Something to chew on for Vocation Awareness Week

From the Facebook page of a friend who was ordained a priest last year: On the day of my ordination I was made a Priest. Now I spend the rest of my life becoming a Priest. Or, as a wiser person than myself has noted: God loves us into being, and creates each of us [Read More...]

RIP Leon Leyson, youngest survivor on Schindler’s List

The Los Angeles Times notes his passing: Among the 1,100 Jews saved from the Nazis by German industrialist Oskar Schindler was an emaciated 13-year-old boy named Leon Leyson, who had to stand on a box to reach the machinery in the Krakow factory where Schindler sheltered him and his family. The boy Schindler called “Little Leyson” survived the [Read More...]

Wow: “Toy Story” remade, shot by shot, with live actors

These guys clearly had too much time on their hands. The Facebook page for this notes: The Live Action Pixar Toy Story movie, shot-for-shot, with real people and real toys. “TS Project” started production in late June 2010 by Jonason Pauley, (then 17), and Jesse Perrotta (18). The Daily Mail actually talked to this dynamic duo, [Read More...]

What we have come to: Belgian brothers choose euthanasia over going blind—UPDATED

This is both heartbreaking and appalling.  From The Age in Australia: Identical twins have been killed by Belgian doctors in a unique case under the country’s euthanasia laws. The 45-year-old brothers from the Antwerp region were born deaf and sought euthanasia after finding that they would also soon go blind. They told doctors that they [Read More...]

Vive la différence: up to one million mob Paris to protest gay marriage—UPDATED

From Reuters:  Several hundred thousand people massed at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Sunday to protest against President Francois Hollande’s plan to legalize gay marriage and adoption by June. Three columns of protesters, waving pink and blue flags showing a father, mother and two children, converged on the landmark from different meeting points in [Read More...]

The end of dating

They’ve pulled the plug on courtship, and the New York Times is there to write the obit: Raised in the age of so-called “hookup culture,” millennials — who are reaching an age where they are starting to think about settling down — are subverting the rules of courtship. Instead of dinner-and-a-movie, which seems as obsolete [Read More...]

Happy Feast of the Ass

I kid you not. I’m actually early with this; today is technically the vigil of the Feast of the Ass.  But I wanted you to be able to get a jump on things. A seminarian friend writes: How can we ever come to receive the fullness of the treasury of the Church’s liturgical tradition ignoring [Read More...]

Pope baptizes 20 babies in Sistine Chapel

Details:  The frescoed walls of the Sistine Chapel are ringing with the wails and coos of newborns as Pope Benedict XVI presides over his annual Mass to baptize 20 babies. Other babies slept through the Mass during which Benedict told the godparents their job is to teach the faith by example, even if it’s unfashionable, [Read More...]

Flu outbreak: Boston suspends using the cup

New York’s governor has just declared that the flu this season has reached epidemic proportions:  This flu season is nothing to sneeze at. Gov. Cuomo declared a statewide public health emergency Saturday to combat what’s already been a severe flu season. The declaration will make it easier for vaccinations to get to more children. “We are [Read More...]

The baptism of Jesus: “an act of radical identification with humanity”

On his Facebook page, Father James Martin, S.J., offers a snippet from his forthcoming book about Jesus: Why does Jesus feel the need to be baptized? Let’s see what the Gospels have to say. In Mark’s Gospel, he simply does it–sans explanation. Jesus “came from Nazareth in Galilee” and, upon his baptism, he saw the [Read More...]