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January 20, 2006 Archives

Fr. Stan in Uganda

posted by awelborn

Read what he’s got to say about his visit. Amazing spiritual energy from the Franciscan Friar of the Renewal, putting life firmly into perspective. I met many many awesome people in Uganda. Three were little sisters of Mary Immaculate from […]

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Choice?

posted by awelborn

From a reader: I thought you’d be interested in a fairly recent development regarding the drug Accutane (and its generics).  I was treated with Accutane when I was seventeen, but genetics has blessed me with the opportunity for another go-round […]

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Preach it!

posted by awelborn

More good thoughts on preaching from Dominican (of course) Fr. Phillip Powell, here: 4. You know you’ve heard a good homily when… …you are encouraged in your faith, strengthened in your trust of God,…you are set afire to read your […]

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Nunc dimittis

posted by awelborn

Our sympathy and prayers with Rich Leonardi and family on the death of Rich’s father.

Pretty sad sight:

posted by awelborn

Display of decorative , blue and white paper plates, napkins, cups and so on, with a sign attached: "Colts Stuff: 50% off" Only 50? Related: A story about the Pittsburgh-area hierarchy and their Steelers’ loyalty: The Steelers are the only […]

In Front of Your Nose

posted by awelborn

New blog from a writer who’s penned, among other things, that very good piece on Dems and Catholics that appeared in Commonweal last fall. Mark Stricherz is his name, and his most recent posts describe and analyze an encounter – […]

Chickens. Home. Roost

posted by awelborn

Yesterday, former priest Michael Baker was arrested as he got off a plane in LA. Baker had been in Thailand and Nepal. He was arrested on charges of molestation that fell within the statute of limitations. Baker is one of […]

For Life

posted by awelborn

This, of course, is the weekend on which we remember the Supreme Court decisions of Doe v. Bolton and Roe v. Wade. It is perhaps being remembered in your own community, but the two large gatherings are on the East […]

Faith, Hype and a lack of charity

posted by awelborn

Richard Dawkins has been all over the place of late, including a two-part television program in the UK, slamming religion. In The Tablet, Professor Keith Ward takes him to task: So why can Professor Dawkins only see the bad in […]

Rome update

posted by awelborn

A few notes: I sort of settled on an apartment, then changed my mind. Then changed back. We have definitely decided to stay on the Vatican side of the river. We have to do the Scavi tour twice, separately (if […]

Relativism and the BBC

posted by awelborn

A reader writes: I thought you might find it intersting that the BBC’s flagship intellectual radio program ("In Our Time"), which each week features a set of academics discussing some sort of idea/thought/thing, is this week spotlighting Relativism. Now when […]

Something new

posted by awelborn

India’s first permanent deacons to be ordained

The Church in Chad

posted by awelborn

Struggling, but spirited: The Catholic Church in Chad, which just celebrated its first National Eucharistic Congress, is needy but joyful, says Cardinal Francis Arinze. The cardinal prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments offered that assessment after […]

Chant, chant, everywhere…

posted by awelborn

Take a crash course in Gregorian chant in West Virginia! Go to a chant workshop in Alabama! All this and more at the Musica Sacra weblog!

Paper trail

posted by awelborn

My daughter came home, annoyed that she’d had ten points taken off on a paper because, as the teacher put it, "It doesn’t all read in your own voice." AKA – a bit too much paraphrasing of sources going on […]

So….

posted by awelborn

What do you think of the Diocese of Oakland getting into the mortuary business????

I hate this time of year

posted by awelborn

Because it’s the time I have to start reporting on the risible and ridiculous spectacle of one of the Dumbest Plays Ever Written, one which I call the VMonologues, (and which I have seen most of, on HBO) being performed […]

Diversity in SF

posted by awelborn

The San Fran Chronicle is getting quite diverse in its opinion pieces these days – perhaps it always was, but I just didn’t know it. Earlier this week, the piece slamming arrogant scientist, and yesterday, this one wondering if those […]

El Cristo Rey!

posted by awelborn

We’ve blogged several times before here about the Cristo Rey high schools, a unique and, by all accounts, very successful education model that, among other things, successfully merges academics and work experience. I had thought it was an exclusively Jesuit […]

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There is nothing I shall want
A couple of weeks ago, a memorial Mass for Michael was held here in Birmingham at the Cathedral. The bishop presided and offered a very nice, even charming homily in which he first focused on the Scripture readings of the day, and then turned to Michael, whom he remembered, among other things, as on

posted 9:24:16am Mar. 05, 2009 | read full post »

Revolutionary Road - Is it just me?
Why am I the only person I know..or even "know" in the Internet sense of "knowing"  - who didn't hate it? I didn't love it, either. There was a lot wrong with it. Weak characterization. Miscasting. Anvil-wielding mentally ill prophets.But here's the thing.Whether or not Yates' original novel in

posted 9:45:04pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Books for Lent
No, I'm not going to ask you about your Lenten reading lists...although I might.Not today, though. This post is about giving books to others. For Lent, and a long time after that. You know how it goes during Lent: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving, right?Well, here's a worthy recipient for your hard-

posted 9:22:07pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Why Via Media
How about....because I'm lame and hate thinking up titles to things? No?Okay...how about...St. Benedict? Yes, yes, I know the association with Anglicanism. That wasn't invovled in my purpose in naming the joint, but if draws some Googling Episcopalians, all the better.To tell the truth, you can bl

posted 8:54:17pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Brave Heart?
I don't know about you, but one of effects of childbirth on me was a compulsion to spill the details. All of them.The whole thing was fascinating to me, so of course I assumed everyone else should be fascinated as well in the recounting of every minute of labor, describing the intensity of discomfor

posted 10:19:45pm Mar. 03, 2009 | read full post »

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