Another vowed Domincan nun! – UPDATE

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Last December, I had the privilege of attending the first profession of Sister Mary Magdalene of the Immaculate Conception, OP. I don't know if I will ever forget how powerfully resonant was her quiet but obvious deep and joy as she received her black veil. I have seldom encountered such a punch of supernatural serenity.Just six months later, the Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ are celebrating again as another young nun pronounces her first vows and becomes Sister Mary Cecilia of the … [Read more...]

LCWR and Rome: the Opera of Catholicism – UPDATED

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PhotosourceRecently, while watching some Catholic sniping and squabbling amid these internet comboxes wherein I dwell and make my living, I noted a particularly dramatic note of victimhood being voiced in one channel and fervent, mustachio-twirling glee emanating from another, and I suddenly realized why opera is an art-form created and first-sustained in Catholic cultures. We do love our arias and our grand, sweeping themes.The issue I had been monitoring was the sort of simple … [Read more...]

NPR’s really good piece on the LCWR Story

Every time I think I've had it with NPR, they surprise me -- they pull me back from the ledge with something really good. This time, it's a three-way interview on the LCWR story with Journalist John Allen, Christendom College's Donna Bethell and Sister Simone Campbell of NETWORK. All three are considerably more thoughtful and balanced on the issue than some print-media reports and Catholic analysts would suggest.Give it a listen or read the text. It's good stuff. … [Read more...]

LCWR, the SSPX and the Vatican; Fun Times in Catholicland UPDATED

Busy days here at Patheos and I am only now getting to a bunch of emails from people asking me what I think about "this misogynist outrage from the Vatican" concerning the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Others, possibly recalling a piece I wrote three years ago sound like they're rubbing their hands together in anticipation; "I can't wait to see what you have to say about this!" wrote one woman.I wrote back, "what I think may surprise you."The possibility of the … [Read more...]

Priest Videos and Problems of Recommendation

I have received probably three dozen emails over the past two days tipping me off to "a new priest video" or asking me to please post the video, or demanding to know why I have not yet posted it, as is my duty as a Catholic blogger.But I don't want to mischaracterize the emails. Most people are very nice, and they just want to make sure I am aware of this new video that advocates for the priesthood.Well, I am aware of it, but I haven't posted it here for a very simple reason. I don't … [Read more...]

Nun Soap: “You don’t look 53!”

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Had a doctor's appointment this afternoon and the intake nurse was surprised to learn I am 53. "You don't look it," she said.Well, that's nice, and flattering, of course, but I don't take it too seriously: I'm fat, and so my face wrinkles are filled out. As I go up and down the scale, the furrows deepen and widen. If the hips go down, the face makes a frown, and vice-versa.Currently, my face looks more cheerful than I'd like, but this doctor is thinking maybe my thyroid has been … [Read more...]

Best Rally Sign I’ve Yet Seen! UPDATES

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Photo Credit: Tom CroweGrabbed off of Facebook, the best picture I've yet seen of the "Stand up" rallies, with the best sign. These are two of the Sisters of Reparation to the Most Sacred Heart -- the novice is Sister Mary Joseph and the professed sister is Sister John Mary; they are part of a newish, growing community dedicated to the New Evangelization, and -- if you can't make it out -- their sign reads: We fed you; we taught you; we nursed you; we visited you. Keep our conscience … [Read more...]

Church Life: A Journal for the New Evangelization

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Hot off the cyber-presses!Notre Dame University's Institute for Catholic Living today launches a new online journal: Church Life; A Journal for the New EvangelizationThere are a whole bunch of interesting writers in there, including Cardinal-designate Archbishop Timothy Dolan (writing on "The Dignity of the Human Person", page 39), Fr. Jeremy Driscoll, OSB, (page 6) and, er...me (page 42). Yes, my head spins at the company I keep, sometimes!My piece is about Catholics online -- … [Read more...]

God is Not Done with You

Deacon Greg's homily for this weekend is especially good, and powerfully useful, I think:In the gospel, when the men who want to follow Jesus ask him where he is staying, he doesn’t give them a direct answer.“Come,” he says, “and you will see.”On one level, he’s inviting them to follow him.  But more importantly: he is also inviting them to see. To have their eyes opened.  The Lamb of God who will take away the sins of the world – and who will soon give sight to the blind! — is invi … [Read more...]

Why not a Religious Vocation “Mission”?

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Over at Word on Fire Ministries, Rozann Carter notes a Mormon celebrity putting his career on hold to make a two-year "mission" and wonders why Catholics don't have a similar mechanism in place to encourage religious vocations:I don’t agree with the theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Nor am I advocating that charity, service, and evangelism should be mandated, like some sort of religious draft. But, there is something here, something in the Mormon faith, that speaks … [Read more...]


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