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When your children grievously disappoint you

posted by awelborn

Son #1: Hey, Mom, you know that Love in the Ruins book you gave me? Me: Yeah? Son #1: I read it. Me. (Hopefully) And? Son #1: It was stupid. I didn’t like it at all. Me: (Deflated) Oh. Son […]

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How to Be Good

posted by awelborn

Couple of quick grown-up fiction notes:   Last week, I read Nick Hornby’s How to Be Good, a book I’d meant to read when it first came out. It’s a comic (of course) novel about Katie Carr, a female physician, married with […]

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Quick book notes

posted by awelborn

Just a couple of kid book suggestions. Yes, we still visit the library and check out 30 books at a time, which last us a little less than a week. In the chaos that is our house, books do indeed […]

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Voices from Burma

posted by awelborn

As I have mentioned before, we have a very large population of Burmese here in Fort Wayne, growing by the day. I think around 300 have been resettled this fall with 800 more coming in the first part of 2008. […]

Yet more bishops..

posted by awelborn

One more. As most of you know, the Connecticut bishops announced this week that they were agreeing to allow Catholic hospitals to adhere to a state law requiring hospitals to give the “Plan B” pill to rape victims without an […]

Still another bishop tale..

posted by awelborn

Cardinal O’Malley has just completed a quite fascinating pilgrimage  = with Metropolitan Methodios of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston, a joint pilgrimage to Rome, Constantinople and Saint Petersburg. He documented the pilgrimage on his blog with dozens of photos and interesting […]

Like angels…

posted by awelborn

…bishops will be doing a lot of flying around over the next few days.  As Rocco has noted, the next few days are very busy, US-episcopacy-wise.  Well, it actually started yesterday, with the installation of the new bishop of Pittsburgh, […]

What is a bishop?

posted by awelborn

The Pope today ordained 6 bishops (5 Italians and 1 Pole). His homily, via AsiaNews: The celebration took place on the feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. In his moving homily the pope recalled that in the early […]

Whirlwind

posted by awelborn

Had a lovely, lovely time last night, speaking to and with the Chicago Legatus chapter. Great people, interesting conversation, and even a couple of familiar faces! I flew – considering gas prices and the relatively low fare  (in Fort Wayne “International” […]

Silent comments

posted by awelborn

I have to head to Chicago in a bit, and won’t be back until tomorrow morning, and I have no laptop, so…any comments posted during that time won’t get really and truly posted until Friday.

40 Days for Life – video style

posted by awelborn

From Cosmos-Liturgy-Sex: Travis at Catholic Tube will, as part of the 40 Days for Life Initiative, be running videos about abortion and pro life issues. Here is the kick off video for 40 days for life. Many more at the […]

In the spirit of St. Vincent

posted by awelborn

….or not. Georgetown University Law School will now fund all student internships …no matter what the advocacy group involved. From the university’s student newspaper: Administrators at the university’s Law Center reversed earlier this month a policy prohibiting funding for students […]

More on Chrysostom

posted by awelborn

Yesterday, the Pope continued his General Audience catechesis on the Early Church Fathers with a second address on John Chrysostom: Against this backdrop, precisely in Constantinople, John, in his commentary on the Acts of the Apostles, proposes the model of […]

Overheard

posted by awelborn

(Two boys deep into the Playmobil castle. Little one needs a lot of help, especially since he keeps taking things apart which he can’t put back together.) Big Brother:  (tired of it) I’m not your servant! Little Brother: But are […]

What I saw in 18 minutes

posted by awelborn

In the course of 18 minutes tonight, I saw these things: 1) One of the strangest car accidents I’ve ever witnessed. Not that this is saying much. If I’d looked up one second later, I might understand what happened, but […]

40 Days For Life

posted by awelborn

  A nationwide effort of prayer, fasting and outreach begins today. Find out more here.

And another bishop, across the world..

posted by awelborn

Beijing’s new bishop speaks: “I wish to thank the Pope,” Mgr Joseph Li Shan said in his first public statement after his ordination as the new archbishop of Beijing in the ancient Saint-Saviour (Bei Tang) Church. Monsignor Li began this […]

Crossing

posted by awelborn

Another sitting Episcopal bishop has announced he is heading Rome-ward. It is Bishop Steenson of the Diocese of Rio Grande, which appears to cover al of New Mexico and a bit of Texas. His letter and a very interesting comments section […]

Let those who have ears..

posted by awelborn

Fr. Philip, OP, at the University of Dallas has wise words for all those who work in youth/campus/young adult ministry: Here’s what works for us: Teach the apostolic faith full on…no compromises on basic doctrine or dogma. This generation of […]

A pastoral visit

posted by awelborn

Today, the Pope visited the diocese of Villetri-Segni, of which he was titular bishop when he was at the CDF.  Various articles about the visit are at PRF: At 8:45 this morning, the Holy Father Benedict XVI left the Apostolic […]

Unconverging

posted by awelborn

For those of you following the Emergent/Missional church in the US (which probably isn’t too many of you, but ah well..), this is interesting: So Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Seattle has now officially called Rob Bell of Mars Hill […]

St. Matthew

posted by awelborn

From Pope Benedict’s General Audience of about a year ago: A first fact strikes one based on these references: Jesus does not exclude anyone from his friendship. Indeed, precisely while he is at table in the home of Matthew-Levi, in […]

The last lecture

posted by awelborn

Read and contemplate (and watch the video). Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University computer-science professor, was about to give a lecture Tuesday afternoon, but before he said a word, he received a standing ovation from 400 students and colleagues. He […]

A note on comments

posted by awelborn

The WordPress Spam Catcher is catching a few spam comments here and there – and some non-spam comments. I noticed this evening that one person made two comments, and while one passed, the other ended up as spam. And checking […]

For a cause

posted by awelborn

Today, at the GA, a Venetian gondolier met with the Pope – but it’s more than just a photo op: The 143-mile pilgrimage by water, sponsored by the Patriarchate of Venice and the M. Baschirotto foundation, was undertaken to raise […]

Vibrant

posted by awelborn

Yesterday, I ran across this post at Terrence Berres’ The Provincial Emails – about >planning against decline in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.  I found the whole thing depressing and frustrating in the way I have found such  conversations depressing and […]

Back to the Fathers

posted by awelborn

At today’s General Audience, Benedict returned to his discussion of the Early Church Fathers, turning to St. John Chrysostom. Vatican text is here, in Italian, except for the small section in which the Holy Father spoke in English. A full […]

On the air

posted by awelborn

The podcast I did for Catholic Spotlight on the new Prove It: You book is now online. You can hear it right here. The interview I did about the Pope’s Apostles book and the discussion guide is here. Prove It: […]

Swimming with Mullets

posted by awelborn

Not the best day evah  – oh, certainly not the worst, by any stretch of the imagination – just a few momentary bumps in the road. Three, to be precise, each starting with “Dear [Amy’s agent]” . But I’m telling you, nothing […]

Reparations

posted by awelborn

This caught my eye, over at Cosmos-Liturgy-Sex: In Transylvania and throughout Romania, Catholics who lost more than 2,000 churches to the Russian Orthodox church after the Second World War when the Russians banned Catholicism now want their churches back.  In most cases, the […]

A bishop for Beijing

posted by awelborn

On Saturday, a new bishop for Beijing will be ordained, and the burning question is – has the selection of Msgr. Joseph Li Shan, been approved by Rome? There’s been no public statement, and Adam Minter of Shanghai Scrap is […]

Blessed are they

posted by awelborn

Today, the cause for the beatification of Cardinal Van Thuan was opened. This morning the Pope received officials and members of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace for the fifth anniversary of the death of the Vietnamese Cardinal Francois-Xavier Nguyen […]

The Internet Monk has questions

posted by awelborn

And they’re important ones, for Catholics and for him.   Please go see if you can answer any of them. (96 responses at this point…very nice to see!)

MP Roundup Post

posted by awelborn

As the weekend draws to a close, we can gather reports on various Masses in the Usus Antiquior  held in the US and around the world. Interesting stuff, ranging from bishops celebrating Masses Kansas City and Milwaukee and Birmingham and Cardinal […]

Here’s the church, here’s the…

posted by awelborn

…er…maybe not.

Yo, Newsweek

posted by awelborn

Read this: I have quite an announcement to make. I am now a reporter for Newsweek magazine! I always felt a call to be a reporter for Newsweek magazine so this is something very important for me. I can’t tell […]

What’s up

posted by awelborn

Sorry for the light – in every respect – blogging. My brain is full of stuff, but it’s having a hard time finding its way to the blog, for some reason. I am not sure why that is. Probably the […]

Exaltation of the Cross

posted by awelborn

On the feast: This feast was observed in Rome before the end of the seventh century. It commemorates the recovery of the Holy Cross, which had been placed on Mt. Calvary by St. Helena and preserved in Jerusalem, but then […]

Responses to certain questions

posted by awelborn

Today, the CDF released a few “responses to certain questions” related to end-of-life care. Here First question: Is the administration of food and water (whether by natural or artificial means) to a patient in a “vegetative state” morally obligatory except […]

Excommunicated

posted by awelborn

A group in Canada: Calling it a “very grave situation,” the Vatican has excommunicated members of a controversial Quebec Catholic movement, the Army of Mary, for their heretical beliefs that derive from the writings of Marie-Paule Giguère, an 86-year-old mystic […]

Golden Mouth

posted by awelborn

Today is the feast of St. John Chrysostom, about whom Mike Aquilina posts here. It was his fame as a preacher, however, that brought him to the attention of the wider Church, and especially the imperial court. Thus, when the […]

Very brief book notes

posted by awelborn

Because they’re notes.  My reading continues to be haphazard as anything these days. Still all fiction, although the pile of “books received” is getting higher, and I really do need to get to those. So, quickly: Highly praised by many, […]

A few notes

posted by awelborn

Many of you know of Fr. Robert Barron, the excellent preacher and teacher from the Archdiocese of Chicago.  He has many video and audio clips at his website, some available for sale. EWTN is broadcasting one of his series, “Conversion” […]

Investigating

posted by awelborn

John Allen has some breaking Georgetown theologian-bishop-CDF type news:

Notre Dame

posted by awelborn

Last night, Katie and I went to an “Information Night” road show type presentation about Notre Dame. Yes, she’s two years away from college apps and no, ND is not a place she is particularly interested in attending, but I […]

Wondering about indulgences?

posted by awelborn

Aimee Milburn at Historical Christian has a lengthy and helpful post.

Allen on Ncube

posted by awelborn

Bringing it all together – what we know, at least.

Counting down

posted by awelborn

On September 14, this Friday, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, Pope Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio on the Missal of 1962 will take effect. It will be an interesting day, and I’m fully confident that the world will […]

Radio note

posted by awelborn

Today, well-known Catholic radio host Al Kresta is in town as a stop on a “Fall Tour.”  He’ll be broadcasting his regular program live from the studios of our local Catholic radio station, WLYV, Redeemer Radio.  Michael will be in […]

Mother Teresa, continued

posted by awelborn

Several links: Fr. Benedict Groeschel, in today’s First Things blog The unfortunate publicity and distortions to the point of calumny that have surrounded the publication of the book Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light, edited by Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, M.C., […]

On this day

posted by awelborn

Deacon Greg Kandra takes us back to Pope John Paul’s General Audience on September 12, 2001: I cannot begin this audience without expressing my profound sorrow at the terrorist attacks which yesterday brought death and destruction to America, causing thousands […]

Resigned

posted by awelborn

Embattled and accused Archbishop of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Pius Ncube, has resigned: The Zimbabwean archbishop who was an outspoken critic of his government before becoming embroiled in an adultery scandal has resigned. A brief statement from the Vatican Tuesday said Pope […]

Sooner than you think

posted by awelborn

Some of you might recall last year, quite a bit of blogosphere conversation about the All Saints Vigil at the Dominican House of Studies in DC. It seemed from the outside – an impression confirmed by those who attended  – […]

Mass at St. Stephen’s

posted by awelborn

The Pope’s homily from today’s Mass in Vienna: Of course, if we listen to today’s Gospel, if we listen to what the Lord is saying to us, it frightens us: “Whoever of you does not renounce all that he has […]

Mass at Mariazell

posted by awelborn

For now – I mean for now  – we’re going to ignore the whole Amazing Technicolor Vestments issue. And the Pikachu ball. (?!) And we’ll meditate on the homily. Okay? (Remember, this is Saturday’s outdoor Mass, the feast of the […]

At the monastery

posted by awelborn

One of the Pope’s last activities today in Austria was a visit to the Heiligenkreuz Abbey – the oldest continuously active Cistercian Abbey in the world. Here’s the official site in English. (Cistercians are a reformed, more severe observance of […]

Nice

posted by awelborn

They’re paying the sex-abuse settlement out in LA. Got to sell some property. Naturally, the property that some sisters live in, serving the poor in Santa Barbara is on the list. Yeah.  As she sat this week in the convent’s […]

On Europe

posted by awelborn

The Pope’s speech today, to members of the Austrian government, and the diplomatic corps: The “European home”, as we readily refer to the community of this continent, will be a good place to live for everyone only if it is […]

When did we see you

posted by awelborn

Two notes on reaching out: Thanks to a reader for sending along this Washington Times story on a new home for single pregnant women and young mothers: The home is named for Paul Stefan James, the son of Randy and […]

Pilgrims

posted by awelborn

Looks like Vatican Radio is the go-to spot for quick translations today. At the airport: Mariazell does not only represent 850 years of history, but shows us on the basis of that history – as reflected in the statue of […]

Let’s see

posted by awelborn

…if you were a hard-rocking guy working in sports broadcasting who turned 25 today, what would be the picture you’d least enjoy seeing of yourself on your mother’s blog?

In Austria

posted by awelborn

Yes, our 80-year old Pope is off to Austria on Friday. Here’s the official page on the visit from the Vatican. He will arrive at around 11:30 am. Get up a little after 5 Eastern and check out the EWTN […]

Bringingsexybacktochurch

posted by awelborn

One more post bouncing off current trends in American evangelicalism. Certainly, all religious movements have their…tendencies. Some of you might remember a post I wrote on the old blog about how everything, in the end will go haywire, so the task of […]

For your consideration

posted by awelborn

I’ve always been interested in non-mainline American Protestantism (and a bit in mainline Protestantism as well, of course) simply because I’m interested in religion, period, particularly from an historical and political persepective. In particular, over the past forty years or […]

From Gregory to Mother Teresa

posted by awelborn

Today, during his General Audience in an apparently windy St. Peter’s Square (the Pope is still residing in Castel Gandalfo, but returns to Rome for the GA. Oh, and check out Fr. Jay at Young Fogeys for a collage of […]

Better than fiction

posted by awelborn

For some reason, a few months ago, I got slightly obsessed with reading adoption blogs. Oh, I know exactly how it happened. It was around Easter, and I was doing one of those “Catholics celebrating around the world” posts, and […]

Well.

posted by awelborn

Yeah, sorry about the lack of bloggage of either the thinking or linking type. There is no huge pressing reason. A few little ones. I’m reading a lot more these days – back up to my old rate of 3 […]

Continuing with Mother Teresa

posted by awelborn

Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the Papal Household, reprinted by Sandro Magister:  Today’s world has hatched a new category of people: atheists in good faith, those who experience the silence of God as a painful burden, who do not believe […]

“Intentionally wearing green vestments”

posted by awelborn

Thomas at American Papist separates fact from media hype on the Pope’s ecological references in today’s homily, with this fantastic pickup from Reuter’s (but of course!): Pope Benedict, leading the Catholic Church’s first ‘eco-friendly’ youth rally, on Sunday told up to […]

Today’s homily

posted by awelborn

From Loreto, via PRF: Jesus Christ, God made man, took on our flesh in Mary, took part in our life, and shared our history. To realize this new alliance, God looked for a young heart and found it in the […]

Exotic

posted by awelborn

In Loreto

posted by awelborn

The Pope’s address to the young people this evening, via PRF. What an amazing spectacle of young and engaged faith we are living tonight! Tonight Loreto has become, thanks to you, the spiritual capital of the youth – the center […]

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