Beatification: Raw Video

Two minutes of history, y'all: Benedict formally asks that his predecessor be included among the blessed.It's official:CBS News: Cardinal Wuerl weighs in; some shots of pilgrims in the rain. Can anyone spot Elizabeth?Footage of the vigil. (Yes, the announcer mispronounces "Dziwisz," though not so badly as the other one):Update: World News offers its overview. It estimates the number of attendees at 1.5 million. I'm not sure, but I think that's a record. And yes, the Poles … [Read more...]

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Live-blogging Beatification John Paul II

(Photo SourceHe is a Beato! Loved singing the Gloria, in Latin, with my fellow Catholics. Bells ringing all over Rome!8:33 AM After doing more grousing than a mature woman and a Christian should, I stood up, watched the chopper overhead, the stunning vista, the crowds, the placement, the choir...and I was just overwhelmed. I found myself doing the hand-to-chest thing: holy moley, look where I am! This is unbelievable; it is breathtaking, heart-aching, staggering, and I want to share it with … [Read more...]

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Beatification Link Roundup

Here, some of the best and brightest weigh in on Pope John Paul II's beatification, and correct some popular misconceptions.The Curt Jester ripostes John Paul's critics by explaining the difference between heroic virtue and administrative brilliance.Fr. Z. reminds readers that they shall know a saint by the fruits of the people mourning him.While defending John Paul's sanctity, Pia de Solenni calls for more transparency on the handling of the Maciel and sex-abuse cases.In the National … [Read more...]

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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 … [Read more...]

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Theology of Heart and Mind

Even though I occasionally download a novel to my iPad, this is why I will never give up on real, cardboard-paste-and-paper books: I got this in the mail yesterday, and it was so tantalizingly beautiful, so sweet to the hand - and then I opened it and the newness of the page and ink nearly made me dizzy with delight, and -- yes, I did it -- I took a great big sniff of my new, beautiful book.A bouquet of roses couldn't please me more.Tactile and sensory pleasures aside, I began reading … [Read more...]

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Benedict, Therese and "Ze little vay!"

I love this. I have needed St. Therese (and St. Catherine of Siena - another strong woman) all day today, and I loved hearing our Holy Father expound on the Little Way which is actually the way of powerful warriors who have become masters in the art of spiritual warfare because they have trusted with their whole hearts and thus been given the greatest of weapons: love, love, love."My vocation shall be love," said Therese! … [Read more...]

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Good St. Joseph

The "hidden life" of Jesus' childhood is also entrusted to Joseph. He is eyewitness to the birth of Jesus. He greets the shepherds who come to adore the Infant Jesus. And he marvels at the coming of the Magi.Joseph, in his religious role as father, brings Jesus to the temple for the rite of circumcision, and names him. The name of Jesus denotes his mission: "God saves."But before Jesus can one day save, Joseph must first save Jesus from the malevolent Herod seeking to kill Jewish infants in … [Read more...]

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New Mass Translation; Discerning Success – UPDATED

Pondering the (in my humble opinion unduly controversial) new English translations for the Holy Mass, Russell Shaw wonders how many people today are equipped to recognize success, even if it succeeds.That's a good question. In many ways, the "new" translations are a harkening back to the more-literal Latin-to-Vernacular translation that I and many in my pre/post-concillar-straddling generation first learned and then had to quickly relearn, once the "Spirit of Vatican II" came to the fore:My … [Read more...]

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Women's History: Drexel, Connelly, Addiss?

March is Women's History Month, and a good time to introduce you to the sorts of formidable women who made (or are making) enormous differences to the lives of many, but who frequently go unmentioned in the mainstream. Today I am going to introduce you to three of them. Interestingly enough, the first two hail from the affluent Philadelphia Society of the 19th century -- one was heiress to a fortune -- and the other is a modern woman of boundless energy, imagination and great warmth.Because … [Read more...]

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St. Scholastica; Irritating Sister

When I made my first inquiries about becoming a Benedictine Oblate, I received this icon with the monastery's response. It sits on my desk, still.Today is the feast of St. Scholastica, the twin sister of St. Benedict of Nursia. Very little is known about her, historically, and there is some debate about where her relics may be. While in Rome, we were able to take a tour of the monastery and cave at Subiaco, where Benedict founded the order, and our helpful guide communicated that the bones … [Read more...]

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