Artist modifies clothing iron to show Our Lady of Guadalupe

Well this is…different.  From artist Robert Weschler: The steam holes of a working iron were re machined to mirror the iconic aura of the Virgin of Guadalupe. When cloth is scorched by the iron an image of the Virgin appears in the burn. The text on the T-shirts (everything is coming up roses) accompanies the [Read More...]

Ordination update: New Ulm ordains its first class of deacons

Eleven men were set to be ordained on Saturday April 14th, and a local paper in Minnesota took notice: The men will become the first group to be ordained as permanent deacons for the Diocese of New Ulm that serves 15 southwestern Minnesota communities, including North Mankato. “The church needs servants,” said Mark Kober of [Read More...]

Reboot: A revised homily for April 15, 2012, 2nd Sunday of Easter

You never know how the Holy Spirit will work.  After posting this weekend’s homily, I got a number of comments from people who said that the man I’d used as a springboard for a reflection on conversion and mercy had, in fact, renounced his conversion.  (I couldn’t find any evidence of this from Googling, but [Read More...]

The priest who went down with the Titanic while hearing confessions

Details: Amidst all the tales of chivalry from the Titanic disaster there is one that’s not often told. It is that of Fr. Thomas Byles, the Catholic priest who gave up two spots on a lifeboat in favour of offering spiritual aid to the other victims as they all went down with the “unsinkable” vessel. [Read More...]

Pardon our dust

This weekend, you might hear the sound of hammering and sawing, with earth being moved and walls going up.  There’s some construction work going on here at Patheos.  The site is being redesigned, some new features are being installed, and you may stumble upon some sawdust.  My boss Elizabeth says it shouldn’t disrupt things too [Read More...]

Homily for April 15, 2012: 2nd Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy

[Click here for readings.] Every year on the Sunday after Easter, the greatest celebration of faith, we encounter the gospel’s most famous story of doubt:  the story of Thomas, who demands proof before he will believe. We live in an age when we are surrounded by Thomases – not only doubters, but disbelievers. Atheists, agnostics, [Read More...]

Just saying no: Some Seattle parishes decline to circulate petitions against gay marriage referendum

And one of them is the cathedral parish.  Details: A growing number of Seattle’s Catholic parishes are saying “no” to Archbishop J. Peter Sartain’s offer that churches become signature gathering points for Referendum 74, the ballot measure to roll back Washington’s recently passed same-sex marriage law. St. Mary’s Parish in the Central Area, and the [Read More...]

A Jewish woman’s journey into the Church

You never know how God will work.  The story, from Fargo and the Patch: Susan Finneman can’t remember a time she wasn’t captivated by the Christian faith. Though such a fascination shouldn’t be cause for scandal, in her case, throughout most of her life at least, there was a slight problem: she was Jewish. By [Read More...]

Anti-Catholicism and the Titanic

An interesting observation on the centennial of the great ship’s sinking, from a paper in Ireland: Divine intervention has long been a blamed by some for playing a role in the sinking of the Titanic during its maiden voyage in 1912. Harland and Wolff, the East Belfast shipyard  where the ship was manufactured, was notorious [Read More...]

WSJ: “Traditional Catholicism is winning…renewal is coming”

The authors of a book called “Beyond the Catholic Culture Wars” offer their assessment of the Church today: In his Holy Thursday homily at St. Peter’s Basilica on April 5, Pope Benedict XVI denounced calls from some Catholics for optional celibacy among priests and for women’s ordination. The pope said that “true renewal” comes only [Read More...]


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