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God does not allow himself to be shut out

posted by awelborn

From Pope Benedict’s homily at Midnight Mass: Saint John, in his Gospel, went to the heart of the matter, giving added depth to Saint Luke’s brief account of the situation in Bethlehem: “He came to his own home, and his […]

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Blair becomes RC

posted by awelborn

No more rumors. Or shall we say, rumours? From Ruth Gledhill: As we reported exclusively that he would, Tony Blair has been received into the Roman Catholic Church. Tony Blair is received into full communion with the Catholic Church. This […]

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Help the Mepkin Monks

posted by awelborn

As Gashwin details, the Trappists of Mepkin Abbey in  SC have been run out of the egg business – their primary source of income – by PETA. You can help them by shopping at their store.

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Why have children?

posted by awelborn

One word:

Christ our Hope

posted by awelborn

The official website for the Pope’s visit to the US. Catholic University has its own site, as well. The Pope’s words at yesterday’s General Audience: (The first part of the homily dealt powerfully with justice and the Coming of Christ) […]

Before you board the..

posted by awelborn

…Bash Rowan Williams Train today (based on the headlines), do check out Zadok’s post, which includes a portion of the transcript about what Williams actually said about the Nativity narratives. Short version: he didn’t say that the Magi were legend. […]

Non-pdf note

posted by awelborn

The doctrinal note on evangelization from the CDF has been put up on the Vatican website here.

Books, Books

posted by awelborn

The responses to the “So Tell Me” thread are interesting. Some of the books people are expressing a need for actually exist, though, in one form or another. If you have any suggestions for books that seem to meet the […]

Hard as Nails

posted by awelborn

Somehow, this one hasn’t been on my radar at all. Via Kansas City Catholic, a youth ministry called Hard as Nails is garnering some attention. There was an HBO documentary on the ministry last night (which I missed) and it […]

Here’s your full text

posted by awelborn

…of the “Doctrinal Note”  – a pdf file.

The Road of Bittersweet

posted by awelborn

The little boy featured in this video with his loving family died 11 minutes after he was born, last week. The parents had received a diagnosis of anencephaly earlier in the pregnancy, were advised to abort, but made the decision to accept […]

Today’s Doctrinal Note

posted by awelborn

The text of the “summary points” 1. The Doctrinal Note is devoted principally to an exposition of the Catholic Church’s understanding of the Christian mission of evangelization, which is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ; the word “Gospel” translates “evangelion” […]

So tell me

posted by awelborn

What do you want to read a book about? Nonfiction, not fiction. Religious/spiritual with a Catholic emphasis. What do you and people you know want that’s not out there? What subject interests you to the point that you would read […]

No secrets

posted by awelborn

This has been rumored and reported for a while, but this report from a Mexican news source seems solid: Benedict personally tells Legion of Christ to ditch “private vows.” Pope Benedict XVI had personally asked for the repeal of the […]

Christ my poetry

posted by awelborn

All of Benedict’s discourses on the Fathers of the Church have been excellent, but I found today’s, on Paulinus of Nola, particularly affecting. Teresa Benedetta has translated: The Pope, as he always does, begins with an overview of Paulinus’ life: […]

Biblia Clerus

posted by awelborn

A pretty amazing new website from the Congregation for the Clergy, Biblia Clerus provides a wealth of resources. Central to the effort is the cross-indexing of Scripture with references from the Early Church Fathers, Aquinas, important Church councils, Magisterial texts (wait…the […]

Sense of direction

posted by awelborn

As has been reported in various spots, the USCCB has withdrawn their review of The Golden Compass. No reasons have been given, but one can assume that the advertising debacle, in which lines from the review were exploited for ad […]

One…more…blog

posted by awelborn

Add First Things to your bloglines, if you’re so inclined!

Gordon Zahn..

posted by awelborn

…rest in peace. The founder of Pax Christi passed away yesterday. Rocco has details.

Advent in Iraq

posted by awelborn

Chaldean Patriarch and new Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly celebrated Mass yesterday in Baghdad: Delly presided over other services this week in Baghdad and the northern Kurdish city of Irbil, spreading his message of unity and forgiveness among Iraq’s Christians. “We […]

The Drowsy Roman Chaperone

posted by awelborn

After weeks and months of debate meets, other people going off to NFL games and such, Katie and I finally found a day to head south to catch a show – …if by “south” you mean “Cincinnati” – but it […]

Best seller

posted by awelborn

Via PRF: One week after its release, Pope Benedict’s second encyclical Spe salvi has already sold more than one million copies, according to the Vatican publishing house. Besides the Italian edition, the encyclical was also published in English, Spanish, French, […]

More on that CDF doc

posted by awelborn

From CNA: According to the Vatican sources, the document, which could be made public this Advent, “can be regarded as an application of the principles of the document “Dominus Iesus” to the way evangelization is transmitted and catechesis is taught […]

Make your timewaster worth something

posted by awelborn

A vocabulary quiz through which you donate rice: (Via Melanie Bettinelli)

My Domestic Church has a hole in the roof

posted by awelborn

You all make me laugh, sharing True Confessions of Liturgically Slacker Parents. I honestly do appreciate all those lovely blogs I made fun of – they’re pretty and inspiring and the parents who write them do a far, far better […]

Papal tidbits

posted by awelborn

Cindy Wooden of CNS blogs on the Pope’s Advent wreath – with red candles, in the German style. He met with representatives of the Baptist World Alliance: This meeting in Rome is the second round of ongoing discussions that Members […]

Praying in and for Omaha

posted by awelborn

The blogger at Revolution 21 writes: Today, in all likelihood, is the darkest day in the 153-year history of Omaha. What happened at Westroads Mall was horrific almost beyond description.   Please pray for my city, a great place to […]

Reality

posted by awelborn

You know those crafty-artsy-hipster-crunchy-parenting-homeschooling blogs where they’re always posting photos of the kids’ projects, which are always very cool, primitive yet winningly elegant in said simplicity, displayed against the background of the Mission furniture in their Craftsmen bungalows or their farmhouse and if they’re Catholic, […]

Spe Salvi 2.2

posted by awelborn

No, 2.2 was not required. Off to graphics. We’ll just count this post as version 2.2. When I clicked on the text of Spe Salvi  Friday morning at 7am and glanced over it with echoes of Max and Ruby and early-morning […]

Chromatius

posted by awelborn

Pope Benedict continues to school us in the Early Church Fathers, turning to St. Chromatius in today’s GA. From Teresa Benedetta at PRF. (As he always does, Benedict begins with concise and skillful scene-setting for the ministry of Chromatius: Arianism, […]

John Gardner Madness

posted by awelborn

I think I’m about to go on a John Gardner kick. Never even read Grendel before (David did, in high school, and made a video based on it for a project…that’s as close as I got). But I picked up […]

Yes, that is Francis Xavier

posted by awelborn

..not St. Christopher over there on the right. Click on the “Image Source” link, and it will take you to an article on Francis Xavier in art, and an account of the painting from which that image is taken. Francis […]

No Country for Grumpy Old Men

posted by awelborn

…as the title evolved in our house, somehow. Discussion after the jump so we don’t have to worry about spoilers.

Happy?

posted by awelborn

Somehow, I don’t think that all those sneering at concerns about The Golden Compass had this in mind as the ideal alternative. Or maybe they did. Who knows. The Curt Jester has another version that has appeared: But I’ve not […]

Culture notes

posted by awelborn

Yeah, there’s some culture around here. A bit. First, any of you who were scandalized by the cover of Eleanor Dundy’s book on my sidebar can rest easy – it’s read and I’m about to review it: The Dud Avocado. […]

Okay, let’s try this

posted by awelborn

Spe Salvi version 2.1 has gone off and away, so we’ll bide our time until more revision notes come in. I’ll fill this post with bloggage, but only because I want to clean out my email box without guilt. Dinesh […]

Keep hope alive

posted by awelborn

I’m here. I spent all day Friday and Saturday immersed in Spe Salvi, attempting to condense it to 1500 words or so. Yeah.  I’ll be back at some point on Monday. Meanwhile, check out Clayton Emmer’s wonderful online Advent Calendar. […]

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