The heart is the seat of the passions, the raw, blazing energies that mediate between the reason and the appetite, enforcing the will of one or the other, according to how they are trained. We perceive goodness with the reason, but we feel it in the heart. As C.S. Lewis said, we moderns are, in … Continue reading Sunday Thoughts: The Heart
Take some time today to meditate and pray over the Seven Sorrows of our Mother, who must feel such anguish over the state of the world, the loss of so many of her children, and the ingratitude and contempt shown towards her Son. You can read more about this feast and find a good devotion … Continue reading Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
Rather fitting that on Feast of the Nativity of the Queen of Heaven and Earth, the longest reigning Queen of England should pass away. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest … Continue reading The Queen is Dead. Long Live the King
The fact that we can so easily become distracted at prayer is proof of just how inadequate our ideas of God and the Heavenly Court really are. For, of course, if we had even a faint understanding of just what we were dealing with, it would be almost impossible for anything else to have a … Continue reading Sunday Thought: On Seeing God
Should have gone up yesterday. I have a feeling that I might have made the same error last year...oh, well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJcSyaRU0kc "The old world in its sunset was fair to see."
Thanks to Caroline Furlong for sharing this: ten holy Polish sisters who were martyred by the advancing Red Army in 1945 were Beatified last weekend. The group of Elizabethan martyr-sisters is headed by the youngest of them, Blessed Sister Maria Paschalis (Maria Magdalena) Jahn. She was born on April 7, 1916, the eldest of four … Continue reading Newly Blessed Martyrs
So, it seems there are reports coming in of a new Eucharistic Miracle in Guadalajara, Mexico. The story is that, during Adoration, the Host was seen to beat like a living heart for about thirty seconds. Cell phone cameras captured the event. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mostRiZ2L2M The full report is here. As with all reports of miracles, we … Continue reading A New Miracle?
So, here's a very interesting rumor, which I've now heard from a couple sources. It is said, among both the Jesuits of Maryland and the descendants of George Washington's slaves, that in his final hours he sent for Father Leonard Neale, S.J, and that he was received into the Catholic Church shortly before his death. … Continue reading George Washington: Deathbed Convert?
We finished the Jules Verne biography on the way home from Maine (now's not the place for a full review, but basically it was about six hours of an interesting study stretched to twelve by a good deal of repetition, the biographer going off on his own pet theories, and his harping on Verne's sex … Continue reading Sunday Thoughts: On Mercy
At the end of the day, religion is a present thing. You can talk about history, the Bible, prehistory, and so on and so forth, but all that is secondary compared to what is happening right here and right now while you are at prayer or receiving the Sacraments. Just like when you meet someone, … Continue reading Sunday Thought