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February 2009 Archives

Offering it up – From the other end

posted by awelborn

Around this time of year, conversations about sacrifice tend to increase, and in Catholic circles, we look that whole business of “offering it up” – that once common phrase and practice, not so frequently heard any longer. Unless you’re me […]

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You are dust

posted by awelborn

One of the best ways to begin Lent is with the Holy Father’s message: From what I have said thus far, it seems abundantly clear that fasting represents an important ascetical practice, a spiritual arm to do battle against every […]

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Yes

posted by awelborn

There is much going on and, you will not be surprised to know, a great deal of thought and emotion and prayer. In the past two and a half weeks, I have filled two Muji notebooks and should be completely […]

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Gratitude, again.

posted by awelborn

I have many people to thank – a couple hundred thank you notes to write, which I will start next week, I promise. People have been so generous, and I will go into more detail in a future post about […]

Go figure

posted by awelborn

Imagine my surprise as I prayed over the past week – prayed the Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours, the Rosary – imagine my surprise when the words of the prayers did not include: Oh, God, bring Michael back or […]

Remembering

posted by awelborn

This post is mostly for me, our family and Michael’s friends. If anyone who knew Michael has anything to add, please do so. Several people at the visiting hours quite accurately observed that Michael would abhor any sense of being […]

Euthus

posted by awelborn

First: What you’ll read here is nowhere near the sum of what is going on. I’m not using this space to pour out and expose everything that is going on.  I’m using it to share thoughts and experiences that have […]

Gratitude

posted by awelborn

People are wonderful. I am grateful beyond words for the outpouring of support and prayer we have experienced over the past week. And it has been a week, exactly. Thousands of prayers said, rosaries prayed. Scores, if not hundreds of […]

The Last Column

posted by awelborn

Michael had been writing a column for the Diocesan newspaper called “Some Seed Fell” and posting them after publication on his blog. His sweet secretary Allison just sent me the last column he wrote, being published this week, that he […]

Michael Dubruiel

posted by awelborn

November 16, 1958-February 3, 2009 Michael collapsed this morning at the gym and was not able to be revived despite the efforts of EMTs and hospital personnel. We are devastated and beg your prayers. Many thanks for all of the […]

On New Movements

posted by awelborn

Thanks to a faithful, ever-helpful reader who passed this along – an article on New Movements by then-Cardinal Ratzinger: This perspective also enables us to see the risks to which the movements are exposed as well as the means to […]

Way, Truth and Life

posted by awelborn

A year ago last week – January 30 – Legionary of Christ founder Marcial Maciel died in Houston and was, a few days later, buried in Mexico, rather than the tomb that had been constructed for him in Rome. Over […]

The Way of the Cross

posted by awelborn

Several years ago, Michael and I wrote a Way of the Cross based on John Paul II’s structure. It was published by Ave Maria Press, and has just been republished by them, with gorgeous new art by, we are honored […]

Gearing up

posted by awelborn

After a bit of a break, I’m gearing up for more blogging. For the last year and a half, my head has been fogged up by pre-move, move and post-move stuff as well as sorting through my own sense of […]

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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