A Deacon Writes of His Own Conversion: “What a Difference a Habit Can Make”

Fr. Dwight Longenecker has invited Deacon Richard Ballard as a guest blogger this week over at Standing on my Head.  He writes of a chance encounter with a habited nun at a hospital when he was seven-years-old — a meeting that may well have changed his life: With a variety of comic books in hand, [Read More…]

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Everybody Dance Now: Disco Flash Mob at Church Wedding

You have to see this to believe it. I think it’s safe to say that wedding flash mobs have now officially jumped the shark. And it seems it was the minister’s idea.  From HuffPo:  One English couple didn’t wait until their wedding reception to start dancing — they got their groove on in the middle [Read More…]

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“We’re Settling into a Fascinating Pontificate…”

So says veteran Vaticanista John Thavis. I was lucky enough to hear him offer that assessment in person, last week in Denver. Fortunately, he’s also published it on his blog:  I don’t want to recap Pope Francis’ 100-day “greatest hits” here. Instead, I’d like to identify a few core characteristics and directions that seem to [Read More…]

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Putting Out into the Deep: Priest Celebrates “Boat Mass” in Knoxville

An unusual custom continues: Father Joe Campbell’s streak of consecutive boat Masses without a rain-out is intact. Father Campbell held Mass June 15 for about 85 people enjoying Norris Lake on Father’s Day weekend. It was his 22nd Mass on the water. And just as before, word spreads among Catholic boaters on Norris Lake that [Read More…]

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In Soviet Georgia, Fears About “666” on ID Cards

Now for something completely different. Details:  When Tea Tsulukiani became Georgia’s justice minister her task seemed tough, but straightforward: Take former corrupt officials to task and build an apolitical, widely trusted institution. She worked hard, and, finally, made a chilling discovery: Many of Georgia’s government-issued personal IDs contain the number 666, which is, of course, the [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: “Due to Our Common Roots, a Christian Cannot Be Anti-Semitic!”

Details:  Pope Francis says due to “our common roots” with the Jewish people, “a Christian cannot be anti-Semitic!” The Pope was speaking to a 30 strong delegation from the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) who gathered in the Apostolic Palace’s Hall of the Popes for a private audience Monday. The IJCIC is committed [Read More…]

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Last Call for New York’s “Saloon Priest”

A great profile of a remarkable New York figure, from the New York Times:  The Rev. Peter Colapietro was playing down the fuss — the goodbyes from the neighborhood people, the Mass scheduled for Sunday to celebrate his years at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, in the shadow of Times Square. “I’m just moving to [Read More…]

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Must-See Video: A Day in the Life of a Priest

A happy h/t to my blog neighbor Rebecca Hamilton, who posted this a few days ago.  It’s a great glimpse inside a life many Catholics never see.  Check it out. And share it with a priest you know — or, maybe, someone who is discerning a vocation. As ‘Becca notes: This entertaining video shows one [Read More…]

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As Catholic Schools Close, Minorities See a Lifeline Slipping Away

From the New York Times:  Sonia Sotomayor lives in Washington, but she has never forgotten her roots in the Bronx. On a drizzly March afternoon, she returned to Blessed Sacrament School, where she began her celebrated, if improbable, journey from her South Bronx childhood to the Supreme Court. But instead of a joyous reunion, it [Read More…]

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On Dolan’s Visit to a Mosque: “The Church Regards with Esteem the Muslims…”

Various corners of the internets have been aswarm with critical reaction to Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s recent visit to a Staten Island mosque. Some critics have said he was wrong to state that Muslims and Christians worship the same God; commenters have criticized him for comparing Muslims to Catholics and a few have expressed shock that [Read More…]

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