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How about….because I’m lame and hate thinking up titles to things? No? Okay…how about…St. Benedict?

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You aren’t going to believe this.

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I’m changing blogging gears. Patience please, people. Life changes, right? Here you go – visit early and often, and bring your smart, insightful and sensible comments along…please!

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Try Not To Laugh. Please.

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Well, here we go again. Again. I should probably give a prize to those who have been reading my blogs since 2001 – you certainly deserve it. Yes, that’s “blogs.” In Between Naps, Open Book, Charlotte Was Both and now, […]

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I thought I was done taking snow photos

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…apparently not. March 1 in Birmingham… Yes, it snowed here last night and well into this morning. Was it predicted? I have no idea- I’d spent Thursday and Friday watching rain storms coming and arriving, and then slacked off the […]

Offering it up – From the other end

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

You are dust

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

Yes

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

Gratitude, again.

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

Go figure

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

Remembering

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

Euthus

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

Gratitude

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

The Last Column

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

Michael Dubruiel

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

On New Movements

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

Way, Truth and Life

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

The Way of the Cross

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

Gearing up

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

Deus Caritas Est

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There must have been something in the water – both Washington papers carried good articles about Catholics in service to Christ and his people this past weekend. I’ve already  pointed out the piece on A Simple House, which ran in […]

On a more serious note

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The Pope addressed the topic of the moment – the Holocaust – in his General Audience today. The full text will not be available for a good while, but AsiaNews reports: The Holocaust remains a warning against the power of […]

Caption Contest

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Okay, American Papist found a MUCH better one!

Linkage

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Four related links which are, in turn, related to frequent themes on this blog: Mark Judge  at the Wa Po  “Just Faith” site called “Just a Catholic.”…on thinking through “liberal” and “conservative” Fr. Robert Barron on “The Next Generation of […]

Shhh

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Williamson is told to stop talking about politics and history. A communique from Bishop Fellay: It has come to our attention that Bishop Richard Williamson, a member of our Society, granted an interview to a Swedish network. In this interview, […]

Relevant

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The priest is old. Beyond retirement age, but still energetic, it appears. And every time he preaches – every time I have heard him, at least, it always comes around to death. It doesn’t matter what the Gospel or the […]

From the comments

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I want to highlight this: “The key issue with the lifting of the excommunications is to take all possible measures to prevent these prelates from conferring the episcopacy on a new generation of Lefebvrites. No new bishops and the thing […]

Lefebvre, Part II

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All right, let’s switch the conversation up here. The reactions are in, most very predictably focusing on Williamson and ignoring the complexities of the situation. I’m going to try my best to stay out of the prediction business, but I […]

To Africa

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The Vatican has posted the Pope’s itinerary on his trip to Africa in March. It’s here.

Quicksand

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Today, we celebrate the Conversion of St. Paul. At the Angelus, the Pope said: Paul’s conversion matured in the encounter with the Risen Christ; it was this encounter that radically changed his existence. That which Jesus asks in the Gospel […]

Beyond Mexico City

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Jack Smith of the Catholic Key takes note of something: By this time, Catholic Key readers are certainly aware of President Obama’s reversal of the Mexico City Policy. The USCCB response is here. Appended to the president’s action was a […]

Quick notes:

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New Bishop for Charleston announced today – Msgr Robert Guglielmone from Rockville Centre and rector of the cathedral there. The West Coast March for Life is today in San Francisco – this is an event that has grown tremendously during […]

Your move

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As rumored (accurately this time), the SSPX excommunications were lifted. The decree is translated here, at NLM. Let’s look at what exactly this means, for those not familiar with the ins and outs of these things. This is a very […]

Done

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An article on Obama’s rescinding of the Mexico City Policy at NCR here. When the text appears it will be here at the White House “executive orders” page. Cardinal Rigali, speaking for the USCCB, comments here.

Oh, and that other rumor..

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About the SSPX excommunications being lifted tomorrow…stay tuned. It will be a complicated situation, not  leading to any complete integration of the SSPX back into the Church – only a first step to dialogue  –   and interesting to watch.

Covering the coverage

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Get Religion sifts through the massive MSM coverage of the March here.

Back to Mexico City

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Reuters says – with an “administration official” as the source – that the ban will be lifted today. Let’s hope that’s wrong, too. FDA approved embryonic stem cell therapy trials. More from Amanda Shaw at FT (It is probably unwise […]

Vatican YouTube

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Here. It looks as if ratings have been disabled, but not comments. Let’s hope they have hired a full-time person to deal with those…. No embedding, either… I think it would display a better understanding of Internet culture if they […]

March for Life Open Thread

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Toss in comments about the event itself and the massive media coverage – if you can manage to sift through it all, that is. I understand if you can’t. Michael went up – he’s had a very busy two days […]

Day of Penance

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“In all the dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person […]

Mexico City 101

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Update: Not today.Good. On his second full day in office – January 22, 1993 – President Bill Clinton signed an executive order rescinding the “Mexico City Policy” – along with 4 other orders related to abortions in military hospitals, RU […]

Put not your trust

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Long-time readers will recognize this post as yet another long, rambling, unfocused attempt to focus my own thoughts. As I usually do, before going to the actual effort of articulating my own views, I hunt around, trying to find someone […]

Open Inauguration Day Thread

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Go ahead. I have end notes to do so I can finally get this book off my desk, 3 weeks late, and then move on to the next one, due 3/1.  I have a lot to say, particularly about the […]

From the comments

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Some pithy, perceptive comments from below and elsewhere: “Our associate pastor at Nativity in St Paul gave a fantastic homily on Pro-Life Sunday. I’m always surprised and disappointed when priests don’t take the opportunity to speak on this subject with […]

What did you see and hear?

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I’m running this because in conversation on another site, the musical playbook for this weekend became clear: Opening: “All are Welcome Here” Offertory: “Here I am, Lord” Closing: “Sing a New Church” Others reported “The Summons,” which I confess I’ve […]

Prayers for Fr. Foster

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This was posted in the comments: A request for prayers for a son of the Church. I received this about the pre-eminent Holy See Latinist, Fr. Reginald Foster, O.C.D., popularly known as “Reggie” who instructed many in Latin for years […]

How cold was it in Alabama?

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Pretty cold… I know, I know..de nada for those in truly frigid parts. Still, it was pretty. I never did get  to see Niagara Falls in the winter..this will have to do for now. (Courtyard, Cathedral of St. Paul, Birmingham, […]

Even as a non-pet owner, I can almost accept the cake part

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But the party dresses disturb me. Sorry for the lameness. Am just trying to finish writing this book.

Any Doubt

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We first attempted to see Doubt two weeks ago, but were shocked by the ticket-seller’s news that it was sold out. Not so shocking, perhaps – it was showing in one of the smaller theaters. Our next attempt was last […]

To Meet Him

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I am in the last throes (we can only hope) of this book, due a couple of weeks ago, which must be completed, not only because the contract requires it, but also because another deadline for another, shorter book looms […]

Driscoll

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There’s been chatter about the NTTimes mag’s profile of Mark Driscoll of Seattle’s Mars Hill Church. The interesting thing about the profile, to me, is that the writer actually tries to take a look at Driscoll’s theology rather than simply […]

Randomness

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I just spoke to a women’s group at our parish (very pleasant time! My talk was short and simple – I looked at all (well, many of) the saints remembered today, January 8, and just chatted about what they might […]

Fr. Neuhaus, RIP

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From Joseph Bottum at the First Things website: Fr. Richard John Neuhaus slipped away today, January 8, shortly before 10 o’clock, at the age of seventy-two. He never recovered from the weakness that sent him to the hospital the day […]

What you will find

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Only after discovering Jesus do we realize “this is what I was waiting for”. You will not be afraid any longer to lose your freedom, because you will live it fully by giving it away in love. You will no […]

Pray for Father Neuhaus

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From Kathryn Jean Lopez: His friends and family are keeping vigil and he was administered last rites shortly after midnight. Fr. George Rutler, who gave him the Catholic Sacrament, says that “he is not expected to live long” and suggests […]

Lord Have Mercy

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Saturday evening, we attended the Liturgy at the local Melkite Catholic Church.  I’ve shared my observations about Eastern Catholic liturgies before, and have really nothing to add except: 1) Please go. If you’re a Latin Rite Catholic and have never […]

Monday Morning Bishops

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Vigneron from Oakland back home to Detroit As well as an auxiliary in Orange, acceptance of the resignation of McGraith in Owensboro, and new bishop in Edmunston, Canada. All here, in Italian, at the Vatican website.

TimeSuck 101

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Everyone has their own way of killing time on the Internet. Mine is related to that ‘satiable curiosity. It’s absurd. I don’t do games or timewasters and while I’ve done my share of watching laughing babies on YouTube, I don’t […]

A night at the museum

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Well, a Wednesday morning, actually Earlier this week , I took the little boys to the Birmingham Museum of Art. I’d been once before, to check out the special Leonardo exhibit that was housed there this past fall (a dozen […]

Blog Forecast, 2009

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I have a book due day before yesterday, and no that’s not hyperbole. It actually was due day before yesterday.  But my editor has graciously accepted my lameness and we’ve established 1/15 as my new goal. After which I have […]

Drafty

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Another Creek instrument.

As a deer

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Deer toes. Traditional Creek percussive instrument. Interactive Creek Nation exhibit, Birmingham Museum of Art.

Randomness

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A couple of things: From my old acquaintance Kevin in Toledo – who was always so helpful sending along great links! – comes another which looks fascinating: Found full text online of vol. 1 of memoirs of Sarah Peter, a […]

A missing piece

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Portland Bishop Malone has threatened a sexual-abuse activist with the interdict: The leader of Maine’s Roman Catholics has taken the unusual step of threatening to punish an outspoken advocate for people who were sexually abused by priests, possibly by denying […]

Perspective

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Emilie Lemmons was a 40-year old mother of two young boys, and a long-time writer for the Catholic Spirit, the archdiocesan paper for Minneapolis-St. Paul. A year and a half ago, she was diagnosed with cancer, fought it, wrote about […]

Second Thoughts

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The third and last segment of Laurie Goodstein’s excellent NYTimes series on foreign-born priests in the US, focusing on India – and questions about what’s going on – from the supply end. Bishop Pazhayattil said he chose which priests to […]

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The second part of the NYTimes series of the foreign-born RC priest in the USA: Father Oneko, 46, had never counseled parishioners like those he found here at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Many are active-duty or retired military […]

Under Flannery’s eye

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One of the items I retrieved on the recent trek northward was my box of Flannery O’Connor books. Included was The Presence of Grace and Other Book Reviews. Published in 1983 by the UGA press, it is a collection of […]

CIA and FBI

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Laurie Goodstein has the beginnings of what looks to be a very good series on foreign-born priests serving in the US. So Father Venters, lean and leathery as the Marlboro man — a cigarette in one hand and a cellphone […]

A watchful heart

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Via Vatican Radio, the Pope’s Midnight Mass homily. Saint Luke’s account of the Christmas story, which we have just heard in the Gospel, tells us that God first raised the veil of his hiddenness to people of very lowly status, […]

Looking for a full translation..

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…of the Pope’s annual year-end address to the Roman Curia? The one that has inspired many headlines? (The Vatican is usually especially slow about translating this one) Go to the Papa Ratzinger Forum, this page, and scroll down. Teresa Benedetta […]

The opposite of frigidly cold is..

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Vesuvius. A quick bookblog – last week I read The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found by Mary Beard, who is one of the busiest classicists around, considering it seems as if it was only a few months ago […]

65 degrees of separation

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So I went outside this morning to start clearing fallen branches. “It’s cold,” I idly thought, deciding  it was about 20 degrees. Got in the car to head out to Target, a bagel and Internet, and saw that, now it […]

Iced

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Michael and the Boyz are enjoying a little Florida jaunt while Katie and I have come to a far different place: We rose at 4:30am, dashed up 65 then 69,  were in town by 3pm, turned on the heat and […]

In Progress

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St. Peter’s Parish, Fort Wayne Reminiscent of a visit to the Kennedy Space Center, actually.

“You can’t talk to young people about salvation”

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Compare and contrast: Bishop Kieran Conroy of Arundel and Brighton, in an interview with the Catholic Herald: A Youth Mass with a liturgy designed to appeal to youngsters had been proposed. The website for it displayed the bishops’ logo. Suggestions […]

Free to love him

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From Pope Benedict’s General Audience yesterday: The Logos knows us, calls us, guides us. It is not a universal law, in which we fulfill some role, but rather it is a Person who is interested in each individual person: It […]

No hugging, No learning

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Long-time readers who have nothing better to do than remember my kid-lit philosophy know that I assiduously avoid books that are supposed to be helpful. These books are generally very easy to avoid because their subtitle always begins with “A […]

Unity

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Love for the poor and the divine liturgy go hand in hand, love for the poor is liturgy. The two horizons are present in every liturgy that is celebrated and experienced in the Church which, by her nature, is opposed […]

Continuity

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“At the corner of the property was one of the many street or crossroads shrines we find in the city: a rough-and-ready altar perched on the pavement, with a painting of a religious sacrifice plastered on its outside wall above. […]

Fushek Out

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Following up last week’s excommunication of Fr. Ray Bourgeois for his participation in women’s ordination ceremonies, word comes down that Bishop Olmstead of Phoenix has excommunicated Lifeteen Founder Dale Fushek and another, Mark Dippre. Fushek and Dippre, those who follow […]

Don’t forget the Delicious Feed

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It’s where I toss up quick links.

Keeping up with Benedict

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Recent words from the Holy Father: Sandro Magister examines how frequently Benedict has referred to Original Sin of late: He did the same thing at the audience on the following Wednesday, December 10. He had a written text in his […]

What did you see and hear?

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Gaudete Sunday version.. No rose vestments, a decent homily but one that oddly, had little directly to do with the readings, music that was, as usual, well-executed, the normal Advent music. (I’m in a rush, sorry) What about you? And […]

Shadows

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2 recent reads, both centered on death, as it happens. The December-January issue of the American Spectator reprints a decades- old essay by Michael Novak about the death of his brother, a Holy Cross priest who was killed in Pakistan […]

So tell me

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Is a 7-year old TI-83 calculator that won’t respond to punching numbers and says “Error:Memory” worth salvaging?If so, how does one do it? (Batteries have been replaced. I’m sure that’s not the issue, but just in case you are wondering.) […]

Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

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This week marked the 40th anniversary of the sudden death of Thomas Merton. A few appreciations have appeared here and there, with some tut-tutting that Merton is still “controversial” in some Catholic circles.be Well,one person’s “controversial” is another’s “just not […]

Avery Dulles’ ordination

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For those of you who missed it when it first appeared on the Internet a couple of years ago, here is a Universal newsreel account of his 1956 ordination in New York. (Remember it was rather big news at the […]

USF and Abortion Coverage

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There’s been a lot of discussion about the Jesuit-run U of San Francisco’s  student health coverage plan over the past few days. The Catholic Key blog gives essential background information: Several blogs and news sites have been reporting on information […]

News Flashes

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As most of you all already know, Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ passed away last night. First Things has a notice, as well as links to the many articles Cardinal Dulles wrote for the magazine. More at America. A comprehensive Dulles […]

Back

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All right. A little break was called for because I am trying to get a book done. But one must start before one can talk about getting something “done,” eh? I’m just about finished reading almost every pertinent address, homily […]

Yeah, whatever

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Varia and variations

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Cleaning out the emailbox. You know how it goes. First, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned Faith and Family Live – the great “magazine and blog of Catholic daily living.” Many of you are aware of it and probably frequent […]

Charlotte Was Gifty

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It’s only December 8. Calm Down. Some people got their Christmas shopping done in September, some are just starting. There’s still time. I was going to do this post a month ago, though, when The Anchoress posted on monastic gifts […]

Think Bigger

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Therefore, self-fulfilment is a contradiction and is also too little for us. We have a loftier destination. – Pope Benedict

It was a slow day at Vatican Radio

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But thanks to Charley Collins for the interview! Me going on (and I do mean goin’ on – Lord, at the beginning I sound like the laziest woman in Alabama) about the Pope and children. Direct MP3 link

Rome/Art Peeps

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Can someone tell me where I took this picture? It is right after some photos that I took in S. Bartolomeo all’Isola, but I am not sure if it was in there or not. It is involves a bishop and […]

Nigerian Horror

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You might be aware that violence between Muslims and Christians has flared up again in Nigeria. Ruth Gedhill has a helpful summary on her blog. Horrific stories of ruthless killings on the streets of Jos in northern Nigeria are emerging. […]

Gaudete

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Speaking of flexibility, creativity and profit: Jeffrey Tucker looks ahead a bit and asks what your parish is doing for the Introit for Gaudete Sunday. Since, of course, the whole reason it’s  called “Gaudete Sunday” is because of the Introit: […]

Burning it Up

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About two months ago, Deacon Greg Kandra of the Diocese of Brooklyn, who blogs at the Deacon’s Bench, left CBS News to work for NET television, a media apostolate associate with the Diocese. This week, the station has made news […]

Remember St. Nicholas

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St. Nicholas day is tomorrow, so of course, head to the marvelous St. Nicholas Center website for all your celebratory needs.

Shakeout

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Besides sorting through Rome memories and trying to adapt to the new WordPress interface (which I think I like, but takes getting used to), I’ve been watching the publishing news closely this week. There have been a series of layoffs […]

Rome wrap-up

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I still have a few more posts to go, and some more photos, but here are links to the major Rome posts so far: The trip over . More on the trip. Mass in Brighton Brighton Pictures In praise of […]

S. Carlo

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On the Tuesday of my trip, I got on the bus in the morning and headed east, toward the Center. Crossing the Tiber, the bus passed some ruins which turned out to be the Teatro Marcello (blogged briefly on here). […]

Worse than the Thai food admission

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(Not that I’m defensive about the Thai food thing. Really.) Is to admit that one of my top 5 moments of excitement in Rome occurred (and my son can vouch for this one. He was with me, poor guy. And […]

Do you work with altar servers?

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Here’s a nice 2006 talk to a group of servers from the Pope. Might be helpful.

Layers

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Courtyards

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Roman courtyards. Always Intriguing.

One Week Anniversary

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Of…last week’s General Audience. This was my second GA, but the first indoors.  I really do think I prefer the indoors experience, simply because you can get a better view of the Pope. I got there super early because I […]

And another hill

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Loosely speaking. I think the most astonishing visual experience I had on this trip took place on the journey back, from Rome to Gatwick, when, at about 6:30 in the morning, we started flying over the Alps. Now, some of […]

City From a Hill

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Two hilltop shots. This is not the greatest, but my camera battery was flashing red, so I was at the point at which I could only turn it on for about 1.7 seconds.  Therefore it was basically all about flicking […]

The right kind of Catholic

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Divisions within Catholicism have been a frequent subject here.  In contemporary American Catholicism, ideology often trumps Christ, something Pope Benedict himself noted on his visit last spring: I ask you, in the Lord Jesus, to set aside all division and […]

A young English poet

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The Protestant Cemetery in Rome is a different place. Different than the ancient monuments, the Baroque churches, the bustling commercial life. Tucked away behind the Pyramid of Cestius, it is lush and crowded with slabs of silent stone remembering the […]

Cobbled

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Roman Night Life

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…of another kind: As I mentioned, Wednesday night, I did an accidental Station Church type thing as I attempted to find out what was going on in churches in the center between 6 and 8. This was not something I […]

Safe Haven

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With St.Phillip

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Friday morning, after I’d finished at St. Peter’s, I had some time to kill before meeting David at 11 in front of S. Maria di Trestavere. So, over to the Center for a bit. I disembarked in front of the […]

Obligatory Fountain Post

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Not the big ones, but the smaller ones. Unfortunately, the day I saw the most interesting examples, I was without a camera (not having solved the converter problem yet. Actually I had solved it two days before, but once I […]

Morning at St. Peter’s

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The first time we went to Rome, in 2006, our apartment was on Borgo Vittorio, which is close to St. Peter’s. It runs parallel to the Borgo Pio, which is a relatively famous street.  (A good history of the Borgo […]

The apartment

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Staying in an apartment in Rome has been a good choice for me/us both times. Hotels are generally expensive, not surprisingly, with smaller rooms. For this trip, I looked into the convent option extensively, and was really prepared to go […]

Food

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Now that we have recovered from the shock of eating Thai food in Rome (and thanks to the commenter who admitted to eating Chinese twice on a Rome visit – and honestly, why not? It’s like any big city with […]

Brighton

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I’m just going to start uploading my pictures and blog whatever comes to mind. 25 hours with about an hour of sleep, but I’m happy to be back with the rest of the family, so I’m not ready to hit […]

Strike one for BA

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As I mentioned, the flight over was great in every way. The flight this morning, from Rome to Gatwick, was fine except for the “breakfast” given to the slobs in coach. It was probably one of the grossest things I […]

Two things I don’t like about Rome

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I don’t like non-itemized receipts. It drives me nuts. Not because I think I’m being overcharged (a pastry and a water for 1.80? Even if that is overcharging, I’ll take it.), but just because I’m curious. The one big thing […]

Speaking of hidden things

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One of the grocery stores at which my son shops is reached through steps in the back of a clothing store, going down to the basement. I am continually fascinated by the use of space in Rome. Most everything seems […]

My Rome Troubles

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<![endif]–> My trouble in Rome is that I am always finding things by accident but never, ever finding what I want to, when I’m actually looking for it. Things I have found by accident: (And when I say this, I […]

Best meal I had in Rome

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Was at this place. Now, before you start hating on me, please understand that when I am traveling alone, I am not a big meal eater. Well, ask my husband. Even when I am traveling with others, I am not […]

Travel tip

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How to have a timely departure from FCO: 1) Book a 6am flight on British Airways 2) Have a pre-arranged taxi driver pick you up at 3:55 am.  While you are casually standing outside your apartment building, trying to not look […]

Coming to you from Gatwick.

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On the way back. I’ll leave for Atlanta in about three hours, and then be there around 4:30, I think, then picked up by Chris, who will drive us home to Birmingham. I have a great deal to say, but […]

Quick rundown

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Today was…what…Crypto Balbi. Then to S. Susanna. (Please be proud that I have figured out the bus system enough so that I can take the bus from one place to another like this. There are many things I’ve not figured […]

All in 30 seconds

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Here’s what I saw, all within the space of 30 seconds today: -A woman pulling down her toddler’s tights, and holding her sort of seated over the edge of a curb. So she could. You know. -A woman wielding a […]

How-to

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How to get a bunch of Americans to start tearing up, immediately? Start playing America the Beautiful as your closing song at a Thanksgiving day Mass at an American-centered parish in a foreign country. Even if it’s Italy, and even […]

Found him

posted by awelborn

Okay, so I found J23. I was just looking in the wrong corner. (by the way, the easiest way to find him is early morning, when all the side altars are being used for Mass. Believe me, this is the […]

In which I figure out the bus

posted by awelborn

Bus #44, to be specific  – the bus that runs by my apartment from Piazza Venezia, and thereby saved me a lot of walking today. This morning I set out again in my busy Roman neighborhood, and this time, everything […]

Fourth in the Pub Quiz and Other Matters

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Hello again from Rome. Day one was very, very full – as in I left my apartment at 8 or so and didn’t return until 11:30. But a very good day! David was not working until late afternoon, so it […]

And on to Rome

posted by awelborn

Got there in plenty of time for the next flight. Gatwick has an odd system – well at least BA did. They don’t post gates until about 30 minutes before a plane takes off. So there’s always a crowd of […]

Mass in Brighton

posted by awelborn

When I cooked up this little layover side trip, I had hoped to have time to run down and wave to the English Channel. But no, I didn’t get down there soon enough, I was pressed for time afterwards, and […]

Roma, finally

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And I say “finally” because it has taken me 30 minutes to get this to load at the internet spot around the corner from my apartment. Finally just switched computers. Oh, and do not look for many contractions and such […]

Ready.

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Sort of.

Hint #3

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My favorite BBC radio program’s topic this week. Huh.

BookNudge

posted by awelborn

Just a reminder that if you would like to order books and have them shipped today – please order in the next couple of hours. I’ll be heading to the PO around 4 Central, and that will be it for […]

Full Text

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John Allen has posted the full text of Cardinal Stafford’s “apocalyptic” speech to the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family: It is an essentially philosophical and theological reflection, although that, of course, is not what garnered […]

Twilight

posted by awelborn

I’ve had a few inquiries about Twilight, the book series, now beginning its film life, about vampires and the girls who love them. I didn’t read the books, but my daughter did, succumbing to peer pressure. She hated them, although […]

Getting ready…

posted by awelborn

…December’s coming fast. If you’d like to order a few books, today’s a good day to do so. I’ll be out of shipping range for a week starting on Saturday.  I don’t have everything. What I do have: Saints Heroes […]

Biden, Daschle, Pelosi got you down?

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Maybe this guy will cheer you up. Cao was born in Vietnam but immigrated to the United States at age 8 with his older sister and younger brother. The Communists had jailed his father after the fall of Saigon in […]

KidlitBlogging

posted by awelborn

A few recent finds – some better than others. I was delighted to see Madeline in one of my favorite places – Rome.  Madeline and the Cats of Rome by Ludwig Bemelmans’ grandson and author of a few newer Madeline […]

Hint #2

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My first mistake.

Variations

posted by awelborn

Collecting stuff from the email box and random surfing: From Vox Nova: An Open Letter to President-Elect Barack Obama Birthplace of Hope: A mere 500 yards from the traditional site of Jesus’ birth, a Bethlehem maternity hospital is committed to […]

A question of authority

posted by awelborn

Amid all the specifics of the “Catholic vote” issue this past election season and the various statements of bishops and other clergy, the more general issue undergirding the whole discussion is quite simply, that of authority. The question of teaching […]

Hint #1

posted by awelborn

“Hello? Oh, hi. How’s it going? What? You forgot your jacket? Okay, let me think. Well, I guess I can bring it to you. This time.” (Inspiration credit: TSO)

Breaking Bloglence

posted by awelborn

Boy, that was lame. I’ll probably kick up the blogging again tonight.  I got waylaid last week by an idea which became an obsession and which will bear interesting fruit for all of us next week, God willing. So thanks […]

Augustine called, he wants his pears back

posted by awelborn

Scenes from the conscience of a 3-year old. Setting: Regular readers of this now-lame blog recall that Michael the Little has been seized by the Muse and has gone through a stage of coloring the wall instead of napping. I’ve […]

Sorry re silence

posted by awelborn

I got obsessed with something which was a huge (good) distraction for a couple of days, but now that’s all settled…and i have stuff due tomorrow. I’m also trying to process that whole bishops’ meeting thing. Open thread on that, […]

The Cardinal Interviewed

posted by awelborn

Cardinal O’Malley, interviewed by Michael Paulson: When I was in high school (in Ohio) I joined the NAACP and did voter registration in black neighborhoods, when I wasn’t old enough to vote myself. And I was there at Resurrection City […]

Kicking off

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Post edited: Here’s the full text of Cardinal George’s speech, from the USCCB website: In working for the common good of our society, racial justice is one pillar of our social doctrine. Economic justice, especially for the poor both here […]

On Leo the Great

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From Pope Benedict’s GA talk on Leo, from March: Aware of the historical period in which he lived and of the change that was taking place – from pagan Rome to Christian Rome – in a period of profound crisis, […]

And they’re off

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As I indicated yesterday, there is no way the bishops are going to avoid discussion recent political developments this week, even publicly. From CNA: Another bishop who requested anonymity, confirmed to CNA that the bishops will not drop the issue […]

Chill. And Pray.

posted by awelborn

There’s a bit of shock and even disgust being tossed around the Catholic Interwebs today because the USCCB has removed the “Catholic abortion-rights Pols and Communion” issue from the official agenda for the public sessions next week. And…do you really think […]

St. John Lateran

posted by awelborn

A very nice video featuring Fr. Vincent Hoagland, CP – via Fr. Ray Blake. An account of that visit here. Ah…Rome… What did you see and hear? I went to an evening Mass (since I am leading an adult ed […]

Open Letter

posted by awelborn

John Allen pens one to the president-elect: Finally, one last piece of unsolicited advice: Mr. President-Elect, whatever else you do, please try to avoid repeating the mistakes of the last Democratic administration with regard to the Vatican. In his memoirs, […]

Guardian

posted by awelborn

Keep your distance. (Birmingham Zoo, end of October)

Polling Booth

posted by awelborn

Okay, here’s a poll. We’re not talking about authoritative Church teaching here, rather an approach and a program, so a poll is appropriate. And in the poll, the word “revise” an mean “revise” in any way you like – make […]

Varia

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I’ve not done this for a while, so let’s go – cleaning out the emailbox, etc. The Worst Election Day of My Life via Dawn Eden who has a wondeful post on a book written and drawn by a young woman with […]

Quo Vadis, Faithful Citizenship?

posted by awelborn

As we all know, the bishops are meeting next week. Tom at Disputations takes a look at their action items. But moving on from the general – we might surmise that Faithful Citizenship will come up for discussion. Especially considering […]

Dinner Under a Full Moon

posted by awelborn

, In the drive-thru at the Full Moon Barbecue. Alabama certainly likes its barbecue.  There’s a lot, and most of it is good. Hit a place at the wrong time and you might find some dryness, but not often. The […]

posted by awelborn

And the muse is  unrelenting. He did the very same thing the next day on another wall during “nap time.” (Click on the photo to see the detail.)

Mano a Mano

posted by awelborn

Dueling letters in Public Discourse Kmiec My dear Archbishop Charles, I want to thank you publicly for your thoughtful inquiry into how best to build a culture of life in the United States in the coming years. Seeing a small […]

Ditto

posted by awelborn

Greg Sisk at MOJ: Given the tightening of the race at the end, Catholics for Obama rightly may take meaningful credit for the Obama victory. While exit polls show that a majority of faithful Catholics who attend weekly Mass were […]

The Liturgical Year via the Pope

posted by awelborn

Sandro Magister shares with us the preface he wrote to new collection of the Pope’s homilies – those focusing on the liturgical year. (Italian publisher/Italian book.) It’s a wonderful, knowing piece by Magister. Benedict XVI said it clearly in the […]

The worst thing about blogging

posted by awelborn

Is having to explain your jokes, sarcasm and ironic observations.

Vatican Ambassador Pool

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What say you? I initially thought Kmiec, but then, in a flash this came to me: Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg  – hmmm? There’d be an aggravating logic in that. From Memphis Aggie in the comments: How about Pelosi? – she and […]

The real reason I’m ticked

posted by awelborn

Oh, I’ll be honest. The real reason I’m ticked off and depressed is because.. the President of the United States is younger than I am. It’s bad enough that almost every doctor and dentist I come in contact with is […]

Now for the Catholics

posted by awelborn

First, some links. Fr. Martin Fox of Ohio, who has a background in politics, posts some reflections here. It is true, and dismaying, that Obama got a bigger share of Catholic voters this time; but: when you break out weekly […]

MoveOn

posted by awelborn

My reaction? Very glad that the barrier has been broken. Looking for more barriers being broken in the future. Palin-Jindal 2012? Sitting in Birmingham, just miles away from the church where four little girls were blown up just a few […]

Open Election Thread

posted by awelborn

Thoughts, predictions, your experience voting – whatever you’ve got. We’ll be here all day. And night. (Actually not – we’ll be in and out. But just be patient.) (Comments now closed – I’ll start a new reax thread.)

Wrap it up

posted by awelborn

The self-identified pro-life case for Obama is subject to scrutiny here – by Ryan T. Anderson and Sherif Gergis. It’s tight. It’s one-stop shopping, with links to other supporting pieces. In addition, John Breen has several posts at MOJ on […]

What have you seen and heard?

posted by awelborn

On this Sunday before the election, this weekend of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day…what happened in your parish? Prayers? Music? Homilies? Did anyone go to the Dominican House of Studies Vigil of All Saints? Or experience something similar in […]

What turns up on your RSS Feed

posted by awelborn

“Benedict XVI Wants More Teamwork With Movements” I’m thinking…what? Is there a Vatican step dance group now? Football? I was very, very confused.

Meeting of Minds

posted by awelborn

The Pope’s speech to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences: In choosing the topic Scientific Insight into the Evolution of the Universe and of Life, you seek to focus on an area of enquiry which elicits much interest. In fact, many […]

Some are creatively blocked:

posted by awelborn

Others aren’t”

Why the Democrats are Blue

posted by awelborn

One of the accusations tossed against the political end of the anti-abortion movement relates to its relationship with particular political parties. “When,” it is asked in various forms, “are you all going to understand that the GOP is just using […]

Just look

posted by awelborn

Cardinal Egan: One day, please God, when the stranglehold on public opinion in the United States has been released by the extremists for whom abortion is the center of their political and moral life, our nation will, in my judgment, […]

The World Serious

posted by awelborn

,,,as Michael the Little called it. No, not a baseball post. A brief broadside, offered before two longer posts later today, about the continued lack of seriousness marking Catholic political “discourse” this season. When I say “serious,” I mean a […]

On being a J23 Catholic

posted by awelborn

Fr. Robert Araujo, S.J. takes care of it: The distinction that Senator Biden makes in claiming the John XXIII mantle while discarding the John Paul II one does not exist. Both popes were of the same view regarding the evil […]

Chant Embeds

posted by awelborn

Intrigued by the new Parish Book of Chant? But hesitant to buy until you can take a look at it? Well, here it is – “embedded” at a post at NLM. Take a look. Pass the link along to pastors […]

Magnifying Glass Included

posted by awelborn

This morning, Michael headed over to this with the boys – I wish I could have gone, too, but I’d told Katie we’d take care of some her business this morning (time is hard to come by with a busy […]

One of the many reasons I don’t want to re-enter the classroom

posted by awelborn

Here. God BLESS those who are there, but between the competition with electronics added to the competition with everything else combined with the constant battles over plagiarism…is there any hope? (I’ve been very interested, as my children have gone through […]

The impact of the law

posted by awelborn

I keep harping on the law because this is election season and the shape at the law is at the heart of many of the disagreements out there. I also keep harping on it because there is so much sloppy […]

Alternative Reality

posted by awelborn

There is a lot of discussion in these here comboxes as well as all over the ‘net about the “failure” of the pro-life movement’s strategy over the past 35 years and the need for a new “strategy.” Sometimes this assertion […]

Spam, spam, spam!

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Some of your comments are heading to spam – some pretty consistently, no matter how many times I de-spam them (Chris S. and Clare K – I don’t know why!!! Must be something about the URL or email address you […]

From the USCCB

posted by awelborn

Just released (pdf) (Specifically, over the names of Cardinal Rigali and Bishop Murphy) In 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision knocked down laws against abortion in all 50 states, fabricating a constitutional “right” to abortion that continues […]

Another memory

posted by awelborn

In 1984, I was in graduate school at Vanderbilt. At some point, there was some sort of informal gathering to discuss politics and religion.  I want to say it was held in conjunction with the anniversary of some civil rights […]

Back to the Future

posted by awelborn

I have a pretty terrible memory, which is unfortunate. My children are forever saying to me, “Do you remember when..” and I look at them blankly, shaking my head. I’ve always taken comfort in what Flannery O’Connor said about her […]

At the library

posted by awelborn

Some recent good children’s reads for you: Long-term readers might recall my rhapsodizing a couple of years ago about a wonderful picture book called Adele and Simon by Barbara McClintock. Here’s that post. Well, I’m happy to report that Adele […]

What did you see and hear?

posted by awelborn

I decided to resurrect this feature because of the readings and the proximity to the election. Given that the First Reading concerned God’s use of the Persian King Cyrus to do His will and that the Gospel was the “render […]

Little Murders

posted by awelborn

At the new site, “Public Discourse,” which gave us the excellent piece from Dr. Robert George earlier this week, the text of a speech given today by Archbishop Chaput: It’s a torrent, and it’s powerful stuff. Meanwhile, the basic human […]

Fleeing Mosul

posted by awelborn

From the UK Catholic Herald: Around 4,000 Christians have escaped Mosul in northern Iraq to neighbouring villages, creating a potential humanitarian nightmare as winter approaches. Many left without any possessions after receiving written threats, and militants blew up at least […]

Next Question

posted by awelborn

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) […]

And now…let’s vote.

posted by awelborn

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 […]

By the way..

posted by awelborn

…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 – […]

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, […]

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

Revolutionary Road - Is it just me?
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posted 9:45:04pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Books for Lent
No, I'm not going to ask you about your Lenten reading lists...although I might.Not today, though. This post is about giving books to others. For Lent, and a long time after that. You know how it goes during Lent: Prayer, Fasting and ...

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

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

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posted 10:19:45pm Mar. 03, 2009 | read full post »

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