Powerful and provocative: a “letter to ISIS” from the People of the Cross

From an online media group called Mighty.LA: As the world responds to the Islamic State with hatred and vengeance, there is one group that is responding differently. They are not allies with ISIS but enemies. And they have been slain by the thousands in the hands of ISIS. ISIS calls them The Nation of the [Read More...]

Bliss: 102-year-old woman watches film of herself as jazz dancer in the 1930s

This is working its way around social media. It’s irresistible—and beautiful. People are amazing. You cannot not smile. Keep a Kleenex handy. [Read more...]

Journey to Jordan: witnessing a Melkite wedding

After leaving Petra this morning, bound for The Dead Sea, we stopped at a Greek Melkite Catholic Church, St. George, and caught part of a traditional wedding ceremony. This was something to see. And it was, literally, a shotgun wedding: someone in the wedding party fired a pistol into the air as the bride and [Read More...]

Journey to Jordan: I’d walk a mile for a camel

Well, here we are in scenic Petra, Jordan. We arrived last night at the Mövenpick Resort, just a short walk from the historic site. The hotel would never be mistaken for a Holiday Inn or a Motel 6. We are in Jordan. And every detail enforces the rich heritage surrounding us. How about donuts dusted [Read More...]

Was your sprinkling like this on Sunday?

If not, why not? Ladies and gentlemen: this is how it’s done. Spare no one. Leave no drop behind. Attack the faithful with holiness! Douse the world with grace until it is shivering and saturated and sneezing. Then you are truly blessed. [Read more...]

Must-see TV: Pope washes feet of inmates—and a toddler

From CNS:  In a moving ceremony that recalled how Jesus loved the world so deeply that he lowered himself to serve and died for everyone’s sins, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prison inmates, plus a small toddler who lives with his incarcerated mother.“Jesus loved us, Jesus loves us, but without any limits, always, [Read More...]

Is this the next Sister Christina? Redemptorist priest is a hit on “The Voice”

Details:  The 28-year-old Redemptorist priest Damian Maria Montes has surprised thousands of viewers of Spanish television when he passed the blind audition of La Voz (The Voice),  a reality talent show in Spain. One of the important premises of the show is the quality of the singing talent. Four coaches, themselves popular performing artists, train [Read More...]

Who knew Mitt Romney had a sense of humor?

Or that Jimmy Fallon did such a great Mitt impression? This popped up on The Tonight Show this week. It echoes Jimmy’s hilarious bit with Mick Jagger a few years ago—and it’s pretty great. [Read more...]

“God, I’m a dancer! A dancer dances!”

Is he auditioning for “A Chorus Line”? The YouTube description says: “French Provincial Minister Michel Laloux expressed himself in dance during our morning Mass for the Annunciation.” Because, of course, that’s more important than, like, listening to the wisdom of Pope Benedict XVI, who said: It is totally absurd to try to make the liturgy [Read More...]

This is something to see: a painting of Jesus like no other

A stunning work of prayer, creation, art…all at once. From artist David Garibaldi, just in time for Holy Week. This has been around for a few years, but even if you’ve seen it before, it’s worth another look. People are amazing, aren’t they? [Read more...]