St Jerome

St Jerome

  Today is the feast of the great priest, Doctor of the Church, Scripture scholar, translator, and apologist St. Jerome (347-420). By now you know his famous quote, Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. In my case, when I was a Protestant, I was ignorant of church history and the early church fathers because, well because they just don’t teach any of it. If they did, they’d wind up converting or reverting to Catholicism as I did. How can you simply ignore the man who, ..undertook Biblical studies with St Gregory Nazianzen at Constantinople. He was then fully equipped to launch his life project of producing an accurate Latin Bible.   Over several decades he translated afresh most of the Old Testament and corrected the text of the...

Meet the Little Sisters of the Poor

    Thanks to Helen Alvare and Women Speak for Themselves:   {…} that it’s beyond ridiculous for any government to believe that women care more about free birth control than they care about upholding the very meaning of life: to serve one another in love, in everything we do, at work and at home.   Here in this video are WOMEN religious, the Little Sisters of the Poor, doing incredible work for the elderly and poor … providing a loving presence, health care, even “home”… up to the moment their earthly lives end. “In this home, nobody dies alone,” says the director of nursing. We give the “look of love” to every single person, says the director, Sister Mary Bernard.   And this, THIS is what sexual expressionism wants to squash?   The Little Sisters...

Turn and Live

Turn and Live

  I think all our great learning has made us mad. Not however, the way the apostle Paul was accused of by Festus in Acts 26:19-30, when in making his defense before King Agrippa, he declared to him that he had been obedient to the Heavenly vision, announcing to those in Damascus, Jerusalem, throughout the country of Judea and to the Gentiles that, they should repent, turn to God and perform deeds worthy of repentance. —vs 19 The Scriptures say that for that very reason, he was seized by the Jews in the temple and they tried to kill him. (vs 21) For this defense Festus said, Paul, you are mad; you’re great learning is turning you mad. And Paul responded, I am not mad most excellent Festus, but I am speaking the sober truth. —vs.24-25 No, we...

“As Leviathan’s lions begin to roar”

“As Leviathan’s lions begin to roar”

  This is what’s in my pocket today:    “As Leviathan’s lions begin to roar, the nominal Catholics will skip out of the arena.   Roman Catholicism has become for baptized pagans a neuralgic kind of Cute Catholicism, with leprechauns, mariachi bands and Santa Claus instead of confession, prayer and fidelity to doctrine.   But behind each leprechaun – St. Patrick stares,   and behind every mariachi band – Our Lady of Guadalupe weeps,   and behind every Santa Claus – Christ himself judges.” —Fr. George Rutler It has me thinking and praying.   +PAX    h/t Dympha’s Road blogspot Daniel’s Answer to the King, 1890 articles by Father George...

Pray, Hope, Don’t Worry

Pray, Hope, Don’t Worry

    I read Padre Pio, True Story Revised, about a year after I came home to the church and was a bit overwhelmed with the account. It had been 20 years since I’d even thought about a Catholic saint, though as a schoolgirl taught by the Dominicans, we had read our share of saintly biographies. Despite the fact that I’ve never really adopted him as one of my patron saints, somehow he keeps showing up in my life: cards over a patients bed in the nursing home, a Padre Pio book on a bed table in the hospital. I kind of got the message when a prayer card from the Capuchins arrived in the mail, so I set it on the refrigerator, reminding me to look to Padre Pio more often than when I need a special favor. What strikes me most about his life, besides the...

Back to School

Back to School

  I’m going back to school this week since I’m very fortunate to have gained entry to the most prestigious university in the world..and it won’t cost me a dime. I’m going back because in light of the confusion reigning in the church and the world my thoughts are scattered and disoriented. I have some very strong opinions and concerns about all of it…but I’m only a student; always a student who must, if she is to grow in the spiritual life and by the call of my baptism, bring the message of the gospel to the ends of the earth– remain teachable. In the heart of  St Benedict who instructs me to prefer nothing to Christ, I’m always a beginner. So, class begins Monday.. I’m very excited about my professor....

We Conquer Evil by the Power of the Cross

We Conquer Evil by the Power of the Cross

    My father had a gift that kept me on the straight and narrow. It became more of a treasure to me in his sober years when, as a teenager and into my young adulthood, he had the ability to laser focus through all the nonsensical ramblings of a situation-right straight to the truth of the matter. How many times it caught me off-guard when I thought I had a youthful “state of affairs” safely under wraps, only to encounter a few of his strategic questions that pulled the proverbial wool off my eyes, exposing the fact that he knew the truth from the get go. There’s only a few of things you can do when reality hits the fan in such stark expose: deny any connection, accept the truth…or run. From experience I can tell you I’ve...

The Triumph of the Cross

The Triumph of the Cross

  Has set us free from the slavery of sin.      You cannot better appreciate your worth than by looking into the mirror of the cross of Christ;   there you will learn how to deflate your pride, how you must mortify the desires of the flesh,   how you are to pray to your Father for those who persecute you, and to commend your spirit into God’s hands.     —St Anthony of Padua   +PAX   The Crucifixion, Giotto...

Can we say the Hail Mary together?

Can we say the Hail Mary together?

  I’ve mentioned before that there are faces from my hospital visitations I’ll never forget.  As time goes by– the list just continues to grow. I always seem to meet them on what I think is the worst possible day; when I’m at my weakest and in no mood to be there. Yes, it happens that the flesh can pull so hard that it feels like a tug of war with my emotions and just getting there takes every ounce of strength I can muster…and then some. Honestly, if you depend at all on emotions in the spiritual life…you’re headed for a major collision. Lord, I prayed, Your power is made perfect in weakness... Please let Your power rest on me today, for the sake of your suffering people.  It was a quiet section of the critical care...

‘I Am Only a Vessel of Clay’

‘I Am Only a Vessel of Clay’

  St Nicolas of Tolentino, an Augustinian, is remembered today as the special patron of the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Sometimes confused with St Nicolas of Myra or…Santa Claus… I came to learn of his life through his relationship with St Rita of Cascia. “What was his relationship with another very popular saint, St. Rita of Cascia? How did the custom of blessing and distributing the “Bread of St. Nicholas” on his feast day come into being? And how did he become the patron saint of the Holy Souls in Purgatory?”   This little biography, by Father Michael Di Gregorio, OSA, answers those questions and would be nice to have before November, the month dedicated to the Holy Souls. Here’s just a short summary about this...

Homily of Pope Francis from the Prayer Vigil

Homily of Pope Francis at the Vigil of Prayer and Fasting in Saint Peter’s Square:     “And God saw that it was good” (Gen 1:12, 18, 21, 25). The biblical account of the beginning of the history of the world and of humanity speaks to us of a God who looks at creation, in a sense contemplating it, and declares: “It is good”. This allows us to enter into God’s heart and, precisely from within him, to receive his message. We can ask ourselves: what does this message mean? What does it say to me, to you, to all of us? 1. It says to us simply that this, our world, in the heart and mind of God, is the “house of harmony and peace”, and that it is the space in which everyone is able to find their proper place and...