Taylor Swift’s “Ronan”

Last night was evidently the first time she’s performed this song in public: “Ronan” is dedicated to a 4-year-old boy who died last year of neuroblastoma. Swift, 22, wrote the song after reading the blog of Ronan’s mother, Maya Thompson, who is credited as a co-writer. According to a person familiar with the show, but [Read More…]

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My next job

I do a lot of this already… [Read more…]

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In Merton’s footsteps

Some years back, I wrote a piece for Catholic Digest on “Thomas Merton’s New York.”  The story was a pilgrimage, of sorts, visiting some of the landmarks of Merton’s life that are still standing in Manhattan. In the short video below, Fr.  James Martin takes us to two of those landmarks: the church were Merton [Read More…]

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Incredible video: man narrowly misses being struck by lightning

Unbelievable.It happened in West Yorkshire in Northern England. I suspect that after it happened, he not only had to replace his car window, but probably had to replace his underwear, too. Details: A man cheated death by seconds when a freak lightning bolt sent a tree branch hurtling through the rear of his car. Bernard [Read More…]

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Meet the “new men”: the priests of tomorrow

From Catholic News Service comes this excellent video, featuring brief profiles of five of the men who have just arrived at the North American College in Rome to begin studies for the priesthood. Take a look. [Read more…]

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People are simply amazing

“What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals…” “Hamlet,” by W. Shakespeare A humbling example of what the [Read More…]

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Superstar!

What would happen if an ordinary guy created his own entourage and started walking the streets of New York? Watch.  Turns out, anybody can be a celebrity. You just have to play the part. H/T Aggie Catholics [Read more…]

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Hilarious: The Parent Rap

If you’re counting the hours until they head back to school, Mom and Dad, this one’s for you: [Read more…]

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This is why God made shopping malls

For insane publicity stunts like this one. Something I never thought I’d see, let alone enjoy: the Polish cast of “Les Miserables” singing “One Day More,” in Polish, in a mall, as a flashmob. I don’t speak Polish, but I think they’re singing, “Come to our show, come to our show, come to our show” [Read More…]

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The deck of cards: must-see video

A friend who is a veteran sent this to me, describing it as “an oldie but a goodie.” It was new to me. I have to say: it got to me.  Enjoy. [Read more…]

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