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January 1, 1970 Archives

Arise!

posted by awelborn

I liked this, from Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the Pontifical Household, on this Sunday’s Gospel passage: The Gospel is Mark 5:21-43, a rapid-fire succession of encounters and miracles. Fr. Cantalamessa addresses the historicity of the account (he’s for […]

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Here’s another stat for you

posted by awelborn

In a WaPo article on weddings and such: Decades of statistics point to a societal retreat from the church wedding. Catholic marriage ceremonies have been in decline for 35 years — from 426,000 marriages nationwide in 1970 to 212,456 in […]

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October in Rome!

posted by awelborn

Mother Theodore Guerin’s canonization set for October 15 Mother Theodore came to the United States from France in 1840 to establish a Congregation of women religious in a dense forest adjacent to a remote community known a Saint Mary-of-the-Woods near […]

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In the Sunshine State

posted by awelborn

I always said that if I ever moved back to Florida, it would only be if I could leave near the beach. And this is why: on the coasts you have the breezes, especially lovely at night, letting you forget […]

Back to Assisi

posted by awelborn

Pope approves gathering: Benedict XVI has approved an international Inter-Religious Encounter of Prayer for Peace organized by the Sant’Egidio Community (founded by Andrea Riccardi, a frequent contributor to the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano.) This will take place September 4-5 in […]

Opening the archives

posted by awelborn

Pius XI files to be opened. The Vatican said Friday that it was releasing from its secret archives all the files on the pontificate of Pope Pius XI, which spanned most of the period between World War I and World […]

The Martyr’s Cup

posted by awelborn

Yesterday was the feast of the First Martyrs of Rome. Mike Aquilina, from the Touchstone archives, with a piece on the importance of Eucharist to those early Christians. This is a precious snapshot, because we do not know as much […]

Hey from Savannah

posted by awelborn

…but just for a bit. Michael returned to us yesterday, picked us up and drove us further south. (Last Saturday, he’d driven us to Knoxville, and then turned around and returned to Fort Wayne. He has a couple of books […]

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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