This just fills me with joy

Behold, the incomparable living legend, Dick Van Dyke, still kicking up his heels at the ridiculous age of 89. God love him. The YouTube description from the group The Dustbowl Revival notes: We had the luck and the privilege to share the first single “Never Had To Go” from our 2015 release With A Lampshade On [Read More…]

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What do you do for a father/daughter wedding dance when your daughter is a tomboy?

You do something like this… As the Dad notes on YouTube: My daughter has always found her own path. She played Flag football at 6. She hated wearing dresses. She wore a tuxedo to her first communion. She lettered in Soccer and Track. She then became an Engineer for the largest automaker in the world [Read More…]

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I’m trying hard to forgive Albany…

…for taking this guy away from us. Ladies and gentlemen, Brooklyn’s own Bishop Ed Scharfenberger. Doing what bishops do. And doing it beautifully. [Read more…]

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Must-see video: the future pope gets in trouble

I’ve said it before: this guy slays me. From today’s audience, a great yarn about his childhood that imparts a little truth about our times.  Video is from CNS.   [Read more…]

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Best. Catholic. Wedding. Video. Ever.

A couple months ago, FOTB (Friend of the Bench) Paul Morisi—Coordinator of Adolescent and Young Adult Faith Formation for the Diocese of Brooklyn—got hitched. He’s just posted a video of that happy event. And it’s glorious. This is a must-see. Full of romance, sentiment, joy and—really—faith. If this doesn’t brighten your Monday, nothing will. Congratulations, [Read More…]

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“A.D.” and the stoning of Stephen — UPDATED

I was looking for a longer version of this clip, but it doesn’t appear to be available. Nonetheless: here’s a recap of last night’s episode of “A.D.: The Bible Continues,” which concludes with Stephen’s martyrdom. I found the stoning gripping and graphic—but Stephen wasn’t exactly the most saintly or sympathetic of martyrs. He was, actually, [Read More…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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