Daily Archives: July 4, 2009

Fourth of July: Bl. Pier Giorgio, TOP

Today is the optional memorial of Bl. Pier Giorgio, TOP. There’s a cool episode of EWTN’s My Catholic Family about him (let’s face it: every episode of My Catholic Family is cool.

Anyway, we took a bit of a pilgrimage to the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, TN. Mary has a very close friend from college who is one of their Sisters.

The kids got to see a lot of nuns in habits. I got to pray Vespers with a bunch of nuns in habits. We sat in one of their community areas (formerly an auditorium when the convent and school were one building), while the kids played on the stage. As it happens, it was a “fun day” at the convent, so some nuns were just finishing up a game of ping pong, and they left the table and balls out for the kids.

They have a Sr. Alexandra, who took her name for St. Catherine of Alexandria, so that was cool.

Back in late March, 2003, Mary got a letter out of the blue from her friend. It was a belated response to an earlier letter from Mary. She thanked Mary for her letter, saying it was so nice to hear good news, and how most of their letters were people asking for prayers because of miscarriages and other problems, and it was so nice to hear of her pregnancy. She said she felt inspired to write to Mary and pray for her that day, March 3. And since it was the feast of St. Katherine Drexel, she sent Mary a prayer card.

Well, March 3, 2003, the date of that letter, was the day Little Lew was miscarried. When that letter came a week later, we knew it was inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Ironically, Sister spent a whole year teaching at St. Thomas Aquinas in Woodbridge, while we were still in Fredericksburg, but we only saw her for one brief visit when she stopped at our house during the summer while she was moving to Woodbridge.

Morning’s Minion has apparently never read _A Man for All Seasons_

Joseph Bottum, in a First Things blog, apparently paraphrased the famous line from Thomas More in the play: “It profiit a man nothing to gain the world and lose his soul.  But, for Wales?”

Referring to Doug Kmiec’s appointment to Malta, Bottum writes, “It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world.  But for Malta?”  That is all Bottum says in the blog post.

Now , “Morning’s Minion”  at Vox Nova, who previously admitted to not knowing who Judie Brown is, makes no reference to the literary allusion in accusing Bottum of judging Kmiec’s soul.  MM then goes on to explain that Kmiec’s support for Obama is a justifiable “prudential choice.”  I disagree, but I’ll grant that for argument’s sake.

However, Kmiec has gone on to advance all sorts of repugnant positions, such as support for civil unions of homosexuals.

Of course, the problem is that the whole point of a literary allusion is to understand the context.  In the play, More is addressing Rich as a traitor. Rich has just perjured himself against More’s good name.

Regardless of Kmiec’s choice to support Obama, or even his various positions on issues that contradict Church teachings, Kmiec is using his “status” as a long time Republican operative and Reagan appointee to give validity to his case. Bottum is referring specifically to Kmiec’s betrayal of the conservative cause.


Last year, I blogged about how the new parish hall at St. Peter Catholic Church in Columbia, SC, was being named in honor of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, who was both raised in the parish and a former pastor.

Here is a hallway in the halL:Hall at Bernardin Center
There’s no cry room in the parish, but we parents take our fussy kids out to the hall during Mass. Down the hall of the hall is a rather nice wall of different crosses and crucifixes, which makes a nice spot to take the kids. You can try to at least get them to adore the crosses and get some prayer time yourself.
Side view of wall of crucifixes
At least until one particular cross, in the center of the display, catches your eye.
Contextualized Buddhist Cross
Yes, that’s right. There, on the wall of a Catholic parish building, is a Buddhist Yin Yang symbol in the shape of a cross!
Another view of the Buddhist Cross
Just in case you weren’t certain:
Buddhist Cross

“I am the Lord, your God. You shall have no other gods besides me.”
“Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands.” (Psalm 115).