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Orissa Burning

posted by awelborn

Please go read – and bookmark – this blog that is detailing the horrors being inflicted upon the Christians of Orissa, India. This post contains a recent listing of damage and destruction.

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Theological Catch-Up

posted by awelborn

The Pelosi business has occupied much of Catholic blogdom the past few days and is finally making its way into some mainstream media coverage, here and there. What I want to do in this post is just offer some links […]

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30 years ago..

posted by awelborn

It was thirty years ago in August and September that we experienced that period of three popes – Paul VI died on August 6,  Albino Luciani was elected Pope, taking the name of John Paul I on August 26, then […]

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St. Monica

posted by awelborn

From today’s Office of Readings, in turn from, of course the Confessions: Because the day when she was to leave this life was drawing near – a day known to you, though we were ignorant of it – she and I happened […]

The response…

posted by awelborn

Brendan Daly, Nancy Pelosi’s spokesman issued a statement: “The Speaker is the mother of five children and seven grandchildren and fully appreciates the sanctity of family. She was raised in a devout Catholic family who often disagreed with her pro-choice […]

Question

posted by awelborn

Does anyone out there use or know much about netbooks? (Small laptops basically just used for Internet use. Under $400 and falling, apprently. I presume it could do some word processing – well, there’s always Google Docs for that, anyway.)? […]

Helping Out

posted by awelborn

I’m a little late in posting this, but Chris Cash of the Catholic Company tells me that they’ve not met their goal yet, so there’s still a need. From the Catholic Company website: The Catholic Company has undertaken a challenge, […]

Back to school for Fred

posted by awelborn

…Barnes, that is, who declared in the WSJ that one of the reasons Kansas Governor Sebelius was probably unacceptable as an Obama VP was because she was…pro-life. Even the three Democrats Mr. Obama considered but didn’t pick — Sen. Evan […]

Burma 101

posted by awelborn

Interestingly enough, the most recent issues of both The Atlantic and The New Yorker feature articles about Burma. Both are good reading and they complement each other, with very little cross-over. The Atlantic piece, “Lifting the Bamboo Curtain” by Robert […]

In that Teachable Moment

posted by awelborn

From Archbishop Chaput and Bishop Conley (it’s a pdf file) “On the Separation of Sense and State” So good. (Sorry for the lousy formatting – copied it from the pdf file.) Catholic public leaders inconvenienced by the abortion debate tend […]

Emailbox cleaning time

posted by awelborn

Okay – here are some worthy links for you. Remember – I’ve got the delicious feed over there on the right, updated several times a day with random reads (and yes, I have tried to make it collect them as […]

Ardent

posted by awelborn

All right, so Nancy Pelosi was on Meet the Press, speaking with Tom Brokaw. Among other things, she said: MR. BROKAW: Senator Obama saying the question of when life begins is above his pay grade, whether you’re looking at it […]

Fay strikes

posted by awelborn

I heard something – a loud THUMP/CRASH in the middle of the night, but because it was the middle of the night, I wasn’t sure. Well…                     I don’t think the […]

Who do you say that I am?

posted by awelborn

Here’s a reminder of things. A reminder of what, for example, Pope Benedict is talking about almost every time he opens his mouth or sets pen to paper. It is the time of year for many parishes to recruit for […]

Doppelgangers

posted by awelborn

Well, not really. But I can’t think of what else to call it. Does anyone else have celebrities who are about your own age, who have functioned as a sort of benchmark for you through the years? You know, someone […]

Big Bunny

posted by awelborn

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Which, I predict, will be a frequent destination. Why? Follow along: 1 3-year old + 90 minute walk around gardens + (Did I mention it’s free?) = 2 1/2 hour nap. It just all adds up, that’s […]

View

posted by awelborn

For much of my childhood, I lived in apartments. We moved around a lot. Sometimes people here about all of the moves and the 8 schools I attended through high school and assume we were military. Nope. Academics. Close. Born […]

Open political thread

posted by awelborn

Just a word on the blog – a reminder. Long-time readers will recall that this blog (and previous incarnations of it) used to be a ten-post a day type of blog in which I linked to everything, commented on lots […]

Wisdom! Be Attentive!

posted by awelborn

I’m going to do that thing again – that thing of encouraging you Latin-Rite Catholics out there to dip your toe into the Eastern Catholic waters. Not as a tourist, not as an observer at a zoo, but as a […]

Seven days, three Masses, one Divine Liturgy

posted by awelborn

Snapshots: Melkite Catholic parish…one-tenth full at the beginning of the Liturgy…practically full by the end. An experience so much like other Eastern Catholic liturgies, yet a bit different. We begin and then we…go.  For an hour we stand, bow, chant…Lord […]

Just about there…

posted by awelborn

I really need one more day….school started today but because I was so uptight about that and everyone’s emotional health which I can’t help taking on as some sort of never-ending project (I know, I know. Can’t help it), plus […]

A visit to Oies

posted by awelborn

Because of our own busy-ness, I’ve not really been up on what the Pope’s activities since WYD. I knew he was on vacation in Bressanone in Northern Italy, but today was the first time I’d had to peruse the Papa […]

You have a task, soul

posted by awelborn

Our days these days are filled with tasks – doctors’ appointments (immunization forms, check-ups and so on), school registration and, well, the swimming pool. So it all balances out pretty well. In fact, the swimming pool time more than balances […]

Fair Use

posted by awelborn

Copyright is an issue that interests me a great deal, not because of my own writing, but because of my work as the editor of Loyola Classics. One of the most important parts of that job was to track down […]

To the person who searched for “vestments in plaid”

posted by awelborn

Please. Don’t. (With apologies to Father Malachy’s Miracle, one of the Lost Loyola Classics. As in, at the last minute the heirs pulled out of the contract. Grrr. But in the novel,  written decades before Vatican II, there’s some hilarious […]

Like Annie Lamott

posted by awelborn

…only better! ..and Catholic! You might recall that a few weeks ago, in a post inviting you to go read Jennifer Fulwiler’s excellent article “A Sexual Revolution,” I also recommended an older Commonweal piece by Heather King called “One Woman’s Journey.”  It […]

What do you read?

posted by awelborn

In print? Not to worry. This is not another post from a frustrated book-writer, trying to suss out the market. Although you never know. That might be on the way, too. No, this post has germinating for a while, ever […]

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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?
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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