O Adonai (LORD)

O Adonai: “O sacred Lord of ancient Israel, who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush, who gave him the holy law on Sinai mountain: come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free.” [Read more...]

An Advent Prayer

By Fr. Henri J. M. Nouwen

Lord Jesus,
Master of both the light and the darkness,
send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.
We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.
We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.
We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.
To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!”

Amen.

A Great Example of the New Evangelization…from Canada?!


Beware the conventional wisdom. I mean, everyone knows that the Catholic Church is dead in Europe, right? And in Canada, our neighbors to the north? Aren’t they arresting parishioners and marching them off to gulags and such up there?

Well, in a word, no. [Read more...]

From T. S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets” (A Few Words for Wednesday)

 

1962 Oil Painting by Sir Gerald Kelly.
National Portrait Gallery. Smithsonian Institution,
Washington D.C.

T.S. Eliot has been lauded in this space before. You see, he moved on from the Wasteland and the Hollow Men, and  found succor and refreshment in the fields of the Lord. Even when the world he knew was ramping up for, and rent in two by, war, as was the case when he composed the Nobel Prize winning Four Quartets (1936-1942).

Such was the backdrop of the selection I share with you today. [Read more...]

Explore 100,000 Stars (Because Catholics Can Dig Science)

Yes, it is just what you needed. A three-dimensional star map of the Milky Way Galaxy, thanks to Google. [Read more...]

The Sun Continues To Be Uncontrolled By Us, Throws Out Another Mass Ejection

We ought to write a law or something. Put some lobbyists to work on curbing the audacity of the day star. Take a look. [Read more...]

Christian Bale Speaks His Mind, Presents an Award to Chen Guangcheng

“What I really wanted to do was shake the man’s hand and say ‘thank you,’ and tell him what an inspiration he is.”

That’s what actor Christian Bale said about the blind, imprisoned, pro-life activist named Chen Guangcheng last December when he unsuccessfully tried to visit him. Red tape, ahem, got in the way. [Read more...]

A Couple of (Thousand) Christians Show Up For Mass With the Pope in Beirut, Lebanon

I heard 12 baskets were left over

You really should read his Apostolic Exhortation, On the Church in the Middle East: Communion and Witness. You’ll be glad you did.

Thoughts As Summer Winds Down on a Saturday

La Grenouillere, Claude Monet, 1869

My children headed back to school twelve days back. But it still feels a bit like summer, though this year it seems as if all the seasons are running three weeks ahead of schedule.

Though the scorching of July made headlines, and has been followed up in the news with leading questions by seemingly all-knowing journalists wondering if this is because of global warming, my electric bill says otherwise. [Read more...]

Thoughts from the Prophet Alexandr Solzhenitsyn (A Few Words for Wednesday)

What follows are a few paragraphs from Alexandr Solzhenitsyn’s lecture that, according to the endnotes, was “delivered only to the Swedish Academy and not actually given as a lecture.” It was delivered in 1970, and is an homage to the trinity of truth, goodness, and beauty. The entire essay is simply entitled Nobel Lecture in Literature 1970. 

Solzhenitsyn’s insights are valuable not only because of his stature as an artist, but because of the life that he lived. The following excerpt comes from the sixth of seven sections, and resonates with me especially these days. These thoughts should give us pause as we venture further into the political circus that rages around us nowadays. They are the harsh light of truth, trained upon the realities of our political systems, and how easily they lead us astray. [Read more...]


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