“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...]

Stunning: from conception to birth visualized

The miracle of life illustrated in a powerful and humbling new way.  Take  10 minutes and be awed. [Read more...]

The spirituality of Springsteen

That was the topic of an unusual workshop held last month at  St. Barnabas parish in New Jersey last month, where  Augustinian friar Fr. Kevin Keelan spoke about the religious threads running through the writings of Bruce Springsteen.  (One of those in attendance was Springsteen’s mother, Adele, shown above with the priest.) From the Trenton [Read More...]

The woman behind one of the most familiar voices in the world

Now it can be revealed: the woman heard by millions around the world at airports, train stations and on subway platforms. [Read more...]


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