Every husband—or husband-to-be—should read this

Advice from a man whose 16-year marriage just ended:   There’s something about my divorce being finalized this week that gives me perspective of things I wish I would have done different… After losing a woman that I loved, and a marriage of almost 16 years, here’s the advice I wish I would have had 1. [Read More…]

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“Jesus does not exclude anyone…”

From Pope Francis today: Jesus tells us that there is a gate that allows us to enter into God’s family, into the warmth of the house of God, of communion with Him. This gate is Jesus himself (cf. Jn 10:9). He is the gate. He is the gateway to salvation. He leads us to the [Read More…]

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Quote of the day

“In Catholic belief, all human life, no matter how wounded, flawed, young or old, is sacred because it comes from God.  And we have an obligation to defend it.  The dignity of a human life and its right to exist are guaranteed by God.  Catholic teaching on abortion and sexuality is part of the same integral vision [Read More…]

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Courtney Love on one benefit of celibacy: more time for crafts

The rock star went cold turkey from sex a few years back and realized it gave her a lot more free time:  Courtney Love has never been shy about, well, anything, so it comes as no surprise that in her latest Vanity Fair interview, the former Hole frontwoman found a way to interject her sexlife into [Read More…]

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He had a dream: the story behind Martin Luther King, Jr’s historic speech

As America marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, many people may not know that the words “I have a dream” do not appear in the prepared text for the landmark speech—long considered one of the masterpieces of modern rhetoric. One of the men who helped craft that speech 50 years ago, Clarence [Read More…]

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Ordination update: 17 new deacons for Joliet

A reader alerted me to this a couple weeks ago, but as yet the Joliet diocese hasn’t published more information about the men. I can’t find a diocesan newspaper online. Too bad. This is news that more of the faithful should hear. Nonetheless, from the diocese’s vocations Facebook page, we have the picture above and [Read More…]

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Should you use an iPad in church?

Priests have been known to use them for celebrating Mass and for preaching. But the debate about whether it’s appropriate to use iPads in church goes on. Protestant ministers are weighing in:  The tablet may undermine the spatio-temporal nature of church. When a member stands before the congregation, reading the sermon text from a tablet, there is [Read More…]

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A conservative Catholic’s case for gay marriage

This will undoubtedly have the Catholic blogosphere buzzing this weekend. In a dramatic turnabout, Joseph Bottum comes out for gay marriage in the new issue of Commonweal.  And he talks about it in an interview with the New York Times:  Mr. Bottum’s change of heart is noteworthy. He makes several arguments. The first is pragmatic. [Read More…]

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“Don’t you dare shake hands with me or offer signs of peace…”

A parishioner shared this with me, and it’s priceless. A little ditty by Richard Stilgoe and Peter Skellern about the Church of England—but it’s easily transferable (though, of course, we don’t have people like this in Catholic churches, do we?) Enjoy. [Read more…]

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Who is my neighbor? This kid knows.

Watch what happens when a man who appears to be Muslim needs help getting his tire changed. [Read more…]

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