Archive for June, 2008

St. Paul’s Daughters

June 29, 2008

With the Year of St. Paul upon us, be sure to say a few extra prayers of appreciation for one of the orders of consecrated religious who take their name from him.    The Daughters of St. Paul imitate the Apostle to the Gentiles by their extraordinary work of publishing great books, music, and other resources.  (Some of the lesser stuff sneaks by them, too — they also publish my work.) 

So pray for them, give thanks for them, pay a visit to one of their many excellent bookstores (did you know that many of their stores include their own eucharistic chapels??), or their website.  They have a fine list of resources for this special year.

And did I mention they publish my stuff, too?

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Positive reading on abortion

June 27, 2008

Two worthwhile things to read:

Late-Term Abortion Facility in Dallas To Close – Eighth Closure Since Bishop Began Prayer at Clinics
24 hours a day, 7 days a week ecumenical effort was organized, with more than 800 people from 89 churches and several denominations

A Sexual Revolution
One woman’s journey from pro-choice atheist to pro-life Catholic

I think I’ll include the latter one in the packet of readings we use in my 11th grade Religion class. It’s thoughtful and clear without being antagonistic.

On the Air Again

June 12, 2008

I’m going to be a guest again on Cincinnati’s Catholic radio station, Sacred Heart Radio, on their live morning show called Son Rise. I’m on tomorrow at 8:15 am.

The topic this time is Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. The occasion is the fact that his remains are being transferred from Italy to Australia this month, to be present at next month’s World Youth Day celebration in Sydney.

Frassati — who lived a remarkable life in his teens and early twenties of service to the poor, nourished by a blazing love of the Eucharist, then died of polio at age 24 — has emerged as a popular patron of young people in recent years.

The radio station asked me to talk about him because he’s featured in my book, Saints for Our Times.

Dorothy’s Diaries

June 1, 2008

Finally got hold of a copy of the diaries of Dorothy Day, recently published. Very worthwhile. Here are a few nuggets from the first 200 or so pages.

“Love is a matter of the will. If you will to love someone (even the most repulsive and wicked), and try to serve him as an expression of that love, then you soon come to feel the love.”

“Thinking gloomily of the sins and shortcomings of others, and it suddenly came to me to remember my own offenses, just as heinous as those of others. If I concern myself with my own sins and lament them, if I remember my own failures and lapses, I will not be resentful of others. This was most cheering and lifted the load of gloom from my mind. It makes one unhappy to judge people and happy to love them.”

“As I came down the street a well dressed priest drove by in a big car. Then I passed another — also well dressed, comfortable….Then still another out in front of a most luxurious mansion, the parish house, playing with a dog on a leash. All of them well fed, well housed, comfortable, caring for the safe people like themselves. And where are the priests for the poor, the down and out, the sick in city hospitals, in jails. It is the little of God’s children who do not get cared for. God help them and God help the priest who is caught in the bourgeois system and cannot get out.”

“Love in practice is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams.”

“A sad world. We are surrounded by sadness. One must will to rejoice.”

“Oh, the cleavage between priest and people, the comfortable and the destitute!”

“To love our brother because Jesus, Son of God, gave us a picture of that love in the story of the prodigal son. That is the kind of Father we have. No judgment there. Only the madness of love, deep, profound, as profligate in its way as the son’s tawdry loves had been profligate.”

“O God, give me the grace ever to alleviate the crosses of those around me, never to add to them.”

“I will tell you personally over and over, O God, I love you, I adore you, I worship you. Make me mean it in my life. Make me show it in my choices. Make me show it from my waking thought to my sleeping.”

“I speak and write so much better than I perform. But we can never lower the ideal because we fail in living up to it.”

“God wishes us to feel His Immanence. He is near as teh breath we draw. We have Him present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar, and if our faith were as a grain of mustard seed, we would be prostrate as we entered His presence. We take His Presence so much for granted!”