Wednesday, December 13, 2017

St. Lucy, pray for us!

The most striking image of St. Lucy that I have ever seen is not one with her eyes on a plate or something like that, although this image did refer to her torture by being blinded. Is is the image of a Botticelli-esque figure with a light veil draped so as to cover her eyes. It is so powerfully evocative. (The sketch belonged to Fr. Conly, the pastor of the Episcopal Church in which I was raised.)

We need light. Pray to the blinded St. Lucy for light in our world, in our lives, in our souls.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

St. Margaret of Scotland, pray for us!

Among other fun facts, St. Margaret was married to the Malcolm of Macbeth! Read more about her here. She is also an ancestor of today's St. Elizabeth of Hungary.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

On, Wisconsin!

The new campus center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison -- Kudos to my friend Fr. Eric Nielsen!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Offer it up, honey

This post should have been written a long time ago, in the series I had begun of recognizing people who have had a big influence on my life. This is one of the biggest: Sr. Catherine de Ricci, O.P.

I was in Nashville on Monday for Sister's funeral Mass at St. Cecilia Motherhouse. The first time I ever visited the Motherhouse was to see Sr. Catherine de Ricci with my parents the summer they were investigating placing my sister and me in St. Pius X School where she was the principal. I was going into the third grade and my sister into the seventh. I still remember sitting in the dark, formal parlor as my parents discussed with Sr. Catherine de Ricci a decision that would prove to be pivotal for our lives. It was really the beginning of our move into the Catholic Church, even though that did not happen for any of us for many years.

Sister's role in our lives was not one of apologist but rather of witness, primarily of a witness to spiritual maternity. You see, she loved us. She ran a fantastic school, she was a great math teacher, and she loved. She had a strong, simple faith, and she took the long view. My mother, in particular, had the greatest admiration for Sr. Catherine de Ricci. She would have done anything Sister asked.

Certainly my sister's religious vocation, as well as my priestly vocation, were nurtured by the strong, faithful, and loving influence of Sr. Catherine de Ricci. It would be impossible to say too much of her influence on my whole family. She is the source of the "offer it up, honey" line used in so many of my homilies. What better way to convey the paschal mystery of redemptive suffering in a practical application than this simple admonition? It is among the greatest theological truths I have ever learned, and I learned it from her in the third grade.

Sister died 100 years a Christian and 80 years a Dominican. May she rest in peace!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Abiding in Hope

I'm not going to be posting here much anymore. Here is a new venture I am involved in. More things might be added to the site in the future.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

UCat Dominicans -- not the one in the middle!

Newly named Br. Cyprian and newly professed Br. Pachomius, O.P. at St. Gertrude's, Cincinnati, Ohio, August 15, 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017

I am so excited about this!

This has been a dream for a long time. Now it's here. In your charity, make a donation (especially a recurring monthly one) to keep this witness to life on the streets and helping women and children.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Blessed Pier Giorgio, pray for us!

Happy Feast of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati!
(He's the smiling one above!)

Father, You gave to the young Pier Giorgio Frassati the joy of meeting Christ and of living his faith in the service of the poor and the sick. Through his intercession may we, too, walk the path of the Beatitudes and follow the example of generosity, spreading the spirit of the Gospel in society. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

more on weakness

As I approach the 25th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood, I am trying to embrace weakness, especially by seeing beauty in it. I wa...

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