Homily for April 29, 2012: On Vocations

My parish is hosting its annual vocations fair this weekend, to coincide with the 49th annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations, so my homily focuses on that. +++ For audio of this homily as it was delivered, click the green arrow below. “We are all God’s children…what we shall be has not yet been [Read More...]

Forgive us our debts: a Catholic priest writes…

The note below arrived in my e-mail tonight.   It sheds more light on what many priests — and the people they serve — are living with these days.  Dcn. G. +++ In response to this post on finances, I would like to share a few things. In my diocese – Midwest – we can [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“Recently, while watching some Catholic sniping and squabbling amid these internet comboxes wherein I dwell and make my living, I noted a particularly dramatic note of victimhood being voiced in one channel and fervent, mustachio-twirling glee emanating from another, and I suddenly realized why opera is an art-form created and first-sustained in Catholic cultures. We [Read More...]

Why does the pope rarely mention deacons? — UPDATED

A deacon reader writes: How does the pope preach to a morning audience on diakonia and never say the word “deacon” in his speech? Does this concern you that the pope has failed to mention the word “deacon” in any of his addresses in Mexico and Spain on his past trips?  He even started his homily’s [Read More...]

Original Mac Apple now for auction on eBay. Price? $99,995.

And the bids could take it even higher than that: Among personal-computer enthusiasts, there are many rare and desirable models from years’ past. The Apple Lisa. Steve Jobs’s NeXT computer. The Canon Cat. But there’s a machine selling on eBay right now that’s arguably the rarest of them all: a prototype of the original Apple Macintosh computer. As you might [Read More...]

What’s Darth Vader doing on the National Cathedral?

  Late today, I stumbled on this story, about a tour of the damaged cathedral — and noticed an unusual detail: The Washington National Cathedral will be offering tours of its unique stone carvings for the first time since the building was damaged by an earthquake last year. Tours exploring more than 100 gargoyles perched [Read More...]

“We must do good every day…”

Yesterday, I posted on the passing of Catholic philanthropist George E. Doty. Now there’s word that another great New York benefactor has died: Florence D’Urso of Pelham Manor, one of the most important benefactors of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, who was also responsible for restoring many works of art at the Vatican, [Read More...]

Ryan: Catholics can disagree about the budget

He made his remarks in a speech at Georgetown: U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, under criticism from some fellow Catholics, said his financial plan’s call for cuts in federal aid to the poor is consistent with the church’s teachings. In a speech today at Georgetown University, a Catholic institution in the nation’s capital, [Read More...]

On Medjugorje

Now that Mark Shea has weighed in on this peculiar screed – wherein, it seems, I’m part of a vast all-male conspiracy — I just want to add my two cents. The author of that posting, one Stephen K. Ryan, is not unfamiliar to me.  He wrote me many months back, wondering why I don’t [Read More...]

Bill Cosby: “Nuns mean business when they come riding into town”

The comedian and his wife recently made a big donation to a Catholic community center in Baltimore, which was named in their honor.  And Bill Cosby had some hilarious things to say about God, money and nuns.  Read more here. But check out the video below. [Read more...]


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