Worth a thousand words: deacon at work

Top picture, from the Easter Vigil: blessing the water with the Paschal Candle. Bottom picture, from Easter morning:  putting that water to use, assisting the priest with the sprinkling after renewal of baptismal promises.   Photos: by Rosalind Chan [Read more...]

RIP, Mike Wallace — UPDATED

“All of us at CBS News and particularly at ’60 Minutes’ owe so much to Mike. Without him and his iconic style, there probably wouldn’t be a ’60 Minutes.’ There simply hasn’t been another broadcast journalist with that much talent. It almost didn’t matter what stories he was covering, you just wanted to hear what [Read More...]

The newest addition to my wardrobe

I should set up shop and sell these online.  (I’m thinking some people in the pews would also want one…) [Read more...]

Homily for April 7, 2012: Easter Vigil

[Click here for readings.] Last year, I had the good fortune to interview a spirited nun from Armenia named Sister Arousiag.  She is a Sister of the Immaculate Conception, and the mother superior of a convent in one of Armenia’s largest cities.  There is almost nothing she doesn’t do.  She’s a fierce, determined little woman [Read More...]

What happened to Satan’s empty promises?

Rehearsing for the Easter Vigil tonight, a few of us couldn’t help but notice that the new missal translation has altered some of the baptismal rite. No longer do we reject “Satan…and all his empty promises.” It’s now “Satan…and his empty show.” And: the line “This is our faith” has also been removed. I was [Read More...]

“Seven Last Words”

Last night, as is our custom, our parish choir performed the epic “Seven Last Words” by Dubois.  It was a stunning performance.  Below is a rendition of the finale I found on YouTube. Skip ahead to about the 2:51 mark and you’ll hear the glorious concluding prayer, “We adore you O Christ and we praise [Read More...]

Famed artist Thomas Kinkade dies on Good Friday — UPDATED

He was both beloved and derided, but his work was everywhere. I imagine there are very few Americans who have not seen a Kinkade painting, print, calendar, notebook, computer wallpaper, greeting card, potholder, Christmas ornament or coffee mug.  He was also a devoted Christian. Details: Artist Thomas Kinkade once said that he had something in [Read More...]

Cardinal calls on Christians to wear crosses

Details: Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric has called on Christians to wear a cross every day as “a symbol of their beliefs” and to combat the marginalisation of religion in modern society. The plea by Cardinal Keith O’Brien, head of the Catholic church in Scotland, to be made in his Easter sermon, comes as the [Read More...]

UPDATE: NBC fires producer over editing of 911 tape

From the New York Times: NBC News has fired a producer who was involved in the production of a misleading segment about the Trayvon Martin case in Florida. The person was fired on Thursday, according to two people with direct knowledge of the disciplinary action who declined to be identified discussing internal company matters. They [Read More...]

“This can’t be a day like any other”: Homily for Good Friday

I’ve only preached on one Good Friday.  Here’s my homily from that occasion, delivered in 2008. Sixty years ago, the psychiatrist Viktor Frankl wrote a best-selling book about his experiences as a prisoner in Auschwitz. “Man’s Search for Meaning,” is considered to be a classic about the worst nightmare of the last century. Frankl describes [Read More...]


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