How the Vatican marks the end of Mary’s month

If you can’t be in Rome, check out this video preview, courtesy CNS: [Read more…]

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First look: official trailer for “Les Miserables”

Do you hear the people sing?  Well, you hear Anne Hathaway.  This looks superb. [Read more…]

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“I’m continually evangelized by the poor”

What a great insight, expressed in this beautifully produced slideshow/video. The photographer, Paul Jeffrey, also happens to be a Methodist minister, and the remarkable photographs  remain a vibrant and haunting reminder of his ministry to some of the poorest of the poor. Just watch.  Huge H/T to CNS for finding this. More people need to [Read More…]

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The secret to a long marriage: matching outfits

This is either a) adorable, b) bizarre or c) inspired. Take your pick. I’m surprised they don’t bring this up in Pre-Cana. [Read more…]

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In 2012, everything is a big production

Did we even have normal lives before YouTube and Vimeo? We’ve had wedding processions go viral, and “Thriller” dances at weddings become worldwide phenomena.   Sometimes, entire cities have gotten into the act. Now another entry in the “Can you top this for sheer video exhibitionism?” sweepstakes: a marriage proposal that includes everything—tossed flower petals, [Read More…]

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Anatomy of a viral video

How does something uploaded onto YouTube turn into a sensation? Travel blogger Joel Oleson can tell you. He shot and posted online this quirky little video about a baby penguin encountering a person for the first time.  Take a look: Then he started noticing it was getting more interest than usual.  Traffic began going a [Read More…]

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Now I won’t feel so bad when people yawn during my homilies

There are other factors at work.  Or, at least, that’s what this guy says.  I’ll buy that. [Read more…]

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“The Quest”: a glimpse at priestly formation, from 1973

Buried in the bowels of YouTube, somebody uncovered this gem.  While it may be of particular interest to folks in the Diocese of Brooklyn, it’s also a fascinating sort of time capsule that shows life in a college seminary in the 1970s.  (Look beyond the platform shoes and sideburns and you’ll hear a lot of [Read More…]

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From SNL: So long, farewell to Kristin Wiig

Further proof that, even after a lot of lousy years when the humor was forced and the laughs were few and the cast was forgettable, SNL can still discover glimmers of gold. A consistent jewel of late: Kristin Wiig. Host Mick Jagger et al bid her farewell Saturday night. It was a nice sendoff. (And [Read More…]

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You have never heard “Taps” played like this

Hundreds gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to mark the 150th anniversary of the familiar piece of music. Watch and listen. You can read more about it here. [Read more…]

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