Friday, August 20, 2004

Since I've Been Scarce

Check out what Christopher at Against the Grain/the Ratzinger Fan Club has to say about the NCR hit piece on Deal Hudson, and Hudson's own culpability.

That seems to be the big story of the week. And I find myself in agreement with Christopher's take on the matter.

Been Scarce Lately

Working on that prayer book I mentioned the other day. In a month, I've compiled about half the book. That leaves me just enough time to note the passing of important feast days here at the blog and at Recta Ratio: The Yahoo Group (where St. Bernard is featured today).

My concept is a 21st century book of hours.

Lots of illustrations, just like any good book of hours, though it won't be illuminated with marginal illustrations. Many of the illustrations I want to use have been featured at the Yahoo Group.

Currently working on the Devotion of the Seven Last Words. Hope to get to the weekday offices in the next week or two.

It looks like it will come in at around 400 pages, give or take 40 pages or so.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux

The feast of this important Cistercian saint.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Blessed Christopher Robinson

An English martyr hanged in 1598.

There are many English and Welsh martyrs who have reached the rank of Blessed, but have not advanced to canonization, probably because no one is praying for their intercession, so that the necessary miracles can be credited to them.

Would it not be just to stipulate that anyone who is, in fact, martyred for the Faith, who dies for upholding Catholic teachings and the authority of Holy Mother the Church ought to be canonized without going through the hoops that some other saints need to go through?

What would be the downside?

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

St. Jeanne de Chantal

Spiritual daughter of St. Francis de Sales.

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