"Inspired and joyous"

Those two words were used by one critic to describe what has become for me the first must-see movie of the fall: “Being Elmo,” a documentary about Kevin Clash, the man behind the famous red Muppet. Fittingly, tomorrow is the late, great Jim Henson’s birthday (RIP), and a trailer for this documentary has just been [Read More...]

For the first day of fall: "September Song"

A drizzly, foggy, muggy day here in Manhattan — a perfect setting for a little black-and-white Durante, in a melancholy mood.   This rendition of “September Song,” from 1955, remains a classic. [Read more...]

Now that's using your head…!

How long until this crops up in someone’s liturgical dance? Behold, the Guiness World Record for most number of head spins in one minute (131!) It’s nice when someone has a hobby, isn’t it? [Read more...]

Smile. You're beautiful!

A little girl in Brazil underwent cleft lip surgery.  What happened when she saw her face the morning after?  Just watch. [Read more...]

On 9/11: Millennials will never forget

One week after the anniversary, here’s a moving and thoughtfully produced short film by Andrew Jenks that gives a different perspective.  It shows how young people were shaped by the events of September 11, 2001. [Read more...]

Imagine: he was found by nuns in a shoebox in Iraq, and he's singing today on TV

Incredible story of survival and hope.  Take a moment, go get a Kleenex, and then watch.  You can thank me later. [Read more...]

"Lift High the Cross…"

And now, a little musical interlude for this great feast, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.  Here’s one of my favorite hymns.  Everybody sing! [Read more...]

How do you say "Thank you" to the world?

How about giving presents to strangers?  That’s what happens here, and it’s delightful.  Watch. [Read more...]

"God of Our Fathers"

I can’t think of a better way to close this day.  This was sung as our recessional hymn at all the Masses this Sunday.  Here, doing it to perfection, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. God of our fathers, whose almighty hand Leads forth in beauty all the starry band Of shining worlds in splendor through the [Read More...]

Remembering 9/11: the final moments of Fr. Mychal Judge

From the documentary “9/11.” I’d forgotten that this was online.  The documentary shows the last minutes in the life of Fr. Judge — moments, clearly, spent in prayer.   H/T to The Anchoress for reminding us about this. [Read more...]


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