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Monday, September 24, 2007

Feast of Our Lady of Ransom

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Patroness of the Order of Mercy

Their Fourth Vow
"I promise poverty, chastity and obedience and, if it should be necessary, I will remain as a hostage in the hands of the Saracens for the redemption of captive Christians."


The Order and her saints.

Find Fight Follow

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Pseudo-Catholic youth work continues unabated in Austria unaffected by Pope's visit. Our Lady of the Balloons
Spot the altar!
Don't Jump
Full Horror Show
Jesus be (but He is not there!)


Post-Conciliar Vacuum

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filled by charismatic movement and then left vacant again.

From A Touch of God Eight Monastic Journeys Edited by Dame Maria Boulding. This extract in from the chapter describing her own travel.

At about the time the Second Vatican Council ended, I was appointed novice mistress and held the job for nine years. It was a complex experience. In some ways it was joy: there was all the dynamism of the Council;
I had a feeling of being fully used, of being in a job where I could give all I had to give; there was the work with people and some lasting friendships were established. But there was also, especially in the later years, a sharp sense of personal inadequacy for the work. I helped a few people, but others not at all, and I ended up with a general sense of failure.
I am heartily glad that I was taken off the job, although at the time it was a wrench, a little death.

During these years the charismatic renewal became very influential in the community. It highlighted much that needed to be re-emphasized and rediscovered, and brought a more explicit sense of community and mutual support. For me, however, this sense was as yet very imperfect and tended to be confined to the like-minded, those on the same wavelength. I was still pretty solitary inside, shy and afraid. I made the astonishing discovery that my shyness and fear were sometimes mistaken for self-sufficiency. Nevertheless the renewal led us to expect the healing power of the Lord in persons and situations and to understand healing as a community task. I came to see that nearly everybody carries inner wounds from his or her past experience;


One of her other books has the rather worrying title "Marked for Life", hardly an encouragement for the religious vocation.

Altar on Fire

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Liturgical theatre in the Philippines click for many more videos, but I think I have chosen the most spectacular.

The Conversion of St Edith Stein

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From "The Scholar and the Cross" by Hilda Graef.



The author, a refugee from Berlin, converted from Judaism ( via Anglicanism, as she gained a First in the Archbishop of Canterbury's Examination in 1940) in 1941, becoming Senior Assistant to the Editor of the Oxford Patristic Greek Lexicon. Her biography here.

The biography of St Edith Stein who at the time of her conversion had renounced Jewish beliefs in favour of atheism. Hilda Graef implies she was shown in the German state register as a protestant.

Cardinal Newman wrote
"God has created me to do him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.

I am a link in a chain, a bond of conneciton between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good. I shall do his work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place while not intending it - if I do but keep his commandments.

Therefore I will trust him. Whatever, wherever I am. I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what he is about. He may take away my friends, he may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future form me - still he knows what is is about."

One of the first activities of Edith Stein as a Catholic was to do a translation into German of Newman's Letters and Journals prior to his conversion in 1845.

Three Cheers for Richard Rex!

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A more Catholic view:

"Curiously enough, Elizabeth I once had more Englishmen hanged in a month than Mary had burnt in her entire reign"

John Henry later Cardinal Newman's Reception into the Catholic Church

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An account taken from Blessed Dominic Barberi by Alfred Wilson CP. Just click on the play button.



A big thank you for all the kind donors and purchasers of books that have made enabled Cathcon to move to audio. Yet better is to come but as an Oxford graduate who converted under the influence of Cardinal Newman and who met his wife because she wanted to talk to the man who had a book by the same under his arm and further who has a great spiritual affinity to the Passionist Order, I thought this would be a good opening.