Archive for November, 2009

closing down

November 29, 2009

I started this blog in the first days of 2008, and these final days of 2009 seem to be a good place to close down shop.  I started a new job, in a new state, in late summer, and since then the time for the blogging and freelance writing has not crept back into my schedule.  I’ve worked hard to protect family time from the new job demands, and so far that’s gone well.  I don’t feel the need to put the same effort into protecting the blogging time.  I’m also going to let the website expire come mid-December.  I do hope the time for freelancing reappears, both because I enjoy it and it helps to pay the bills.  But family time, in these years while the kids are young, trumps all.

Thanks for stopping by.  It’s been a real pleasure. 

Oremus pro invicem.  Let us pray for one another.


Virtual Tour of St John Lateran Basilica in Rome

November 17, 2009

This is really cool.  It’s new at the Vatican website.  Do explore at your leisure.

(And peruse this and this for some very helpful context and background.)

Newman’s friend

November 13, 2009

Deacon Jack Sullivan, the man whose miraculous cure has been attributed to the intercession of Cardinal John Henry Newman, recently visited the Birmingham Oratory, the great (and soon to be beatified?) cardinal’s spiritual home.  Sullivan served as deacon and preached at a Mass celebrated at the Oratory.

Article with some great photos here.  Additional photos here.

New work in print

November 7, 2009

Just a note to point out that my article “Who is the Cure of Ars?” (on St. John Vianney) appears in the new issue (November/December 2009) of The Catholic Answer.  TCA is one of my favorite magazines.  Besides its excellent content, I’m always very impressed with the beautiful, eye-catching, and reader-friendly layout. 

Also, though I’m mentioning it a little late, my article on the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the modern liturgical movement, “The Birth of a Movement,” appeared in the September 20 issue of Our Sunday Visitor.

And actually, that’s it for my published work for a while.  I’ve almost always had something coming up in the pipeline for the past ten years or so.  I’ m always working on an assignment, or waiting for something I’ve turned in to be published.  But everything I’ve done is now published and I’m not working on any new assignments.  That’s because we recently moved and I started a new job, all of which has occupied all of my free time, so that I’ve little space for freelance work.  (You’ll notice blogging has been mostly light since summer, too.)  Hopefully I’ll get back on track soon, not because anyone would necessarily miss seeing my occasional byline (most folks, including me, usually overlook bylines), but just because I enjoy the work so much.

UPDATE: Come to think of it, there’s a little piece that I was asked to do by The Writer, on using anniversaries as hooks for articles, which is still waiting to be published.  It was scheduled for fall publication, but got mvoed due to a scheduling snafu on their end.  I think they said we’re looking at January now.

This little movie rocks

November 3, 2009

Doesn’t seem to be embeddable.  See it here.

(Thanks to The Anchoress for pointing it out.  If you don’t read her regularly, you should.)

John Paul II to be “beatified within months”?

November 2, 2009

That’s a grabber of a headline — at least for fans of the late, great Pope.  But it’s a real one and just up today, on the website of the London Telegraph.  I have to say, I’m a bit skeptical. 

The claim that JP2 will beatified “by 2010” was put forward recently by the Mayor of Rome, in public statements made while on a visit to Krakow. 

First of all, he is not exactly a high-ranking Vatican official … or a Vatican official of any kind, for that matter.  Secondly, we’re already into November, which means a beatification by 2010 would need to take place in the next 8 weeks or so.  And I have a feeling that when the beatification of John Paul II actually does happen, it will be an event of massive proporations that will take months, even a year, of planning and preparation.

This does raise the interesting question of where it will happen.  Almost all beatifications in the B16 pontificate have taken place in the homeland of the new blessed, presided over by the local bishop or the head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.  Will JP2’s be in Poland?  On the other hand, he was the Bishop of Rome and “belonged” to the Universal Church for over a quarter of a century.  Does that, plus the added element of the level of global interest even outside the Church, mean it could be held in Rome? Presided over by the Pope himself?  Not difficult to imagine happening.