"Buy a CD, build a church"

That’s the theme of a unique fundraising campaign underway in Sioux City, Iowa. Details, from CNS: Father David Hemann is putting the profits from sales of a CD he recorded — his seventh – toward construction costs of his parish’s new church. He even has a slogan: “Buy a CD, build a church.” The new church is for Sacred [Read More...]

Want to live forever?

It may not be quite as far-fetched as it sounds. Just take a look at this attention-grabbing lead from Reuters: If Aubrey de Grey’s predictions are right, the first person who will live to see their 150th birthday has already been born. And the first person to live for 1,000 years could be less than [Read More...]

Flashback: July 4th, 2006

It was just a little crowded in the Magic Kingdom. (Don’t believe me?  Click to enlarge.  If memory serves, that shot was taken about 90 minutes before the fireworks.) But was it worth it?  You bet. One of my happiest 4th of July memories, ever. Happy Independence Day, one and all.  Have a blast! [Read more...]

Vatican to Africa: involve women in decisions

That comes from Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai, seen below, from the Congregation for Evangelization. Details: The Catholic Church in Africa has been urged to support and promote women and encourage their participation in decision making. While addressing hundreds of delegates from Eastern Africa (AMECEA) during the 17th plenary assembly in Nairobi, Archbishop Savio Hon [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“Institutions tend to be strongest when they make significant moral demands, and weaker when they pre-emptively accommodate themselves to human nature.” – New York Times columnist Ross Douthat Read his column on gay marriage for the rest. [Read more...]

Sublime: Chet Atkins plays "Stars and Stripes Forever" on guitar

If we had Chet Atkins in my parish, I’d argue to make every mass a “guitar mass.” (As long as Chet could play ‘em all, of course…) Here he is, from 1978. If you’ve heard this tune a hundred times, you’ve probably never heard it like this. H/T to good ole Austin. [Read more...]

The last Army draftee retires

And we turn another page in history. From the Boston Globe: He didn’t join the Army willingly, but as Command Sergeant Major Jeff Mellinger prepares to retire, he is grateful he found his calling. Mellinger, 58, was drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, and the Army believes he is the last draftee to retire, [Read More...]

For the 4th: a great story about a surprising war hero who happens to be a horse

Ladies and gentlemen, the story of Sgt. Reckless. (H/T to my sister in Maryland, a lifelong horse lover!) [Read more...]

"I was ordained to proclaim the Good News, and that's what I'm about"

That’s the happy conclusion of this joy-filled deacon from Australia, who shares his enthusiasm for his vocation with the Catholic Leader newspaper of Brisbane: If a barometer existed to measure exuberant faith, Deacon Gary Stone’s reading would be off the charts. “I’m hyperactive,” he admits, grinning, easily elaborating on how ministry as a married deacon [Read More...]

The dance of life

As a July 4th prelude, how about a little George M. Cohan? These two cats weren’t exactly in their prime when they did this, but you’d never know it.  (Bob Hope was 52, James Cagney 56.)  Here’s an exuberant celebration of talent, tenacity, and pure terpsichorean joy.  It’s a reminder that, in the great dance [Read More...]