Boston Globe: Growing demand for spiritual directors

It seems that the ancient art of spiritual direction is going mainstream. (H/T Concord Pastor) Details: Natalie Weaver, a 25-year-old musician who lives in Roxbury, does not go to church. But every three weeks or so, she visits a white vinyl-sided building on Dorchester Avenue, a former convent, to meet with her spiritual director. For [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words

From a friend’s Facebook page. [Read more...]

Creating an Arctic bible: how do the Eskimos say “desert”?

Here’s something the original authors of sacred scripture never had to think about: Later this spring, an entire Bible in Inuktitut, the language of Inuit people and the most widely spoken aboriginal tongue in Canada’s Arctic, will be dedicated at an igloo-shaped church in Nunavut, an autonomous region carved out of the Northwest Territories in 1999. [Read More...]

“A stunning change”

That’s how the local paper characterizes the shifting religious landscape in what was once a staunch Catholic stronghold, Buffalo, New York. Details: Nearly half the residents in the Buffalo Niagara region are considered “unclaimed” by a religious group — a stunning change from just a decade ago, when the percentage of the population affiliated with [Read More...]

Australian church says women are “too choosy,” should wed earlier

Some provocative insight on the state of marriage from the church in Australia: Women should marry earlier and not be too picky to avoid an Aussie man drought, the Catholic Church has warned. Australia is experiencing a huge decline in the number of available men, with the church telling women they should also forget about [Read More...]

Pope John XXIII: “My desk is piling up…what’s really necessary is a council”

And the rest is history. Check out this intriguing video from CNS, featuring an interview with the blessed pope’s secretary. [Read more...]

Georgetown, the pope would like a word with you

He addressed a timely issue during today’s remarks to American bishops: Pope Benedict XVI called on America’s Catholic colleges and universities to reaffirm their Catholic identity by ensuring orthodoxy in theological studies and accepting the oversight of bishops. The pope made his remarks May 5 to U.S. bishops from Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Wyoming, [Read More...]

Just when you think you can’t take another “flash mob,” along comes something wonderful

Surely, the classiest and most elegant flash mob ever.  A thing of surprising joy and wonder, too. This happened on a train in Copenhagen. And I just loved it.  I think you will, too. [Read more...]

Pontiff of note: Benedict to attend first public concert

Our piano-playing, music-loving pontiff will soon be hitting the road – specifically, heading to Milan: Pope Benedict XVI will attend a concert at the La Scala opera house of Beethoven’s Ninth symphony conducted by Daniel Barenboim. The June 1 concert is part of the pope’s Milan visit for the World Encounter of Families, which deals [Read More...]

Homily for May 6, 2012: 5th Sunday of Easter

[Click here for readings.] To hear audio of this homily, click the green arrow below. This past week, I had a chance to preside at a wedding here at the parish.  As many couples do, the bride and groom selected for one of their readings the famous letter from St. Paul to the Corinthians on [Read More...]


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