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Friday Abstinence Dispensation

I recently came across this fascinating snippet from the past: back in the 1960s, when companies were still trying to respect their clients’ religious beliefs instead of downplay or ignore them, Trans World Airlines (TWA) petitioned the Holy See for … Continue reading

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Whoops

I noticed the other day that the Vatican has a new mobile site. In keeping with tradition, it’s not very easy to navigate. See if you can spot the spelling error. I’m not a big fan of this new design, … Continue reading

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The Pope’s St. Joseph Statue

Via Twitter this morning, I found this photograph of the current St. Joseph “prayer space” or shrine that the Holy Father has set up in his apartment at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, otherwise known as the “Vatican Hotel”. It appears … Continue reading

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New Vatican Homepage

Literally within the past hour or so, the Vatican has rolled out a new look for its homepage. Here is a screenshot of the English site: As you can see, the “hermeneutic of continuity” has been employed, so the new … Continue reading

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Demonstration on the Dome

Happy Laetare Sunday! Last night we changed to daylight savings time here, so since we were losing an hour of sleep I thought that I would get up even earlier this morning and head down to St. Peter’s to celebrate … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolution: Prayer

Resolutions are an ongoing part of every valid spirituality: during our time of prayer, as the Lord illumines our hearts and we grow in his love, we continually make resolutions as to how we can address our faults and mature … Continue reading

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On Judging and Kind Interpretations

Father Faber’s writings are a treasure trove of sound spirituality, and it seems opportune, following upon my previous post about taking scandal, also to post something he wrote on the issue of judging others and giving the benefit of the … Continue reading

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On Taking Scandal

Stick with me here. Pope Francis has surprised us all in many ways – some good, some perhaps not. I have refrained from sharing any criticisms I might have here, because I simply do not think it productive or edifying. … Continue reading

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Where Pope Francis Lives

Recently I was standing in line to enter St. Peter’s Basilica, and I overheard the conversation of a Dutch man and a Scots woman (in English) who were standing behind me. The gentleman pointed out the Apostolic Palace, which overlooks … Continue reading

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Facing Christ

I was on an airplane this evening, and in thinking back on it I am reminded of the absurdity of the idea that a pilot should face his passengers while flying the plane. How could he lead them to their … Continue reading

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Klosterneuburg – II

Here are some more odds and ends from my stay at Klosterneuburg Abbey. Another view of the Abbey’s nice church: The interior of the church (which I did not photograph, given that all I had was my cell phone camera), … Continue reading

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Saint James, Apostle

Today is the feast of St. James the Apostle. He is the patron of the City of Querétaro (where I am presently) though, as a sign of the times, there isn’t a whole lot happening here today. My host family … Continue reading

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