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Devastation

posted by awelborn

Photographs from Chengdu and Dujiangyan following the  May 12 earthquake in Sichuan province, China from photographer Chad Ingraham.

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Cor ad Cor

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Rocco has the text of Archbishop Chaput’s homily from today’s ordination Mass for new auxiliary Bishop James Conley. Remember, it is on the day we celebrate the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus: As I was preparing my thoughts on the […]

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About Fr. Pfleger

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Cardinal George has issued a statement: The Catholic Church does not endorse political candidates. Consequently, while a priest must speak to political issues that are also moral, he may not endorse candidates nor engage in partisan campaigning. Racial issues are […]

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Are you Lost?

posted by awelborn

Well…what did you think? I haven’t done much LostBlogging this season, partly because the themes that previously interested me so much – faith,mystery, doubt, redemption – haven’t been in as much evidence recently as they were the first couple of seasons. […]

Here’s what you need to do

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Head on over to Gashwin’s blog: Over the past few days, I have had the pleasure to share the company of Fr. Jose Panadan SJ, a Jesuit of the Gujarat Province from western India, who is in the United States […]

A bit of politics

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There’s been much conversation over the past few weeks regarding Kansas City, Kansas Archbishop Joseph Naumann’s dealings with Governer Sibelius. Here’s the Archbishop’s original column on the subject Here’s the text of a follow-up column – in a Q & A […]

Let’s try this again

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Okay, this will be my book post. Although something is bound to come up and dash my good intentions. Oops, I just checked my email and there’s that something. Well, it’s a good something, so maybe it will just have […]

Authority is Fungible

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There is an interesting discussion going on over at Inside Catholic between Deal Hudson and Archdiocese of Denver Director of Communications Francis Maier about whether or not Catholics may (or should) publicly criticize bishops. Consider that along with Russell Shaw’s […]

Catholic Summer Reading

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As they did last year, Ian and the other good folks at Aquinas and More Books (which is both a brick-and-mortar store and a fine, innovative online seller – the largest in the country now –  of books and Catholic […]

On to Gregory…

posted by awelborn

Today in the General Audience, Pope Benedict spoke on Pope Gregory I. There’s an AsiaNews summary here, and when some sort of translation emerges, I’ll post.  Update: Teresa Benedetta is my hero! Basically, the three objectives that Pope Gregory aimed […]

To blog again

posted by awelborn

I’m going to try to get myself back into the blogging spirit by posting on books I’ve read over the past month or so. This will be an ongoing post – I’ll add to it as the day goes on. […]

Prayer for China

posted by awelborn

Today (May 24) has been designated as a “Word Day of Prayer for China,” and all eyes have been on the shrine of Our Lady of Sheshan, about an hour outside of Shanghai, the site of May pilgrimages by Chinese Catholics, particularly […]

And in Siberia

posted by awelborn

From the St. Louis Review, how Catholics in St. Louis are helping women and children in Siberia: (I believe I have blogged about this parish before, and some of might have seen the parish’s pastor, Fr. Michael Shields, on EWTN […]

A radical remedy

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No official English translation yet, but Teresa Benedetta has her translation of the Pope’s homily yesterday.  As always, much to savor, ponder and be inspired by: Even here, tonight, we did not choose whom we would meet, we have come […]

Catching up with the Fathers

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As you probably know, Pope Benedict has been using the Wednesday General Audiences as a means of catechesis on the great figures of early Christianity – beginning two years ago with the Apostles (collected here in book form. I did […]

Corpus Christi

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Today is traditionally the celebration of the feast of Corpus Christi , although it is celebrated liturgically  this coming Sunday.  Processions are held anytime during the days surrounding the feast, so today – the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, the traditional date […]

Thanks a lot Mary Jane

posted by awelborn

…for leading me into the time suck of the Theremin. This ‘satiable curiosity will absolutely be the death of me… …or my writing career, one.

Restraint

posted by awelborn

A situation that’s been the news and discussed on talk radio is that of the Catholic pastor up in Minnesota issuing a restraining order barring  a family from bringing their son with autism to Mass. There is an informative, balanced discussion […]

Delicious!

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Just a reminder that I’ve added a del.icio.us feed over the right, and add several items a day to it. For the unitiated (which I was until a few days ago) – it’s basically a running log of articles/websites I’ve […]

That’s why they call it HOTlanta

posted by awelborn

So, I’ve finally committed to attending the Catholic New Media celebration in Atlanta on June 22. It looks to be fantastic – I’ll be on the blogging panel (duh), and  the whole day should be great – quite a party, I’m […]

Still Pouring in Lakeland

posted by awelborn

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the “Florida Outpouring” revival being held in my old stomping grounds of Lakeland, Florida (between Tampa and Orlando). It’s still going on, and my friend Cary McMullen, religion reporter for the Lakeland […]

Beating Heart

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When the experts talk about parents and children, they talk a lot about separation, about the child’s gradual distinction of the self from the parent. What they don’t talk about as much is the parent’s gradual distinction of the self […]

Disappointing Caspian

posted by awelborn

There’s some commentary out there about Prince Caspian’s “disappointing” box office – …well, you know what I think? I think gas is $4/gallon. And when taking a family to the movies – and this is a “family” movie – is […]

Thought for the day

posted by awelborn

…or more. I’m going to emphasize again the beauty of the Pope’s words to youth in Genoa. After the portion I quoted below, he went on to encourage the young people to grow in their understanding of faith, pointing out […]

Be generous

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Teresa Benedetta has now translated all of the Pope’s talks from this past weekend in Savona and Genoa – God bless her. Go to this page and scroll around to read them. At the children’s hospital: And here, we must […]

Where were you

posted by awelborn

From AsiaNews, stories of how Asian Christians are helping …in Burma In the Philippines Caritas Manila is shipping its first aid collected in Manila parishes via two Burmese priests on their way home. Fr David Kyaw Kyaw Lwin and Fr […]

A bit ‘o heresy

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I was thinking this at Mass on Saturday evening. I was thinking about how the celebrant at Mass, after he starts a prayer off – say the Credo or the Lord’s Prayer – shuts off his microphone, oh so subtley, so […]

Don’t forget to bow

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Well, the Recital Relay was completed with great success. Joseph’s piano recital was at his school (it’s a wonderful thing – the school offers private piano lessons during the school day), which is less than a mile from our house […]

In Liguria

posted by awelborn

The Pope has spent this past weekend in Savona and Genoa. The program from the Vatican website is here. As well as the Italian texts of his words so far. He has visited two shrines, celebrated two Masses, met with […]

Prince Caspian Battles

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Katie and Joseph saw this yesterday. They both liked it. I confess to little interest – I read the books when I was twelve, and again to my older children ages ago (Joseph is just about ready to start on his […]

Be back eventually

posted by awelborn

Got some work to do – that was actually due on Wednesday. Oops. One of my older sons is here visiting as well, plus all that end of the year stuff that parents of school-age children are so fond of. […]

Lament

posted by awelborn

Every day I have reported the story of the Sichuan earthquake it has seemed impossible to imagine things getting worse. Hanwang, with its bodies lying everywhere, was grotesque. Dujiangyan, where hundreds of teenagers were dragged out dead from the mud, […]

Busy Pope

posted by awelborn

It seems every time I turn around – or sit down at the computer – Pope Benedict has come out with another interesting homily, address or somesuch. I’m going to try to look at what he’s been saying over the […]

Varia

posted by awelborn

A post in which I gather together a lot of stuff – recent reads, views, etc. * I’ve been pretty occupied over the past week trying to pull together a project. The project is really – and don’t deny it, […]

Catholic New York (…and Chicago!)

posted by awelborn

Mary Campbell Gallagher sends along word at this great-looking exhibit opening Friday at the Museum of the City of New York: From an article in the NYSun: The exhibit runs until 12/31. Fordham University Press is publishing a companion book to the […]

How to Help

posted by awelborn

A page from the CNN site listing organizations through you which may contribute to assistance for victims of natural disaster here and around the world. Caritas International (the international Catholic relief agency) is getting some aid through to Myanmar. You […]

Help welcome

posted by awelborn

Okay, so I want to add a widget to the sidebar – even though I’m trying to be  very skimpy on the widgets because I know they tend to slow some computers down and I like a clean look. But […]

Pentecost Varia

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(add your own interesting links!) From the excellent group blog, Per Christum, a meditation on Pentecost and motherhood: That Pentecost and Mother’s Day fall on the same day this year got me thinking about how celebrating Pentecost is really celebrating […]

Pentecost in Rome

posted by awelborn

Someday, I’d really like to be in Rome for Pentecost. No, not to celebrate with a Pope, but to watch the rose petals float down the ocula in the Pantheon.  (S. Maria ad martyres ) That, and the white petals for […]

What did you see and hear?

posted by awelborn

Can’t get away from it. It’s my ‘satiable curiosity. So tell me about Pentecost at your place (whether you are Catholic or not!) At our place – red bunting up and down the aisles. Music: Come Holy Ghost (entrance), One […]

New (to me) blog

posted by awelborn

Ars Catholica This blog is dedicated to helping rebuild a sense of Catholic identity and culture, through the discussion of Catholic art, architecture, music, literature and liturgy. As do many young Catholics, I feel a profound sense of loss regarding […]

Shutting down

posted by awelborn

Reports came last month that the Japanese bishops were going to the Vatican with concerns about the Neocatechumenal Way. Today, in The Tablet, Robert Mickens reports that the Neocatechumenal seminary in Japan is to be closed: A NEO-CATECHUMENATE seminary in […]

The Archbishop and the Governor

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Archbishop Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, to Governor Sebelius, a Catholic: Since becoming archbishop, I have met with Governor Sebelius several times over many months to discuss with her the grave spiritual and moral consequences of her public actions by […]

A bit of varia

posted by awelborn

Wonderful news from Laura Ingraham – she’s adopted a daughter from Guatemala. Listen here to her talk a little bit about  “Operation Maria Caroline”. The new  Latin website from the Vatican. Sandro Magister reprints an article recounting a 1997 visit […]

Lakeland’s Burning

posted by awelborn

I used to live in Lakeland, Florida, and honestly, all the good stuff happened after I left: housing prices doubled (as in – I could have sold my house for double of what I did sell it for even 3 […]

Creator, Sanctifier and Redeemer

posted by awelborn

A good explanation of why that doesn’t cut it from Christianity Today – because reinforcements in these discussions are always helpful. Furthermore, it is a mistake to focus only on the phrase “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” without noting the […]

Myanmar

posted by awelborn

The toll is growing and fears of catastrophic disease are mounting in Burma. Gashwin is keeping a list of relief efforts and agencies updated. This blog – Myanmar Relief – also seems to be a good place. From the Weekly […]

Cleaning out the email box

posted by awelborn

…and a few random reads, quickly noted. Fr. Philip Powell wants to spread the word about MTS Travel These folks specialize in travel for priests, religious, missionaries–all sorts of church-related activities. Diane Houseman helped me yesterday get a ticket to […]

Talkin’ about clericalism

posted by awelborn

Over at Inside Catholic, Russell Shaw has an article about clericalism. The indication is that it is the first of many, which is good, because the article doesn’t exactly confront clericalism directly, but does an end run via the growth […]

Popcaks on Sirius!

posted by awelborn

Congratulations!  Beginning Monday, May 19th, Lisa and I will be hosting a new show for The Catholic Channel Sirius 159.  The new show, Fully Alive! with Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak, will air weeknights from 10p-Midnight Eastern (7-9pm Pacific). We’ll have […]

Speaking of Faith

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A few weeks ago, I told you that the public radio program Speaking of Faith was looking for Catholics to talk about being Catholic. The program airs this week, but you can listen to it online and even, to save […]

Call to…Puppetry?

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Last week, the West Coast Call to Action had its conference in San Jose. This blogs links to a video of the Closing Liturgy. Here’s a direct link to the video. Playing “spot the liturgical abuse” is not the point. […]

The victims of Nargis

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Gashwin has a post with links to information on the deadly impact of Cyclone Nargis. Fort Wayne has a substantial Burmese population, so the local paper gets reactions:   Monday was a long day for Minerva Gyaw – the first […]

Good News

posted by awelborn

A couple of years ago, after our one and only Trip to Rome, a fellow wrote to me and asked about the apartment we’d stayed at. As things turned out, he and his family were traveling to Rome and were […]

The Faithful Departed

posted by awelborn

First of all, this has got to be one of the best book titles, ever.  Phil Lawler, editor of Catholic World News, has written an account of the Catholic Church in Boston that focuses on the collapse of visible Catholic […]

Your wish is my command

posted by awelborn

Two people have written me asking for links to the originals of my pope-praying-rosary-in-shades photo I use as a header sometimes. So I took that as a sign, and dug through the archives at Papa Ratzinger Forum, confident that they’d […]

In but not of

posted by awelborn

Our main public library has a fantastic playroom in the children’s section, and not a trip to the library can pass without a stop, a session with the train table (because, as I keep telling you, we have NO train […]

Bibles for Chinese Catholics

posted by awelborn

Via Intentional Disciples: With the advent of the Beijing Olympics this summer, the world is turning an attentive eye to that vast land and its 1.3 billion people. Catholics make up a tiny minority at this point. Some belong to […]

On the laicization of bishops

posted by awelborn

There’s been a lot of discussion of this question here and there, not only related to the newly-elected president of Paraguay, but also in relation to those bishops who might have profoundly betrayed their office and call. Today, John Allen […]

Teddy Bears optional

posted by awelborn

Okay, so here’s the trailer for the new film version of Brideshead Revisited which seems to make it all a heated power struggle between Lady Marchmain and Charles Ryder over something – which I suppose, at some level, it is, but […]

Stuff Catholics Like

posted by awelborn

Here -a group effort. …and…Stuff Christians Like. 

It’s official

posted by awelborn

On his 75th birthday, Archbishop Harry Flynn has retired and his coadjutor, John Nienstedt, is the new Archbishop of Minneapolis-St. Paul. (The other US hierarchy-related news this week was Wednesday’s long-awaited resignation of 63-year old Donald Pelotte of Gallup, who […]

Mary and the Christian Life

posted by awelborn

Mary and the Christian Life was published about two months ago, by Word Among Us Press. Bert Ghezzi, familiar to you as the author of many books on saints (including this very nice one – The Heart of a Saint: […]

Bringing the Mass to the People

posted by awelborn

I found this little book in our stash. Neither of us can figure out its provenance, but here it is. Published in 1960, written by the well-known figure in the U.S. Liturgical Movement, Fr. Hans Reinhold, the book is a […]

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