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September 2008 Archives

Ritual apologies

posted by awelborn

I got absorbed in, er, the news yesterday and since it’s not something I feel qualified on which to blog, I basically forgot about my blog and waiting comments and such. Rectified. Remember the delicious feed, which is updated frequently […]

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St. Vincent de Paul

posted by awelborn

Today is the feast of St. Vincent de Paul – Here’s a great blog post with lots of links and resources Susan Stabile has a nice reflection Vincent looked at the faces of the poor and the marginalized and what he […]

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Synod Mania!

posted by awelborn

The Synod of Bishops is coming up – commencing in Rome on October 5. (The last Synod was on the topic of the Eucharist, in the fall of ’05) Here’s the Vatican webpage for the Synod, with all of the […]

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Ancient Highway

posted by awelborn

A couple of weeks ago, I read Bret Lott’s newest novel, Ancient Highway. If you don’t know who Bret Lott is, you can read a good introduction to him here, at Jeffrey Overstreet’s site, where Jeffrey reprints a segment of […]

Unraveling the knitting

posted by awelborn

The discussion below is interesting – thanks for all of your responses. Again, I didn’t mean to cause offense. I can’t think of a place I’ve lived which, if it were criticized, I’d be “offended.” People live places, like certain […]

Introducing Christianity

posted by awelborn

I am presently working on a little book about the role of Christ in Pope Benedict’s thought.  It’s not scholarly, aimed, rather at a popular audience, and I’ll only be pulling from his writings as Pope. I will be, more […]

In which we eat

posted by awelborn

So, I’m sitting here after a morning at the park, eating some leftover salad, getting ready to tackle some Ratzinger. Might as well talk about food. Moving means transition. It means adaptation. It means finding new places to buy your […]

And now to the books

posted by awelborn

A little bit of book-blogging to ease myself back into this. (Actually, I have another post coming on the rest of the Pope’s visit to France…I’ll get there.) First, some interesting and unusual children’s books we’ve read recently. (By the […]

Fort Wayne in the Rearview

posted by awelborn

As regular readers know, we moved this summer, from Fort Wayne, Indiana to Birmingham, Alabama. It’s been interesting and generally fantastic. When I meet folks down here and go through the obligatory “Yeah, we just moved from Indiana….” etc., I […]

There.

posted by awelborn

I think I’m up for blogging again. I’ve been thinking things over – not just the blog, but writing in general. Trying to sort through things in the New Place, doing the Mom Thing of feeling responsible for everyone’s emotional-well […]

40 Days

posted by awelborn

Today begins the 40 Days for Life campaign: prayer, fasting and presence. This movement began locally and has grown terrifically in such a short time. Here’s the website for the effort. More from Musings from a Catholic Bookstore. Marcel LeJeune […]

A reader notes..

posted by awelborn

That according to the caption of the photo here, the new Prime Minister of Japan is a Catholic. In other news coming from Asia, the situation for the Church in VIetnam is not getting any better: Goon squads went into […]

“And then came the outpouring…”

posted by awelborn

AND then came the outpouring: for weeks after, people I barely knew would come into my office, gently shut the door and burst into tears. I heard stories of single and serial miscarriages, pregnancies carried nearly to full term, stillbirths […]

True Love

posted by awelborn

Prickly, perhaps, though. Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Again. (Come on people. I think I walked about three miles, big chunks of it uphill.) I’m telling you, this was the fourth visit to this place, and I discovered yet even more previously […]

The Pope in France

posted by awelborn

As most of you know, Pope Benedict spent last weekend in France – in Paris, first, then in Lourdes. As per usual, the homilies and other talks he gave were rich and resonant. Much on which to meditate and ponder. […]

Small World Department

posted by awelborn

Rome office: My son is in Rome doing a 1-month TEFL certification program. The first day of class he sits down next to a young woman.  Class begins, the students introduce themselves. The young woman sitting next to David is […]

Yes, I am going to blog about politics.

posted by awelborn

I just have to think about how to do it without blowing up computers. Yours and mine.

Your move

posted by awelborn

Crestline Village. Birmingham. Somewhere.

Who are you wearing?

posted by awelborn

Grandfather! (As in – the shirt was from my dad’s visit to Rome several years ago – it as for Joseph, but he would never wear it because he’s squirrely about his shirts. Now it fits Michael. Hat is also […]

We interrupt this blog lameness

posted by awelborn

….to bring you the latest brilliance from Matthew Archbold. I laughed ’til I cried. Give the man a book contract. Honestly.

Haiti, drowning

posted by awelborn

The wave of storms of hurricanes over the past month has left havoc and death in Haiti. It is a real emergency: United Nations humanitarian agencies and other groups are struggling to help Haiti’s flood victims after storms that killed […]

It’s about Catholics acting like Catholics

posted by awelborn

Rocco gives us the link to Bishop Morlino of Madison’s homily this morning – not the homily he planned – but one he ended up delivering in response to Pelosi and Biden. Here’s the link to the mp3 – past […]

Taking off

posted by awelborn

About ten years ago – maybe a little less –  I watched as a plane took off from Tampa International Airport. On that plane was my second son David, a freshman in high school, off on a spring break school […]

The thing about blogging is..

posted by awelborn

…when something really interesting and bloggable that is surprisingly and instantaneously sucking up the world’s available Blogxygen happens, the temptation is strong to well, blog on it. But then, about 6 hours into this…thing..it becomes clear that this might just […]

Next up

posted by awelborn

…a novel highly recommended to me by a reader. I’ll be heading to the library/bookstore (whichever is closer) tomorrow on my rounds to pick it up: The End by Salvatore Scibona The reader says:  I have just read a phenomenal […]

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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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