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It's Lady Day!
Technically, today's feast is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. In English tradition, however, it was known as "Lady Day" (as in "Our Lady's Day"). I kind of like that. Everythi...
Midway through Lent
We're at the halfway point today: three weeks from Ash Wednesday and three weeks before Spy Wednesday, the final day of Lent (Holy Thursday doesn't count). I am already looking forward to La...
What is Pope Francis up to now?
Yesterday the Catholic Internet was all a-Twitter with the news that Pope Francis, in an interview with a German newspaper, had signaled "openness" to ordaining people the Church refers to a...
Jumping into Lent: Feet First?
When I was growing up, our family had a membership in the local swimming club. It was not a fancy place by any means, but it had a pool which opened in spring and closed at the end of Septem...
The Noble Saint with the Funny Name
I LOVE today's saint, but his name, so unfamiliar in our culture, has always been a bit of a stumbling block for me. Polycarp means "fruitful" and he certainly was, dying a martyr's death at...
This Lent: the Sanctification of the Mind
I promised a big reveal today, and here it comes. But first, a message from Blessed James Alberione (this is kind of a "condensed" version of one of his drum-beat themes):Of all the facultie...
The Saddest Day in History
The first readings at Mass this week have been from the Creation story in Genesis. Yesterday we heard about the creation of woman, and of Adam's amazement and finding someone like himself, a...
Theology of the Body resources (a random list)
I found a way to group all my TOB recommendations in one package of links from Amazon (so even the Pauline titles here are linked to Amazon); putting it here as a public service. Stay tuned ...
Reading your way through Lent--updated!
What are you doing for Lent? (Ash Wednesday is just one month away!)This Lent my community will be revisiting the Gospel of John together, with the guidance of the genial professor Edward S...
Until we meet again--UPDATED (again)
One of my favorite lines in the new translation of the Creed is in that last paragraph where a number of seemingly random doctrines are affirmed: the Church (one, holy, catholic and apostoli...
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