I am so looking forward to reading this. It is supposed to be amazing. I got it off of Half.com for 75 cents. :) The diary of a young Jewish woman who...moreI am so looking forward to reading this. It is supposed to be amazing. I got it off of Half.com for 75 cents. :) The diary of a young Jewish woman who died at Auschwitz at the age of 29. The diary was written in the last two years of her life. I think I will start reading it right now. (less)
Father Neuhaus died this morning. I feel such sadness. I really liked and respected him. I highly suggest reading his writings. He combined intellectu...moreFather Neuhaus died this morning. I feel such sadness. I really liked and respected him. I highly suggest reading his writings. He combined intellectualism, depth of faith and wit well. He will be missed. May he rest in peace.
Fr. Richard John Neuhaus Passes Away New York, Jan 8, 2009 (CNA).- Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, the famous convert to Catholicism and editor of the journal First Things passed away this morning in New York at 9:30 a.m. EST.
CNA was informed of Fr. Neuhaus’ death through an announcement from George Weigel who stated, "Father Richard John Neuhaus was called home to the house of the Father at about 09:30 EST today. May God grant him the reward of his labors, and give consolation and peace to those who loved him and who will carry on his work."
Fr. Neuhaus himself revealed his battle with cancer in an article written on December 5. "The nature of the cancer is beginning to come into clearer focus, and I hope to have more details in short order. Meanwhile, I will, please God, continue to be as engaged as possible in the work of First Things and other apostolates, even as I am compelled by grace to know more deeply our solidarity within the Body of Christ," he wrote.
In late December, the First Things blog disclosed that Fr. Neuhaus’ health had taken a turn for the worse. During the Christmas Season he became "dangerously ill" from what appeared to be "a systemic infection," which left him very weak. "Entering the hospital the day after Christmas, he was sedated to lower an elevated heart rate and treatment was begun for the infection."
A source close to Fr. Neuhaus told CNA that a few days ago the priest received the last rites from Fr. George Rutler, and since then had lost consciousness, along with a steady deterioration in his vital signs.
And here is a link to a wonderful article he wrote about dying--
Ok. I just started reading this and I already know that I will be deeply moved by this woman's life. Incredible. What a woman. I got this book out of...moreOk. I just started reading this and I already know that I will be deeply moved by this woman's life. Incredible. What a woman. I got this book out of the library 'cuz I have no dinero to purchase a copy. But, dang, I will need to purchase it. I have no money but will have to find a way to get a cheap copy. Hope i can find it for a buck or two on half.com. I need to own it so I can mark it all up with notes and refer to it later when my soul needs to be fed and/or boosted. :) This book is just what I need right now. i have been disheartened lately and worn down by the devil's ability to make what seemed like the strongest turn weak and succomb. This woman's life lessons shall spur me on. Teresa of Avila is my favorite female saint and the one I relate to most. This Teresa will be right up there with her and my other favorite Christian woman, Mother Teresa. Interesting how all my favorites are named teresa...hmmmm. And they are all mystics. What does this say about me??? Recently, I had a conversation with a Mount DeSales nun. When I told her I related to Teresa of Avila she said, "Oh! Wow!You have an attraction to Teresa of Avila. You are in so much trouble!" Ha ha. I said, "I know! She was tough. I'm almost afraid to ask her for help." Ha
Here's a link to a biography of this incredible woman named Teresa Benedict of the Cross Edith Stein. It's from the Vatican library website. Any woman who stood so humbly entering the death camps in honor of her people is one admirable woman.
Teresa Benedict of the Cross Edith Stein (1891-1942) nun, Discalced Carmelite, martyr
"We bow down before the testimony of the life and death of Edith Stein, an outstanding daughter of Israel and at the same time a daughter of the Carmelite Order, Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, a personality who united within her rich life a dramatic synthesis of our century. It was the synthesis of a history full of deep wounds that are still hurting ... and also the synthesis of the full truth about man. All this came together in a single heart that remained restless and unfulfilled until it finally found rest in God." These were the words of Pope John Paul II when he beatified Edith Stein in Cologne on 1 May 1987.
On Christmas Eve I unexpectedly met two of Mother Teresa's nuns. They were standing at the back doors of my church. They are never at my church. I mus...moreOn Christmas Eve I unexpectedly met two of Mother Teresa's nuns. They were standing at the back doors of my church. They are never at my church. I must admit I get sort of depressed at holiday time, being alone and without a family to celebrate with. I made the "mistake" of going to the 4pm Christmas Eve mass. Well, that was packed with kids and parents which just made me feel even more alone. I also like to sit near this beautiful bronze bust of Mother Teresa that was donated to the church. I always sit by it, ponder it and pray. And every Monday night while teaching the RCIA class at church, I sit in a chair that Mother Teresa actually sat in when she visited Baltimore. I sit in it and secretly say "Maybe you will rub off on me!":) Anyway, the church was so crowded I couldn't sit by the statue of her. As I was leaving Mass I was feeling down. When I was heading toward the back doors I saw these these two nuns in white and blue saris standing by the holy water fount. They were full of contagious childlike excitement. They were waving at everyone and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. They were the happiest, most joyful infectious souls you would ever want to meet. People were just walking past them not stopping to talk. Some nodded their heads and smiled but no one engaged them in conversation. Being an admirer of Mother Teresa's nuns for years, I had to say something. So I went up to this tiny little Indian nun and put my arm around her and said. "Mother Teresa nuns are the happiest nuns on the planet." Well, this thrilled her. Ha ha. She looked up at me beaming and said impishly, "Do you know why we are so happy?" I nodded my head. She said, "do you really know why?" I said, "Why?" She said, "Because we LOVE JESSSSUUUUSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!! We LOVVVVVVVVVVVVE him COMPLETELY!" The next thing I know they were joined to my hip. They walked outside with me and didn't seem to want to leave me. We talked outside on the street. I told them I how I loved Mother Teresa and that I recently read Come Be My Light regarding Mother Teresa. They said, "Good Good. OH GOOD GOOD! Do you read Secret Fire too?" I told them no. They echoed each other, "You must read. You must read.You read book!" I said, "I will." I ordered a used copy off of Amazon and it just came today. The nuns also want me to come answer their phones and cheer up the men at the house for dying men they run. It's hard to say no to a Mother Teresa nun! I started this book an hour ago and it already moving my heart. (less)