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A walking pilgrimage to Rome's few churches left open during the quarantine...  

Not much of Rome is open during this period of quarantine, but are any of the city's nearly 400 churches? To find out, I briefly took a short break from our quasi-house arrest to seek out some open churches, particularly the ancient 'station churches' — those traditionally open for morning and evening liturgies during Lent...

what do you think?

2020-04-04 12:38:27



English Church official: People 'finding their own ways' to unite to Easter...  

As England prepares to celebrate Holy Week, the secretary of the bishops' conference liturgy office says the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is making everyone "aware now that they are in this together." Like much of the world, England will be celebrating the most sacred part of the Church calendar in isolation. Priests will perform the liturgies...

what do you think?

2020-04-04 12:07:53



In connecting Chinese adoptees to birth families, couple makes discovery about China's one-child policy...  

When Brian Stuy adopted his oldest daughter from an orphanage in China in 1998, his decision stemmed from a sincere belief that there was a humanitarian need, he said. He believed that kids were being abandoned on the side of the street and that Chinese orphanages were full of children. But when he later learned that those things weren't true in the majority of cases...

what do you think?

2020-04-04 11:51:46



Palm supplier sees Palm Sunday business halved by coronavirus cancelations...  

Thomas Sowell and his wife own Southeast Palm and Foliage in Astor, Florida, in the middle of the state, about 40 miles west of Daytona Beach. "It's in the middle of nowhere, actually," Sowell told CNA in January. Sowell isn't Catholic, but his business supplies palms to hundreds of Catholic parishes across the country— in every state...

what do you think?

2020-04-04 10:13:01



How an iPhone fitness app accidentally revealed the location of secret U.S. military bases across the world...  

From Half as Interesting...

what do you think?

2020-04-04 09:20:46



These two young French pilgrims spent a year walking to Jerusalem...  

We are all a little bit pilgrims, all our lives," says Benoit Garnier. Garnier might be speaking metaphorically, but for one very intense year, he and friend Ophelie Dechance were very much literal pilgrims, on a trek by foot from their native France to the Holy Land. Dechance, who is from Paris, and Garnier, from Besancon, left from Eastern France in the summer of 2018...

what do you think?

2020-04-04 07:40:47



Holy Week is almost here, and I have coronavirus...  

When the nurse practitioner said, "Your test was positive," I almost involuntarily burst out, "Oh, thank goodness." I had been fearing a negative result for days. I wouldn't have trusted it, for one thing — I was pretty sure I had COVID, and that my lady Suzanne did as well, along with at least half of our kids. (I now think all six who are currently living here got it to one degree or another...

what do you think?

2020-04-04 06:03:57



Looks like M*A*S*H had this coronavirus epidemic on its radar years ago...  

Attributed to Frank Vaccariello...

what do you think?

2020-04-04 05:27:08



The most scenic hike in every state...  

Whether it's a light stroll around a lake or a day-long climb to an overlook, hiking is a great way to get outdoors and spend some time in nature. While it's important to practice social distancing right now, hiking is still possible as long as people are considerate of each other's space. In addition, being out in nature offers plenty of mental and physical benefits...

what do you think?

2020-04-04 05:19:37



What does this pandemic mean in the light of God's providence? Why has He permitted this? What is God saying?  

What does this pandemic mean in the light of God's providence? Why has He permitted this? What is God saying? These kinds of questions are, naturally, found everywhere among people of faith these days. And quite a number of people have freely posed very specific answers that betray extraordinary access to the mind of God. I myself would never venture such stunning certitudes...

what do you think?

2020-04-04 04:02:20



Meditate on Psalm 22 during Holy Week...  

The beauty behind the book of Psalms is that they were written honestly and from the heart. They often express the personal feelings of someone in distress and in the midst of anxiety. Yet, they always end in hope, looking forward to the joy that will come from the hand of God. During Holy Week, one of the most powerful psalms to meditate on and pray is Psalm 22...

what do you think?

2020-04-04 02:49:49



This priest in the Bronx is asking for 3 days of your fasting and prayer...  

Fr. Vincent Druding writes: Please pass this Message ASAP! I am asking all who hear it to fast and pray for 3 days to fight Covid-19. We are praying for the salvation of the souls of those who have died or will die, especially those who have not had access to the sacraments, for the healing of those who have the virus, for the prevention of more cases...

what do you think?

2020-04-04 02:39:58



10 books that will help you find “piece” of mind...  

Have you ever been so distracted or stressed out that you were looking to find, not complete serenity, but a mere semblance of it? While total peace of mind may have been out of the question, finding a "piece" of mind was a possibility. It is in that modest spirit characteristic of Lent that the following list of books and one album are offered for incremental improvement...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 14:04:20



This is how life under coronavirus will play out over the next year...  

It's likely that coronavirus will loom over us until we have an effective vaccine. We need to prepare ourselves for life to be really strange for a long, long time

what do you think?

2020-04-03 13:59:10



'Sacraments are the spiritual Personal Protective Equipment of Catholics': Petition asks bishops not to suspend Anointing, Confession...  

Along with a widespread threat of illness and death, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has also introduced into the Catholic world controversy and disagreement over the availability of sacraments during this worldwide crisis. As with many services in the business community at this time, services in the Catholic Church have been curtailed or canceled in the name of public safety...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 13:28:21



Loss of taste and smell key COVID-19 symptoms, app study finds...  

Losing your sense of smell and taste may be the best way to tell if you have COVID-19, according to a study of data collected via a symptom tracker app developed by scientists in Britain and the United States to help monitor the coronavirus pandemic.

what do you think?

2020-04-03 13:27:16



How your parish can avoid laying off staff...  

With public worship and gathering of large groups suspended, many Catholic parishes and other charities or apostolates are feeling the pinch. Donations are down, so looking ahead they are unlikely to make payroll and thus have to lay off employees. However, it looks like 501(c)3 corporations (the legal status of most parishes & Catholic apostolates) can get a government loan to cover 10 weeks of salary which the government will then forgive if used on salary...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 13:14:11



Rejoice always! Adjusting to the order to stay at home.....  

Full disclosure: Staying at home is easy for me. My office is at home. I don't have in-person meetings. I'm a relative loner, and don't socialize a great deal outside my own family. I don't depend on a club, or a gym, or even a bar for my relaxation. I will confess that my desire for a good supply of liquor has risen, but only very slightly and mostly in the form of joking with my wife...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 13:11:54



Coronavirus quarantine: 4 tips for men at home ...  

Our current situation is unprecedented in the last century, perhaps more, in several ways. It is an utterly unique opportunity for fathers to say 'yes' to their fatherhood, and for society to choose to reinvest in life in the home. Here I will not directly address the corona virus and the spreading infections. With prayers for all those infected or affected...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 12:55:01



Cardinal Bo: China owes 'apology and compensation for the destruction' caused by coronavirus...  

Poor countries are suffering from the coronavirus because of the Chinese Communist Party's negligence and repression, a cardinal from Burma said Thursday. "The Chinese regime led by the all-powerful Xi Jinping and the CCP — not its people — owes us all an apology and compensation for the destruction it has caused," Cardinal Muang Bo...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 12:28:46



Justinian's Flea, Redux — If there were ever a time to give ourselves fully to God, this is it.....  

Sometime in the early 6th Century in Africa, a bacterium that caused mild illness found a promising new host: a flea. Through that flea and countless others, it morphed into something quite different. Migrating up the Nile River on the bodies of rats, it came to the granaries of Alexandria. Then it crossed by ship in A.D. 542 to the markets of Constantinople...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 12:11:22



Vatican authorizes special Masses and Good Friday prayers for coronavirus pandemic...  

The decree, dated March 30, said: "The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord on Good Friday this year has a particular significance because of the terrible pandemic that has stricken the whole world."

what do you think?

2020-04-03 10:56:23



Here's how to make your own face mask.....  

It shouldn't have come to this, but here we are. The world is running out of face masks for health care workers, which is one reason American officials, including the surgeon general, have warned members of the public against buying their own masks for protection against the coronavirus.

what do you think?

2020-04-03 10:21:20



This is how NASA keeps coronavirus (and other diseases) off the International Space Station...  

Three astronauts are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on April 9. They won't return to our world for six months. Instead, they'll watch from the safety of outer space as a pandemic plays out some 250 miles beneath their feet. Escaping Earth for six months might sound like a dream to most of humanity right now...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 10:12:41



African cardinal tests positive for coronavirus as pandemic spreads across the continent...  

Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo of Burkina Faso has tested positive for the coronavirus, his archdiocese announced Tuesday. He is the second cardinal known to have tested positive for the virus, which is now a global pandemic. Ouedraogo, 75, has been admitted to a medical clinic in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou. He is "in good condition and his close collaborators are reported to be self-isolating...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 09:58:57



How St. John Bosco handled an epidemic of cholera ...  

The COVID-19 coronavirus is a new threat to our society, but mankind has faced even more serious ones in the past, including the Black Death in the 14th century, when between 30-60 percent of Europe's population fell victim to the Bubonic plague. Later, in the 19th century, a cholera epidemic ravaged Europe at the same time that St...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 09:36:08



Some thoughts on coronavirus measures in regard to Confession...  

The COVID19 pandemic continues to occasion new canonical questions on a daily basis. But before examining a few more of these, here in regard to Confession, a crucial point should be made. It is very difficult, but nigh-on essential, to avoid speculation on the motives behind various ecclesiastical actions (policies, rulings, etc...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 09:26:13



A primer for pastors to bring clarity on coronavirus Confession suspension...  

Many dioceses are "suspending" the sacrament of confession. As the permission of the bishop is required for the validity of absolution, it is necessary to clarify that even when "suspended" confessions remain valid. Yet priests are still in need of pastoral guidance. And the guidance that the sacrament is to be entirely suspended creates some confusion for them and the faithful...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 09:20:36



10 spiritual counsels in a time of coronavirus...  

This trial is a spiritual opportunity. Many holy men and women found God more deeply in time of loss, pain and struggle. Live this time as a special opportunity for spiritual growth. These days teach us that we are not in control, and that God is — a powerful and healing lesson for all of life (Matthew 5:3). This time, with busyness reduced...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 09:04:22



Heartfelt repetitious prayers, like the Lord's Prayer, are good — because it's exhausting to have to make up new prayers all the time.....  

One of my students — a Protestant, like most of my students - told me that she just doesn't understand Catholic worship and prayer practices. "Like at Mass, when you repeat the same things over and over again," she remarked. "And like those ladies with the beads who say the same prayers a hundred times. It just doesn't seem like prayer at all...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 08:55:49



Our Lord told St. Faustina, “I will protect the homes in which the Divine Mercy image is found” — so here's what you should do...  

In this time of calamity, the Marian Fathers invite you to participate in a simple but incredibly powerful act of faith. To protect you and your family, we urge you to post an Image of the Divine Mercy on your front doors. Father Chris Alar, MIC, explains why. If you don't have this Image, please visit and download it for free and print it out...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 08:38:27



The Creative Cloister: Exploring the artistic roots of our Catholic faith while sheltering in place...  

I've been asked to collect some of my favorite projects into a sharable format exploring the fabulous creative traditions of our Catholic faith during this 'Shelter in Place' adventure. More content coming...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 06:58:31



12 things everyone needs to know about the coronavirus pandemic, based on the newest data...  

Before December 2019, SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes the Covid-19 illness — was unknown to science. "A pneumonia of unknown cause" was first reported to the World Health Organization on December 31, after a slew of cases appeared in Wuhan, China. Since then, the virus has been detected in more than a million people worldwide...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 06:54:12



The case for drive-in Masses...  

Most American Catholics no longer have access to public Masses, and may not have access for some time. The bishops' suspension of public Masses reflects their concern about the spread of contagion. This is a legitimate concern. And yet the faithful need not remain separated from the Mass. Many pastors have chosen to live-stream their Masses...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 05:48:55



Fr. Z's Kitchen: Pasta e ceci alla Romana...  

This is a good lesson about custody of the eyes. We tend to want what we see. I immediately wanted some of that pasta e ceci. Since I can't go to Rome, I brought, as I often do, Rome to me. At the store I could not find any dry chick peas, but I did find a couple of remaining cans. Here's my set up. The soffritto is simple...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 05:21:44



African cardinal tests positive for coronavirus as pandemic spreads...  

Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo of Burkina Faso has tested positive for the coronavirus, his archdiocese announced Tuesday. He is the second cardinal known to have tested positive for the virus, which is now a global pandemic. Cardinal Ouedraogo, 75, has been admitted to a medical clinic in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou. He is "in good condition and his close collaborators are reported to be self-isolating...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 05:15:12



Can I confess? Or be anointed? Here's what's suspended (or not) in your diocese...  

All public celebration of Mass has been suspended in every Latin Rite diocese in the United States because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many bishops have now also taken steps to limit or suspend access to other sacraments due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, and to comply with local regulations that prohibit people from leaving their homes...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 05:08:36



10 ways to stop worrying...  

Like most people, my world has been thrown into a spin with the pandemic. I am very disturbed at the total lockdown of the sacraments. I can understand stopping public church services, but eliminating all sacraments-even private visits to homes or private confessions seems very draconian. However, with so much that is uncertain about the virus...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 04:42:44



He said Mass via livestream. Eight days later, he fell to the virus.....  

Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay did not want his parishioners to be afraid. The world all around us is in crisis, he said as he celebrated Mass at St. Brigid's Church in Brooklyn on March 19, the pews empty and his flock watching at home via live stream. But perhaps the coronavirus, and the fear it has brought, can be seen as an opportunity to become closer to God...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 04:20:52



What is a ventilator, anyway?  

As we all know, ventilators are in short supply in hospitals around the world—and patients who go into respiratory failure as a result of the coronavirus may not be able to get the help that they need to breathe. The number of COVID-19 patients who require aggressive breathing assistance is still relatively small compared to the total number of infections...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 04:11:08



How the Pope put 'truth on display' in an empty St. Peter's Square...  

Even before Pope Francis had made his way across the hauntingly empty St. Peter's Square to the chair from which he would begin his "Urbi et Orbi" liturgy on Friday, March 27, my face was already a waterfall of tears. I had been aching for a priest to visit me, to talk to me about the power of Jesus to transform evil — and here he was...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 03:34:12



Interactive charts: How fast the coronavirus outbreak is growing in hundreds of U.S. communities...  

The New York metropolitan area has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. But growth in cases and deaths also continues in other parts of the United States, including large metros like New Orleans and Detroit, and some smaller ones like Albany, Ga., where a large funeral apparently seeded many cases. If current patterns hold...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 03:34:11



After WWII and 9/11 our churches were filled. I would be willing to bet, when the coronavirus passes, they will be filled again.....  

I have lived in Santa Barbara, California for the past four years. In that brief time, my neighbors and I have experienced a number of real tragedies. Just over two years ago, the terrible Thomas Fire broke out in my pastoral region, in the vicinity of Thomas Aquinas College (hence the name). For a frightening month it made its devastating way from Santa Paula through Ventura...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 03:33:04



Abstaining from Mass: A Lenten tradition?  

As Catholics throughout the world face closed doors at church, our Lenten fast has changed. We think of Lent as a time of giving up bad things and engaging in deeper prayer. Abstaining from attending Mass would not seem to fit this bill, but it actually has a deep history in the Church. To this day, the liturgical season of the West has two days without the celebration of Mass: Good Friday and Holy Saturday...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 03:28:46



Boise bishop bans 'ad orientem' Masses in new liturgical instruction...  

The Bishop of Boise told priests last month that Mass in the diocese should not be celebrated in the ad orientem posture, and that material from "independent websites" is not appropriate for religious instruction. "I am instructing priests in this diocese to preside facing the people at every celebration of the Ordinary Form of the Mass...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 03:28:38



Can you get palms this Palm Sunday? Here's how New Jersey churches are tweaking the tradition.....  

How do you celebrate Palm Sunday when you can't go to church or even get the traditional palm fronds? That's the question many churches in New Jersey are grappling with this week as they prepare for the pre-Easter tradition at a time when coronavirus social distancing rules mean public services are banned and people are encouraged to stay at least 6 feet from each other...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 03:23:22



A letter from locked-down London...  

The United Kingdom is in lockdown. Each morning, a nation wakes and wonders if it has dreamed of a deadly virus from a far distant place having wreaked havoc on a civilization that seemed so stable, so prosperous, so hopeful. It just can't be real: the virtual house-arrest of the U.K. — over 63 million people requested to stay within their homes — the effective halting of all travel...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 03:05:53



The sacraments become more, not less, important in a time of distress.....  

Regarding confession and canon law in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic: If I get to confession, is there a chance it will be invalid? Catholics can be at peace on that important canonical point. The sacraments become more, not less, important in a time of distress. That why bishops who have restricted the public celebration of the sacraments have described the decision as "excruciating...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 02:31:09



Pope's Wednesday Audience: 'The noblest battle is against the inner deceptions that generate our sins'...  

It is the Holy Spirit who leads us away from our sins and towards purity of heart, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday. Speaking via livestream due to the coronavirus crisis, the pope said April 1 that the purification of our hearts must begin by recognizing the evil that lies within us and renouncing it. "This is a decisive maturity: when we realize that our worst enemy is often hidden in our heart...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 02:10:30



20 Holy Hacks for health and holiness in the coronavirus pandemic...  

Although we are experiencing suffering and uncertainty due to the pandemic, there are also many opportunities to a grow closer to Christ and find comfort through him. A priest I know calls difficult situations like this our "holy place" where much has been stripped away leaving us feeling helpless — a place where we meet God...

what do you think?

2020-04-03 01:24:50



Some thoughts on coronavirus measures in regard to Confession...  

The COVID19 pandemic continues to occasion new canonical questions on a daily basis. But before examining a few more of these, here in regard to Confession, a crucial point should be made. It is very difficult, but nigh-on essential, to avoid speculation on the motives behind various ecclesiastical actions (policies, rulings, etc...

what do you think?

2020-04-01 21:06:40



Boise bishop bans 'ad orientem' Masses in new liturgical instruction...  

The Bishop of Boise told priests last month that Mass in the diocese should not be celebrated in the ad orientem posture, and that material from "independent websites" is not appropriate for religious instruction. "I am instructing priests in this diocese to preside facing the people at every celebration of the Ordinary Form of the Mass...

what do you think?

2020-04-01 17:33:28



The sacraments become more, not less, important in a time of distress.....  

Regarding confession and canon law in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic: If I get to confession, is there a chance it will be invalid? Catholics can be at peace on that important canonical point. The sacraments become more, not less, important in a time of distress. That why bishops who have restricted the public celebration of the sacraments have described the decision as "excruciating...

what do you think?

2020-04-01 15:55:40



The Creative Cloister: Exploring the artistic roots of our Catholic faith while sheltering in place...  

I've been asked to collect some of my favorite projects into a sharable format exploring the fabulous creative traditions of our Catholic faith during this 'Shelter in Place' adventure. More content coming...

what do you think?

2020-04-01 14:58:02



This is how NASA keeps coronavirus (and other diseases) off the International Space Station...  

Three astronauts are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on April 9. They won't return to our world for six months. Instead, they'll watch from the safety of outer space as a pandemic plays out some 250 miles beneath their feet. Escaping Earth for six months might sound like a dream to most of humanity right now...

what do you think?

2020-04-01 12:55:01



Abstaining from Mass: A Lenten tradition?  

As Catholics throughout the world face closed doors at church, our Lenten fast has changed. We think of Lent as a time of giving up bad things and engaging in deeper prayer. Abstaining from attending Mass would not seem to fit this bill, but it actually has a deep history in the Church. To this day, the liturgical season of the West has two days without the celebration of Mass: Good Friday and Holy Saturday...

what do you think?

2020-04-01 12:40:43



He said Mass via livestream. Eight days later, he fell to the virus.....  

Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay did not want his parishioners to be afraid. The world all around us is in crisis, he said as he celebrated Mass at St. Brigid's Church in Brooklyn on March 19, the pews empty and his flock watching at home via live stream. But perhaps the coronavirus, and the fear it has brought, can be seen as an opportunity to become closer to God...

what do you think?

2020-04-01 10:50:55



Loss of taste and smell key COVID-19 symptoms, app study finds...  

Losing your sense of smell and taste may be the best way to tell if you have COVID-19, according to a study of data collected via a symptom tracker app developed by scientists in Britain and the United States to help monitor the coronavirus pandemic.

what do you think?

2020-04-01 10:20:28



What is a ventilator, anyway?  

As we all know, ventilators are in short supply in hospitals around the world—and patients who go into respiratory failure as a result of the coronavirus may not be able to get the help that they need to breathe. The number of COVID-19 patients who require aggressive breathing assistance is still relatively small compared to the total number of infections...

what do you think?

2020-04-01 09:35:06



How the Pope put 'truth on display' in an empty St. Peter's Square...  

Even before Pope Francis had made his way across the hauntingly empty St. Peter's Square to the chair from which he would begin his "Urbi et Orbi" liturgy on Friday, March 27, my face was already a waterfall of tears. I had been aching for a priest to visit me, to talk to me about the power of Jesus to transform evil — and here he was...

what do you think?

2020-04-01 09:33:44



Our Lord told St. Faustina, “I will protect the homes in which the Divine Mercy image is found” — so here's what you should do...  

In this time of calamity, the Marian Fathers invite you to participate in a simple but incredibly powerful act of faith. To protect you and your family, we urge you to post an Image of the Divine Mercy on your front doors. Father Chris Alar, MIC, explains why. If you don't have this Image, please visit and download it for free and print it out...

what do you think?

2020-04-01 07:50:43



How your parish can avoid laying off staff...  

With public worship and gathering of large groups suspended, many Catholic parishes and other charities or apostolates are feeling the pinch. Donations are down, so looking ahead they are unlikely to make payroll and thus have to lay off employees. However, it looks like 501(c)3 corporations (the legal status of most parishes & Catholic apostolates) can get a government loan to cover 10 weeks of salary which the government will then forgive if used on salary...

what do you think?

2020-04-01 07:34:17



Heartfelt repetitious prayers, like the Lord's Prayer, are good — because it's exhausting to have to make up new prayers all the time.....  

One of my students — a Protestant, like most of my students - told me that she just doesn't understand Catholic worship and prayer practices. "Like at Mass, when you repeat the same things over and over again," she remarked. "And like those ladies with the beads who say the same prayers a hundred times. It just doesn't seem like prayer at all...

what do you think?

2020-04-01 06:39:04



Rejoice always! Adjusting to the order to stay at home.....  

Full disclosure: Staying at home is easy for me. My office is at home. I don't have in-person meetings. I'm a relative loner, and don't socialize a great deal outside my own family. I don't depend on a club, or a gym, or even a bar for my relaxation. I will confess that my desire for a good supply of liquor has risen, but only very slightly and mostly in the form of joking with my wife...

what do you think?

2020-04-01 05:12:02



How St. John Bosco handled an epidemic of cholera ...  

The COVID-19 coronavirus is a new threat to our society, but mankind has faced even more serious ones in the past, including the Black Death in the 14th century, when between 30-60 percent of Europe's population fell victim to the Bubonic plague. Later, in the 19th century, a cholera epidemic ravaged Europe at the same time that St...

what do you think?

2020-04-01 04:38:48



10 spiritual counsels in a time of coronavirus...  

This trial is a spiritual opportunity. Many holy men and women found God more deeply in time of loss, pain and struggle. Live this time as a special opportunity for spiritual growth. These days teach us that we are not in control, and that God is — a powerful and healing lesson for all of life (Matthew 5:3). This time, with busyness reduced...

what do you think?

2020-04-01 04:38:28



Justinian's Flea, Redux — If there were ever a time to give ourselves fully to God, this is it.....  

Sometime in the early 6th Century in Africa, a bacterium that caused mild illness found a promising new host: a flea. Through that flea and countless others, it morphed into something quite different. Migrating up the Nile River on the bodies of rats, it came to the granaries of Alexandria. Then it crossed by ship in A.D. 542 to the markets of Constantinople...

what do you think?

2020-04-01 04:24:10



Pope's Wednesday Audience: 'The noblest battle is against the inner deceptions that generate our sins'...  

It is the Holy Spirit who leads us away from our sins and towards purity of heart, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday. Speaking via livestream due to the coronavirus crisis, the pope said April 1 that the purification of our hearts must begin by recognizing the evil that lies within us and renouncing it. "This is a decisive maturity: when we realize that our worst enemy is often hidden in our heart...

what do you think?

2020-04-01 03:55:08



Can I confess? Or be anointed? Here's what's suspended (or not) in your diocese...  

All public celebration of Mass has been suspended in every Latin Rite diocese in the United States because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many bishops have now also taken steps to limit or suspend access to other sacraments due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, and to comply with local regulations that prohibit people from leaving their homes...

what do you think?

2020-04-01 03:42:13



Vatican authorizes special Masses and Good Friday prayers for coronavirus pandemic...  

The decree, dated March 30, said: "The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord on Good Friday this year has a particular significance because of the terrible pandemic that has stricken the whole world."

what do you think?

2020-04-01 02:59:45



Coronavirus quarantine: 4 tips for men at home ...  

Our current situation is unprecedented in the last century, perhaps more, in several ways. It is an utterly unique opportunity for fathers to say 'yes' to their fatherhood, and for society to choose to reinvest in life in the home. Here I will not directly address the corona virus and the spreading infections. With prayers for all those infected or affected...

what do you think?

2020-04-01 02:55:27



10 ways to stop worrying...  

Like most people, my world has been thrown into a spin with the pandemic. I am very disturbed at the total lockdown of the sacraments. I can understand stopping public church services, but eliminating all sacraments-even private visits to homes or private confessions seems very draconian. However, with so much that is uncertain about the virus...

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2020-04-01 01:50:13



Fr. Z's Kitchen: Pasta e ceci alla Romana...  

This is a good lesson about custody of the eyes. We tend to want what we see. I immediately wanted some of that pasta e ceci. Since I can't go to Rome, I brought, as I often do, Rome to me. At the store I could not find any dry chick peas, but I did find a couple of remaining cans. Here's my set up. The soffritto is simple...

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2020-04-01 01:09:32



African cardinal tests positive for coronavirus as pandemic spreads...  

Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo of Burkina Faso has tested positive for the coronavirus, his archdiocese announced Tuesday. He is the second cardinal known to have tested positive for the virus, which is now a global pandemic. Cardinal Ouedraogo, 75, has been admitted to a medical clinic in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou. He is "in good condition and his close collaborators are reported to be self-isolating...

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2020-03-31 21:59:58



After WWII and 9/11 our churches were filled. I would be willing to bet, when the coronavirus passes, they will be filled again.....  

I have lived in Santa Barbara, California for the past four years. In that brief time, my neighbors and I have experienced a number of real tragedies. Just over two years ago, the terrible Thomas Fire broke out in my pastoral region, in the vicinity of Thomas Aquinas College (hence the name). For a frightening month it made its devastating way from Santa Paula through Ventura...

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2020-03-31 20:42:44



Six sisters from same Italian convent have died, as coronavirus spreads among religious orders...  

Six sisters in one northern Italian convent have died of coronavirus, and nine sisters are being treated in the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19, according to Italian media. Coronavirus is spreading among several religious houses in Italy. An outbreak in the Little Missionary Sisters of Charity Mother House in Tortona...

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2020-03-31 13:38:23



African cardinal tests positive for coronavirus as pandemic spreads across the continent...  

Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo of Burkina Faso has tested positive for the coronavirus, his archdiocese announced Tuesday. He is the second cardinal known to have tested positive for the virus, which is now a global pandemic. Ouedraogo, 75, has been admitted to a medical clinic in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou. He is "in good condition and his close collaborators are reported to be self-isolating...

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2020-03-31 12:38:29



Need a laugh? Watch Leonard Nimoy sing “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins”...  

J.R.R. Tolkien's influence on pop-culture has had an enduring legacy ever since The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were published. The universal (Catholic) messages found in Tolkien's stories make them appealing to all people, no matter their belief system. In one of the most obscure (and hilarious..though also embarrassing) moments of pop-culture...

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2020-03-31 12:30:51



St. Thérèse of Lisieux and the pandemic...  

If you are scared, frustrated, angry, frightened, restless, and/or torn between staying in bed (doors locked, sheets pulled up over your head) and going out somewhere — anywhere — before you go stir crazy (or your kids do), you are certainly not alone! The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, which we celebrated so recently...

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2020-03-31 11:42:02



On going to our own house...  

The Gospel for Mass this past Saturday contains one line that deserves some attention from us, especially in a time like this. On one level it seems like a mere scene-ender, a line that ends the section and has the dramatis personae (cast of characters) walk off the stage. But as most who are familiar with Scripture know, there is rarely a wasted syllable...

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2020-03-31 11:42:01



Baptism as Resurrection: Readings for 5th Sunday of Lent...  

In the season of Lent, the Gospel of John becomes very prominent, especially in Year A, the readings of which can be used in any year that a parish is doing RCIA. Unlike the other Gospels, John recounts only a limited number of miracles of Jesus, which he designates as "signs," a rare term in the other Gospels. Although John tells us of only a few miracles...

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2020-03-31 11:32:16



Should Catholic politicians act on what the Church teaches?  

"A lot of what the Church teaches about public affairs is really the common stock of Christian wisdom, so the sanctity of life is something that obviously we share with Evangelicals and thoughtful Christians of all stripes," said Rusty Reno, editor of First Things. "Catholicism, at least in the modern era, has really been characterized by — in this sense it shares with Judaism — a very strong concern about the common good...

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2020-03-31 11:20:17



Vatican tests 170 people for coronavirus, says Pope Francis does not have virus...  

The Vatican said Saturday Pope Francis does not have the coronavirus, and that recent testing of 170 Holy See employees for COVID-19 resulted in only one new case. This brings the total number of coronavirus cases connected to Vatican City to six, papal spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement March 28. "I can confirm that neither the Holy Father nor his closest collaborators are involved...

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2020-03-31 10:52:10



Why the blessing in St. Peter's Square mattered...  

Yesterday, Pope Francis livestreamed a special Urbi et Orbi blessing (a blessing traditionally reserved for a new pope and the Church's highest feasts), featuring Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The purpose of this event was to beseech God for an end to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping through the globe, a pandemic which has shut down the majority of society for the world...

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2020-03-31 10:46:44



Why Jesus wept...  

Why did Jesus weep on his way to Lazarus' tomb? Was it because he had only just learned of his dear friend Lazarus' death? No, for Jesus had known long before he arrived at the village. He had already told his disciples, "Lazarus has died. And I am glad for you that I was not there, that you may believe." Did Jesus weep because he had not planned to immediately resurrect Lazarus until sorrow changed his mind...

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2020-03-31 10:45:37



6 skills for coronavirus “sheltering in place” that I learned by sailing across the Atlantic...  

Three years ago, I sailed across the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Town, South Africa, to Martinique, in the Caribbean. I was aboard Saltbreaker, a 32-foot 1979 Valiant sailboat, along with my husband, Alex, my brother-in-law, Nick, and his girlfriend, Alex. All told, the trip took about four months, and our longest passage without sighting land—from Ascension Island in the South Atlantic to Martinique—lasted 31 days...

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2020-03-31 10:04:04



Get the Sunday morning prayer and Sunday Mass readings every week from Keep the Lord's Day...  

The public celebration of the Mass may be canceled but that doesn't mean that the prayer of the Church must stop. Wherever you are, whoever you are with, you can still unite with Catholics throughout the world, and the angels and saints in heaven, in the one, unceasing liturgical prayer of the Church. Each week you can find Sunday Morning Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours right here...

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2020-03-31 09:53:38



Some Good News you'll want to see from John Krasinski (and Steve Carell) of 'The Office'...  

John Krasinski highlights some good news from around the world, including an interview with Steve Carell to mark the 15th anniversary of The Office, as well as John's newest hero, Coco.

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2020-03-31 09:43:31



Untie him and let him go free: A homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent...  

In today's Gospel, we hear the story of the raising of Lazarus from the dead. The story marks a significant turning point in the ministry of Jesus: it is because of this incident that the Temple leadership in Jerusalem resolves to have Jesus killed; a supreme irony to be sure. As is proper with all the Gospel accounts, we must not see this as merely an historical happening of some two thousand years ago...

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2020-03-31 08:07:50



We are all a ship full of vulnerables. Could this be our strength?  

There have been a few moments in recent weeks when this coronavirus experience suddenly hit me in a deeper way. We're funny, humans. So one of us was when Amazon put books on the bottom of our priority list. Bookish type that I am, that is what Amazon is for me: books. And I've had a whole new rediscovery of those boo stores and distributors I used to rely on before Amazon made things so simple...

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2020-03-31 07:59:32



'OPChant' on YouTube introduces Gregorian chant to a new generation...  

In his letter to Cardinal Joseph Höffner for the Seventh International Congress of Sacred Music, John Paul II praised the unifying power of Gregorian chant within Catholic liturgy because of its "genuine sense of religion." In his view, Gregorian chant was, compared to new sacred music, like a "statue in front of a painting...

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2020-03-31 07:29:46



In the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood in New York, Father George Rutler is helping keep faith alive during the coronavirus crisis...  

When people are frightened, they turn to God, but one of the cruelties of this pandemic is that places of worship are closed. While booze, marijuana and guns are essential services in various parts of the country, spiritual solace has been deemed superfluous. But the pastor of Hell's Kitchen, Father George Rutler, whose parish was hard hit by the Spanish flu in 1918...

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2020-03-31 06:46:42



Pope Francis and reforms — He has never been more alone than now...  

While Italy is locked down because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Holy See has nevertheless continued to work, though with less staff on site. Also, Pope Francis has kept seeing regularly the heads of dicasteries, according to the so-called "udienze di tabella" (pre-scheduled and recurrent according to a fix cycle). The life of the Church does not stop...

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2020-03-31 06:33:30



'Blue Movie' time again: Massive New York Times op-ed says the 'pew gap' is real and growing...  

It's deja vu time, all over again. Again and again. This week's "Crossroads" podcast (click here to tune that in) felt like one long time-travel ride in the WABAC machine (think "Rocky and Bullwinkle") or Doctor Who's TARDIS. Let's start at the beginning. Way back in 2003, I read an article in The Atlantic Monthly that — more than any other — made me start thinking about creating some kind of website about how many (not all) reporters in the mainstream press struggle to see t...

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2020-03-31 06:22:30



Anxious about coronavirus? Family? Finances? The 33-day preparation for Consecration to St. Joseph starts today.....  

Today we've got a spiritual famine. Our churches are closed. We've got people sheltered in their homes, and living in fear and anxiety of the future. Let's ask St. Joseph... to give us again the bread... the bread of everlasting life. Let's ask him for this grace. St. Joseph has the power to do this, the intercessory power to be able to do this for us...

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2020-03-31 05:50:15



Cardinal De Donatis, Vicar General of Rome, is first cardinal known to have coronavirus...  

Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, vicar general of the Diocese of Rome, has tested positive for coronavirus. He is the first cardinal known to have the virus. The cardinal has been admitted to the Gemelli Hospital in Rome with a fever. He is reportedly in good condition, and his close collaborators are reported to be self-isolating, according to a statement from the Vicariate of Rome...

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2020-03-31 05:41:28



Sunday Angelus Message: God is life and gives life, yet takes on the drama of death...  

The Gospel passage of this fifth Sunday of Lent is that of the resurrection of Lazarus. Lazarus was the brother of Martha and Mary; they were good friends of Jesus. When He arrives in Bethany, Lazarus has already been dead for four days; Martha runs towards the Master and says to Him: "If you had been here, my brother would not have died...

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2020-03-31 05:39:10



On Monday night, the Met is streaming a free live performance of Poulenc's “Dialogues des Carmélites” about the martyrs of Compiègne (H/T Sister Helena Burns)...  

During this extraordinary and difficult time, the Met hopes to brighten the lives of our audience members even while our stage is dark. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company's Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours...

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2020-03-31 05:21:37



If St. Corona was not a plague saint before, she is now.....  

There are only two kinds of people who seem to relish a national emergency: busybodies and buzzkills. Both take it as their life's work to prove they know better than the poor hayseed who lives next door. In the middle of March, Catholic news outlets began to report an extraordinary coincidence: not only is there a saint named Corona...

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2020-03-31 04:51:33



6 answers to coronavirus-related canonical questions...  

Since COVID19 left Communist China last month and began its rampage around the world a myriad of issues and problems have been confronting us all. Among these crisis items are a host of canonical questions, questions that arise on a daily, sometimes an hourly, basis and which take almost innumerable forms, often reformulating themselves before anything like coherent answers from informed persons or authorities can be formulated to their first instantiation...

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2020-03-31 04:49:24






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