St. Nicholas Day (it was different when I didn't work full time. By now the shopping was … [Read more...]

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...]