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Book ad of the day

posted by awelborn

Bookstore is still open and today I’ll flog Here.Now. A Catholic Guide to the Good Life. It’s a book I wrote for young adults – folks from 18-30. The purpose of the book is to try to help the reader […]

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From the Hmong in MN to the PRC..

posted by awelborn

We have a "What Did You Hear" thread going down below, with some really interesting accounts of First Sunday of Advent Masses from around the country – and the world.

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A little more Turkey, please

posted by awelborn

If you want just a bit more wrap-up, go to the last two pages of this thread at the Papa Ratzinger Forum. Translations of articles in the European and Turkish press, with interesting tidbits here and there, including a nice […]

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On China

posted by awelborn

The Vatican statement: Blunt. 2) The ordination in Xuzhou is the latest — chronologically — in a series of illegitimate episcopal ordinations that have afflicted the Catholic Church in China for decades, creating division in diocesan communities and tormenting the […]

The great thing…

posted by awelborn

…about the internet is that you can type a few words, click a button and BAM! you get hundreds of recipes for (a low-fat, no dairy) "Potato and Leek Casserole." Trouble is…it’s the same Potato and Leek Casserole, every blasted […]

A new system…

posted by awelborn

Perhaps it’s been around for a while, but I just discovered that Typepad has integrated a "you can close all comments at once" function – well, not all comments at once, but as many as you check on the "list […]

More Turkey Notes

posted by awelborn

John Allen’s interview with the Armenian Patriarch Though Benedict indeed spared no effort to send positive signals to the Turks, his more immediate sensitivity in his meeting with the Armenians was actually for someone else – the Armenians themselves, and […]

What did you hear?

posted by awelborn

First Sunday of Advent edition. What hymns were sung? What were the Mass parts? How was the Advent wreath handled? What liturgical colors were in evidence? Homily? So…when did Lo, How a Rose "ere Blooming become an Advent hymn? Especially […]

Angelus

posted by awelborn

Today’s Angelus in St. Peter’s Square: I would like, above all, to remember with affection the Catholic community who live on Turkish soil. I think of them as we enter Advent time this Sunday. I was able to meet and […]

Romevideo

posted by awelborn

Augustiniaster has some videos to share with you – 2 so far: the Irish Dominicans celebrating the feast of St Clement and the first of what I hope will be a series of ‘guided walks’ about Rome: A Walk on […]

Did I go somewhere?

posted by awelborn

….I think so… After the high drama of Thursday night and Friday morning, watching The Storm make its way east and north, I finally decided that it definitely looked like it was going more north than east, my Chicago Contacts […]

St. Francis Xavier

posted by awelborn

Sunday is the memorial of St. Francis Xavier, a fact that will be swallowed up in the First Sunday of Advent, but Gaswhin, presently heading back to the States from India, has somet thoughts on St. Francis and misisonary zeal.

Advent Reflections

posted by awelborn

There are many of them out there, of course, but this one is rather different – in 1966, Dorothy Day wrote a series of Advent reflections for Ave Maria magazine. Here is the first. In it, her compassion, her faith, […]

Getting ready..

posted by awelborn

Check out the Catholic Homeschooling Carnival for lots of great links, including many that are Advent-related.

Let the wind blow…

posted by awelborn

I’m off to Chicago. If you’re there, come see me at Mary of Angels tonight or around noon at the Daughters of St. Paul bookstore tomorrow. Comments closed!

Summing up

posted by awelborn

Sandro Magister: On the feast of saint Andrew, Benedict XVI entered the Blue Mosque in Istanbul with the cross of Jesus clearly visible upon his chest. He paused before the mihrab facing Mecca, and prayed in silence beside the grand […]

What the Patriarch preached

posted by awelborn

Fr. Z notes the Ecumenical Patriarch’s homily yesterday and annotates it. The homily was on liturgy – its definition and power.  The homily, whether purposefully or not, highlights a division between Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy less frequently noted than issues […]

Advent on the way

posted by awelborn

Steve Gushee is a columnist for the Palm Beach Post. He’s also an Episcopal priest and wrote a couple of columns last year, one sneering at the Terry Schiavo case and the other sneering at DVC concern, that prompted me […]

The Detroit Flock

posted by awelborn

When I posted that article about Bishop Flores of Detroit a couple of days ago, I noted to myself the odd way the article ended – a few paragraphs about Hispanics leaving the Catholic Church. Other readers noted it as […]

Chicago peeps…

posted by awelborn

Tell me what it’s like…got a decision to make…

The departure

posted by awelborn

At the Papa Ratzinger Forum, Teresa B. translates a report: "This trip took place in utmost serenity," he said. "At every step, I saw how the authorities had done everything possible (to make it safe) and how the citizens cooperated […]

About the flip-flop

posted by awelborn

John Allen tries to sort through the whole EU thing, using William Donohue’s blast of the reporting on the matter as a jumping off point. Yesterday, William Donohue of the Catholic League issued a statement blasting the press coverage, calling […]

posted by awelborn

The Pope’s homily today, from the Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul (originally delivered in French) Gathered this morning in this house of prayer consecrated to the Lord, how can we not evoke the other […]

A Koran-Kissing Moment?

posted by awelborn

Ah, here we go. On Thursday, the Pope visited two structures associated with Islam: the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. What did he do in those places that is the question. Some are going berserk about what happened at […]

The Man in White’s Burden

posted by awelborn

Fr. Raymond de Souza brings the events of the last week together in NRO: Indeed, the last week has highlighted how it now falls to the pope to speak for global Christianity in a way that was not anticipated 40 […]

More on the new bishop

posted by awelborn

When the appointment of new Detroit auxiliary Bishop Flores was announced, our comments box and emailbox was flooded with good wishes and high praise from people who knew him. It continues – this from a correspondent: I was in the […]

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

Revolutionary Road - Is it just me?
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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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