Our first iPhone app... I understand it can be purchased as an add-on feature to the iMissal, but not having access to an app-wielding device, all I can do is report that.. the App is up!
Speaking of Saints, I read Cardinal George's address to the students at Brigham Young University. (Latter Day Saints!) The Cardinal commented on issues of religious freedom affecting Catholics and Mormons alike when they move "outside the sacristy." I was surprised at the bluntness coming from the Archbishop of Chicago and head of the US Catholic Bishops' Conference, but such are the times that he felt he needed to speak clearly about the "one-two punch" we can expect from "hostile governments" (he's talking about the US here, not some Soviet-style dictatorship); "attempts to compel traditional religious organizations" and "punishments" for those religious organizations that persist in resisting those moves. "When, in public life, what is wanted politically is not given, as happened with Proposition 8 in California, and the response is thuggery, then the common good of our whole society is in great jeopardy." Three times in a page and a half of text, he refers to "threats to religious freedom in America."
The Chicago Tribune published my guest post on the DC situation, which the Cardinal specifically referred to. What was ugliest about that was that those who crafted the laws clearly intended to force the Church over a barrel. For the present, but only for the present, the barrel has been side-stepped.
I do think that Catholic institutions will need to recreate themselves in some way in preparation for further examples of the hostility, compulsion, punishments and thuggery that the Cardinal mentioned. How would you see the Church's mission--its primary mission of evangelization and its self-expression through service to the poor--reshaped in order to thrive in a hostile environment?