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Amy Welborn was born in 1960, the only child of a now-retired professor of political science, a teacher-librarian-artist mother,deceased since 2001, was a teacher, librarian and artist. The Catholicism comes from her side.

Amy grew up in a number of places - Indiana - Washington, DC - Lubbock Texas - Arlington, Virginia - DeKalb, Illinois - Lawrence, Kansas - and Knoxville, Tennessee, where the family settled in 1973. She attended Knoxville Catholic High School, then the University of Tennessee where she majored in history. She received an MA in Church History from Vanderbilt University, where she wrote a thesis on the changing role of women in 19th century American Protestantism, and the ways Scripture was used to justify those changes.

She worked as as a teacher in Catholic high schools and a Parish Director of Religious Education and started writing for the diocesan press - the Florida Catholic - in 1988. Amy has written columns for Our Sunday Visitor and Catholic News Service at times over the past twenty years. Her articles have been published in venues ranging from Our Sunday Visitor to the New York Times to Commonweal. She has written 17 books. 18, if you included the as yet tragically unpublished novel.

Amy has five children, ranging in age from 26 to 4 and was married to Michael Dubruiel, who died unexpectedly in February 2009. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

Next Question

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Health Care. What does “Catholic Social Teaching” and Catholic teaching in general say about health care and the responsibility of a society to provide it? And how does this relate to: 1) the present reality in the US and 2) […]

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And now…let’s vote.

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I’m fully aware of the limitations and possible abuse with polls like this. It might end up accurately reflecting the views of this blogs’ readership or we could get a whole lot of influx from another site that will skew […]

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By the way..

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…speaking of Red Cardigan, she’s got a wonderful post up today about a 102-year old, never married, childless man who died and asked that any remembrances be left to Human Life International. Wonder why? Go read. (By the way – […]

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Is Catholic politico-talk too idealistic?

posted by awelborn

Here’s my first question for you guys to discuss. Let me try to unpack the probably poorly-articulated question. I don’t mean, “Is it too unrealistically oriented toward a greater good that can never be achieved?”  No. I mean – is […]

Fray, entered

posted by awelborn

Here goes. I want to start politico-blogging, but I’m going to be all schoolmarmish and lay down some requests about commenting. Why the requests? (‘Cause you really want to say “rules” but that would be too much. Admit it. Okay, […]

Schnurr in Cincy

posted by awelborn

Cincinnati has a new Coadjutor – Queen City resident and blogger Rich Leonardi has details. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s new coadjutor is Dennis Marion Schnurr, bishop since 2001 of Duluth, Minn. As coadjutor, Archbishop Pilarczyk remains the ordinary, but upon […]

Niagara

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I need to update that sidebar. I do think a couple of those books have been up there for almost a year. (BTW, we are  considering changing the listing of the FW house and adding, “Excellent theological library included.” For […]

Bleg

posted by awelborn

If you or any blogger you read has collected links to all the statements made by US bishops on voting in recent months – please post a comment or email to me. Thanks!

Thursday scenery

posted by awelborn

At Wal-Mart, it was the day of Buying A Lot of Stuff. One woman slid a case of red pepper sauce right off the shelf into her cart. As we were driving in, another woman was supervising workers who were […]

Fr. Mitch on St. Paul

posted by awelborn

For the past six weeks, Fr. Mitch Pacwa gave talks on “St. Paul, Steward of the Mysteries” at the Cathedral of St. Paul here in Birmingham.  They were all (video) recorded, and here’s the link to the diocesan website with […]

Coadjutating

posted by awelborn

Perhaps a new season of episcopal appointments? Today, the US gets one – an adjutant for Winona: Bishop John Quinn, auxiliary in Detroit (bio – pdf file.)

After Abortion

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I was drifting through someone else’s blogroll and saw the “After Abortion” blog  listed- one I thought had ceased regular posting a while back. Well, Emily and Anne still post occasionally. On the current front page they have a long, […]

Garden party

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Everyone was there…

Wait for it

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The Pope spoke this morning to the Synod. From John Allen: Truth to be told, the relationship between Biblical interpretation and other areas of Catholic theology had already emerged as a major concern. This morning, however, Pope Benedict himself took […]

“Our Father, who…er…”

posted by awelborn

Last week, my daughter (finally) finished a short, star-crossed run as the Mother Superior in a production of Lilies of the Field, the main fruit of which being Little Michael running around the house yelling, “Ja, Schmidt!” many times a […]

New saints

posted by awelborn

Today, in Rome: Tens of thousands of pilgrims from the four corners of the world crowded St. Peter’s Square for the canonization of an Italian, a Swiss sister, an Indian sister, and an Ecuadorian laywoman. They are Gaetano Errico (1791-1860), […]

Books 4 sale

posted by awelborn

Books for sale here – just a reminder. I have almost everything on hand except Here. Now. and Prove It: Church. I have lots and lots of Mary and the Christian Life. Remember shipping is included in the listed price.

Scenes from the South

posted by awelborn

Over the past week: *As we leave the Hoover Library, a teen-aged girl in hijab whizzes by us on her Heelys to a waiting car. *The Indian women who live one building over get out of their minivan, clad not […]

“I Am Yours”

posted by awelborn

From the Pope’s remarks yesterday at the Synod.  Worth savoring. But first. The question has been asked, “Why a Synod on the Word of God?”  Because one of the most damaging tendencies of the last few decades in Catholic catechesis and […]

The Life You Save May Not Be Your Own

posted by awelborn

Michael, on Respect Life Sunday.

La Bibbia giorno e notte

posted by awelborn

Today, RAI (Italian state television) began its marathon Bible-reading session, led off by Pope Benedict.  You can find the webcast here. The connection is spotty for me, but perhaps you will have better luck. I haven’t been able to find […]

The Synod begins

posted by awelborn

Update:  Here’s the English text of the homily.   Today, the Synod of Bishops – “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church” – began with a Mass at St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls. Vatican Radio report The Pope’s […]

Consider the Lilies of the Field

posted by awelborn

Modern Life. Here’s what flows around mine. One son, over in Rome, a newly minted and certified teacher of English as a Foreign Language, waiting on word about a job in Vung Tau, Vietnam. Reading up on the job and […]

Next question

posted by awelborn

The discussion of the post below is veering, quite naturally, to the subject of Roe and the place of legal restrictions on abortion in the pro-life movement. So, we might as well go ahead and go there. I have company […]

PopCultHist Blogging

posted by awelborn

As I’ve said before, I’m a big fan of BBC radio programs. Yes, yes, there’s no doubt that the news reporting is dependably full of reflexive anti-Israel and anti-American bias, but most of the cultural programming is just on a […]

Straw Everywhere

posted by awelborn

So much, it’s making me sneeze. One of the points that is frequently raised by those who say they are opposed to abortion but who nonetheless give their support, advice and endorsement to candidates who are unequivocally and proudly supportive […]

On that social encyclical…

posted by awelborn

I’d contracted with OSV to write a pamphlet on Benedict’s forthcoming third encyclical ages ago, when a summer ’08 release date was assumed. We’re still waiting, aren’t we? The word that’s come to me is that the encyclical is being […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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

Your move

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Crestline Village. Birmingham. Somewhere.

Who are you wearing?

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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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

Mass in the gym, revisited

posted by awelborn

So, yeah, we made it to the first ever Irish festival in Knoxville – it was okay, but let’s hope future years expands the Irish-related vendors and booths. There just wasn’t a lot to it. Which is too bad, considering […]

“You’d have to take a lot of band-aids”

posted by awelborn

Today we headed to the mountains.  Not a huge excursion, not one requiring great exertion, oxygen or even hiking boots – simply a little adventure to get our feet wet, breathe some mountain air, and make new friends. Um, yeah. […]

Still around

posted by awelborn

But, busy, stewarding creation and all: Tomorrow, mountains, perhaps, if we can going early enough.

Blog Break

posted by awelborn

Could be two days, could be three. Who knows! In the meantime, celebrate the feastday of St. Mary Magdalene on Tuesday. Celebrate for who she was (as much as we know…)  not who we’d like her to be. That said, […]

Vayamos a Madrid!

posted by awelborn

(Corrections welcome. Last time I took Spanish, I was 12. I can say “Juega aqui!.” Florida residents can explain why.) As expected, Pope Benedict announced that the next WYD will be in Madrid in 2011. John Allen has a bit […]

Hold on..

posted by awelborn

…it’s going to be a bumpy ride… (Context.) (No deep meaning. I just love that photo.)

WYD Update

posted by awelborn

Still busy, and I trust that those of you keeping up with WYD are…doing just that. But aside from the links I listed below, here are some recent updates: First, the Vatican translators are doing very well this time – […]

Speaking of books

posted by awelborn

Please check out the discussion of Exiles over at Inside Catholic. There’s some good stuff over there on all sides. In particular, I want to point you to the comments of Bishop Daniel Flores, Auxiliary in the Detroit Archdiocese, here […]

Big vat o’ Books

posted by awelborn

As I keep telling you, things are really busy around here. Actually, the actual activity is not at its height, but my brain power is certainly being pulled in directions other than this one. Concentrating is quite a challenge, and […]

Book Club

posted by awelborn

The first installment of the Inside Catholic Book Club – discussing Ron Hansen’s Exiles  – is up. Matthew Lickona, BIshop Daniel Flores and I start it off. We’ll be in the comboxes too, when folks start talking – except for […]

Who didn’t write what

posted by awelborn

The NYTimes ran a story about the “Serenity Prayer” and how it may not have been written by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, as has been believed. An article about the mystery of the prayer, by Fred R. Shapiro, associate library director […]

New Bishop for New Ulm

posted by awelborn

Announced today, Fr. John LeVoir of Minneapolis. He’s a friend of Fr. Z’s: Please pray for Bishop-Elect John LeVoir, presently pastor of St. Michael’s and St. Mary’s in Stillwater, MN (home of the famous bookstore).  Also he was once pastor […]

Busy, busy, busy

posted by awelborn

Things are going to be very busy around here the next couple of weeks. I’ll be around, but probably with only about 1/20th of my brain. I had a little spurt of book orders yesterday. Thank you! If you’d like […]

Mother of Mercy, redux

posted by awelborn

A search term that brought someone to my blog today: the price of abortions in charlotte If anyone ever happens here again looking for that information – please, please, take some time and think. Think. Listen. Lots of people want […]

Mother of Mercy

posted by awelborn

Fort Wayne, IN

WYD

posted by awelborn

Well, the journeys have begun to World Youth Day..Some links if you’re interested in following. The official WYD site The NCRegister’s Pope2008 blog has transitioned into a pretty full-service WYD2008 blog. Links to lots of articles about the event, the […]

The Anglo-Catholics are coming!

posted by awelborn

…maybe. As I mentioned a while back, there is just tons of stuff going on in the Anglican Communion, and we haven’t even got to Lambeth yet. The big news of this week was the decision of the Church of […]

Coming this fall

posted by awelborn

This book is going to get a great deal of attention, particularly since it’s published by Brazos – an traditionally evangelical press. One of the more adventurous ones, to be sure, but still…   Here’s Beckwith’s page on the book. […]

From Cheyenne to Green Bay

posted by awelborn

Green Bay gets a bishop, Cheyenne loses one. Cheyenne Bishop David Ricken was today named bishop of Green Bay. In Italian, here. In addition, it’s Amato to saints (Prefect)  and Ladaria Ferrer to CDF (Secretary) (And, catching up – yesterday, […]

Stormy

posted by awelborn

About one o’clock this afternoon, a storm blew through. It came very fast and buffeted us pretty hard for a bit. And of course, inevitably, the power went out. When the rain cleared, the machines in the house remained silent, […]

Return to Sender

posted by awelborn

I’m still throwing most of my “read this” links over on the delicious feed, but this was worthy of its own post. Madonna House to return award: Representatives from Madonna House, a Catholic community based in Combermere, Ontario, will make […]

The narrow road

posted by awelborn

This summer, I-65 has become the new I-75 in my life. Oddly enough, though, I find the drive from south to north or the reverse far less trying than the latter.  The landscape is more varied, there are more cities […]

On the road again

posted by awelborn

Back to the Fort tomorrow. In the meantime: I thought you might be interested in knowing that the Catholic Blog Directory (catholicblogs.blogspot.com) has just passed the 1,500 blog mark. The Directory was based on the late Gerard Serafin’s blog list […]

Reading Group

posted by awelborn

For this longish short (or shortish long) trip, I decided to try to ease the pain of the little ones by checking out some audiobooks from the library. Joseph has been listening to this recording of Mary Pope Osborne’s Tales […]

Day Break

posted by awelborn

No blogging today (Thursday) , unless it happens later tonight. In the meantime, if you care to, check out my del.icio.us bookmarks. Nothing spectactular, just interesting reading – especially Jen Ambrose’s account of the varied immigrants in China, as well […]

Meanwhile, in Canterbury…

posted by awelborn

I have been following what’s going on in the Anglican Communion the last couple of weeks only sporadically, figuring that it would, in the long run, be easier to read and understand summaries of what’s already happened when it’s all […]

Study Hall

posted by awelborn

Today, in the last GA until mid-August, the Pope announced that he’ll be focusing on Paul for a while. From AsiaNews: “We must place ourselves,” said the Holy Father, “in the world of 2,000 years age. Under many aspects today’s […]

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’ – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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…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

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“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

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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

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(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

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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

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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

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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

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

In other New Movement News

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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

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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

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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

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       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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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.

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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?”

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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(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

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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”

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…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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

My goal

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…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?

Devastation

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

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 […]

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 […]

Are you Lost?

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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…

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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…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

posted by awelborn

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

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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

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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

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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!)

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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 […]

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