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The Deacon's Bench

Pope Francis praises large families: “I’m like a grandfather for all of you”

Photo: Jeffrey Bruno, Wikimedia Commons From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis said on Sunday that “in a world often marred by selfishness, a large family is a role model for solidarity and sharing and this benefits the whole of society.” The Pope’s remarks came during an address to a gathering of around 7,000 people belonging to [Read More...]

The Anchoress

The complex simple mystery of love

Was chatting with someone yesterday about Pope Benedict and his twitter messages You can only love people as much as they are comfortable with being loved. But if you really love them, then you accept their limitations, because love itself has no limits.

Barefoot and Pregnant

The Christmas Couch

For Christmas, y’all bought me a couch. Well, actually my friend Martha bought me the couch, which she found at Goodwill in Naples for $75. $75!!!! I still cannot believe that. She and her husband also borrowed a truck to bring it out to us. It’s an enormous La-Z-Boy sectional, with cushion covers that unzip [Read More...]

David Mills

Anglicanless Christmas

Anglicans have written some of the greatest Christmas hymns, the ones Catholics sing at Christmas Masses, like “Hark, the herald angels sing” (John Wesley), “O little town of Bethlehem” (Philips Brooks), “In the bleak midwinter” (Christina Rossetti), and “Good Christian Men, rejoice” (John Mason Neale, who also wrote “O come, O come, Emmanuel” for Advent and “Good [Read More...]

Sticking the Corners

Diocese Pays for IVF, Does $2 Million Penance

In my comments yesterday, I neglected to fully rake the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend over the coals.  Let’s look at one more detail, as reported in The National Catholic Register: According to court documents, Herx informed the school’s principal, Sandra Guffey, in March 2010 during the first round of treatment — part of which was paid [Read More...]

Pursued by Truth

“I’m Coming Home for Christmas…”

Brian Laline, a journalist for the Staten Island Advance, just wrote a beautiful article about his relief at finding out that his neighborhood parish was not closing even though he is a fallen-away Catholic. Go read it, then invite a loved one who has become inactive in the faith to return.

Unequally Yoked

Christ is an Outlier and Should Have Been Counted [Pope Francis Bookclub]

In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.   In the second to last chapter of Open Mind, Faithful Heart, Pope Francis draws heavily on the letter [Read More...]

Kyle Cupp

How the Hobbit Movies Should Have Ended: A LEGO Version Featuring Hello Kitty

And lo, Hello Kitty came before them, riding upon an eagle and holding the Sword of the Dragon, and the Elves of Mirkwood laid down their weapons and worshiped her. And the Orcs did likewise.

Standing on my Head

The Best of British Christmas

Allow me on this Boxiing Day to say that England tops USA for Christmas. Hands down. No debate. No question. Not even a possibility of a question. Here’s why: 1. English radio stations do not play nauseating Christmas music like Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the red nosed reindeer chestnuts roasting by the open fire jack [Read More...]

Catholic to the Core

Christmas in the Cave of the Shepherds

Those words came back to me as I stood there, and I suddenly felt a special connection to these simple men who, as Pope Francis has described, "smelled like their sheep," and were the first outside of his holy parents to actually see the Infant, to feel his presence, and to experience his glory.

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