“When you’re worried, and you can’t sleep…”

…count your blessings, instead of sheep…” Herewith, one of my favorite songs for the holidays—which really isn’t a Christmas carol, or a hymn, and it doesn’t even mention the season.  But it never fails to strike a chord and say to me, “Christmas.” It comes, of course, from the 1954 film “White Christmas,” which they’ve [Read More...]

Guess who else is facing a vocation shortage?

Buddhists: BAAN PA CHI, Thailand — The monks of this northern Thai village no longer perform one of the defining rituals of Buddhism, the early-morning walk through the community to collect food. Instead, the temple’s abbot dials a local restaurant and has takeout delivered. “Most of the time, I stay inside,” said the abbot, Phra [Read More...]

Report: Obamacare could drive religious order out of the U.S.

Details, from the Daily Caller:  A religious order of nuns is concerned about its future presence in the United States because of Obamacare’s impact on its charitable operations. The Little Sisters of the Poor told The Daily Caller that it may not qualify for a long-term exemption from Obamacare’s healthcare mandate. The law requires the [Read More...]

A novel idea for Christmas

How kids at one Catholic high school in Bloomington, Illinois are learning—and giving: Connor Sheehan, a high school student writing a children’s book, could picture himself as the next Dr. Seuss. Sheehan, 16, is becoming an author and illustrator as part of his Central Catholic High School sophomore English class. His assignment: to write a [Read More...]

Ireland moves to legalize abortion

From Catholic News Agency: The Irish government has announced that it will introduce legislation on abortion that will legalize the procedure in cases where the mother’s life is at risk, drawing criticism pro-life advocates. Independent Irish Senator Ronan Mullen said in the Irish Senate that the move showed “no concern for unborn children” and was [Read More...]

“This is a Christmas festival”: Catholic school drops Hanukkah song from concert

Details:  A Hanukkah song was dropped from a Roman Catholic school concert just a day before the show after an official said the season’s focus should be on the birth of Jesus. As a result, two music instructors who had been working with students declined to participate in the concert Tuesday night at Interlochen Arts [Read More...]

“Les Miserables”: timeless—and timely

Tony Rossi offers his review of this year’s must-see movie musical: The Christmas debut is appropriate since it’s the most profoundly Christian story for mainstream audiences that’s been produced in years. Far from being a niche movie just designed for religious viewers, this is a big budget drama whose universal values will appeal to anyone yearning for [Read More...]

Pew study: 1 in 6 worldwide follow no religion

From this morning’s New York Times: A global study of religious adherence released on Tuesday by the Pew Research Center found that about one of every six people worldwide has no religious affiliation. This makes the “unaffiliated,” as the study calls them, the third-largest group worldwide, with 16 percent of the global population — about [Read More...]

Cardinal O’Malley calls for larger Catholic presence in politics and media

From Catholic News Agency: Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston says the Church needs more and better prepared Catholic politicians and journalists who can bring the faith into the public square. “We need to be much more proactive to prepare our laity and help them understand what a crucial role they have in public life [Read More...]

Some logo ideas for the New Orleans Pelicans…

You may remember that I posted on the unusual new name being proposed for New Orleans’ basketball team. Now, a contest is underway to pick the new team logo. Who knew there were so many ways to draw a pelican?  Check ‘em out and cast your vote here. [Read more...]