St. Monica…

Petro di Giovanni d'Ambrogio, Departure of St. AugustineSt. Monica is an example of those holy matrons of the ancient Church who proved very influential in their own quiet way. Through prayer and tears she gave the great Augustine to the Church of God, and thereby earned for herself a place of honor in the history of God's kingdom on earth.The Confessions of St. Augustine provide certain biographical details. Born of Christian parents about the year 331 at Tagaste in Africa, Monica was reared … [Read more...]

Lectio from the Office of St. Monica…

Joel 2:13Thus says the Lord: Rend your hearts, not your clothing.And I reply: As You said, Lord, clean the inside of the pot and the outside will look after itself. … [Read more...]

story of my life…

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crimes that cry out to heaven…

... Hindu extremists burn one nun alive, rape another. Lord, avenging God, avenging God, shine forth! Rise up, judge of the earth; give the proud what they deserve. How long, Lord, shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked glory? How long will they mouth haughty speeches, go on boasting, all these evildoers? They crush your people, LORD, torment your very own. They kill the widow and alien; the fatherless they murder. They say, "The Lord does not see; the God of Jacob takes no notice." … [Read more...]

Commemoration of the Holy Martyrs Adrian and his wife Natalia…

August 26.The Martyrs Adrian and Natalia were married in their youth for one year prior to their martyrdom, and lived in Nicomedia during the time of the emperor Maximian (305-311). The emperor promised a reward to whomever would inform on Christians to bring them to trial. Then the denunciations began, and twenty-three Christians were captured in a cave near Nicomedia. They were tortured, urged to worship idols, and then brought before the Praetor, in order to record their names and responses. … [Read more...]

St. Louis of France…

St. Louis, El Greco....Reigning from 1226 to 1270, Louis IX showed how a saint would act on the throne of France. He was a lovable personality, a kind husband, a father of eleven children, and at the same time a strict ascetic. To an energetic and prudent rule Louis added love and zeal for the practice of piety and the reception of the holy sacraments. He was brave in battle, polished at feasts, and addicted to fasting and mortification. His politics were grounded upon strict justice, … [Read more...]

Lectio from the Office of St. Louis…

Joel 1:6Thus says the Lord: A nation has invaded my land.And I reply: The world wants to supercede the Church. They have put man and self in the place of God. Lord, we know the world cannot win but have mercy on the poor who are being misled. Give us wise, strong leaders who are prepared to work for your kingdom. … [Read more...]

a forgotten olympic sport…

... I can spend an entire weekend doing laundry, cleaning and tiding up the house and two young boys can completely dismantle two days of labor in 23 minutes flat. That has to be some kind of world record. … [Read more...]

a diet for my health…

... a media diet for my mental health, that is.I can't turn on the TV, listen to the radio or log on to the internet without seeing the Anointed One, Obama. How much money does this cat have for advertising? Seriously, he's everywhere and it's creepy. There's no escaping the Anointed One. I can't watch the news anymore without being thrown into fits of apocalyptic dread. If ignorance is bliss than a media diet is better than Xanax and a hell of a lot cheaper. I should have done this the moment … [Read more...]

Catholics love their kitsch…

... but this, wow. … [Read more...]

make your communion in circumstances that affront your taste…

... Choose a snuffling or gabbling priest or a proud and vulgar friar; and a church full of the usual bourgeois crowd, ill-behaved children - from those who yell to those products of Catholic schools who the moment the tabernacle is opened sit back and yawn - open necked and dirty youths, women in trousers and often with hair both unkempt and uncovered. Go to communion with them (and pray for them). It will be just the same (or better than that) as a mass said beautifully by a visibly holy man, … [Read more...]