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Saturday, October 23, 2004
Fall Foliage Trip

Put together a photo album of latest venture to Boston. Lots of photos; let me know if there's a problem downloading them.


Today in Christian history

October 23, 1239: The main cathedral at Wells in England (begun c.1186) was consecrated. The most striking interior feature of the cathedral are the inverted arches (14th century) by which the piers of the tower are strengthened.

October 23, 1385: In Germany, the University of Heidelberg was founded under Pope Urban VI as a college of the Cistercian order. (Among its faculties today are theology, law, medicine and philosophy.)

Friday, October 22, 2004
Some Thoughts on Prayer

A topic always relevant! Amy Welborn not only says it well but has something well worth saying. A touching testimony. Thanks, Amy.

Faith and Patriotism

Plain words of wisdom from Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver. One of my favorite bishops!

Today in Christian history

October 22, 4004 BC: According to James Ussher, the well-respected and scholarly Anglican primate of the Irish Church in the early seventeenth century, God created the universe on this date at 9:00 a.m. GMT.

October 22, 451: During the Fifth Session of the Council of Chalcedon, the final form of the Chalcedonian Creed was drafted. It became the Early Church’s highest and most enduring “definition” of the person and work of Jesus Christ.

October 22, 1811: Pianist Franz Liszt, known for his Romantic orchestras and songs, but also the author of more than 60 religious works (including the song known today as "Fairest Lord Jesus"), is born in Raiding, Hungary.

October 22, 1844: Between 50,000 and 100,000 followers of Baptist lay preacher William Miller prepared for "The Day of Atonement"—the day Jesus would return. Jesus didn't, and though Miller retained his faith in Christ's imminent return until his death, he blamed human mistakes in Bible chronologies for "The Great Disappointment." Over 100,000 disillusioned followers returned to their former churches, or abandoned the Christian faith altogether. Several groups arose from Miller's following, including the Seventh-Day Adventists.

Thursday, October 21, 2004
The Big Question

Was I praying that day in Boston last week that "the Curse" might be lifted?????

More New England Autumnal Splendor

I hope you, too, are experiencing something of the splendors of autumn. My local area has not yet peaked and so I look forward to some more "leaf viewing". What a wonderful world!

Gay Episcopal Bishop Sees Glint of Hope in Church Report

"The Episcopal bishop at the center of the Anglican Communion's global battle over homosexuality said that at first he was stunned by a church report issued on Monday recommending a moratorium on gay bishops and on blessings of same-sex couples.

The report "took my breath away," Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, the Anglican Communion's first openly gay bishop, said in an interview yesterday in New York. "Partly because it made me feel lonely. I had hoped not to be the only person on the hot seat for too long."

By yesterday, however, Bishop Robinson said he was feeling hopeful. After parsing the fine print in the Windsor Report, the conclusion of a yearlong search for reconciliation in the worldwide Anglican Communion, he and some Episcopal bishops are concluding that they can accept its recommendations.

The careful wording in the report leaves "wiggle room" to continue blessing same-sex couples, the bishop said. And he said that the report asked the Episcopal Church USA to express regret for the turmoil caused by his elevation to bishop - not regret for the decision itself..."

Wednesday, October 20, 2004
A deal from Deal

Deal Hudson steps down from Crisis magazine, but not without making a good offer. If interested you can subscribe to Crisis for only $10 for a year's subscription.

Here's Deal's own words:

"..You probably remember that I used to offer a special $10 subscription deal a couple times a year. Well, I'm going to do it again right now. There's nothing that would make me happier than to see as many people as possible take advantage of this.

Here it is:

If you don't subscribe to Crisis, you can get a new 1-year subscription for $10.

If you're already a reader (God bless you!), you can renew your subscription for 1 year for $10.

And if you know someone else who you think might enjoy and benefit from Crisis, you can give them a gift subscription for $10.

You can do all this by clicking on this link:

This is the perfect time to give a Crisis subscription as a Christmas gift. Would your parish library or your pastor benefit from Crisis? What about a child, battling dissent and liberalism as a college student?

Please, take advantage of this opportunity. The offer is only good until Monday, Noon EST..."

More Hope!

On our recent visit to the Boston area we took a few side trips to some monasteries. One that inspired me deeply is the Trappistine community of Mt St Mary's Abbey in Wrentham Massachussetts (very close to Rhode Island). The community is large and growing: at this point they have about 47 or so nuns and novices, etc. And they make and sell the world's most delicious chocolates! Incredible! I didn't take this small photo but it shows the good size of this monastic community.

Unfortunately we were not able to attend any of the Offices sung by the nuns. But then it's always good, a mentor of mine used to say, to save something for the next visit.

Another sign of hope!

La Madre and Beautiful Places

"For Teresa open country, running water, flowers are a 'book' in which she reads God. She wants convents to be, where possible, by the side of rivers. On one occasion she writes: 'The position of a convent is so important that it would be madness to worry about the cost. For a river and view I would be very glad elsewhere to give far more than this convent cost.' And again: 'I have a hermitage from which one can see the river, and a cell in which even from my bed I can observe what for me is such an agreeable sight.'"

- Hans Urs von Balthasar

Today in Christian history

October 20, 751: Pepin the Short, son of Frankish hero Charles Martel and father of Charlemagne, deposes the last of the Merovingian kings and becomes the first king of the Carolingian dynasty. He was crowned by Pope Stephen II, who later asked for his help when threatened by Lombards of northern Italy. Pepin defeated the Lombards, then ceded the territory he captured back to the pope, laying the foundation for the papal states.

October 20, 1932: William Christopher, who played Father Francis Mulcahy on MASH, was born. (Couldn't resist posting that one!)

Tuesday, October 19, 2004
A home away from home in Boston

At the shrine to Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston's Mission Church, "Lourdes in the land of the Puritans"

Monday, October 18, 2004
Bishops at a Turning Point

Richard John Neuhaus on some of the latest unfoldings in the American episcopate.

And here, too, is his latest online "Public Square."

I find RJN one of the finest voices among us today.

Church wants gay bishop apology

The Anglican church has urged US church leaders to apologise for ordaining a gay priest as bishop.

The call was made by the Lambeth Commission, set up after the ordination of Gene Robinson threatened to split the worldwide Anglican church.

Commission chairman Irish Anglican leader Robin Eames concluded: "There remains a very real danger that we will not choose to walk together."

The report also called for a moratorium on the consecration of gay candidates.

It demanded an explanation from the Anglican church in the US, known as Episcopalian, about 'how a person living in a same gender union may be considered eligible to lead the flock of Christ'..."

New England cemeteries in Autumn

Sunday, October 17, 2004
Pope Thanks Well-Wishers on the Anniversary of His Election

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope John Paul II thanked well-wishers Sunday for their prayers and messages as he celebrated the 26th anniversary of his election as pontiff..

..Later Sunday, the pope presided over a Mass at St. Peter's Basilica to mark the opening of the Church's Year of the Eucharist. Catholics believe that Christ is present in flesh and blood in the sacrament.

Though he spent most of Mass in his wheeled throne, John Paul knelt three times during the two-hour service..."

Today in Christian history

October 17, 108: According to tradition, Ignatius, bishop of Antioch, was martyred on this date. The Apostolic Father closest in thought to the New Testament writers, Ignatius wrote seven letters under armed guard on his way to Rome—some asking that the church not interfere with his "true sacrifice".

October 17. 1483, Pope Sixtus IV launched the Spanish Inquisition, placing it under joint direction of the Church and state. Tomás de Torquemada, 63, was appointed Grand Inquisitor.

October 17, 1979: October 17, 1979: Mother Teresa of Calcutta is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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