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A Personal Message from Me to…

posted by awelborn

…the USPS employee or contracted worker located somewhere between northern Indiana and Nashville, TN. Ahem. I think I’ve figured it out. I think I see where you were coming from. There you were, unloading or loading a truck, or maybe […]

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Lucia

posted by awelborn

Last night, I finished Lucia: A Venetian Life in the Age of Napoleon, which was an excellent way to spend time. It’s the story of the author’s great-great-great-great grandmother, born into one of the ruling Venetian families, married into another. […]

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Bishop Gene at RBTE

posted by awelborn

Starting of Book Day: There’s discussion here and there about Episcopal Gene Robinson being invited to be present/talk at the RBTE – the Religious Bookseller’s Trade Exhibition, which is being described as a “Catholic” book trade show. Well, sort of.  […]

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Whoops

posted by awelborn

Sorry for the delay in approving comments. I checked earlier today and there were zero. Just checked again and there were 11. Book stuff coming tomorrow. A wide, wide variety. As per usual. Praying for all those harmed by the […]

Come and Gone?

posted by awelborn

The post-papal visit analysis is a week old now, the questions being asked, “What’s the impact? What’s the long-term effect?” The answer? It depends on us. The Pope spoke to everyone while he was in the United States, because he […]

To Life

posted by awelborn

Two stories: Jim Caviezel’s adoption of two older, ill children from China You’ve probably already heard this, but it’s worth noting again – Alaska Governor Sarah Palin recently gave birth to her fifth child, who has Down Syndrome. She and […]

Pulp Merton

posted by awelborn

Signet paperback, 1952. (Book originally published in 1948). Click on image for larger, more detailed version. I’m not quite sure if the images are supposed to be directly related to the book – some of them don’t exactly ring a […]

No, I’m not blogging

posted by awelborn

But I am ranting about my favorite topic over at comments at this post at Inside Catholic.  It’s a subject that interests many of you – “Catholic” fiction – so come join in.

Just so you know

posted by awelborn

…blog break til Monday. Bookstore is open, 24/7, though. First Communion…Mother’s Day…Confirmation…Graduation….

Next time someone mocks the red shoes

posted by awelborn

Send them this: After many false starts, the doors finally opened to reveal the Pope. He came down the steps toward his car and, then, headed toward the barricades on the lawn. I was standing close, but as he approached, […]

Welcome, readers

posted by awelborn

Especially new readers.  With the Pope safely back in Rome and that over and done with, regular blogging will resume – which means, not very often. It’s another busy day around here – yet more painters – so I’ll point […]

Thinking about the Pope

posted by awelborn

There’s a lot of good reflection out there, and since I have a million things to do, I beg your forgiveness for highlighting only one at this moment – feel free to add your own links to the comments. Jen at […]

Times Blog

posted by awelborn

The final entries are up, including mine, here. It was moderately successful, hampered by the process – we submitted a post to an editor, the posting was all done by the Times, we didn’t always know when it was going […]

Book o’ the day

posted by awelborn

        The Catholic Woman’s Book of Days is a 365-day devotional for Catholic women. It is loosely tied to the liturgical year, is a very handy size, and features special devotions for several saints. It is not […]

Did you go?

posted by awelborn

I’m mentally wiped out and it might be a couple days before I can recoup. So…you fill in the blogger’s chair. Did you attend any of the events this past week? Stand on the street and see the Pope ride […]

Open Yankee Stadium Liturgy Thread

posted by awelborn

Be nice!   (BTW, I’ve got CNN on, and John Allen and Soledad O’Brien, both Catholic, of course, are doing a good job of gently explaining what’s going on in a non-intrusive way.) Here’s the text of the homily: Dear […]

Et Cum Spiritu Tuo

posted by awelborn

My latest at the Times. I hope my youth rally post will find a space today, and then a wrap-up, sometime tonight. Here’s the Youth Rally post – “What is God Whispering To You?” Remember – you do not have […]

Spying

posted by awelborn

There’s loads of papal commentary – perhaps you’re overloading, as a result. But it should be no surprise that some of the sharpest stuff is to be found over at Godspy. Start with Angelo Matera’s spot-on summary of what Benedict […]

Freedom

posted by awelborn

The whole speech at the Youth Rally was…wonderful. Read it. (linked below). If you were watching it, you might have noticed that there was one point at which Benedict really drew on just a little bit more inner fire and […]

Why do they do this?

posted by awelborn

The Vatican has put up the text of the Pope’s off-the-cuff remarks at the end of Mass this morning. It is smoothed out and patched up..and changed: My response now for all that you have given to me during this […]

Youth Rally

posted by awelborn

First the text of the brief talk given to the children and youth with disabilities and their caregivers: I am very happy to have this opportunity to spend a brief moment with you. I thank Cardinal Egan for his welcome […]

Cardinal Trujillo RIP

posted by awelborn

He was 72: Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, died Saturday of complications from diabetes.  The cardinal had been in a hospital fighting different health complications for nearly four weeks before he passed away.  […]

Non-humility

posted by awelborn

In which I point you to the NYTimes blog where I should have 2 posts up today, and then one later tonight, I hope, after the youth rally. (Okay, one is up, but the first one isn’t yet – they […]

Humility

posted by awelborn

The humility of this pope shines through. The manner in which he prayed the Eucharistic Prayer – perhaps it’s partly a function of his age and fatigue, but I’m thinking it’s also an expression of his convictions about who he […]

The Pope Says Hi

posted by awelborn

Great, informative, insightful post from Fr. Martin Fox, who was at the DC Mass    

St. Patrick’s homily

posted by awelborn

Here’s the text. Vintage Benedict, using the matter at hand – St. Patrick’s Cathedral – as a teaching tool, a teachable moment. (After the jump)  

Three years ago…

posted by awelborn

Remember? My blog archival page from April 2005, in which I was liveblogging the election, and readers were reacting – it really is great to read. I’m glad I didn’t succumb to temptation and delete the blog to save my […]

Heaven, defined

posted by awelborn

…when it’s finally warm enough for little boys to spend hours outside, puttering and digging. …and then they do. It’s amazing how much happier they are when they have that freedom to be outdors, which, even the tameness of our […]

Oh forget it

posted by awelborn

Forget that bloggy, ongoing post down there. I’ll just do individual posts. I’m pretty much in a state right now. When Michael was just talking to me on the phone from Florida he said, “You know, what’s different about this […]

First Communion

posted by awelborn

Fr. Jeffrey Keyes of the Rifugio San Gaspare blog (and at whose parish Michael did a mission a few weeks ago) has posted the program for his First Communion program and is asking your feedback. Here’s the post and here’s the program […]

Beauty and Healing Among the Saints

posted by awelborn

Thanks to commentor Gerry who mentioned this wonderful story from the LATimes: A priest once asked her not how she does it, but why — for 23 years, when she could have been elsewhere, when much of her flock cannot […]

Friday = “Fried Brain”

posted by awelborn

I”m about Poped out, and we’ve still got three days to go. What I’m going to do in this post is pull out some statements from the past few talks, sections that really, as they say “spoke to me.”  I […]

At the UN

posted by awelborn

The text, after the jump

Okay…

posted by awelborn

10:17…just now…aftershock. Anyone else?

Book of the Day

posted by awelborn

This is the exciting sequel to The Loyola Kids’ Book of Saints.  The original title given to me was The Loyola Kids’ Book of Heroes and Happenings– they wanted it to be broader than just more saints, offering an historical […]

I thought so…

posted by awelborn

Earthquake! I barely woke up, just enough to register that something was going on – I thought I was having some sort of tremor, for reasons I couldn’t figure out. Then back to sleep. Anyone else?    

Listen and learn

posted by awelborn

In the Spectator, me on Benedict and the abuse issue. CNN has interviews with some of those who met with the Pope. The video is here – Olan Horne, Faith Johnston, and Bernie McDaid. It occurred to me as I […]

Uniter, not a divider

posted by awelborn

My latest at the Times

Breaking

posted by awelborn

Thank God. Really. Thank God. Pope Benedict XVI held an unscheduled meeting with victims of priestly sexual abuse, shortly after pledging the church’s continued efforts to help heal the wounds caused by such acts. The Vatican said the pope met […]

On Sexual Abuse

posted by awelborn

I actually have things to say about this, but I had saved it for a NYTimes bloggy thing, but it hasn’t run, for some reason – I don’t know if the editor lost it or what. I figure that’s probably […]

Chill, chill, chill. Pax Tecum. Like the Man Said.

posted by awelborn

I’ve closed my original Papal liturgy thread down there and opened two new ones. I’ll be adding my own thoughts to those in a minute, but first this message from your sponsor. I wanted to start a pool as to […]

Open Nationals Stadium liturgy thread

posted by awelborn

Quickly: 1) I want to repeat what I said above – everything I saw and heard indicated to me that the participants in the Mass at Nationals Stadium had a very prayerful experience, were nourished by the Holy Father’s homily, […]

Open PAPAL HOMILY thread

posted by awelborn

Open Liturgy Thread

posted by awelborn

I’ll post the text of the Pope’s homily as soon as it turns up, which should be soon. Right now, I’m listening/watching/trying to fill book orders/waiting for the guys to come and install a new storm door. Short thoughts so […]

Pope to bishops

posted by awelborn

The text after the jump. Tell me what you think.

A reminder

posted by awelborn

There is a lot going on. The Pope. Politics. I don’t want to forget, though, that a year ago today – right now – we were all watching in horror as unbelievable news starting coming out of Blacksburg, Virginia. And […]

Ad Multos Annos

posted by awelborn

Today, of course, is Pope Benedict’s 81st birthday, and, as Michael and I have observed many times since 2005, being Pope seems to agre with him – he looks and seems more vigorous than he did three years ago. Some […]

Music in the WaPo

posted by awelborn

Thanks to the online discussions that have raged about the music for the papal Masses, particular the one in Washington, the Catholic differences about sacred music have hit the WaPo in a piece by Hank Stuever. The piece isn’t bad, […]

Search term of the day

posted by awelborn

…that brought someone to this blog. “what does this mean “xvi” “ Kind of charming, actually. If it’s an 8-year old child doing the searching, that is.

Whew

posted by awelborn

I was starting to get worried. Letting the bloggish blogging begin! Nothing new to regular readers, btw. You all know my shtick..

Greeting the Pope the right way

posted by awelborn

Awesomeness in New York. Via Pope2008: A number of Catholic lay people have joined with some local religious communities to plan a welcome that evening. The event will combine prayer, evangelization and singing, which organizers hope Pope Benedict will hear. […]

Daily Book Note

posted by awelborn

Today, it’s the Loyola Kids’ Book of Saints: Over 40 saints’ lives,written at a middle-school reading level. I. Saints are People Who Love Children St. Nicholas,St. John Bosco, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla Saints Are People Who […]

Just do it

posted by awelborn

In which I clear out the book review file. Got to do it and move on. Which is too bad because there are books here to which I wanted to give extended attention, but that’s just not going to happen. […]

Things I found today

posted by awelborn

I’m currently in a frenzy of cleaning and purging – I discovered that I saved EVERY SINGLE PAPER from Christopher’s kindergarten year, and most from first grade. Not surprisingly, the archives diminish precipitously after that. Anyway, some finds: 1) A book […]

Vamonos!

posted by awelborn

..and other varia. Very nice piece about a Texas family making the journey: (The Times will be following the family this week. There’s a bit of video, too) The Pequeños and their fellow pilgrims are a particularly ardent band. They […]

Books 4 Sale

posted by awelborn

(I’ll be beating this drum a lot for the next month. Bear with me.) The bookstore is open. I’ll be making a run to the post office early afternoon, so if you’d like an order to go out today, now’s […]

Sed Contra

posted by awelborn

As Benedict’s visit gets closer, anticipatory commentary makes less and less sense. Take, for example, Stephen Prothero’s column in USA Today. (Prothero is chair of the Religion Department at BU. His column expresses a pretty thin understanding of Benedict, but […]

What did you see and hear, Shepherd One Edition

posted by awelborn

I was walking through the church parking lot this evening, and I thought, “Huh, Good Shepherd Sunday. Pope’s coming. St. Peter’s Church. Wonder if it’s going to come up?” Well, yes. I walked in, the bulletin was handed to me, […]

Papal Visit Resources Mega-Post

posted by awelborn

Okay, I’m going to try go gather as many useful links in this post as I can. It might take a while – I’ll be adding to during the course of the day. First, in terms of the visit itself, […]

Grand Re-Opening

posted by awelborn

After about a year, I’ve re-opened our bookstore, but only for the spring. (What with our usual summer travel, selling books is impossible then). I’d stopped because I had PayPal troubles – the account was hacked into the same time […]

Books, etc

posted by awelborn

  I finally finished the page listing my books for this blog – you can punch the appropriate tab above or click here. The bookstore will open some time on Friday. Once I remember how to do those PayPal buttons […]

Next week…

posted by awelborn

                              I’ll be here, for sure, but I’ll also be hanging out here. Pray for me! Update: To clear up any confusion, the actual blogging hasn’t […]

Judging from my stats..

posted by awelborn

..it seems as if people are most interested in learning more about Bishop-to-be Taylor of Little Rock than any of the others appointed today. Makes sense. Two years without a bishop is a long time! Rocco has more info about […]

Yup.

posted by awelborn

  Savage Chickens via Fr. Z As long as we’re talking about writers, let’s link to a couple  who’ve shared the pain. But hopefully not much longer for any of us. Matthew Lickona has started blogging at length about the […]

Radio Reminder

posted by awelborn

So far: (all times are Eastern) Friday, 6:40 AM – Seize the Day with Gus Lloyd, Sirius Catholic Channel.  Topic: Mary and the Christian Life, Pope. Friday, 8:40 AM, Son Rise Morning Show with Brian Patrick, Sacred Heart Radio, Cincinnati. […]

Oremus

posted by awelborn

Via the New Liturgical Movement –  the Papal Missal for the liturgies on the US visit is now online. (pdf)

Little Rock, you finally have your bishop

posted by awelborn

Along with Des Moines, auxiliaries in Denver, San Antonio and San Francisco. Found here. Little Rock: Fr. Anthony Basil Taylor of Oklahoma CIty Des Moines: Bishop Richard Edmund Pates, auxiliary of Minneapolis-St. Paul Denver: Mons. James Douglas Conley, of Witchita […]

Big Mitre Day?

posted by awelborn

As Michael reported yesterday and Rocco hints at this evening, we just might see quite a few episcopal appointments for the US tomorrow. If you want to be the first on your block to get the news, there is no secret […]

So are you going?

posted by awelborn

In all of the PopeBlogging, I realized I’ve neglected something important – you! Because you are the Church and you are special! (Isn’t that the theme of the visit? No? You’re kidding me!) No, actually, I’m just curious, and thought […]

New Evangelization

posted by awelborn

Stories are beginning to pop up, here and there, about young people who are interested in and positive about Pope Benedict. Pope2008 had a post yesterday about what’s happening at CUA in anticipation. Joanna Berry, a student from Catholic University […]

Nerves frayed, much?

posted by awelborn

So the Archdiocese of Washington expressed concern about this ad from the DC Metro system, and Metro voluntarily pulled the ad:     I’ve been busy doing the GoogleBlog search thing and the reactions from St. Blog’s are already pouring […]

Works of mercy

posted by awelborn

Where Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix spent part of Easter Sunday: More than 20 young women attended Easter Mass with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted March 23 in a small chapel at the Black Canyon School, a juvenile corrections facility in north […]

Because 13th century theological language rules

posted by awelborn

The collection of the Pope’s Q & A’s with various groups, Questions and Answers is #1 on the Catholic Publishers’ Association Bestseller’s list for April. (pdf)  Oh, and more papal-related randomness – here’s a transcript of a really excellent discussion […]

Greetings

posted by awelborn

Update:  Here it is at the USCCB website.   Update:  Here it is, from YouTube, sans commercials.   Via CNN, here’s the video, complete with Miller Lite commercial.   More from other sites soon, I’m sure. Um…looks like people are […]

Almost there

posted by awelborn

I am having to go through myriad machinations in order to be able to sell books again. Don’t ask. But just know that it should be all straightened out in a couple of days. I will be doing a new […]

Radio Daze

posted by awelborn

A few upcoming appearances: Friday morning at 6:40 AM, I’ll be on Gus Lloyd’s Seize the Day program on Sirius’ Catholic Channel. 6:40. Don’t forget. 6:40. Topic will be (I think) Mary and the Christian Life. Next Tuesday at 9:30, […]

Thanks, Carl

posted by awelborn

Carl Olson dissects today’s USA Today story on the Pope. Helpfully, through his obvious pain. He even offers an alternate reality: Now, consider how this paragraph of “reporting”… He has made clear he wants to continue the strict doctrines of […]

Video at 11

posted by awelborn

But hopefully sooner. Update:  There’s an audio link at the end of the Vatican Radio text.  Here is a direct link to the audio. Here’s the text of the Pope’s message to the US in anticipation of his visit – […]

Forget the monastery

posted by awelborn

The great discovery of this past week’s journey was Jason’s Deli – a not-tiny chain, but one that we’d never encountered before. Much to my daughter’s chagrin, we ended up eating at it three – three – times in the […]

Spring cleaning

posted by awelborn

of the emailbox and the brain. Remember, this is random – I make no attempt to be systematic in blogging any longer. First – be sure to stop by the Shrine of the Holy Whapping every day this week, as […]

Some things you just don’t expect

posted by awelborn

So, I picked up Richard Sipe’s new book, The Serpent and The Dove: Celibacy in LIterature and Life  (October ’07 – and $49.95, just so you know…) from the “new arrivals” section at the library.  I thought I would be […]

What did we see and hear?

posted by awelborn

Let’s get back in the blogging mode by doing a little reporting.   (BTW, I’m swamped. Not with writing work – that will probably start happening next week. But with physical labor related to homeownership. Bleh. But some stuff just […]

Back

posted by awelborn

Truth is, we were out of town this past week, a fact which I’m reluctant to broadcast to the world while the journey is in progress. And no, it wasn’t to Rome. That was these guys, God bless ’em. Our […]

Obviously…

posted by awelborn

…things are busy. Look for regular (after a fashion) blogging to recommence on Sunday. Or around there. Maybe.

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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 ...

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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