“If you can dream it, you can do it”: one kid shows us how

Having a case of the Tuesday blahs?  Looking for a little inspiration? How about this: a 14-year-old Little Leaguer with one fully-formed arm pitches a no-hitter.  Read more here. And watch him in action below. [Read more...]

Why we vote that way: an anthropologist dissects faith and politics

Here’s an interesting take, from T.M. Luhrmann: If you want to understand how evangelicals conceive of their political life, you need to understand how they think about God. I am an anthropologist, and for the last 10 years I have been doing research on charismatic evangelical spirituality — the kind of Christianity in which people [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“Let the wild rumpus start!” – Maurice Sendak, “Where the Wild Things Are” The celebrated author died today after a stroke.  He was 83.  RIP. [Read more...]

What makes Pope Benedict smile?

Seminarians!  Lots of ‘em!  Read on: Bishop James D. Conley of Denver said the news of rising seminarian numbers across the United States has delighted Pope Benedict XVI. “He was very happy to receive that information,” Bishop Conley told CNA on May 4 after meeting the Pope at the Vatican. “He said he had heard that vocations [Read More...]

Boston Globe: Growing demand for spiritual directors

It seems that the ancient art of spiritual direction is going mainstream. (H/T Concord Pastor) Details: Natalie Weaver, a 25-year-old musician who lives in Roxbury, does not go to church. But every three weeks or so, she visits a white vinyl-sided building on Dorchester Avenue, a former convent, to meet with her spiritual director. For [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words

From a friend’s Facebook page. [Read more...]

Creating an Arctic bible: how do the Eskimos say “desert”?

Here’s something the original authors of sacred scripture never had to think about: Later this spring, an entire Bible in Inuktitut, the language of Inuit people and the most widely spoken aboriginal tongue in Canada’s Arctic, will be dedicated at an igloo-shaped church in Nunavut, an autonomous region carved out of the Northwest Territories in 1999. [Read More...]

“A stunning change”

That’s how the local paper characterizes the shifting religious landscape in what was once a staunch Catholic stronghold, Buffalo, New York. Details: Nearly half the residents in the Buffalo Niagara region are considered “unclaimed” by a religious group — a stunning change from just a decade ago, when the percentage of the population affiliated with [Read More...]

Australian church says women are “too choosy,” should wed earlier

Some provocative insight on the state of marriage from the church in Australia: Women should marry earlier and not be too picky to avoid an Aussie man drought, the Catholic Church has warned. Australia is experiencing a huge decline in the number of available men, with the church telling women they should also forget about [Read More...]

Pope John XXIII: “My desk is piling up…what’s really necessary is a council”

And the rest is history. Check out this intriguing video from CNS, featuring an interview with the blessed pope’s secretary. [Read more...]