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Baby Benedicts

posted by awelborn

Here’s a neat little story by Julia Duin about the son of Jem Sullivan – named Benedict. Michael’s worked with Jem on the study guide for the Adult Catechism, which she wrote – and she gave us a very nice […]

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Prayers for the Archbishop

posted by awelborn

Chaldean Archbishop kidnapped in Mosul From AsiaNews: Mgr Faraj Raho, Chaldean bishop of Mosul, was abducted today after he celebrated the Via Crucis. Three people who were with him were killed. Mgr Rabban al-Qas, bishop of Arbil, told AsiaNews about […]

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Those wacky bishops

posted by awelborn

There’s been a slight burst of discussion this week about why, exactly, those Catholic bishops seem to fall on the “liberal” end of the immigration debate. The consensus is that it’s because the Church is collapsing around them, they’ve given […]

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Long overdue kidlit post

posted by awelborn

I like to offer occasional reviews of children’s books – mostly picture, right now – partly because we just read a lot of them, so I might as well share, and also because I know many of my readers are […]

Another Passion

posted by awelborn

BBC television is airing a new mini-series version of the Passion, starting on Palm Sunday. The BBC’s website for the series is here. (It would be great if BBC America were also showing it, but in the past, they’ve not […]

Just a bit more on Pew

posted by awelborn

Of course, the major story coming out of the Pew survey is the fluidity of religious affiliation in the U.S.   This is true within Protestantism and it’s something we can see not only with the stats but in the upsurge […]

Heaven Help Us

posted by awelborn

For several days, I’ve been stewing over Joe Feuerherd’s WaPo oped on the US bishops and politics.  One of the advantages of waiting to say anything is that you inevitably find that someone else will come along and do the […]

Lansing’s new bishop

posted by awelborn

Bishop Earl Boyea, Detroit Auxiliary – Thomas Peters at AmPapist has the goods.

Snow Day

posted by awelborn

As I mentioned earlier, I awoke at 6:40 am – well, scratch that. I woke at around 4:30 am to Michael the Toddler’s cries for the bathroom. Then back to a fitful sleep, wondering if school was on for today, […]

Getting it done in Ohio

posted by awelborn

Not a debate blog post…but simply pointing you to another fine, informative blog post from Fr. Martin Fox, a pastor (of two parishes) in Ohio, who’s tending to liturgical matters: As regular readers will know, I’ve taken an interest in the […]

I officially give up…

posted by awelborn

…trying to understand the crisis in the Anglican communion. The acronyms have finally done it. I read Christopher Johnson and Kendall and Thinking Anglicans and Stand Firm and Captain Yips and follow their links, and it all just gets murkier […]

Add it to the list

posted by awelborn

I was remiss the other day in not giving props to Sacred Heart Radio in Cincinnati – a great, relatively new Catholic station. (correction…or not, per Fr. Kyle!) On which I “appeared” at 6:40 this morning. Was I coherent? I’m […]

Everybody’s talking

posted by awelborn

..about the Pew study on religious affiliation. Here’s the study And here’s the part that interests Catholics, quoted from an LATimes article: But Catholics also lost more adherents than any other single religious group in the United States, with one […]

Tidbits

posted by awelborn

A couple of things that caught my eye: Gashwin has a post on a baptism he attended in India. You must go and read about the very unique tradition that follows the baptism itself. Lovely. Anthony Sacramone has an interesting […]

Pasta! Basta!

posted by awelborn

Michael’s traveling a lot these days, so I’m using his absence as an opportunity to experiment in the kitchen – without having to inflict the perhaps unfortunate results on the poor man. Last week, it was pasta. I’ve had a (manual) […]

Puzzling

posted by awelborn

Someday, it will be warm enough to play outside again. Although I have to say, today, I got a little scared. It was about 34 degrees outside and I thought, “Hmm. This feels warm enough to run at the park […]

Yes, I’m reading…

posted by awelborn

…or have read all the books on the sidebar. Plus a couple of Ratzinger books which I suppose I should put up there. A few of them I want to review together, so the finished have to wait for the […]

My Oscar Prediction

posted by awelborn

I only have one: If Juno (which I liked), wins any Major Awards, whoever accepts the award will make a statement supportive of abortion rights. Ellen Page has already set the stage, but I’d expect more. For the record!  Update:  […]

Catholics Come Home

posted by awelborn

Here is a fantastic evangelization effort – at least judging from the spots they’ve put together so far. Catholics Come Home is a group dedicated to reconnecting Catholics with their faith, with the byproduct of deepening the faith of all of […]

Pastoral Visit

posted by awelborn

Today, the Third Sunday of Lent, Pope Benedict made a visit to Santa Maria Liberatrice parish in the Testaccio area of Rome. Teresa Benedetta has interesting background on the parish (run by the Salesians) here. Many photos here. No English […]

Preparing for the Pope

posted by awelborn

Did you know the Pope is coming to the United States? Oh, you did? Okay. Anyway, things are gearing up for the visit. The Papal Master of Ceremonies has been in the country the past few days checking out the […]

Saints and commemorations

posted by awelborn

I’m not changing my header or SAINT sidebar during Lent, but remember, that even during Lent, saints march on. Yesterday was the Memorial of St. Peter Damian, and Ian of Aquinas and More Catholic bookstore has a great post on […]

Defensive

posted by awelborn

One of the most irritating thing about discourse, something that gets exaggerated, it seems, on the Internet (like anything else) is hyper-defensiveness. That is to say that to critique any aspect of any phenomenon amounts to a full-scale attack on […]

The Third Jesus

posted by awelborn

Chopra’s book is currently #56 on Amazon. A couple of articles to put it in context, in Chopra’s own words: From the Huffington Post, a report on an appearance in New York at St. Mary the Virgin Church (very high […]

Pope to Jesuits

posted by awelborn

Over the past weeks, Jesuits have met in Rome for the order’s 35th General Congregation.  They’ve elected their new Superior General, discussed lots of issues, heard from the Pope and other Vatican officials, etc. This morning, as the GC draws […]

Almsgiving

posted by awelborn

As I noted before (see post below), there are plenty of opportunities for almsgiving during Lent, arond the world and in our own communities.  See also this post from the old blog, in which some excellent grassroots organizations are listed. […]

Deepak Chopra on the Catholic Channel

posted by awelborn

For those of who who don’t know, the Catholic Channel is one of the many offerings of Sirius Satellite Radio. The Archdiocese of New York is also involved.  (Cardinal Egan has a program on Thursdays at 1). It’s been in […]

On sainthood

posted by awelborn

This morning, new guidelines for the diocesan level of the canonization process were announced: The Instruction is divided into six sections, said Cardinal Saraiva, going on to explain: “The first draws attention to the need for a true reputation of […]

Like a deer

posted by awelborn

From Morning Prayer today, Psalm 41: Like a deer that longs for springs of water,  so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, the living God:  when shall I come and stand before the face […]

Still more varia

posted by awelborn

…thanks for hanging in there. A few good things, amid the bad news – the continually horrid news that seems to burst on the screens for ever-shorter periods of time, news that people have been shot in a store in […]

Varia, to get myself going

posted by awelborn

I’ll just highlight some recent reads of interest, then perhaps something will inspire me to write something of interest: In San Diego: Garden of Innocence – providing dignified burials for abandoned children who have died.  (via Fr. Stephanos) This family […]

Catholic ascended master

posted by awelborn

Carl Olson is inspired by the Dutch. Let this prompt you to go check it out:

Blogging..

posted by awelborn

…will happen again. I had a deadline today (Living Faith for Kids) and am really, really trying to get my head straight for what might be a lot of work over the next few months. There is one big thing […]

As God is generous

posted by awelborn

From today’s Office of Readings, a homily of St. Gregory Nazianzen: Is it not God who asks you now in your turn to show yourself generous above all other creatures and for the sake of all other creatures? Because we […]

The Savages

posted by awelborn

Forgot to mention that a couple of weeks ago, we went out and saw The Savages – the dramedy starring Laura Linney and Phillip Seymour Hoffman about a brother and sister called into service to care for their aged, increasingly […]

The goal of the weekend

posted by awelborn

….being to wear People out, we began Saturday, first with a visit to the Y, where they played and I ran and I assisted a large naked black woman who’d forgotten her glasses in reading the scale in the dressing […]

Made the papers

posted by awelborn

See? Behind the girl on the left? A little bit of grey sweater and brown hair? Yeah. I knew that of the many shots the photographer shot during Mass, a version of this would make it – the little girl […]

posted by awelborn

Today’s GA text, translated by Teresa Benedetta In placing ashes on the head of the faithful, the celebrant says: “Remember that you are dust and, to dust you will return” (cfr Gen 3,19), or repeats Jesus’s exhortation: “Repent and believe […]

As we begin

posted by awelborn

Pope Leo the Great: Therefore, dearly-beloved, seeing that, as we are taught by our Redeemer’s precept, “man lives not in bread alone, but in every word of God ,” and it is right that Christian people, whatever the amount of […]

Lent ’08

posted by awelborn

So much for that mega-post below.  I’ll try again soon. As we look to Ash Wednesday, a few Lent links. Practiced blogosphere surfers will have already seen them, but nonetheless: Marcel LeJeune’s well-done summary at Aggie Catholics NCR(egister’s) suggestions 40 Ways […]

Mega-pseudo-culture post

posted by awelborn

In which I try to haul in recent reads and views and listens. It’s a snow day here, so at the moment little boys are filling the house with sounds of knights and Legos and cars. Some time this afternoon, they’ll […]

Notes

posted by awelborn

Just a few notes on the death of Legionary founder Marciel Maciel: 1. There is great mystery as to where Maciel was when he died. Various rumors have been passed around, but the LC says nothing more specific than in the United […]

From Nairobi and elsewhere

posted by awelborn

Sandro Magister reprints an article from L’Osservatore Romano from a long-time missionary in Kenya. Also, at Inside Catholic Laurance Alvarado conveys a Capuchin’s first-hand report of the destruction wrought by anti-Christian violence in December in the region of Orissa, in […]

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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?
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 here's the thing.Whether or not Yates' original novel in

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
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 Episcopalians, all the better.To tell the truth, you can bl

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

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

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