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June 2008 Archives

Homily Bonanza

posted by awelborn

The invaluable Teresa Benedetta has translated all the addresses and homilies Pope and Patriarch from this past weekend. Go here and scroll down. Snippets: From Vespers: But he is not looking only to the past. ‘Teacher of the Gentiles’ – […]

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More from Richmond

posted by awelborn

Julia Duin continues her reports: Bill Etherington, an attorney for the diocese and CCR, said Bishop DiLorenzo was given bad information about whether the abortion could be prevented, but didn’t elaborate as to how. “He was told it could not […]

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The day of the goat

posted by awelborn

Friday morning we headed – long time readers will not be surprised to hear – to the zoo. Yes, even after two visits – two – to the Birmingham Zoo last week, we still weren’t satiated. More zoo! Actually, the reasons […]

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Second generation

posted by awelborn

As you can tell from my previous post, we have a lot of Burmese in Fort Wayne. One of the largest populations in the U.S. Many of them gather every Sunday at the park near our house, Foster Park, and […]

Notes from the field

posted by awelborn

*  At the playground, I happen upon two little girls. Maybe four or five years old. Burmese. One had the other in a headlock and had a fistful of hair that she was pulling as hard as she could. “Uh…stop, […]

What did you see and hear?

posted by awelborn

(AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito) From all over…. First at our local parish, which is St. Peter’s.  Opening and closing hymns were the hymn in honor of St. Peter – “O Sing the Great Apostle”  I think. Is that it?  Homily […]

Anno Paolino

posted by awelborn

With Vespers at St.-Paul-Outside-the-Walls, the Year of St. Paul begins. There is nothing abstract about this. It is not about filling a gap in our religious education or ticking off “need-to-know” items off a checklist. It’s about Jesus Christ, and […]

Conversion

posted by awelborn

Jen at Et, Tu has an excellent article in America: “A Sexual Revolution”  about her journey from pro-choice atheist to pro-life Catholic. Really quite good. Speaking of such journeys, I want to take you back many years to an article that […]

More on St. Louis

posted by awelborn

No..not, the move, not the canonical conterversies, but something close to my heart here – Communication. For several years now, I have been increasingly impressed with the St. Louis Archdiocese’s use of modern tools for communication. Of course, the Archdiocesan […]

To Roma

posted by awelborn

St. Louis Catholics  – well, many of them – will be saddened to know that Archbishop Burke is leaving them. As rumored, he has been named Prefect of the  Supreme Tribunal of Apostolic Signatura. More from John Allen: The appointment […]

Juxtapositions

posted by awelborn

I’m always interested in juxtapositions. In particular, when people act, make decisions and so on. Sometimes – perhaps much of the time – if we try to understand what someone is doing it helps to look at what else that […]

Back

posted by awelborn

And, on the journey, I bestowed my “Most Tasteless Tourism Billboard” on one for Helen Keller’s birthplace. I don’t know if the billboard was erected by the site itself, by the Tuscumbia Chamber of Commerce or what have you. Are […]

On the road again

posted by awelborn

Might pop in tomorrow (Wednesday) night. Might not! Check out the often-updated de.lici.ous (or whatever) feed over on the right or just click here, for items I find interesting, helpful, or aggravating – or perhaps all three at once. Oh, […]

Pulpits and Politics

posted by awelborn

Fr. John Kavanagh, S.J., who has written powerfully and consistently about the way of a Christian in the midst of a consumer culture, has a good piece in America about preaching, prompted by the Wright/Obama business. He essentially says – […]

More on the conference

posted by awelborn

A bit more – At Mass, we sat in front of a mom and a fairly young baby. At one point, Michael the Toddler whispered something to me. I didn’t quite catch it. He repeated it: “Dat baby has sweet […]

Join the Book Club!

posted by awelborn

An announcement at Inside Catholic: What is “Catholic” fiction? Is it simply fiction written by a Catholic? Must it include Catholic characters and treat distinctly Catholic themes? Does it reflect a “Catholic sensibility,” being a product of the “sacramental imagination”? […]

New Media

posted by awelborn

Gashwin does the reporting so I don’t have to! It was, indeed, great to meet so many people I only “knew” virtually at the Catholic New Media Celebration.  I’ll add the following to Gashwin’s list: Chris Cash of the Catholic […]

Angels seen on the way

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Things you don’t hear anywhere but the South

posted by awelborn

Within the space of three minutes, two different parents calling two different children. “Come on over here Peyton” and “It’s time to go, Scarlett.” You just don’t.  

Catholic Charities and Abortion

posted by awelborn

Catholic Charities, in its various local diocesan forms, has long represented both the best of Catholicism and its potential worst.  The best is obviously and simply the corporal works of mercy. The worst has usually involved two things that are […]

Heading to Atlanta

posted by awelborn

…the long way. Comments have been closed on recent posts to prevent frustrating and puzzling waits to see them appear. I’ll be around, but sporadically.   See you there!

Our new favorite word

posted by awelborn

“One of the things about Barbara Feldon is she has a certain ineffable quality. You either have that or you don’t, and I leave it up to the audience to decide whether I do.” —Anne Hathaway is unsure about how […]

Joy to My Youth

posted by awelborn

Those of us who work with teens, teach teens or have teens living in our houses think a lot about…teens. We can’t stop pondering  youth ministry and ministry to youth and what to do with the kids and how to keep the […]

Livestreaming the Congress

posted by awelborn

Thanks to reader Anna for pointing us to the livestreaming site for the Eucharistic Congress Drat. Jean Vanier spoke at 10, and I missed it. Mass is at 11 – it will be interesting to see what that’s like. I […]

Related varia

posted by awelborn

(Just a reminder – I update the de.lici.ous feed over there on the right several times on most days. But I thought these were worth pulling out for a separate post) Terry Mattingly looks at coverage of the death of […]

Scenes in the City

posted by awelborn

In the years that we have lived here, we have been to Chicago many times, but most of those times have 1) been work-related, involving either attendance at RBTE or speaking engagements, and therefore requiring rushing here and there, meeting […]

Congratulations and prayers

posted by awelborn

For Mark Mossa, S.J. long-time intermittent blogger, author and fellow contributor to Living Faith – is being ordained to the priesthood today in New Orleans. We can hope that Mark will briefly revive his blogging to provide us an account […]

By the end of the day

posted by awelborn

I guarantee every informed Catholic around is going to be quite sure of what “ineffable” means. I’m going to blog on yesterday’s USCCB proceedings, when I have time to absorb what went down. What puzzles me the most was why […]

His kind of town

posted by awelborn

Sorry for the silence today. Took a little trip. More when I recover. Gotta run.   Sort of.

In other New Movement News

posted by awelborn

L’Osservatore Romano reports that the statutes of the Neo-Catechumenal Way have been approved. This seems to apply to the governing structures of the group, and does not seem to specifically apply to their liturgical practices – the use of leavened bread, lay […]

Interviewing the Archbishop

posted by awelborn

John Allen interviews Archbishop O’Brien. Well worth a read. The June 6 letter, O’Brien told NCR, represents a last-ditch effort to repair relations. O’Brien said he actually reached a decision two to three months ago to ask the Legionaries and […]

In the Magic Kingdom

posted by awelborn

First, the bishops are meeting, and John Allen is filing regular reports. So far, the most animated discussion during the spring meeting of the U.S. bishops was sparked by the latest update on a John Jay College study of the […]

Lunch

posted by awelborn

       Cindy’s Diner is a Fort Wayne institution – one of the few, I’d dare to say. It’s a little – tiny – freestanding building on a corner, with the motto, “Feeding the world..15 people at a time.”  […]

A busy few days

posted by awelborn

This coming weekend, the Pope will be visiting Santa Maria di Leuca and Brindisi, in Puglia, Here’s the schedule: 2 Masses,  gatherings with cloistered religious, young people, bishops and a gathering of priests. EWTN will cover Sunday’s events. The shrine in […]

Because I’m daft

posted by awelborn

I pitched all the other reading on the sidebar for Austerity Britain , a history of England after World War II. I had been interested in the book since hearing the author David Kynaston on BBC4’s Start the Week some […]

Colombanus?

posted by awelborn

Well, if you’re not Italian and you’re  going to Google him, to see who the Pope was talking about this morning – try replacing a vowel – Columbanus From the AsiaNews report: “One of the fathers of Europe”, who shows […]

Remember Ann Ball

posted by awelborn

Ann Ball, popular Catholic author, passed away Sunday night. Ann Ball, a prolific author who wrote lives of the saints alongside Catholic cookbooks, died of a heart attack shortly before midnight on Sunday, her family announced in an email. Though […]

Accountability

posted by awelborn

Rules of blogging: There are certain subjects which attract massive numbers of comments. Liturgy. Immigration Policy. Catholics and political life. The Legionaries of Christ. Last week, the Archbishop of Baltimore sent a letter to the Superior General of the LC […]

…and he’s back.

posted by awelborn

I never thought that this two-week leave would turn into anything permanent. Father Pfleger back at St. Sabina’s next week: At a three-hour Sunday mass filled with songs and dancing, pastoral associate Kimberly Lymore read a letter from Pfleger in […]

“Do you need this baby?”

posted by awelborn

I’m doing most of my quick-link blogging over at the de.lici.ous feed (always over there on the right, at the bottom – I’ve tried 3 times to do the automatic daily blog posting, but it won’t happen. If anyone has […]

First Things

posted by awelborn

Several of you have remarked that the First Things website seems to be down. Here’s a note from Joseph Bottum: Over the weekend, the First Things website was hijacked–and because our email address were collected through the website, all email […]

Prepare ourselves

posted by awelborn

Many thanks to the reader who posted this in the comments section of an older post. It is something that I had not seen before: The text of Paul VI’s General Audience talk right before the new rite of the […]

Among the theologians

posted by awelborn

John Allen has been reporting from the Catholic Theological Association’s annual meeting in Miami. I found today’s report very interesting: Generations” is the Catholic Theological Society of America’s theme for its annual convention this year, motivated by a hunch that […]

A peace that surpasses

posted by awelborn

The other night, I read Richard Bausch’s new novel, Peace. (Don’t be impressed. It’s a short novel, and difficult to put down once you begin.) It is intense and brutal. Set in the winter of 1944, some American soldiers in […]

Danny Gospel

posted by awelborn

(This post will be sticky for the rest of the day…new posts below.) In his new (and first!) novel, Danny Gospel, David Athey has penned an evocative tale of a suffering pilgrim, a young man with a particular and in […]

In honor of the saint

posted by awelborn

First, forgive me for being a slacker in not updating my “saint” widget over there this week – so many worthy remembrances! The Ugandan martyrs, Augustine of Canterbury, Boniface..I’m so ashamed. Well, anyway. My mother grew up in Maine. Born […]

“Katie was crying”

posted by awelborn

…came the taunt when I walked into the living room after my run/walk.   Well, Katie had a right to because Katie had been watching this on TCM this afternoon. (She sometimes asks me if there’s something “wrong” with her emotions […]

Ace of Cakes

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Way better than snow boots

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Faith and Doubt in the New Yorker

posted by awelborn

The most recent issue of the New Yorker has various stuff to ponder: Buckminster Fuller was an extraordinary whack job Anthony Lane’s review of Sex and the City is fabulous. What other word could I choose but that? It’s vintage […]

An interview with David Athey

posted by awelborn

David Athey is the author of Danny Gospel. First, here’s his bio: Midwesterner by birth, now teaches English and oversees the literary journal at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Athey has published poems, reviews, and short stories in numerous journals, including […]

More priests and politics

posted by awelborn

Msgr. Lisante has apologized… Yesterday, Lisante said he had been endorsing McCain, adding his only mistake was the moment he chose to do it. “In hindsight I would have separated out the invocation, the prayer, from my commentary,” said Lisante, […]

Gregory, cont’d

posted by awelborn

Today at the General Audience, Pope Benedict continued speaking on Pope Gregory the Great: From AsiaNews (full text will be posted when available) Illustrating his works, Benedict XVI emphasised his attitude of intellectual humility, “an essential rule” for those who […]

Fr. Pfleger On Leave

posted by awelborn

Update:  Mark Stricherz at Get Religion wishes journalists would do a little digging into the “why now?” question from the Archdiocese’s perspective.   From the Archdiocese: To put recent events in some perspective, I have asked Father Michael Pfleger, Pastor […]

Thank you

posted by awelborn

Teachers get a lot of criticism. Some of it deserved, because none of us are perfect, but much is undeserved. You try teaching a group of 20 little children raised by televisions. You try teaching Shakespeare or the Industrial Revolution, […]

Technicalities

posted by awelborn

1) If you see ads on this site, my apologies. They are nothing that I ask for, but apparently the trade-off for free blogging software are occasional and random ads, which I never see myself. So. 2) I’m going to […]

Washington in the Autumn

posted by awelborn

A while back – well, ages ago – when I was first getting into the whole “Catholic fiction” thing, the name of Richard Bausch entered my consciousness. I tried reading something – I think it was The Last Good Time […]

Wielding that weapon

posted by awelborn

Why can’t he respect their consciences and the struggle to live out the faith in a pluralistic society?

My goal

posted by awelborn

…last weekend (yes, you read that right – last weekend. Well, I guess I should say weekend before last now. Memorial Day weekend. Okay?)… So, anyway, I had one goal last weekend. Just one. And guess what?

Previous Posts

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?
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 ...

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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