Do you hear the people sing: “We are all Ukrainians now”

A Ukrainian priest sent this to me: the national anthem of Ukraine, translated into English, sung by ordinary Ukrainians. Prepare to be moved. [Read more...]

You’ve probably never been on a tour of a Catholic school quite like this

A reader sent this my way: a video tour for Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Glenview, Illinois. In a word: Wow. I’ll say this: the explosion of lip dub videos across the internet has been a real boon to steadicam operators—and it’s raised the bar for anyone who wants to produce a little [Read More...]

This is why college theater majors should never marry each other

Because it leads to things like this: lip-sync performances from “Frozen” on family trips. Dude, keep your EYES ON THE ROAD! [Read more...]

VIDEO: Pope blesses woman over the phone

So says this video from Rome Reports, which notes: During the audience with the members of the Italian Federation for Spiritual Exercises, Pope Francis got a unique request. A priest approached him with cell phone in hand, and asked him to bless the 25-year-old woman on the other end of the line. Pope Francis did not hesitate one second and quickly [Read More...]

“Trust is your relationship to the unknown”

This is pretty remarkable: a visual representation of an idea I was trying to get across in my homily for this weekend. It uses two performers from Cirque du Soleil to illustrate the notion of trust. And if you are wondering: yeah I look just like that guy. Sure. Uh huh. [Read more...]

If this doesn’t make you want to get to Confession, nothing will

This has been making the rounds for a while. But I think it’s worth revisiting now, just several days before the start of Lent. It’s a video compilation of people who almost met their Maker—but survived to live another day. It reminds us how close any of us might be to the end of our [Read More...]

“You’re gonna talk about tonight for a long time”

Those words kick off this extraordinary video that is rapidly working its way around the world: Anglican Bishop Tony Palmer, addressing a group of evangelicals, and introducing a brief video, shot on his iPhone, featuring his old friend, Pope Francis. This is, in a word, stunning. It’s 45 minutes long, but take time to watch [Read More...]

What will the Church of Pope Francis look like?

Here’s a glimpse. Nicaragua’s Archbishop Leopoldo Brenes departing for Rome, where he will become a cardinal this weekend. Take a deep breath. You just might smell the sheep. [Read more...]

Wow: an Africanized “Let It Go” performed with children’s choir

This rendition of the award-winning song from “Frozen” is pretty fantastic—and not just because the kids in the choir all look like little deacons :-). Check it out. It’s Lexi Walker with the One Voice Children’s Choir, and they’re just great.  For my money, this is the version they should perform on the Oscars. [Read more...]

Ready for summer? Here.

A favorite moment from my favorite movie this winter. If you don’t want to, um, “let go” of winter just yet, you can also enjoy this. [Read more...]