Where did the story of Noah come from?

A National Geographic special next month offers some educated guesses: Scholars of ancient writings from Mesopotamia (now Iraq) point to texts written thousands of years before the bible that describe a flood and say that the bible story comes from those stories. Others like archaeologist Jeff Rose say these pre-biblical stories have merit because the [Read More...]

“What do I want for Christmas? I want Tim Tebow to walk with me…”

…walk, that is, in the March for Life next month in Washington. The invitation was extended by Allison Howard of Concerned Women for America.  Read about it here.  And watch the video invitation below.  Hey, you never know… [Read more...]

“Christmas reveals God’s closeness, His intimacy…”

While we are still steeped in the Christmas season — before the tree has been dragged to the curb and the forgotten toys carted down to the basement — here are some heartening words from Archbishop Robert Carlson, speaking about the meaning of Christmas and the ongoing “Catholics Come Home” initiative in the Archdiocese of St. [Read More...]

More divorces spell out religious practice in custody agreements

And it can create quite a few complications. From the Washington Post: A cultural shift in thinking about parenting and gender roles has led to a surge in divorced couples agreeing to more detailed shared custody arrangements that increasingly spell out how they will practice and talk about their religious faith. Agreements of the past [Read More...]

Pope prays for deacons during Angelus

A reader pointed out that on this feast of St. Stephen, Pope Benedict today prayed for deacons during his Angelus. (Translation below via Google.)  He also referenced Mary, Queen of Martyrs — which, by coincidence, is the name of my parish in Queens: Dear friends, the true imitation of Christ is love, that some Christian writers have [Read More...]

Queen Elizabeth’s remarkable Christmas message: “It is in forgiveness that we feel the power of God’s love…”

Check this out.  A message of great hope, and faith, and family: [Read more...]

Grief gives way to joy: the extraordinary tale of how a daughter finally came to know her mother

This is really something: the story of a woman who never got to see her birth mother, until she went to her wake.  From the Buffalo News:   When Jackie Oddo came downstairs on the morning of Dec. 13, she noticed that her husband seemed oddly quiet and still as he read The Buffalo News [Read More...]

Hawaii dedicates church to St. Damien

And just in time for Christmas! Details: For 14 years, the Catholic community on the scarcely populated island of Molokai, has tried to raise enough money to build a church in its main town of Kaunakakai to honor Saint Damien of Molokai. After raising $2 million from bake sales, community fairs and donations, and the [Read More...]

How’s this for a great use of social media by the Church?

A friend in Florida forwarded this to me, and I was instantly impressed. It’s a Christmas greeting from Bishop John Noonan of Orlando, evidently sent to everyone in the diocese who is on their e-mail list.  What a great way to communicate with the flock, using a 21st century tool to help spread the message [Read More...]

Christmas in Queens

Outside our church in Forest Hills last night: Midnight Mass was full of wonder and joy. A church built for 900 at midnight had about 1200. Many unfamiliar faces. A surprising number of children. It began at midnight, sharp. Processional: “Once, in Royal David’s City.” Segue into “O Come All Ye Faithful,” complete with trumpet, [Read More...]


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