Salt and light: Poland’s incredible underground salt cathedral

A priest friend sent this my way, and I have to say: this is truly something. Read more and see more pictures here. [Read more...]

Quote of the day

“It’s like breaking in a new pair of shoes. The old shoes are comfortable and broken in, and it takes awhile to break in a new pair, and I think that is where we still are at; the breaking in stage.” – Rev. John Yonkovig, Lake Placid, NY, on the new Roman Missal. Read how one [Read More...]

My Pentecost: tongues of flame, and the heat of a minor crucible

So, how was your Pentecost?  Here’s a window into the world of a deacon — or at least, this particular deacon. Last Sunday, my pastor and I agreed that he would preach the “high” Mass on Pentecost, since at that Mass he was going to be doing the confirmations for about a dozen adults.  (My [Read More...]

“There is only one diaconate”

This great reminder comes from the Archbishop of Dublin, as he prepares to ordain his first batch of permanent deacons.  He made his remarks to seminarians. Take a look: The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin warned in Maynooth yesterday against “a narrow preoccupation” with day- to-day seminary life. That was often “an unhealthy sign”, [Read More...]

VatiLeaks whistleblower: “The pope is in despair”

From La Republicca in Italy comes this interview with someone claiming to be one of whistleblowers in the burgeoning “VatiLeaks” scandal: Who are the Vatican whistleblowers? “There isn’t just one brain behind the operation, there are several. There are cardinals, private secretaries, monsignors and the small fry. Men and women, priests and laypeople. The whistleblowers even [Read More...]

Waiting for a miracle for Blessed George Matulaitis

He has a loyal and devoted following in Chicago, where a significant anniversary on his path to sainthood was celebrated this weekend: If a group of local Catholics have a say in the matter, the late Archbishop George (Jurgis) Matulaitis could soon join the saintly ranks of Michael the archangel, Joan of Arc and John [Read More...]

Mourning “the people’s parson”

From the U.K, here’s an obit about a clergyman who clearly had an impact: The Reverend John Lambourne, who has died aged 76, was an old-fashioned country parson of a type now rarely to be found in the Church of England — a man who filled the pews, not with force of intellect, but with [Read More...]

Churches pass the collection plate to fight gay marriage

From the Associated Press: Scores of Maine churches will pass the collection plate a second time at Sunday services on Father’s Day to kick off a fundraising campaign for the lead opposition group to November’s ballot question asking voters to legalize same-sex marriages. Between 150 and 200 churches are expected to raise money for the [Read More...]

“Veni Sancte Spiritus” by Taize

The haunting chant that is another Pentecost perennial, sung by the choir of the Taize community. [Read more...]

Ordination update: 14 new deacons in Toronto

The press release takes note: Their occupations are widely different but they share a unifying commitment to their faith. Fourteen men – including an internationally recognized surgeon, a civic lawyer, a banker, a mail carrier, and an auto mechanic – will be ordained at St. Michael’s Cathedral at 10 a.m. on May 26 as permanent [Read More...]


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