A priest’s wife tells her story

Over at CNEWA, we’ve just posted online the Summer edition of our award-winning magazine, ONE. The issue features a fascinating glimpse into the life of a married Orthodox priest in suburban Chicago —who, to support his growing family, works nights at a nearby factory: As the city of Chicago prepares for bed, the Rev. Sharbel [Read More...]

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Why does mercy matter?

View image | gettyimages.com A timely reminder from today’s Office of Readings. This comes from a sermon by Saint Caesarius of Arles: Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. My brothers and sisters, sweet is the thought of mercy, but even more so is mercy itself. It is what all men hope for, but [Read More...]

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“Rethinking the script on abortion”

The New York Times takes notice:  Rick Perry’s voice softens when he talks about the joy he gets from looking at his iPad and seeing “that 20-week picture of my first grandbaby.” Marco Rubio says ultrasounds of his sons and daughters reinforced how “they were children — and they were our children.” Rand Paul recalls [Read More...]

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Want to save souls? Try this.

My blog neighbor Larry D has the scoop on an impressive apostolate that began in Detroit, but is catching fire and winning converts around the world. He turns a welcome spotlight on the St. Paul Street Evangelization project. From The Michigan Catholic:  Just three years ago, Steve Dawson took an idea and ran with it. It was [Read More...]

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Meanwhile, over at the Episcopal Church …

… they have their own headaches:  An Episcopal priest shocked his Queens congregation recently when he left his wife and married someone else — a much younger man. The Rev. Juan Andres Quevedo-Bosch, 59, the archdeacon of Queens and rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Astoria, announced over Facebook last week that he [Read More...]

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Homily for July 26, 2015: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

On Friday, the New York Times offered its readers some interesting advice: it published ideas from experts on how to get a table at the best and most exclusive restaurants in New York City. The ideas ranged from calling in favors, to asking friends of friends to make a call, to even getting a personal [Read More...]

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Fordham sends its video welcome to Pope Francis

You may have seen how Stephen Colbert did it. Now, here’s Fordham’s President Rev. Joseph M. McShane and a few football players. [Read more...]

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Pastor gives deacon’s wife the gift of life

Beautiful story, from The New Richmond News in Wisconsin: In the Gospel of John 15:13, Jesus instructs, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” Fr. John Anderson may not have died for Ginny Bablick, but the former pastor of St. Mary, Tomahawk, did give the parish [Read More...]

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Report: priest stops funeral Mass mid-liturgy

From a TV station in Rochester, New York: A local family said a priest suddenly stopped their loved one’s funeral during the ceremony. Michael Klimchuk said Father Louis Sirianni at Saint Mark’s Church in Greece ended the funeral mass for his sister, Mary, Monday because a family member went outside the order of the mass [Read More...]

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Preachers, don’t make this mistake this weekend

This Sunday, we encounter once again the amazing story of how Jesus, using just a few loaves and fishes, fed thousands. Among the many truths buried in this episode, we can conclude that: Christ feeds the hungry, that he gives us more than we could ever need, that he transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. [Read More...]

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