Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fabulous discovery of Sts Peter & Paul icons

This link is to a news story about the latest discoveries of icons in Rome. Using a special laser technique, researchers uncovered the oldest known devotional depictions of Saints Peter and Paul. Just in time for their feast on the 29th!

Friday, June 11, 2010

A day in the life....

Sometimes people ask me what I do all day. Well, besides editing books, which is my main assignment right now, I do anything that comes along.
This morning, for example, I took a call from an elderly gentleman who had a question about our Weekday Missal. He thought at first that the missal was mistaken because it didn't match what was in the missalette at his parish.
But today is the feast of the Sacred Heart, so the text for that feast is on a different page in the missal. I walked him through it and explained more about the layout of the missal and where to find things.

But I found myself being edified by this man. He said he's recently started to go to daily Mass and said he wants to "turn my life around." God bless him! He told me he feels he should have been doing this years ago. But what matters now is today. And he's going to Mass and praying each day, now, today. I'm sure the Lord is very pleased with him. Jesus surely holds this man, and others like him, in the burning furnace of love that is his Sacred Heart.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Salt of the earth, light of the world

Today's Gospel is the one where Jesus tells his disciples that they are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.
Once I went to a talk by a Biblical scholar who specialized in studying the cultural life of the ancient world. He explained this parable in a way I had never heard of, but made so much sense.
In Jesus' day, he said, people did not use salt primarily in food. It was a hot climate with difficult access to water. Instead, they used it as part of their fuel for cooking. In what way?
This is the interesting part. They used "cakes" made out of animal dung for fires and cooking. And they put salt into these dung cakes to act as a catalyst. The salt made them catch fire easily.

So Jesus is really telling us that to be like salt, we need to be like the spark that sets the world on fire, on fire with love of God and neighbor.
In this context, the next image makes more sense: "You are the light of the world." We are the light because first, we are the salt that makes the fire burn.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

New apps!

Check out a new Catholic App in iTunes: Rosary Miracle Prayer. 100 images, audio of the Daughters of St. Paul praying the rosary, music from their internationally acclaimed choir, scripture readings and contemplative reflections…. The most comprehensive app for praying the rosary available. (Android available soon.)

Want a Catholic App for your iPhone? Try the just released Rosary Miracle Prayer available in the iTunes store.

Tired of praying the rosary alone? Try Rosary Miracle Prayer just released for iPhones and iPod Touch in the iTunes store. Pray the rosary with the Daughters of St. Paul and enjoy a choice of 100 images for contemplation and fantasic music. (Android available soon.)

Pauline Books and Media just released Rosary Miracle Prayer: a Catholic app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Check it out at:

Pope John Paul II encouraged us to deepen our praying of the rosary. Finally, an App that leads us in doing just that! Rosary Miracle Prayer at Available in iTunes. (Android version within a month.)