I had company this morning…

... I was visited by Jehovah Witnesses this morning, bless their precious little hearts.  They had to make the perilous journey past the statue of St. Francis and the bath tub Madonna before making it to the front door, only to find the likes of me on the other side.  They asked me if I had a few moments to talk about Jesus. I said only if they had a few moments to talk about Catholicism. He wanted me to take his literature. I offered a trade. I gave him a copy of the Catholic News and Herald … [Read more...]

tonight…

... I am feeling particularly thankful this evening for the following;The sacrament of Reconciliation, my son, the great relationship I have with my family, and I baked cookies and didn't burn them.What are you thankful for this evening? … [Read more...]

is singleness a vocation…

Lady_at_Eden_Concert

... I hear this question every now and then. I wonder, but highly doubt it.I'm not a consecrated single person so being single, in my opinion, is not a vocation. I just sort of ended up in this state through various life circumstances but I never actively sought to be single. I think most singles are like me in this aspect. When I think "vocation" I don't think of some transitory or temporary state, which I hope and pray my singleness is.So I ascertain that being an unconsecrated single … [Read more...]

Isaak Levitan …

... Autumn Day. Sokolniki, c. 1879.Isaak Levitan is considered one of the finest landscape painters in Russian Art and he was decidedly unpretentious in the subjects for his paintings. He remained faithful to simple poetic motifs of his native land. Natural simplicity and composition was the hallmark of Levitan's artistic genius. … [Read more...]

the rise of WebMD Catholicism…

... You should take a moment to read Matt Emerson's fantastic article."the notion of WebMD Catholicism helps frame a second concern: Faced with this multiplying number of sources, one might ask: Does the availability of information seduce us too quickly to believe that we can accurately understand and diagnose the theological and liturgical questions we face? Put another way, what has become of, or how do we make sense of, the notion of expertise among those who profess an interest in what … [Read more...]

prayers for the dead…

... a cemetery in Warsaw, Poland.I haven't been to adoration in awhile. I think I will remedy that this evening and take The Boy. I am going with the specific intention to pray for the dead. If you have anyone special you'd like me to remember and add to my own prayers I would gladly do so. Reply in the comments or shoot me an email at the_crescat@yahoo.com. … [Read more...]

nun gazing…

A nun prays after Communion as Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass Nov. 3 in St. Peter's Basilica in memory of cardinals and bishops who died in the past year. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) … [Read more...]

evil loneliness…

... I hate when you are going about your day, minding your own business and being perfectly content, when suddenly you're overwhelmed by some completely out-of-the-blue and irrational emotion.Tonight I am being visited by that nagging old bitty, Loneliness. If Loneliness actually had a corporeal body I imagine she'd be wearing a tattered and wrinkled wedding dress with whiskey stains and cigarette burns in the veil. She also would sound like Kathleen Turner. Oh my.No doubt, being single … [Read more...]

Potpourri of Popery…

Pope Benedict XVI holds a reliquary given as a gift by a priest during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican, November 2, 2011

... Pope Benedict XVI holds a reliquary given as a gift to him from a priest during his November 2nd general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican.Photo attribution: (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Nov. 2, 2011) © 2011 Catholic News Service … [Read more...]


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