Encore: The Singing Priest, Fr. Ray Kelly, talks about his “Hallelujah” wedding song—UPDATED

He appeared on RTE’s “The Late Late Show” a few nights back.  He performed an encore of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” just as he did at the wedding, and talked about that phenomenal (and controversial) moment below. UPDATE: Writing at Catholic Vote, Kate O’Hare offers some poignant, hopeful thoughts on this phenomenon, and what it might [Read More...]

Something wondrous: 14 years of a girl’s life in 4 minutes

This is exceptional: An 14 incredible years in the making, this viral video shows Lotte Hofmeester grow from a baby to a beautiful teen in a mere 4 minutes and five seconds. Lotte’s father, Frans Hofmeester, started taking video of his daughter as soon as she was born on October 28, 1999. “She was changing at such a rapid pace, that [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: Fox News confuses NAACP with NCAA, just as SNL predicted

Wow. Life imitates television. That’s a scary thought. From Mother Jones:  On Tuesday morning, Fox & Friends First host Heather Childers referred to the UConn Huskies as “NAACP national champs.” This is funny, because what she meant was “NCAA national champs.” The NAACP is the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which, among other things, mounted anti-lynching campaigns in the [Read More...]

Watch a priest leave this bride and groom speechless—and in tears

I’ve never seen anything quite like this. And I’ll wager you haven’t either. From the Christian Post:  SonLight Music Ministry had just finished what sounded like a beautiful rendition of “Be Thou My Vision” when Father Ray Kelly again took the mic at the wedding of Chris and Leah O’Kane. But instead of closing the [Read More...]

If I didn’t know better, I’d say this was just another day in the Catholic blogosphere

But otherwise: this is pretty sensational. Popped up on my Facebook feed, and I couldn’t resist. It’s a German quartet known as Salut Salon. Enjoy. [Read more...]

Ingenious. How’d they do that?

How the Times of London is promoting its Sunday culture section. This is just amazing. [Read more...]

Awesome: turning a homeless shelter into a 5-star restaurant for one night

Just watch. This one is a keeper:  A professional prankster decided to give back on April Fools’ Day. Greg Benson teamed up with a restaurant crew to turn a homeless shelter into a five-star restaurant for the day. He and staff dressed up the dining area and served everyone a three-course meal that included filet [Read More...]

Groundbreaking news in the world of choral music

From Kings College Choir in the UK. [Read more...]

What? No elephants in the aisle?

Here’s something nifty:  Passengers on a flight from Brisbane to Sydney on Monday were treated to an impromptu performance of “Circle of Life” by the Australian cast of “The Lion King.” Surprised travelers were greeted with song as they boarded Virgin Australia Flight 970. The cast was in Brisbane for an announcement that the Broadway production will open in [Read More...]

Best. Brother. Ever.

Well, at least the best video of a brother going to visit his sister—ever. Watch how a guy in Guatemala decided to surprise his sister back home in France for her birthday. You will smile. You will laugh. You may even cry.  It’s sweet. Take a look. [Read more...]