Nuns, Monks, Friars Linkfest! – UPDATED

It's unusual to be writing much about monks, nuns and friars in February, but for some reason I have a flurry of news and reports, so here goes!The Norbertine Sisters are a very interesting group of women. You know they make fabulous Christmas Wreaths each year (we had ours by the end of November and only just threw it out because it seemed oddball to have a wreath up at Valentine's Day, but it still looked great, still wasn't dropping needles!)Well, the sisters are finally established as … [Read more...]

"Racism is a God-damned thing!"

If you are not reading historian Pat McNamara's weekly column In Ages Past, you're missing great profiles, of American Catholics who impacted this nation in dramatic and often downright exhausting ways.This week, say hello to Father John Markoe, S.J. - football star, soldier, alcoholic, priest, and a civil rights activist a few decades ahead of the rest:Born in 1890 to a blueblood family whose ancestors included Benjamin Franklin, John Prince Markoe was the son of a prominent Minnesota … [Read more...]

The Yin and Yang of Catholic Young

It is fascinating to ponder the Taoist idea of Yin and Yang - the notion of an eternal cycle that grows to a fullness that must then transition to something else. I wrote about it once, in a manner of speaking, when thinking about the bliss of the Divine Office:A beautiful depiction of the constant-renewal of the world and all Creation in it, including you and me. I prayed the psalms and considered the slow lifting of the darkness on this overcast autumn day, the first-turning leaves, from … [Read more...]

The Healy Brothers; a Thrilling, Shameful Story

February is Black History Month, and to kick it off historian Dr. Pat McNamara brings us a fascinating story that thrilled and shamed me. What a remarkable family of faith existed in the sons and daughters of Michael Healy and Eliza Clark; they became priests, nuns and even a bishop emerging from their home in Georgia, where mixed-race children were called "slaves." But none of it came easily or peacefully in 19th century America:By any standard, the Healys were an impressive family. … [Read more...]

The Palin Problem and a Palinoia Romp – UPDATED

Two exceedingly good posts today on Sarah Palin, the woman no one can stop talking about.First from James Taranto, a very thoughtful and well-reasoned look at what is behind the Palin-hate that so many on the left seem incapable of even tamping down.We'd say this goes beyond mere jealousy. For many liberal women, Palin threatens their sexual identity, which is bound up with their politics in a way that it is not for any other group (possibly excepting gays, though that is unrelated to … [Read more...]

Deacons in the Center Ring! UPDATE

Ladies & Gents and children of mature ages: may I draw your attention to the center-ring, where the Wrangling Deacons will amaze and astound you with arguments about countenancing continence and canon law! You'll laugh! You're cry! You'll scream in terror as they wrestle the issue of celibate-deacons to the ground, and you'll wonder why I couldn't find a better way to describe that!Introducing--weighing in on Canon 277--Edward "the Examiner" Peters!Peters invites the competent … [Read more...]

The Rule of Augustine Retold

One more for Vocation Awareness Week: Longtime readers know how fond I am of the Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, in Summit, New Jersey, and it's not just because they make fabulous hand cremes, lip balms and so forth (I note they appear to have completely "sold out" of their Christmas stock!).What I really love about these nuns is that they are utterly serious about God, about their spousal relationship to Jesus Christ and their fidelity to the Rule of Augustine, but … [Read more...]

Two Formidable Maries

Over at the Catholic Portal we have the curious circumstance (or gift) of reading about two women, both known as Marie of the Incarnation, one is a beata, and one is a saint, but both of them would be considered formidable women in any age...even our own, and both of them give lie to the notion that the Catholic church "keeps women down" or has held them back from self-actualizing and being all they could be.Frank Weathers enthusiastically introduces us to the beata,Blessed Marie de … [Read more...]

How to Grow a Priest & Personal Stories

For Vocation Awareness Week, it's worth looking again at Pat Gohn's excellent piece, How to Grow a Priest:Here’s something I learned a little too late in life: Faithful priests come from, well, the faithful. The call to the ministerial priesthood grows out of the common priesthood that all the baptized share, since the People of God participate in the Christ’s three offices of priest, prophet and king.And for good measure, let's read the thoughts of one young seminarian:To be a priest is t … [Read more...]

Vocation Awareness Week

This is Vocation Awareness Week -- one of my favorite weeks of the year, because (as regular readers know) I get to bring out the Nun News Network banner (designed by reader Brian J.) and discuss all things nunny (and priestly, friarly, monkish and so forth)Let's begin here, with the Solemn Profession of a Poor Clare Nun as covered by the St. Louis Review:The sign of a woman’s true strength is not a measure of independence or success, but rather her persevering love.Just ask Sister Mary C … [Read more...]


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