Have an ice Christmas

Once again, they’ve erected a stunning nativity scene in Graz, Austria, sculpted from ice: The life-size sculptures of Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the three kings have been handmade by Gert J. Hoedl and his international team, using 54 tons of ice. The scene shows the Virgin Mary cradling baby Jesus, while Joseph looks on. The [Read More...]

What’s so funny??

Turns out, YouTube is good for more than just cat videos.  Someone has discovered it also contains a lot of clips of people yucking it up. Below, compiled entirely from bits on YouTube, is a whimsical little tribute to one of the great characteristics that helps define our humanity: laughter. [Read more...]

Keep smiling

Call me crazy, but I thought this was sweet and unexpectedly uplifting. [Read more...]

“Bethlehemian Rhapsody”

How’s this for a cute riff on the Christmas story: a nod to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but with an evangelical twist. Enjoy. [Read more...]

“You’re never too old to sit on Santa”

Here’s a nice palate-cleanser for you.  The latest bit of inspired weirdness from the folks at Improv Everywhere: a production number about Santa’s lap staged at a New Jersey mall. With the stress of the holidays, who couldn’t use a little song and dance? [Read more...]

Looking for the perfect gift? Look no further

From the Archdiocese of Washington, a nifty ad campaign debuts on TV tonight.  See below. For more, check out the website: FindThePerfectGift.org., which lists ideas for finding a parish or finding ways to get more involved with the faith. [Read more...]

The story behind “Now Thank We All Our God”

From the vault, one of my favorites: I suspect most Catholics don’t know the name Martin Rinkart. But this Lutheran deacon and composer left us a beautiful testament to faith and thanksgiving: he composed the hymn “Now Thank We All Our God.” Some details about his life and times shed new light on this familiar [Read More...]

Los Angeles legend, “Father Dollar Bill,” dies

One of the angels of the City of Angels is gone. Details: Funeral services were pending Monday for the Rev. Maurice Chase, a Catholic priest known as “Father Dollar Bill” for his holiday giveaways of $1 bills to the homeless on Skid Row. Chase, 92, died Sunday night at his home in Los Angeles after [Read More...]

Behold: five minutes of exquisite humility and grace

I found this deeply moving: a short video about Our Lady of the Stars, a small community of young men in France with Down Syndrome. I was unable to find more about this group online.  Does anyone know more? UPDATE: A couple readers found a link to their website.  Check it out. [Read more...]

“Life’s a happy song”

I just got back from a diaconal retreat in scenic East Flatbush, Brooklyn — the junkyards are lovely this time of year, by the way — and thought I’d share this little day-brightener, while I’m still enjoying a little post-retreat serenity. From “The Muppets” movie, due out this week, the opening number performed by the [Read More...]


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