7 Habits of Highly Effective Catholics

Marcel LeJeune over at Aggie Catholics compiles his list, with a h/t to Stephen Covey. For starters: Habit #1 – Participate in the Sacraments Regularly. Sunday Mass is a given. To be effective you must also participate in a regular habit of Confession (once a month is a good start) and regular daily Mass, when [Read More...]

What's it like to be pope?

You can find one answer in the impressive and absorbing final episode of the ambitious DVD series, “John Paul II: The Man, The Pope and His Message,” released earlier this month to coincide with the newly beatified pontiff’s feast day, October 22. The producers asked me to take a look at one episode of this [Read More...]

Couple married 72 years dies holding hands

From Iowa, a story of endless love. Details: Family said the story of Gordon, 94, and Norma Yeager, 90, is a real-life love story. On the day she graduated from high school, Norma Stock said yes to Gordon Yeager’s marriage proposal. The couple got married on May 26, 1939 in State Center. “They’re very old-fashioned. [Read More...]

More people plan to live it up on the Day of the Dead

A popular holiday  is gaining a foothold in the United States. Details: Growing up in South Texas, Kiko Torres saw the Day of the Dead as an obscure holiday celebrated in southern Mexico. Few people dared to discuss it in his small but strong Catholic, Mexican-American community. Still, Torres said he became fascinated by Day [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words, prayer edition

Sent to me this afternoon by a friend: [Read more...]

Meet the new nuncio: Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano

This just in: Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, 70, to be the new nuncio to the United States. In his most recent position, the Italian archbishop had served for two years as secretary general of the commission governing Vatican City. He succeeds the late Archbishop Pietro Sambi in Washington. Just minutes after [Read More...]

Was Jesus a conservative?

Herman Cain argues as much, in a column he wrote last Christmas that’s getting wider circulation this week: Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain wrote last December in a RedState column titled “The Perfect Conservative” that Jesus was killed by a “liberal court.” The column claims Jesus as a conservative. “He helped the poor without one [Read More...]

A joyful noise?

With the full implementation of the new missal now about a month away — can you believe it? — writer Jeffrey Tucker is putting it into context, and raising some concerns, particularly when it comes to music: The “elephant in the living room” of non-liturgical texts at Mass comes through music at Mass. The problem [Read More...]

What they didn't ask

Men applying to study for Holy Orders are familiar with the psychological exams you have to take. Here are the impressions of one man, after taking the test for the diaconate: One interesting feature of the exam is that the examiner (a clinical psychologist) had to review the self-narrative with me, and for a fixed [Read More...]

Lino Rulli, move over: another Catholic "Sinner" heading into bookstores

The celebrated host of “The Catholic Guy” radio show has just published a book called “Sinner.” But now former centerfold star Jenny McCarthy has stolen the title (is that a sin, too?) for a book of her own.  And it has a distinctly Catholic angle that will raise eyebrows (and, I think, blood pressures), according [Read More...]


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