The Priest as Bridge and Balm – UPDATED

Over on the Dedicated-Catholic page of Patheos' symposium on the Future of Seminary Education, two more entries, and I think they're both exceptional expositions of both the challenges facing our new generation of priests, and the profound gift of opportunity that lies within those very challenges.Read Deacon Greg Kandra's remarkable and moving story (it made me cry) of Father Martino BaThong Nguyen, who was born in great deprivation in Vietnam and now serves in the Diocese of Savannah in … [Read more...]

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O Saints: Teachers who Behold the Mystery -UPDATED

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...]

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Thanks to the Anchoress!

As the day draws to a close, I want to thank Elizabeth Scalia for her kind hospitality in welcoming me to spend a day here in her warm cozy blog space. I know you readers will be thrilled to have the Queen back firmly ensconced on her throne tomorrow, but I thank you all for your warm welcome and for the great interactions we've shared in this space today. If you'd like to connect with me in the future, please feel free to visit CatholicMom.com any time (even if you're not Catholic, or not a … [Read more...]

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The view from the pew

When big news breaks as it did today with the release of "Toward Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of Global Public Authority" by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, I sometimes pause to think about the majority of the Catholics I know.While we in the blogosphere are running from Twitter to Facebook to the blogs in search of informed perspectives, I'd venture to say that most of the folks sitting near us in the pews have no idea that such a … [Read more...]

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Living the Faith in My Corner of California

In the comments below, Manny invited me to say a few words about living as a faithful Catholic in the state of California. I'll state up front that I'm not a political blogger, nor am I qualified to making sweeping defenses of every issue on the plate. But I can respond -- at least from one mom's perspective -- to Manny's question, "Is California as anti Catholic (or anti religious in general) as it seems?"California is a big, diverse and beautiful melting pot of a state, just as in many … [Read more...]

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Catholic First

In the comments below, my good friend Lisa Schmidt (of the wonderful blog The Practicing Catholic) posed the following query: Archbishop Chaput recently issued (in part) the following statement: “We should see ourselves as Catholic first — not white or black, or young or old, or Democrat or Republican, or labor militant or business owner, but Catholic first as the main way we identify ourselves. Our faith should shape our lives, including our political choices.” One of the many things I admire a … [Read more...]

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Quantum Levitation and Faith Levitation

In our foyer is a small, beautiful icon of Our Lady of Good Counsel, and the icon has an interesting story behind it:Each year on April 25, the feast day of St. Mark Genazzano’s patron Saint, a fair took place near the church of the Mother of Good Counsel. On that day in 1467 towards the evening as the fair was beginning to end a white luminous cloud appeared over the village. The cloud descended on the church of the Mother of Good Counsel. The bells of the old tower began to ring by t … [Read more...]

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St Francis of Assisi and Authenticity – UPDATED

He's one of the biggies, so he gets a lot of coverage on his feastday. The Internets have been hopping and bopping on St. Francis all day.I've always thought of Francsicans as jolly folk; my cousin is a Capuchin, and he's a very joyful priest, and my Secular Franciscan friends are all joyful, too!For some fun and fantastic Franciscan lore check out Fr. James Martin at America, who celebrates the release of his latest book, Between Heaven and Mirth with some jolly stuff:This notion of the … [Read more...]

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Steve Jobs, Death Penalty and St. Therese

I'm totally tied up this weekend, but do check out these couple of things.Deacon Greg: Did you know Steve Jobs was adopted?. A homily for Respect Life Sunday. It's one of his best, so don't miss it.And think about the question: "what has happened to us?"Catholic Moral Theologians: seek to abolish the death penalty. The Church's position is ever-evolvingA couple of St. Therese links on her Feastday: St. Therese Getting Scientific; Being Little; and moreThat's Catholicism! A world wide … [Read more...]

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Charity Heroes: St. Vincent de Paul and Vogt

(Illustration by Pat McNamara)Tomorrow is the feast day of St. Vincent de Paul, and if you're not familiar with his story or why he matters, you'll want to avail yourself of Doctor-now-Professor Pat McNamara's excellent and informative profile of this enterprising and surprising saint, who started on his path for all the wrong reasons:"An intelligent child from a poor family, he initially saw the priesthood as an escape from poverty. Once he acquired a wealthy parish, he planned to use his … [Read more...]

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