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Saint of the Day

St. Anthony Messenger presents an illuminating profile of a saint commemorated today.

  • St. Gianna Beretta Molla
    In less than 40 years, Gianna Beretta Molla became a pediatric physician, a wife, a mother and a saint! She was born in Magenta (near Milano) as the 10th of Alberto and Maria’s 13 children. An active …

America

“In All Things” offers daily commentary from the nation’s most influential weekly Catholic journal, America, published by the Jesuits since 1909.

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Commonweal

Updates from “DotCommonweal,” the blog of the prominent U.S. lay-edited weekly Commonweal, published since 1924.

  • The Christic Imagination – V
    The prayer at the Easter Vigil that follows upon the seventh reading (from the Prophet Ezekiel): O God of unchanging power and eternal light, may the whole world know and see that what was cast down i …
  • Waiting
    “And you, Lord God, compassionate and merciful, long-suffering and most merciful, and true” (Ps 85:15)–because hanging on the cross, he said, “Father, forgive them because they do not know what they a …
  • The Christic Imagination – IV
    There is the cryptic article of the Apostles Creed: "He descended into hell." There are the enigmatic and controverted verses of Scripture: "For Christ also suffered for sins once, the …
  • The Christic Imagination – III
    All of the recent posts on the Triduum and Anthony Domestico’s interview with Christian Wiman have brought me back to one of my favorite living poets, Geoffrey Hill. In the interview with Wiman, Domes …
  • St. Cecelia's in Detroit: Patron Saint of Basketball
    Paul Wachter has a lovely piece on Grantland about "The Saint": “If you were a player in Michigan, you had to play at St. Cecilia,” said Earl “The Twirl” Cureton, a Detroit native who won tw …
  • Unobligated generosity
    [In Book 13 of his De Trintate, Augustine addressed the theme of our redemption by Christ. He introduces the subject by asking a question that may have been asked in every generation–it is still being ...

Whispers in the Loggia

Rocco Palmo reports on international Church developments from Philadelphia on his widely-read blog Whispers in the Loggia.

  • On Easter Night, "For Each of Us, There Is A 'Galilee'"
    HOMILY OF POPE FRANCISTHE EASTER VIGIL IN THE HOLY NIGHTST PETER'S BASILICA19 APRIL 2014 The Gospel of the resurrection of Jesus Christ begins with the journey of the women to the tomb at dawn on …
  • On Holy Thursday, The Priesthood, Past and Future
    Even if the overwhelming bulk of Chrism Masses have already come and gone, only now have we arrived at the moment they celebrate: Holy Thursday, the "birthday" of the ministerial priesthood. …

  • Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi./Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.From the Gospel according to Mark. 15:33-34, 37, 39 And when the sixth hour had comethere was darkness over the …
  • Adoramus Te, Christe et Benedicumus Tibi….
    Set to begin just after 9pm in Rome (3pm ET, Noon Pacific), below is a live-feed of this Good Friday's traditional torch-lit Way of the Cross at the Colosseum in the presence of the Pope:The medi …
  • In Supremae Nocte Coenae….
    Let us pray.Grant, almighty God,that, just as we are renewedby the Supper of your Son in this present age,so may we enjoy his banquet for all eternity,Who lives and reigns forever and ever…. Even if …
  • For Rehab Patients, Francis Makes "The Act of A Slave"
    Continuing the custom he began as archbishop of Buenos Aires, on this Holy Thursday night the Pope began the Paschal Triduum with the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper in a facility of "past …

Vox Nova

Church Social Teaching is the focus on this blog by various Catholic writers seeking to discover the connection between faith and public life.

  • Revising the Maundy Thursday Rite
    Resolved:  the ritual of footwashing on Holy Thursday should be abolished or completely revised. Another Holy Thursday has come and gone, and with it the predictable storm over washing women’s feet du …
  • Out With The Old
    MY MIDDLE SCHOOL CLOSED ITS DOORS FOR GOOD four and a half years ago. I discovered this while I was on one of my nostalgia benders (what is middle age for?) and had stopped by to walk the grounds afte …
  • Being Poor in the Third World
    Nine years ago the science fiction writer John Scalzi published a blog post entitled Being Poor.    It became very popular and was reprinted in a number of venues.    It consisted of a series of short …
  • Noah
    An unintentionally ironic evaluation has been voiced, by some, following screenings of Noah. The film, it seems, has been deemed “historically inaccurate”. Phil Cooke, of the National Religious Broadc …
  • A Lenten Exercise on the Creed, Part III
    In this post we conclude our Lenten reflection on the Nicene Creed.  Parts I and II can be found here and here.  Please contribute! I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proce …
  • Responding to Jimmy Carter’s Criticism of the All-Male Priesthood
    If President Carter is correct that the institution of the all-male priesthood contributes to sexism and the abuse of women, then it behooves the church, if not to change its doctrine on the priesthoo …

The Deacon’s Bench

Deacon Greg Kandra of the Diocese of Brooklyn offers interesting news related to Church life and society on his blog.

  • Homily for April 20, 2014: Easter
    Just yesterday, I got an email from a friend who is a priest in South Carolina. He had some wonderful news to share. Effective today, Easter, the Catholic Church has one more parish in the United Stat …
  • Rejoice: America’s newest parish will be launched tomorrow
    Some wonderful news about my friend Father Gregory West and his growing flock in South Carolina: In a modest two-room office tucked away in a Daniel Island shopping plaza lie the makings of something …
  • Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil rehearsal
    My Holy Saturday always begins with coffee and bagels with the RCIA folks in the rectory basement, followed by a two-hour rehearsal in the church of the Vigil, led by Deacon Bill McNamara (my ordinati …
  • Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” rewritten for Easter
    This has been making the round again this season: the ubiquitous “Hallelujah” (lately made famous, once again, by Fr. Ray Kelly), reworked around an Easter theme. Give a listen.
  • Good Friday homily: “Who can say what transpired in Judas’s soul during his final moments?”
    From the Good Friday homily this year, here’s Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the papal household, preaching in St. Peter’s today on idols, money, mercy, Judas—and the simple (but often forg …
  • Repose
    A stunning image by Rosalind Chan-Ghazi, ace photographer for our parish bulletin. She was in the vestibule of our church, shooting through glass to capture people in prayer around the Repository, and …

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