How silence works: “It is an aid, not an end in itself”

What’s it like to live with a vow of silence? Writer Jeremy Mesiano-Crookston wanted to find out, and so began an e-mail exchange with several monks at Oka Abbey in Quebec, the oldest Trappist monastery in America. It’s a fascinating dialogue, and sheds light on a world many of us don’t know: Are all your [Read More...]

Great moments in parenting

My nominee for Mother of the Year: A Phoenix, Ariz., woman put her 5-week-old baby on top of her car in his car seat and drove away, apparently forgetting he was there, not even noticing when the seat fell off the car and landed in an intersection, police said. Neighbors discovered the baby on the [Read More...]

On Republicans, Democrats and Catholics

With some news reports suggesting even progressive Christians are losing faith in President Obama, and at least one prominent Democrat leaving the party because of her Catholic faith, Catholic blogger Ed Morrissey looks at how complicated and contradictory it can be to be a Catholic and adhere to any political party: Some of our readers [Read More...]

The “Pew Gap”: Signs that religious voters are losing faith in Obama

Details, from the Associated Press: In 2008, Barack Obama took aim at the “pew gap,” the overwhelming Republican edge among voters who regularly attend church. The Democratic presidential nominee came nowhere near closing it, but he didn’t have to. He just needed an extra percentage point or two among traditional GOP constituents, and he got [Read More...]

2015 World Meeting of Families to be held in Philadelphia

Big news out of Milan today: Pope Benedict XVI announced this morning at the closing Mass of the seventh World Meeting of Families that the next gathering will be held in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Pope delivered a short speech after Communion and announced that the 2015 World Meeting of Families will be hosted [Read More...]

Biden’s daughter married in Catholic-Jewish service

Details: Vice President Joe Biden’s daughter Ashley married a Pennsylvania doctor at a ceremony in Delaware, the vice president’s office announced late Saturday. A news release from Biden’s office says 30-year-old Ashley Blazer Biden was married Saturday to Dr. Howard David Krein in Wilmington. She is a social worker for the Delaware Department of Services [Read More...]

In Cleveland, religion classes get back to basics

Could this be the start of a trend? Let us pray. Details: Greater Cleveland’s 13,000 Catholic high school students are about to get a dose of old-time religion, heavily infused with New Testament gospels. Beginning next school year, theCleveland Catholic Diocese is introducing into the 21 high schools a new religion curriculum that will feature [Read More...]

“Holy, Holy, Holy…”

For Trinity Sunday: a traditional Trinitarian hymn, beautifully sung by the King’s College Choir. Footnote: an interesting variation is this one, sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which reworks the lyric to remove any mention of the Trinity. [Read more...]

“Mediocrity is the norm for lectors”

If you’re dreading what you’ll hear proclaimed Sunday, you have plenty of company. From George Miller, at Catholic Online: As a past lector ministry head, I can recall times where my pastor agreed to make regular lector training and enrichment meetings mandatory. And when only half the lectors showed up despite his requirement, the reaction [Read More...]

We’re in the Monet…

…and it’s right here in New York City. At the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, they’re recreated the gardens that inspired the great French impressionist.  Below, a replica of Monet’s home sits in the middle of a garden display. Read more here. [Read more...]


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