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Argent by the Tiber

In the pierced heart of the Crucified, God's own heart is opened up--here we see who God is and what he is like. Heaven is no longer locked up. God has stepped out of hiddenness. ~Pope Benedict XVI

Updated: 2018-01-15T11:25:53.028-05:00


Goodbye, Papa


After today's audience Grazie!

Pope Benedict XVI's Final General Audience


From The Catholic Herald Pope Benedict XVI has given an extraordinarily emotional and personal final address as pope to 200,000 pilgrims in St Peter’s Square. Speaking off the cuff, he told the cheering crowd: “I’m moved. When I see you, I see the Church is alive.” He said that when he was elected in 2005, his heart asked: “Lord, why do you ask me this? What do you ask of me?” Being pope

Interactive Site on Papal Conclave


Here's an interactive site that illustrates how a Papal Conclave works.



Pope Benedict XVI at Lenten Spiritual Exercises

Lenten Desert


Today if you shall hear his voice, harden not your hearts: As in the provocation, according to the day of temptation in the wilderness: where your fathers tempted me, they proved me, and saw my works. For the Lord hath promised a crown to them that watch.

Henryk Gorecki, RIP


Baby Boy Names


One of the interesting things about teaching is that I encounter very, shall we say, creative names of students. It used to be true of the South, but I think this is true everywhere in the States now. There's a sustained trend of giving children the most unusual names, so much so that pronouncing the child's name can be a source of embarrassment for both teacher and student. Setting aside the

Anglicanorum Coetibus Progress


~via The Catholic HeraldFive traditionalist Anglican bishops have officially resigned this morning with the intention of taking up an English Ordinariate when it is set up.This morning, the Rt Rev Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury accepted the resignation of three flying Church of England and two retired assistant bishops in what is a major development in the move towards establishing

Outrageous News


~A Miami woman and her boyfriend arrested for selling her a Best Buy parking lot. Read the details. This after last week's news of a mother microwaving her infant to death. What a sorry world we live in. Pray for the salvation of souls. I spent some time being outraged, then my better angels whispered, "Pray instead of raging."It happened in the parking lot of a Best Buy, but there

Religion in the 2010 Elections


~from The Pew ForumTwo of the largest religious groups in the electorate followed the same basic voting patterns in the 2010 elections for the U.S. House of Representatives as they have in prior elections: white Protestants voted overwhelmingly Republican and religiously unaffiliated voters cast their ballots overwhelmingly for Democrats. But Catholic voters, who had favored Democratic over



Happy Feast of All Saints!by Charles Villiers StanfordJustórum ánimæ in manu Dei sunt, et non taget illos torméntum malítiæ: visi sunt óculis insipiéntium mori: illi autem sunt in pace.The souls of the just are in the hands of God and the torment of malice shall not touch them: in the sight of the unwise they seemed to die, but they are in peace.

Bridezilla and the Organist


I am fortunate since I've not had to deal with any bridezillas at my current parish. However, in the past, that's another story. One bride from the past at a consultation said, "We want 'Every Breath You Take' by The Police." Uh, no. Have you actually listened to the words?! Followed by the tirade of "My family has worshiped here for generations...blah, blah, blah...."I have had similar

Younger Catholics More Devout


~from NBC ChicagoThe Rev. Andrew Greeley, a prolific priest, sociologist and author is releasing a study based on a 2007 poll of more than 500 Catholics in Cook and Lake counties which says their faith is still burning brightly, reports the Chicago Tribune.In “Chicago Catholics and the Struggles Within Their Church” Greely reports that 78 percent of respondents said Catholicism is either “

Pontifical Solemn High Mass DVD now available


The Pontifical Solemn High Mass was celebrated by Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa on April 24, 2010. The Mass was at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC in celebration of the 5th Anniversary of Pope Benedict's inauguration as Holy Father of the Pilgrim Church on Earth. My family and some close family friends made the pilgrimage. Imagine my delight

Restoring the Sacred


Here is an inspirational video of the restoration of the parish church St. John Cantius in Chicago. On Assignment Episode 1 - Saint John Cantius: Restoring the Sacred from StoryTel Foundation on Vimeo.Fr. Philips here talks about how following the rubrics shows humility. By not imposing individual whims upon the liturgy, liturgy becomes transformative, transcendent.

Monday Merriment


Over at Chris Johnson's Bad Vestments blog, there is this post that I missed. H/T to Fr. Finigan at the Hermeneutic blog for posting it.This is supposed to be a cope. One of the Eucharistic Prayers in the Episcopalian Liturgy goes like this:At your command all things came to be:the vast expanse of interstellar space,galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses,and this fragile earth, our island

Project Truth


~via The Crescat on FacebookThis pro-life advert was previously banned by the Irish government who said it was too 'political' for the airwaves. Now Project Truth, first produced by Youth Defence in 1996, has been set to some amazing footage of the unborn child in the womb. It's challenging, thought-provoking, beautiful and sad. Show it to your friends. Spread the message.

Marquis Messages


The Universalist "Church" just a few blocks from my parish where I work has had some interesting discussions and events in the last few weeks. I don't know much about Universalist beliefs or lack of beliefs. Perhaps reading the marquis tells me enough.A month ago, the marquis advertised "Water Ceremony" and Potluck. So, it's not baptism, but a ceremony. Are there words spoken whilst conducting

Fried Beer


This news article in The Telegraph is worth coming out of blog hibernation to which I have necessarily been obligated due to overwhelming work.A chef in Texas has created what he claims is the world's first recipe for deep-fried beer. The beer is placed inside a pocket of salty, pretzel-like dough and then dunked in oil at 375 degrees for about 20 seconds, a short enough time for the confection

Jesus is my Prozac


Is it must me or are church marquees getting stranger and stranger?The previous post was about "Ethical Eating" and I've highlighted some cute and funny ones in past postings. But this week must be particularly strange. Is it in the water in my town?The non-denominational church about four blocks from my house has declared this:JESUS IS MY PROZACHow about that for dragging Christ down to our

Of Potlucks and Meaty Discussions


There is a Universalist Unitarian building, square and squat--quite tiny that can't have more than two rooms at most--that I drive by on my way to church. It has a marquee on the front lawn advertising what is happening or what is the topic of discussion at the weekly service.For this coming weekend, the sign said: "Potluck and Ethical Eating". A couple of months ago, it was "Spirituality of

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In the Sight of Angels


A True StoryShe is old and frail. But her physical state has not diminished her devotion to spiritual works of mercy, especially comforting the sorrowful, and praying for the living and the dead. Here, she is powerful. What people of health may see as confinement, she uses to pray and when needed, to call and comfort whoever she knows is in distress.Praying with the aid of her rosary, she renders



May your Friday meditation help you bear the crosses in your life. Láqueus contrítus est, et nos liberáti sumusThe snare is broken, and we are delivered.From Seville Cathedral, a detail from a rood screen