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October 2007 Archives

St. Maximus

posted by awelborn

Today’s GA: The interventions of Maximus in the face of this situation bears witness to his commitment to do something about civil degradation and disaggregation. Even though it is difficult to determine the social composition of the people that his […]

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A little varia

posted by awelborn

…to fill in my non-blogging void. Reader Julia passes on some links related to a Welsh museum that has rebuilt and restored a small church to its pre-Stripping of the Altars beauty: A BBC article and photo series (from 2006) […]

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A new Milwaukee auxiliary

posted by awelborn

From the Archdiocese: Bishop-elect Callahan, 57 (born June 17, 1950), is a Conventual Franciscan of the St. Bonaventure Province in Chicago. A native of Chicago, Callahan has served in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee as associate pastor of the Basilica of […]

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Only polite

posted by awelborn

Michael the Toddler (almost 3!) has learned many lessons in his brief life so far. One of them is that when you sneeze, people say either “bless you” or “Gesundheit.” So he responds in kind, politely. He has also absorbed […]

More BBC goodness

posted by awelborn

Oh, okay we have our problems with so many facets of the BBC, radio included, but there’s much quality there – Rich Leonardi points us to a series from Eamon Duffy on “Ten Popes Who Changed the World.”  You can’t […]

Blessed Franz

posted by awelborn

William Doino, in First Things: Tomorrow, on October 26, the Catholic hero Franz Jägerstätter will be beatified in Linz, Austria. Executed in 1943 for refusing to serve in Hitler’s army, Jägerstätter was once known only to his relatives and neighbors—many […]

St. Crispin

posted by awelborn

Folks are doing some Crispin-blogging today, posting Shakespeare and such. Because they’re noble and erudite.  For my part, I ran across this fascinating artifact – how one cartoonist in Harper’s Weekly used St. Crispin to make a bigoted, fearmongering anti-immigration…er…statement […]

Children’s lit check

posted by awelborn

To try to get myself back into blogging shape, a couple of recent hits around here. (And speaking of the other…I’m up to 2.5 miles running/no walking/no stopping. If you’d told me two months ago I’d be back up to […]

No clowns

posted by awelborn

Yesterday, Benedict continued his General Audience catechesis by speaking about Ambrose of Milan. The text is here: (I would say that while these all have been good, this one is something special. Even the beginning is a bit different, more […]

Rethinking Willow Creek

posted by awelborn

Some of you are familiar with one of the mothership mega-churches, Willow Creek in Chicago. Seeker-sensitive, heavily programmed, “innovative,” determined to reach out, bring in those seekers and make disciples out of them.  In the 90’s, the Willow Creek Association was […]

Randomness

posted by awelborn

Just a few of the many tidbits that have interested me during the past few days of internet wanderings: The Catholic News Service News Hub is back and improved, both visually and in terms of content.  The core remains interesting […]

Next time you fight with your insurance company…

posted by awelborn

…tell them you could be asking them to send you to Lourdes: In 1985, Dutch teenager Marcel Roeg fell off his moped and into the darkness. The smart-aleck jock would never again play goalie, ride a scooter or dance with […]

Speaking of music..

posted by awelborn

Jeffrey Tucker is in Chicago, at the workshop on singing the Mass for priests being held at St. John Cantius. He has an excellent post. The topic is one only: the sung Mass. We began with the collects and moved […]

Sing it

posted by awelborn

Sandro Magister on the Pope and music: In the span of just a few days, a series of events have unfolded at the Vatican which, taken all together, foretell new provisions – at the pope’s behest – to foster the […]

More on the cardinals

posted by awelborn

Just a few notes from here and there: Mike Aquilina speaks highly of DiNardo: Pope Benedict named a gaggle of new cardinals today. Two are from the United States, and one of those men, Archbishop Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston (Texas), […]

Mary Lou, indeed

posted by awelborn

Deacon Greg, who has great stuff on his blog daily, links to a CNS piece about how the Dominicans are benefitting greatly from…a Ricky Nelson song, co-written by one of their own, back in the day.

Speaking out

posted by awelborn

Remember the Teen Pregnancy event for which Holy Cross had rented space, and event that would include workshops from NARAL and PP? Remember how Bishop McManus had strong words? Well, there’s going to be a counter event at the Cathedral. […]

Eusebius of Vercelli

posted by awelborn

Although the focus of today’s General Audience was, naturally enough, on the announcements of the new cardinals, Benedict preceded that announcement with a continuation of his catechesis on the Greek and Latin Fathers of the Church. Today, the subject was […]

Got your new cardinals

posted by awelborn

Consistory, as widely assumed, to be on November 24: Following the November 24 concistory, the College of Cardinals will number 202 members of whom 121, under the age of 80, will be electors. Given below is a list of the […]

Mad for Manhattan

posted by awelborn

At one time or another, we all think we were born in the wrong era, perhaps twenty years or twenty centuries too late. At the very least, most of have particular places, now vanished, that we would very much like […]

Sighing

posted by awelborn

Okay, this one isn’t easy. Sigh. Yes, it’s Russo’s Bridge of Sighs, which I read last week. I’m not going to say that I either do or don’t recommend it because, you know, everyone has different tastes, and I know […]

Bookblogging

posted by awelborn

Ah, some bookblogging at last. I probably should reach back a few months and mention the book I keep forgetting – The Road by Cormac McCarthy. When The Road was first published, I got the impression from the reviews I […]

Your divine rights

posted by awelborn

You only have one more day to download the very interesting BBC “In Our Time” program on the Divine Right of Kings. I learned a lot – very good context setting, in which you can see how the English thinking […]

To Hope

posted by awelborn

CNS reports on encyclical #2: Pope Benedict XVI has completed his second encyclical, a meditation on Christian hope, Vatican sources said. The text, tentatively titled “Spe Salvi” (“Saved by Hope”), is about 65 pages, sources said Oct. 16. No release […]

I do not do what I want

posted by awelborn

Day by day, he’s living out Romans 7. He’s two years old. Our little son Michael is energetic and willful and focused on things of his own choosing – in other words, as I said, he’s two. Sometimes his will […]

Evangelization and mission

posted by awelborn

Some pertinent posts today: Carl Olson has an interview with Fr. Robert Barron of the Archdiocese of Chicago here: (Fr. Barron is known for his evangelization efforts, but the subject of this interview, his new book called The Priority of […]

Tough to be old

posted by awelborn

A conversation with the oldest. Me: So, what are you doing this weekend. Him: (sigh) I don’t know. I might go to a concert tonight. Maybe. The weekend comes, and I’ve just had it. Me: Tired? Him: Yeah, I can […]

Timely questions

posted by awelborn

In his Friday feature column, John Allen points to questions being raised about  a figure scheduled for beatification: Declaring someone a saint, in Catholic theology, has never meant that he or she lived a perfect life, a point that applies […]

Just say no

posted by awelborn

Update:  Holy Cross stands firm:  Holy Cross officials stressed that the school, a Jesuit institution, is not affiliated in any way with the conference, but added that it will fulfill its contractual obligations. “Holy Cross in no way supports or […]

Conciliation

posted by awelborn

Wonderful thoughts from the Pope on Hilary of Poitiers from today’s GA (Scroll down): In 356, Hilary took part in the Synod of Beziers, in southern France, which he himself called ‘the synod of the false apostles’, since the synod […]

Papal Daybook

posted by awelborn

Here’s the schedule of celebrations over which the Pope will preside in the next few months, as well as beatifications that will be performed around the world. OCTOBER – Sunday, 21: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Pastoral visit to Naples. […]

Hilary, the Orthodox and Buddhists

posted by awelborn

Today’s General Audience: In a fresh appeal for Christian unity, in particular between Catholics and Orthodox was made by Benedict XVI today, who at the end of his general audience asked the faithful to pray for the successful outcome of the […]

Francis Beckwith and others

posted by awelborn

Aimee Milburn has a nice post examining Francis Beckwith’s interview with Tim Drake in Catholic World Report. There you have it.  Catholicism does not teach “works righteousness.”  And Beckwith is correct.  But the Catholic teaching is not the same as […]

Preach it

posted by awelborn

We’re talking evangelization and preaching, so here are a few good examples for your edification of priests doing great preaching and making the fruits of their labors available on the Web:

Evangelize more

posted by awelborn

Just some follow up thoughts and links: Three critiques in the same general area, all from Christianity Today, a mainstream evangelical publication.

By any means necessary

posted by awelborn

I once said that if I were to ever go back to graduate school, (which isn’t going to happen),  my PhD dissertation would be on post Vatican II transitions – perhaps focusing on one diocese or one cluster of parishes.  An […]

Congratulations

posted by awelborn

To long-time blogger, fellow Living Faith contributor and Jesuit Mark Mossa who was ordained to the diaconate on Saturday! As well as to art critic, biographer, commenter and opera librettist Terry Teachout who was married on Saturday!

All in seven minutes

posted by awelborn

I should mention the homily I heard this weekend, delivered, as usual, in measured, deliberate, confident tones. He covered: 1) The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and the Battle of Lepanto 2) The importance of praying the rosary […]

Time flies

posted by awelborn

We just had a most unusual visitor. I pulled into the garage after the weekly library trip, ready to unload the crate, when I turned and saw, to me out of nowhere, an older man walking down the driveway. About my […]

The Mighty Power of God

posted by awelborn

It was late Saturday afternoon, late enough for Sunday Mass. I didn’t think we were that late, but given the no-nonsense approach to liturgy in this parish and the fact that they recite the Gloria rather than sing it, a […]

Still here

posted by awelborn

..in case you were wondering.  See, the problem with making a decision to cut down on your blogging is that it makes the decision to actually blog much more difficult to make. For me, at least, it puts so much […]

St. Therese

posted by awelborn

Over at Intentional Disciples, Fr. Mike has a nice reflection: Today is the feast of St. Therese of Liseux, the “Little Flower,” and by happy coincidence the day’s Gospel (Lk 9:46-50) fits her beautifully. In response to the rivalry and […]

God and the World

posted by awelborn

In between the fiction, I’m currently reading God and the World, the third interview book then-Cardinal Ratzinger did with Peter Seewald. I was inspired to read it by a citation from the book that someone quoted on a blog post […]

As predicted…

posted by awelborn

…all over the place, it’s from Marini to Marini: Il Santo Padre ha nominato Maestro delle Celebrazioni Liturgiche Pontificie il Rev.do Don Guido Marini, del clero dell’Arcidiocesi di Genova and Il Papa ha nominato Presidente del Pontificio Comitato per i […]

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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?
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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 Almsgiving, right?Well, here's a worthy recipient for your hard-

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

Why Via Media
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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

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