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October 30, 2006

Below is a review published in US Catholic (October 2006) by one of my nuns, Margaret Brennan, IHM. Margaret is a good friend of mine, a wonderful theologian, articulate writer and speaker, and a woman of wisdom and insight.

October 19, 2006

I always wanted to be an altar server. But when I was a kid, only boys were allowed to be altar servers. By the time parishes could have girls as altar servers, it was too late for me. I was a teenager and the thought of marching around in a white robe that would hide my very cool outfits did not really appeal to me. Plus I wasn’t going to be caught dead in an altar server class with a bunch of little kids.

October 18, 2006

Congratulations, Sisters of Providence! On October 15, 2006, Mother Theodore Guerin, foundress of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, was canonized.

October 15, 2006

Today is the feast day of Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582). Teresa is a Doctor of the Church, a major Catholic reformer (particularly in the Carmelite order), a mystic and writer. She is also one of the patron saints of the IHM Congregation.

October 13, 2006

I loved The Muppet Show when I was a kid (okay, I still love the Muppets). One of my favorite sketches was “Pigs in Space” (you can hear the guy saying it, can’t you?!) Now, whenever I think of nuns on the Internet, that’s all I can think of: Nun’s in [cyber] Spaaaaaaace. Okay, so it’s a bit of a stretch, but it makes me laugh.

October 11, 2006

The term “sound bite theology” seems to keep popping up in whatever I’m reading lately. So, ever interested in the origin of things, I looked up when “sound bite” was first used.

September 25, 2006

I’m reading Can Religious Life Be Prophetic? by Michael Crosby, OFM Cap. The book is unsettlingly inspiring. (That’s a good thing.)

September 23, 2006

My brother and I loaded up the mountain bikes on the Mini Cooper yesterday and headed out for Waterton Canyon. In the last five to 10 years I have mostly done road bike riding and commuting by bike. So I’m used to the bikes with skinny tires and drop handlebars. And I must say I do like the thrill of flying on a road bike!

September 22, 2006

As I write this flying 34,000 feet above sea level enroute to Denver to visit my brother and sister-in-law, their two dogs, and Betty the Mini Cooper, I am reminded of a Simpsons episode in which the Flanders boys try their luck on Bart’s trampoline.

September 19, 2006

Sister Sara Salkahazi, a Sister of Social Service, was killed in 1944 for sheltering Jewish people during World War II. On September 17, 2006, she was beatified (a step on the way to being canonized as a saint) during a Mass held outside St. Stephen Basilica in Budapest, Hungary.beatification, saints and feasts, sara salkahazi