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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 She has written 17 books. 18, if you included the as yet tragically unpublished novel.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.

How to Help

posted by awelborn

A page from the CNN site listing organizations through you which may contribute to assistance for victims of natural disaster here and around the world. Caritas International (the international Catholic relief agency) is getting some aid through to Myanmar. You […]

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Help welcome

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Okay, so I want to add a widget to the sidebar – even though I’m trying to be  very skimpy on the widgets because I know they tend to slow some computers down and I like a clean look. But […]

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Pentecost Varia

posted by awelborn

(add your own interesting links!) From the excellent group blog, Per Christum, a meditation on Pentecost and motherhood: That Pentecost and Mother’s Day fall on the same day this year got me thinking about how celebrating Pentecost is really celebrating […]

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Pentecost in Rome

posted by awelborn

Someday, I’d really like to be in Rome for Pentecost. No, not to celebrate with a Pope, but to watch the rose petals float down the ocula in the Pantheon.  (S. Maria ad martyres ) That, and the white petals for […]

What did you see and hear?

posted by awelborn

Can’t get away from it. It’s my ‘satiable curiosity. So tell me about Pentecost at your place (whether you are Catholic or not!) At our place – red bunting up and down the aisles. Music: Come Holy Ghost (entrance), One […]

New (to me) blog

posted by awelborn

Ars Catholica This blog is dedicated to helping rebuild a sense of Catholic identity and culture, through the discussion of Catholic art, architecture, music, literature and liturgy. As do many young Catholics, I feel a profound sense of loss regarding […]

Shutting down

posted by awelborn

Reports came last month that the Japanese bishops were going to the Vatican with concerns about the Neocatechumenal Way. Today, in The Tablet, Robert Mickens reports that the Neocatechumenal seminary in Japan is to be closed: A NEO-CATECHUMENATE seminary in […]

The Archbishop and the Governor

posted by awelborn

Archbishop Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, to Governor Sebelius, a Catholic: Since becoming archbishop, I have met with Governor Sebelius several times over many months to discuss with her the grave spiritual and moral consequences of her public actions by […]

A bit of varia

posted by awelborn

Wonderful news from Laura Ingraham – she’s adopted a daughter from Guatemala. Listen here to her talk a little bit about  “Operation Maria Caroline”. The new  Latin website from the Vatican. Sandro Magister reprints an article recounting a 1997 visit […]

Lakeland’s Burning

posted by awelborn

I used to live in Lakeland, Florida, and honestly, all the good stuff happened after I left: housing prices doubled (as in – I could have sold my house for double of what I did sell it for even 3 […]

Creator, Sanctifier and Redeemer

posted by awelborn

A good explanation of why that doesn’t cut it from Christianity Today – because reinforcements in these discussions are always helpful. Furthermore, it is a mistake to focus only on the phrase “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” without noting the […]

Myanmar

posted by awelborn

The toll is growing and fears of catastrophic disease are mounting in Burma. Gashwin is keeping a list of relief efforts and agencies updated. This blog – Myanmar Relief – also seems to be a good place. From the Weekly […]

Cleaning out the email box

posted by awelborn

…and a few random reads, quickly noted. Fr. Philip Powell wants to spread the word about MTS Travel These folks specialize in travel for priests, religious, missionaries–all sorts of church-related activities. Diane Houseman helped me yesterday get a ticket to […]

Talkin’ about clericalism

posted by awelborn

Over at Inside Catholic, Russell Shaw has an article about clericalism. The indication is that it is the first of many, which is good, because the article doesn’t exactly confront clericalism directly, but does an end run via the growth […]

Popcaks on Sirius!

posted by awelborn

Congratulations!  Beginning Monday, May 19th, Lisa and I will be hosting a new show for The Catholic Channel Sirius 159.  The new show, Fully Alive! with Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak, will air weeknights from 10p-Midnight Eastern (7-9pm Pacific). We’ll have […]

Speaking of Faith

posted by awelborn

A few weeks ago, I told you that the public radio program Speaking of Faith was looking for Catholics to talk about being Catholic. The program airs this week, but you can listen to it online and even, to save […]

Call to…Puppetry?

posted by awelborn

Last week, the West Coast Call to Action had its conference in San Jose. This blogs links to a video of the Closing Liturgy. Here’s a direct link to the video. Playing “spot the liturgical abuse” is not the point. […]

The victims of Nargis

posted by awelborn

Gashwin has a post with links to information on the deadly impact of Cyclone Nargis. Fort Wayne has a substantial Burmese population, so the local paper gets reactions:   Monday was a long day for Minerva Gyaw – the first […]

Good News

posted by awelborn

A couple of years ago, after our one and only Trip to Rome, a fellow wrote to me and asked about the apartment we’d stayed at. As things turned out, he and his family were traveling to Rome and were […]

The Faithful Departed

posted by awelborn

First of all, this has got to be one of the best book titles, ever.  Phil Lawler, editor of Catholic World News, has written an account of the Catholic Church in Boston that focuses on the collapse of visible Catholic […]

Your wish is my command

posted by awelborn

Two people have written me asking for links to the originals of my pope-praying-rosary-in-shades photo I use as a header sometimes. So I took that as a sign, and dug through the archives at Papa Ratzinger Forum, confident that they’d […]

In but not of

posted by awelborn

Our main public library has a fantastic playroom in the children’s section, and not a trip to the library can pass without a stop, a session with the train table (because, as I keep telling you, we have NO train […]

Bibles for Chinese Catholics

posted by awelborn

Via Intentional Disciples: With the advent of the Beijing Olympics this summer, the world is turning an attentive eye to that vast land and its 1.3 billion people. Catholics make up a tiny minority at this point. Some belong to […]

On the laicization of bishops

posted by awelborn

There’s been a lot of discussion of this question here and there, not only related to the newly-elected president of Paraguay, but also in relation to those bishops who might have profoundly betrayed their office and call. Today, John Allen […]

Teddy Bears optional

posted by awelborn

Okay, so here’s the trailer for the new film version of Brideshead Revisited which seems to make it all a heated power struggle between Lady Marchmain and Charles Ryder over something – which I suppose, at some level, it is, but […]

Stuff Catholics Like

posted by awelborn

Here -a group effort. …and…Stuff Christians Like. 

It’s official

posted by awelborn

On his 75th birthday, Archbishop Harry Flynn has retired and his coadjutor, John Nienstedt, is the new Archbishop of Minneapolis-St. Paul. (The other US hierarchy-related news this week was Wednesday’s long-awaited resignation of 63-year old Donald Pelotte of Gallup, who […]

Mary and the Christian Life

posted by awelborn

Mary and the Christian Life was published about two months ago, by Word Among Us Press. Bert Ghezzi, familiar to you as the author of many books on saints (including this very nice one – The Heart of a Saint: […]

Bringing the Mass to the People

posted by awelborn

I found this little book in our stash. Neither of us can figure out its provenance, but here it is. Published in 1960, written by the well-known figure in the U.S. Liturgical Movement, Fr. Hans Reinhold, the book is a […]

A Personal Message from Me to…

posted by awelborn

…the USPS employee or contracted worker located somewhere between northern Indiana and Nashville, TN. Ahem. I think I’ve figured it out. I think I see where you were coming from. There you were, unloading or loading a truck, or maybe […]

Lucia

posted by awelborn

Last night, I finished Lucia: A Venetian Life in the Age of Napoleon, which was an excellent way to spend time. It’s the story of the author’s great-great-great-great grandmother, born into one of the ruling Venetian families, married into another. […]

Bishop Gene at RBTE

posted by awelborn

Starting of Book Day: There’s discussion here and there about Episcopal Gene Robinson being invited to be present/talk at the RBTE – the Religious Bookseller’s Trade Exhibition, which is being described as a “Catholic” book trade show. Well, sort of.  […]

Whoops

posted by awelborn

Sorry for the delay in approving comments. I checked earlier today and there were zero. Just checked again and there were 11. Book stuff coming tomorrow. A wide, wide variety. As per usual. Praying for all those harmed by the […]

Come and Gone?

posted by awelborn

The post-papal visit analysis is a week old now, the questions being asked, “What’s the impact? What’s the long-term effect?” The answer? It depends on us. The Pope spoke to everyone while he was in the United States, because he […]

To Life

posted by awelborn

Two stories: Jim Caviezel’s adoption of two older, ill children from China You’ve probably already heard this, but it’s worth noting again – Alaska Governor Sarah Palin recently gave birth to her fifth child, who has Down Syndrome. She and […]

Pulp Merton

posted by awelborn

Signet paperback, 1952. (Book originally published in 1948). Click on image for larger, more detailed version. I’m not quite sure if the images are supposed to be directly related to the book – some of them don’t exactly ring a […]

No, I’m not blogging

posted by awelborn

But I am ranting about my favorite topic over at comments at this post at Inside Catholic.  It’s a subject that interests many of you – “Catholic” fiction – so come join in.

Just so you know

posted by awelborn

…blog break til Monday. Bookstore is open, 24/7, though. First Communion…Mother’s Day…Confirmation…Graduation….

Next time someone mocks the red shoes

posted by awelborn

Send them this: After many false starts, the doors finally opened to reveal the Pope. He came down the steps toward his car and, then, headed toward the barricades on the lawn. I was standing close, but as he approached, […]

Welcome, readers

posted by awelborn

Especially new readers.  With the Pope safely back in Rome and that over and done with, regular blogging will resume – which means, not very often. It’s another busy day around here – yet more painters – so I’ll point […]

Thinking about the Pope

posted by awelborn

There’s a lot of good reflection out there, and since I have a million things to do, I beg your forgiveness for highlighting only one at this moment – feel free to add your own links to the comments. Jen at […]

Times Blog

posted by awelborn

The final entries are up, including mine, here. It was moderately successful, hampered by the process – we submitted a post to an editor, the posting was all done by the Times, we didn’t always know when it was going […]

Book o’ the day

posted by awelborn

        The Catholic Woman’s Book of Days is a 365-day devotional for Catholic women. It is loosely tied to the liturgical year, is a very handy size, and features special devotions for several saints. It is not […]

Did you go?

posted by awelborn

I’m mentally wiped out and it might be a couple days before I can recoup. So…you fill in the blogger’s chair. Did you attend any of the events this past week? Stand on the street and see the Pope ride […]

Open Yankee Stadium Liturgy Thread

posted by awelborn

Be nice!   (BTW, I’ve got CNN on, and John Allen and Soledad O’Brien, both Catholic, of course, are doing a good job of gently explaining what’s going on in a non-intrusive way.) Here’s the text of the homily: Dear […]

Et Cum Spiritu Tuo

posted by awelborn

My latest at the Times. I hope my youth rally post will find a space today, and then a wrap-up, sometime tonight. Here’s the Youth Rally post – “What is God Whispering To You?” Remember – you do not have […]

Spying

posted by awelborn

There’s loads of papal commentary – perhaps you’re overloading, as a result. But it should be no surprise that some of the sharpest stuff is to be found over at Godspy. Start with Angelo Matera’s spot-on summary of what Benedict […]

Freedom

posted by awelborn

The whole speech at the Youth Rally was…wonderful. Read it. (linked below). If you were watching it, you might have noticed that there was one point at which Benedict really drew on just a little bit more inner fire and […]

Why do they do this?

posted by awelborn

The Vatican has put up the text of the Pope’s off-the-cuff remarks at the end of Mass this morning. It is smoothed out and patched up..and changed: My response now for all that you have given to me during this […]

Youth Rally

posted by awelborn

First the text of the brief talk given to the children and youth with disabilities and their caregivers: I am very happy to have this opportunity to spend a brief moment with you. I thank Cardinal Egan for his welcome […]

Cardinal Trujillo RIP

posted by awelborn

He was 72: Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, died Saturday of complications from diabetes.  The cardinal had been in a hospital fighting different health complications for nearly four weeks before he passed away.  […]

Non-humility

posted by awelborn

In which I point you to the NYTimes blog where I should have 2 posts up today, and then one later tonight, I hope, after the youth rally. (Okay, one is up, but the first one isn’t yet – they […]

Humility

posted by awelborn

The humility of this pope shines through. The manner in which he prayed the Eucharistic Prayer – perhaps it’s partly a function of his age and fatigue, but I’m thinking it’s also an expression of his convictions about who he […]

The Pope Says Hi

posted by awelborn

Great, informative, insightful post from Fr. Martin Fox, who was at the DC Mass    

St. Patrick’s homily

posted by awelborn

Here’s the text. Vintage Benedict, using the matter at hand – St. Patrick’s Cathedral – as a teaching tool, a teachable moment. (After the jump)  

Three years ago…

posted by awelborn

Remember? My blog archival page from April 2005, in which I was liveblogging the election, and readers were reacting – it really is great to read. I’m glad I didn’t succumb to temptation and delete the blog to save my […]

Heaven, defined

posted by awelborn

…when it’s finally warm enough for little boys to spend hours outside, puttering and digging. …and then they do. It’s amazing how much happier they are when they have that freedom to be outdors, which, even the tameness of our […]

Oh forget it

posted by awelborn

Forget that bloggy, ongoing post down there. I’ll just do individual posts. I’m pretty much in a state right now. When Michael was just talking to me on the phone from Florida he said, “You know, what’s different about this […]

First Communion

posted by awelborn

Fr. Jeffrey Keyes of the Rifugio San Gaspare blog (and at whose parish Michael did a mission a few weeks ago) has posted the program for his First Communion program and is asking your feedback. Here’s the post and here’s the program […]

Beauty and Healing Among the Saints

posted by awelborn

Thanks to commentor Gerry who mentioned this wonderful story from the LATimes: A priest once asked her not how she does it, but why — for 23 years, when she could have been elsewhere, when much of her flock cannot […]

Friday = “Fried Brain”

posted by awelborn

I”m about Poped out, and we’ve still got three days to go. What I’m going to do in this post is pull out some statements from the past few talks, sections that really, as they say “spoke to me.”  I […]

At the UN

posted by awelborn

The text, after the jump

Okay…

posted by awelborn

10:17…just now…aftershock. Anyone else?

Book of the Day

posted by awelborn

This is the exciting sequel to The Loyola Kids’ Book of Saints.  The original title given to me was The Loyola Kids’ Book of Heroes and Happenings– they wanted it to be broader than just more saints, offering an historical […]

I thought so…

posted by awelborn

Earthquake! I barely woke up, just enough to register that something was going on – I thought I was having some sort of tremor, for reasons I couldn’t figure out. Then back to sleep. Anyone else?    

Listen and learn

posted by awelborn

In the Spectator, me on Benedict and the abuse issue. CNN has interviews with some of those who met with the Pope. The video is here – Olan Horne, Faith Johnston, and Bernie McDaid. It occurred to me as I […]

Uniter, not a divider

posted by awelborn

My latest at the Times

Breaking

posted by awelborn

Thank God. Really. Thank God. Pope Benedict XVI held an unscheduled meeting with victims of priestly sexual abuse, shortly after pledging the church’s continued efforts to help heal the wounds caused by such acts. The Vatican said the pope met […]

On Sexual Abuse

posted by awelborn

I actually have things to say about this, but I had saved it for a NYTimes bloggy thing, but it hasn’t run, for some reason – I don’t know if the editor lost it or what. I figure that’s probably […]

Chill, chill, chill. Pax Tecum. Like the Man Said.

posted by awelborn

I’ve closed my original Papal liturgy thread down there and opened two new ones. I’ll be adding my own thoughts to those in a minute, but first this message from your sponsor. I wanted to start a pool as to […]

Open Nationals Stadium liturgy thread

posted by awelborn

Quickly: 1) I want to repeat what I said above – everything I saw and heard indicated to me that the participants in the Mass at Nationals Stadium had a very prayerful experience, were nourished by the Holy Father’s homily, […]

Open PAPAL HOMILY thread

posted by awelborn

Open Liturgy Thread

posted by awelborn

I’ll post the text of the Pope’s homily as soon as it turns up, which should be soon. Right now, I’m listening/watching/trying to fill book orders/waiting for the guys to come and install a new storm door. Short thoughts so […]

Pope to bishops

posted by awelborn

The text after the jump. Tell me what you think.

A reminder

posted by awelborn

There is a lot going on. The Pope. Politics. I don’t want to forget, though, that a year ago today – right now – we were all watching in horror as unbelievable news starting coming out of Blacksburg, Virginia. And […]

Ad Multos Annos

posted by awelborn

Today, of course, is Pope Benedict’s 81st birthday, and, as Michael and I have observed many times since 2005, being Pope seems to agre with him – he looks and seems more vigorous than he did three years ago. Some […]

Music in the WaPo

posted by awelborn

Thanks to the online discussions that have raged about the music for the papal Masses, particular the one in Washington, the Catholic differences about sacred music have hit the WaPo in a piece by Hank Stuever. The piece isn’t bad, […]

Search term of the day

posted by awelborn

…that brought someone to this blog. “what does this mean “xvi” “ Kind of charming, actually. If it’s an 8-year old child doing the searching, that is.

Whew

posted by awelborn

I was starting to get worried. Letting the bloggish blogging begin! Nothing new to regular readers, btw. You all know my shtick..

Greeting the Pope the right way

posted by awelborn

Awesomeness in New York. Via Pope2008: A number of Catholic lay people have joined with some local religious communities to plan a welcome that evening. The event will combine prayer, evangelization and singing, which organizers hope Pope Benedict will hear. […]

Daily Book Note

posted by awelborn

Today, it’s the Loyola Kids’ Book of Saints: Over 40 saints’ lives,written at a middle-school reading level. I. Saints are People Who Love Children St. Nicholas,St. John Bosco, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla Saints Are People Who […]

Just do it

posted by awelborn

In which I clear out the book review file. Got to do it and move on. Which is too bad because there are books here to which I wanted to give extended attention, but that’s just not going to happen. […]

Things I found today

posted by awelborn

I’m currently in a frenzy of cleaning and purging – I discovered that I saved EVERY SINGLE PAPER from Christopher’s kindergarten year, and most from first grade. Not surprisingly, the archives diminish precipitously after that. Anyway, some finds: 1) A book […]

Vamonos!

posted by awelborn

..and other varia. Very nice piece about a Texas family making the journey: (The Times will be following the family this week. There’s a bit of video, too) The Pequeños and their fellow pilgrims are a particularly ardent band. They […]

Books 4 Sale

posted by awelborn

(I’ll be beating this drum a lot for the next month. Bear with me.) The bookstore is open. I’ll be making a run to the post office early afternoon, so if you’d like an order to go out today, now’s […]

Sed Contra

posted by awelborn

As Benedict’s visit gets closer, anticipatory commentary makes less and less sense. Take, for example, Stephen Prothero’s column in USA Today. (Prothero is chair of the Religion Department at BU. His column expresses a pretty thin understanding of Benedict, but […]

What did you see and hear, Shepherd One Edition

posted by awelborn

I was walking through the church parking lot this evening, and I thought, “Huh, Good Shepherd Sunday. Pope’s coming. St. Peter’s Church. Wonder if it’s going to come up?” Well, yes. I walked in, the bulletin was handed to me, […]

Papal Visit Resources Mega-Post

posted by awelborn

Okay, I’m going to try go gather as many useful links in this post as I can. It might take a while – I’ll be adding to during the course of the day. First, in terms of the visit itself, […]

Grand Re-Opening

posted by awelborn

After about a year, I’ve re-opened our bookstore, but only for the spring. (What with our usual summer travel, selling books is impossible then). I’d stopped because I had PayPal troubles – the account was hacked into the same time […]

Books, etc

posted by awelborn

  I finally finished the page listing my books for this blog – you can punch the appropriate tab above or click here. The bookstore will open some time on Friday. Once I remember how to do those PayPal buttons […]

Next week…

posted by awelborn

                              I’ll be here, for sure, but I’ll also be hanging out here. Pray for me! Update: To clear up any confusion, the actual blogging hasn’t […]

Judging from my stats..

posted by awelborn

..it seems as if people are most interested in learning more about Bishop-to-be Taylor of Little Rock than any of the others appointed today. Makes sense. Two years without a bishop is a long time! Rocco has more info about […]

Yup.

posted by awelborn

  Savage Chickens via Fr. Z As long as we’re talking about writers, let’s link to a couple  who’ve shared the pain. But hopefully not much longer for any of us. Matthew Lickona has started blogging at length about the […]

Radio Reminder

posted by awelborn

So far: (all times are Eastern) Friday, 6:40 AM – Seize the Day with Gus Lloyd, Sirius Catholic Channel.  Topic: Mary and the Christian Life, Pope. Friday, 8:40 AM, Son Rise Morning Show with Brian Patrick, Sacred Heart Radio, Cincinnati. […]

Oremus

posted by awelborn

Via the New Liturgical Movement –  the Papal Missal for the liturgies on the US visit is now online. (pdf)

Little Rock, you finally have your bishop

posted by awelborn

Along with Des Moines, auxiliaries in Denver, San Antonio and San Francisco. Found here. Little Rock: Fr. Anthony Basil Taylor of Oklahoma CIty Des Moines: Bishop Richard Edmund Pates, auxiliary of Minneapolis-St. Paul Denver: Mons. James Douglas Conley, of Witchita […]

Big Mitre Day?

posted by awelborn

As Michael reported yesterday and Rocco hints at this evening, we just might see quite a few episcopal appointments for the US tomorrow. If you want to be the first on your block to get the news, there is no secret […]

So are you going?

posted by awelborn

In all of the PopeBlogging, I realized I’ve neglected something important – you! Because you are the Church and you are special! (Isn’t that the theme of the visit? No? You’re kidding me!) No, actually, I’m just curious, and thought […]

New Evangelization

posted by awelborn

Stories are beginning to pop up, here and there, about young people who are interested in and positive about Pope Benedict. Pope2008 had a post yesterday about what’s happening at CUA in anticipation. Joanna Berry, a student from Catholic University […]

Nerves frayed, much?

posted by awelborn

So the Archdiocese of Washington expressed concern about this ad from the DC Metro system, and Metro voluntarily pulled the ad:     I’ve been busy doing the GoogleBlog search thing and the reactions from St. Blog’s are already pouring […]

Works of mercy

posted by awelborn

Where Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix spent part of Easter Sunday: More than 20 young women attended Easter Mass with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted March 23 in a small chapel at the Black Canyon School, a juvenile corrections facility in north […]

Because 13th century theological language rules

posted by awelborn

The collection of the Pope’s Q & A’s with various groups, Questions and Answers is #1 on the Catholic Publishers’ Association Bestseller’s list for April. (pdf)  Oh, and more papal-related randomness – here’s a transcript of a really excellent discussion […]

Greetings

posted by awelborn

Update:  Here it is at the USCCB website.   Update:  Here it is, from YouTube, sans commercials.   Via CNN, here’s the video, complete with Miller Lite commercial.   More from other sites soon, I’m sure. Um…looks like people are […]

Almost there

posted by awelborn

I am having to go through myriad machinations in order to be able to sell books again. Don’t ask. But just know that it should be all straightened out in a couple of days. I will be doing a new […]

Radio Daze

posted by awelborn

A few upcoming appearances: Friday morning at 6:40 AM, I’ll be on Gus Lloyd’s Seize the Day program on Sirius’ Catholic Channel. 6:40. Don’t forget. 6:40. Topic will be (I think) Mary and the Christian Life. Next Tuesday at 9:30, […]

Thanks, Carl

posted by awelborn

Carl Olson dissects today’s USA Today story on the Pope. Helpfully, through his obvious pain. He even offers an alternate reality: Now, consider how this paragraph of “reporting”… He has made clear he wants to continue the strict doctrines of […]

Video at 11

posted by awelborn

But hopefully sooner. Update:  There’s an audio link at the end of the Vatican Radio text.  Here is a direct link to the audio. Here’s the text of the Pope’s message to the US in anticipation of his visit – […]

Forget the monastery

posted by awelborn

The great discovery of this past week’s journey was Jason’s Deli – a not-tiny chain, but one that we’d never encountered before. Much to my daughter’s chagrin, we ended up eating at it three – three – times in the […]

Spring cleaning

posted by awelborn

of the emailbox and the brain. Remember, this is random – I make no attempt to be systematic in blogging any longer. First – be sure to stop by the Shrine of the Holy Whapping every day this week, as […]

Some things you just don’t expect

posted by awelborn

So, I picked up Richard Sipe’s new book, The Serpent and The Dove: Celibacy in LIterature and Life  (October ’07 – and $49.95, just so you know…) from the “new arrivals” section at the library.  I thought I would be […]

What did we see and hear?

posted by awelborn

Let’s get back in the blogging mode by doing a little reporting.   (BTW, I’m swamped. Not with writing work – that will probably start happening next week. But with physical labor related to homeownership. Bleh. But some stuff just […]

Back

posted by awelborn

Truth is, we were out of town this past week, a fact which I’m reluctant to broadcast to the world while the journey is in progress. And no, it wasn’t to Rome. That was these guys, God bless ’em. Our […]

Obviously…

posted by awelborn

…things are busy. Look for regular (after a fashion) blogging to recommence on Sunday. Or around there. Maybe.

Your opinions needed

posted by awelborn

Speaking of Faith, the faith/religion program from American Public Radio, hosted by Krista Tippet, is seeking your views on Catholicism: Pope Benedict XVI will be making his first papal visit to the U.S. in April, to help revitalize and strengthen […]

“divided flock…divided flock…”

posted by awelborn

Peter Steinfels’ two cents about looming papal coverage: Is the pope Catholic? That used to be a sarcastic way of saying, could anything be more obvious? Is fire hot? Is water wet? Now, however, that nothing in the world is […]

Props where props are due

posted by awelborn

Like anything else the institutionally-sponsored Catholic press has its limitations, but it has strengths, as well. One of the areas in which the Catholic press shows its value and even necessity is in the telling of stories of individual Catholics […]

Helping sisters (and those they serve) , present and future

posted by awelborn

First, from Fr. Philip Powell OP’s blog: He took a group of UD students to Athens, GA, to help at the Oasis Católico Santa Rafaela . and lets us know that the Sisters need some assistance: I want to plug […]

Pope Prognostication

posted by awelborn

If you want to know what the Pope might say while he’s in the US, Rocco says, you might take a look at what Secretary of State Cardinal Bertone has said in his appearances, particularly to the Knights of Columbus […]

The Case of Bishop Braxton

posted by awelborn

I hope that somewhere out there, some historian or sociologist (or both) is keeping an eye on the travails of the diocese of Belleville, IL. Which, in some form or another, have been going on for a good long while. […]

Spoils

posted by awelborn

I won’t have a chance to listen to it right now, but I point you to this week’s In Our Time, centered on Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries.  Available for download for the next week, still accessible on the […]

Take note

posted by awelborn

Here’s an analysis that might be helpful to reporters getting ready for the papal visit: John Thavis of CNS does a very nice job of examining the Pope’s Psalm Sunday homily and drawing from it continuing themes of Benedict’s message: The […]

Is the Easter Vigil too long?

posted by awelborn

Fr. James Martin poses the question at the America blog A good discussion at Deacon Greg Kandra’s blog My brief (hah) answer: No. Done correctly, with appropriate settings, even with a lot of baptisms, the Vigil really shouldn’t last over […]

Pen in hand

posted by awelborn

Here’s the point about press coverage. Perhaps you could call it my manifesto on the subject. American press coverage of the papacy has had a single overriding theme for twenty-five years: the dissonance between what the Pope represents and the […]

Plunging into the mystery

posted by awelborn

A few days ago, I blogged on reporter Gary Stern’s piece on Benedict, which had some good points, but was hampered by the thematic focus that Benedict is a “mystery” to “many.” Stern has responded to bloggers’ criticisms, particularly Carl […]

Two Cows

posted by awelborn

Thanks to Dan at the Whapsters: (It’s a Catholic riff on this) Trappist: You have two cows. You do not appreciate their mooing, yet require their milk to craft high quality fudge. You assign them to a novice. Jesuit: You have two […]

Mystagogia. Sort of.

posted by awelborn

Science fiction writer John C. Wright joined the Church last Saturday night.  Now he has questions, which are being very helpfully answered by all comers over at his LiveJournal. I have heard my whole life how corrupt and superstitious the […]

Preach it, sister!

posted by awelborn

Over at the Papa Ratzinger Forum, the inestimable Teresa Benedetta – who can turn out good, reliable, faithful translations of the Pope’s words literally days before the Vatican gets back  around to it, lets loose on the Vatican’s less-than-effective efforts in […]

Grazie

posted by awelborn

I have actually been working on a post pulling together the Pope’s homilies from Holy Week, but I should have known that Sandro Magister would beat me to it – thank heavens! And  – reminder to journalists. Do you want […]

What did you see and hear?

posted by awelborn

Oh, back to satisfying our ‘satiable curiosity about liturgy around the country and around the globe. I’ve always enjoyed these threads because it’s just interesting to see the diversity – welcome and unwelcome. I think it’s also good for us […]

Man of mystery!

posted by awelborn

Carl Olson does a nice job with this one: What happens when an American journalist with a typically dualistic “conservative vs. liberal”, politics-are-everything perspective tries to understand Pope Benedict XVI? He becomes a bit befuddled, as does Gerry Stern, in […]

Problem Solving 101

posted by awelborn

 Problem:   The three dozen or so wooden train tracks you have aren’t satisfactory.  Solution:  You decide to construct your own. By drawing them. With crayon. On the hardwood floor. Problem solved! Some problems, solved, anyway.

Pray for him

posted by awelborn

…and for all those coming to Christ in His Church this evening!  From John Allen: One of the best-known Muslims in Italy, a journalist who in some ways is the heir to Oriana Fallaci as the country’s most prominent critic […]

Blogging around

posted by awelborn

This will be a catch-all post, added to throughout the day… First, I’m going to pretty much insist that you go vist Jen Ambrose’s blog for her photos and videos of the Holy Week services she’s attended in China. It’s […]

Jon Hassler, RIP

posted by awelborn

There have been several notable deaths over the past few days – film director Anthony Minghella, actor Paul Scofield, Focolare founder Chiara Lubich  – (here is the Pope’s message read at her funeral – and here is an account of […]

The Way of the Cross

posted by awelborn

Update:  Here is the English text of the Via Crucis.   As you know, one of the traditional Roman Holy Week observances is the Stations of the Cross at the Coliseum. Every year, the Station meditations are authored by a […]

Oremus

posted by awelborn

This week, prayers seem especially fitting for…  ….those suffering around the world. Suffering under political repression, in war zones, in situations of seemingly untenable, insoluble conflict. Suffering from hunger, abandonment, illness, grief, loneliness and doubt. (In terms of illness, in […]

Maybe, a blog

posted by awelborn

Don’t take my blog silence as an indication of a really deep Holy Week spiritual statement.  Life simply goes on here, and it’s very busy this week, since we’ve decided to take the bull by the horns – this particular […]

The Real Issues

posted by awelborn

Here’s a fantastic post from Terry Mattingly at Get Religion, in anticipation of you-know-what: You see, journalists who cover religion are all waiting for the arrival of the tidal wave that is a papal visit, which is kind of the […]

Enough

posted by awelborn

There will be lots to observe and listen to in the Holy Week liturgies in Rome, liturgically and otherwise (much comment already about the papal cross – up to this point Benedict has used John Paul II’s papal cross, but this morning, […]

Keep your eye on Pope2008

posted by awelborn

The NCR(egister) blog on the visit…Tim Drake is keeeping it constantly updated with several good posts a day. No one else is even approaching what Tim’s doing. Bookmark it. Today, details on the Pope’s visit to the site of the […]

Vatican notes

posted by awelborn

First, I thought this was most interesting – Pope Benedict has invited Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew not only to attend this fall’s Synod of Bishops, but to address the Synod, as well: During a private conversation when in the Apostolic Palace […]

Archbishop Rahho

posted by awelborn

…has been found dead. A Chaldean Catholic archbishop kidnapped last month in northern Iraq has been found dead, the information service of the Italian Catholic Church said Thursday. The body of Paulos Faraj Rahho, the archbishop of Mosul, was found […]

Templeton ’08

posted by awelborn

This year’s Templeton Prize has been awarded to Polish physicist and Catholic priest Michal Heller. From the group’s website: Heller, 72, Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy at the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Cracow, toiled for years beneath the […]

Pew Sitters

posted by awelborn

Inside Catholic has posted a slew – a slew -of reactions to the Pew study. The respondants are all over the map, and include a bishop or two. It’s well worth a read, and Inside Catholic has done a great […]

Not quite

posted by awelborn

In reflecting on the latest misreporting of Catholic news, I’m not seeing this as simple “anti-Catholicism” or “anti-religion.” Because it seems to me that it would be very easy to report the 7 Deadly Sins story with an anti-Catholic angle […]

Watch and listen

posted by awelborn

Sandro Magister has a very interesting column today, in which he looks at five recent General Audience talks (remember, the Pope is going through the Greek and Latin Fathers) and pegs the moments when the Pope begins to extemporize. After […]

12 Days

posted by awelborn

It has been 12 days since Mosul’s Chaldean Archbishop was kidnapped: The Iraqi Church is “suffering profoundly” from the “darkness and silence” which reign over the kidnap of Mosul’s Chaldean Archbishop, as anxiety and concern increase among the faithful and […]

Credentials

posted by awelborn

Last week, new US ambassador to the Holy See Mary Ann Glendon presented her credentials to Pope Benedict. Elizabeth Lev writes of the occasion for Zenit with her usual grace and insight – even more so this time, since her mother is, […]

Oh, and on Luther?

posted by awelborn

It seems that Luther isn’t even one of the two topics being considered for Ratzinger Reunion ’08: The story “does not have any foundation, insofar as no rehabilitation of Luther is foreseen,” Father Lombardi told the Italian news agency ANSA […]

Love awaits

posted by awelborn

Yesterday, Pope Benedict visited a youth center in Rome. He ad-libbed his homily, Teresa Benedetta has translated. An excerpt- We can say that all science is one great battle for life, above all, the science of medicine. Ultimately, medicine is […]

New book!

posted by awelborn

Mary and the Christian Life is out – I held a copy in my hand for the first time yesterday in Nashville (and yes, I’m back. More on the trip later). I’m not sure when it will be actually in […]

The circle of life

posted by awelborn

Up in Rosemont, Illinois – (is there really a Rosemont? Or is it “Rosemont, Suburb of Chicago, Illinois?) – anyway up in Rosemont, next to what used to be the Rosemont Arena or something but is now, of course, named […]

Here’s an idea

posted by awelborn

We’re about six weeks out from the Pope’s visit to the US and here and there, columns, essays and even contests of a sort are popping up with the general idea being, What should Benedict say? Or What would the […]

On a mission

posted by awelborn

Today (Friday) will be an interesting day around here. Everyone over the age of 6 is either coming or going, and also coming is, rumor has it, yet one more blast of snow. I really hope it stays south of […]

Do you remember Rule #27?

posted by awelborn

In case you forgot, here it is: If the news story is from the British press and involves the Pope…. DON’T BELIEVE IT. (And to refresh your memory, here is John Allen’s column from last year highlighting the constant problems […]

Pity the introvert

posted by awelborn

Or don’t. We’re happy. A few years ago – well, probably around ten years ago, now that I think about it – one of my older sons asked me what my favorite day of the week was. “Monday morning,” I […]

Congratulations!

posted by awelborn

To Melanie and Dom Bettinelli on the birth of Sophia Therese, who joins Isabella. And yes, she blogged during labor. You thought I was bad. (Melanie, I mean…not Sophia!)

Grrr.

posted by awelborn

March 5. Snow Day. March 5,  I said. ¡Ya basta! From this morning. I call it: Boy, Beach Ball, Butterfly Net and Slide in the Snow. In MARCH.” I also call it, Please Get Tired and Take a Good Nap […]

And you thought he was finished..

posted by awelborn

…since he wrapped up Augustine last week? Nope! Today…Leo I (the Great) The Roman primacy in the Church is “necessary”, today as in the past it is “at the service of truth and charity” and “serves communion” in the one […]

Because Regensburg was such a “blunder”

posted by awelborn

Today from the Vatican: In the light of the Open Letter “A Common Word” signed by 138 Muslim scholars, and the response of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, through the Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, a Delegation of the […]

Still missing

posted by awelborn

The Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul is still in the hands of kidnappers, who have raised their demands: The men who have the fate of Msgr. Paulos Faraj Rahho, Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul in their hands since February 29th last, have […]

“A loving heart is a hospice for the world”

posted by awelborn

 Via Zoe Romanowsky at Inside Catholic, a link to an article written by Emily Stimson on a Stuebenville grad. Zoe’s summary: Eighteen months later, after graduation, Shannon began to pray about her desire to work in a Chinese orphanage. She […]

In the name of…

posted by awelborn

Lots of discussion about last week’s rather terse CDF note. First, the note: The document itself is not yet up on the CDF website, but when it arrives (whenever that will be), I’d imagine it would be here.  But here […]

The case of St. Stephen’s

posted by awelborn

Anyone who’s hung around Catholic blogs for the past few years has heard about St. Joan of Arc parish in Minneapolis, a center of, er, creativity, etc.  SJA isn’t alone in that diocese, however. Its companion – and some say […]

It was 49 degrees today

posted by awelborn

…and you know what that means for the Hoosier Boyz…

Born Blind

posted by awelborn

I think today’s Gospel is one of my favorites for many reasons.  The dynamic and exchanges it describes just ring so true, with this man being sent around, buffetted from the puzzled on all sides, trying to figure out what […]

You take what you can get

posted by awelborn

So, what with today being the one day in a 15-day period that Michael was around, we decided to try to do something – a movie. How about it? Of course, this is the Late Winter Dregs, so there is […]

Baby Benedicts

posted by awelborn

Here’s a neat little story by Julia Duin about the son of Jem Sullivan – named Benedict. Michael’s worked with Jem on the study guide for the Adult Catechism, which she wrote – and she gave us a very nice […]

Prayers for the Archbishop

posted by awelborn

Chaldean Archbishop kidnapped in Mosul From AsiaNews: Mgr Faraj Raho, Chaldean bishop of Mosul, was abducted today after he celebrated the Via Crucis. Three people who were with him were killed. Mgr Rabban al-Qas, bishop of Arbil, told AsiaNews about […]

Those wacky bishops

posted by awelborn

There’s been a slight burst of discussion this week about why, exactly, those Catholic bishops seem to fall on the “liberal” end of the immigration debate. The consensus is that it’s because the Church is collapsing around them, they’ve given […]

Long overdue kidlit post

posted by awelborn

I like to offer occasional reviews of children’s books – mostly picture, right now – partly because we just read a lot of them, so I might as well share, and also because I know many of my readers are […]

Another Passion

posted by awelborn

BBC television is airing a new mini-series version of the Passion, starting on Palm Sunday. The BBC’s website for the series is here. (It would be great if BBC America were also showing it, but in the past, they’ve not […]

Just a bit more on Pew

posted by awelborn

Of course, the major story coming out of the Pew survey is the fluidity of religious affiliation in the U.S.   This is true within Protestantism and it’s something we can see not only with the stats but in the upsurge […]

Heaven Help Us

posted by awelborn

For several days, I’ve been stewing over Joe Feuerherd’s WaPo oped on the US bishops and politics.  One of the advantages of waiting to say anything is that you inevitably find that someone else will come along and do the […]

Lansing’s new bishop

posted by awelborn

Bishop Earl Boyea, Detroit Auxiliary – Thomas Peters at AmPapist has the goods.

Snow Day

posted by awelborn

As I mentioned earlier, I awoke at 6:40 am – well, scratch that. I woke at around 4:30 am to Michael the Toddler’s cries for the bathroom. Then back to a fitful sleep, wondering if school was on for today, […]

Getting it done in Ohio

posted by awelborn

Not a debate blog post…but simply pointing you to another fine, informative blog post from Fr. Martin Fox, a pastor (of two parishes) in Ohio, who’s tending to liturgical matters: As regular readers will know, I’ve taken an interest in the […]

I officially give up…

posted by awelborn

…trying to understand the crisis in the Anglican communion. The acronyms have finally done it. I read Christopher Johnson and Kendall and Thinking Anglicans and Stand Firm and Captain Yips and follow their links, and it all just gets murkier […]

Add it to the list

posted by awelborn

I was remiss the other day in not giving props to Sacred Heart Radio in Cincinnati – a great, relatively new Catholic station. (correction…or not, per Fr. Kyle!) On which I “appeared” at 6:40 this morning. Was I coherent? I’m […]

Everybody’s talking

posted by awelborn

..about the Pew study on religious affiliation. Here’s the study And here’s the part that interests Catholics, quoted from an LATimes article: But Catholics also lost more adherents than any other single religious group in the United States, with one […]

Tidbits

posted by awelborn

A couple of things that caught my eye: Gashwin has a post on a baptism he attended in India. You must go and read about the very unique tradition that follows the baptism itself. Lovely. Anthony Sacramone has an interesting […]

Pasta! Basta!

posted by awelborn

Michael’s traveling a lot these days, so I’m using his absence as an opportunity to experiment in the kitchen – without having to inflict the perhaps unfortunate results on the poor man. Last week, it was pasta. I’ve had a (manual) […]

Puzzling

posted by awelborn

Someday, it will be warm enough to play outside again. Although I have to say, today, I got a little scared. It was about 34 degrees outside and I thought, “Hmm. This feels warm enough to run at the park […]

Yes, I’m reading…

posted by awelborn

…or have read all the books on the sidebar. Plus a couple of Ratzinger books which I suppose I should put up there. A few of them I want to review together, so the finished have to wait for the […]

My Oscar Prediction

posted by awelborn

I only have one: If Juno (which I liked), wins any Major Awards, whoever accepts the award will make a statement supportive of abortion rights. Ellen Page has already set the stage, but I’d expect more. For the record!  Update:  […]

Catholics Come Home

posted by awelborn

Here is a fantastic evangelization effort – at least judging from the spots they’ve put together so far. Catholics Come Home is a group dedicated to reconnecting Catholics with their faith, with the byproduct of deepening the faith of all of […]

Pastoral Visit

posted by awelborn

Today, the Third Sunday of Lent, Pope Benedict made a visit to Santa Maria Liberatrice parish in the Testaccio area of Rome. Teresa Benedetta has interesting background on the parish (run by the Salesians) here. Many photos here. No English […]

Preparing for the Pope

posted by awelborn

Did you know the Pope is coming to the United States? Oh, you did? Okay. Anyway, things are gearing up for the visit. The Papal Master of Ceremonies has been in the country the past few days checking out the […]

Saints and commemorations

posted by awelborn

I’m not changing my header or SAINT sidebar during Lent, but remember, that even during Lent, saints march on. Yesterday was the Memorial of St. Peter Damian, and Ian of Aquinas and More Catholic bookstore has a great post on […]

Defensive

posted by awelborn

One of the most irritating thing about discourse, something that gets exaggerated, it seems, on the Internet (like anything else) is hyper-defensiveness. That is to say that to critique any aspect of any phenomenon amounts to a full-scale attack on […]

The Third Jesus

posted by awelborn

Chopra’s book is currently #56 on Amazon. A couple of articles to put it in context, in Chopra’s own words: From the Huffington Post, a report on an appearance in New York at St. Mary the Virgin Church (very high […]

Pope to Jesuits

posted by awelborn

Over the past weeks, Jesuits have met in Rome for the order’s 35th General Congregation.  They’ve elected their new Superior General, discussed lots of issues, heard from the Pope and other Vatican officials, etc. This morning, as the GC draws […]

Almsgiving

posted by awelborn

As I noted before (see post below), there are plenty of opportunities for almsgiving during Lent, arond the world and in our own communities.  See also this post from the old blog, in which some excellent grassroots organizations are listed. […]

Deepak Chopra on the Catholic Channel

posted by awelborn

For those of who who don’t know, the Catholic Channel is one of the many offerings of Sirius Satellite Radio. The Archdiocese of New York is also involved.  (Cardinal Egan has a program on Thursdays at 1). It’s been in […]

On sainthood

posted by awelborn

This morning, new guidelines for the diocesan level of the canonization process were announced: The Instruction is divided into six sections, said Cardinal Saraiva, going on to explain: “The first draws attention to the need for a true reputation of […]

Like a deer

posted by awelborn

From Morning Prayer today, Psalm 41: Like a deer that longs for springs of water,  so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, the living God:  when shall I come and stand before the face […]

Still more varia

posted by awelborn

…thanks for hanging in there. A few good things, amid the bad news – the continually horrid news that seems to burst on the screens for ever-shorter periods of time, news that people have been shot in a store in […]

Varia, to get myself going

posted by awelborn

I’ll just highlight some recent reads of interest, then perhaps something will inspire me to write something of interest: In San Diego: Garden of Innocence – providing dignified burials for abandoned children who have died.  (via Fr. Stephanos) This family […]

Catholic ascended master

posted by awelborn

Carl Olson is inspired by the Dutch. Let this prompt you to go check it out:

Blogging..

posted by awelborn

…will happen again. I had a deadline today (Living Faith for Kids) and am really, really trying to get my head straight for what might be a lot of work over the next few months. There is one big thing […]

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posted 9:24:16am Mar. 05, 2009 | read full post »

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posted 9:45:04pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

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posted 9:22:07pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Why Via Media
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posted 8:54:17pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

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