Archive for September, 2009

New Novena for a New Saint

September 16, 2009

The U.S. gets not one but two new saints in less than a month, when the Pope canonizes damien bookletDamien de Veuster and Jeanne Jugan on October 11.  Both are remarkable examples of heroic love and faith.

The booklet that I wrote for Pauline Books, Saint Damien de Veuster: Missionary of Molokai, is now available. It contains a biography of the priest, as well as a newly composed novena to him.

Here’s the publisher’s website blurb:

What compelled a young priest to volunteer for an assignment that held the risk of a then-incurable disease? Explore the life of Saint Damien and discover his great love for God and every person he met. Saint Damien became the priest to the island of Moloka’i, the Hawaiian island where those suffering from Hansen’s Disease (leprosy) were quarantined. Suffering through many difficulties along with the people on the island, Damien made Moloka’i his permanent home and cared for the people with an open heart and fearless compassion. With his long-awaited canonization, the whole world is shown an example of generous, self-giving love. Includes biography and novena. Saint Damien de Veuster includes an introduction by Father Lane Akiona, SS.CC. and is endorsed by the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (Damien’s religious community).

May I humbly suggest you consider getting a copy now, in order to use the novena as spiritual preparation/celebration during the 9 days leading up to canonization day?

Sheen cause video

September 13, 2009

This brief video on the Sheen beatification cause is from RomeReports.com.  Nothing  new, though.  (I’m not too familiar with Rome Reports, though I’ve seen the show that airs on EWTN; I’d think an outfit like Rome Reports should probably know better than to make the mistake of saying Sheen “was  archbishop of New York and Rochester.”)

Senator Kennedy, and Bishop Morlino’s Witness to Mercy

September 4, 2009

I have read a lot of  the commentary that has been published on the occasion of Senator Ted Kennedy’s death.  Some of it has been pretty good, some not very helpful at all, but I haven’t felt like much of it fas really, truly hit the mark, especially in what has seemed to be to be really authentically Catholic thinking.  As in many things, most of it seemed to have one “piece” of what needed to be said, but often at the expense of some other piece.  (Ted Kennedy was a complicated guy, I guess!)

Anyway, when I read Bishop Robert Morlino’s column today, I thought, “This is it.  This is what needed to be said, from a Catholic perspective, about the life and death of this prominent Catholic American figure.”

I hesitate to cherry-pick an excerpt or two, because my whole point is that this stuff needs to be understand as a whole.  I recommend checking it out, and perhaps making it a moment of reflection on our own lives, usually not lived as publically as Kennedy’s, with a reminder that we’re all standing in that line that Bishop Morlino refers to.

(Thanks to Whispers in the Loggia for pointing it out.)