Yes, it’s still Christmas

The lights are still ablaze in Princeton, New Jersey, where I stepped into St. Paul’s Church Thursday night and encountered the glorious scene above. The church was just lovely. Thanks to Msgr. Joseph Rosie, Deacon Jim Knipper and the wonderful folks at St. Paul’s for their hospitality and warm welcome in support of “Hungry and You [Read More…]

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“Hungry” gets a little buzz

A few weeks back, I posted on the collection of homilies to which I contributed, “Hungry and You Fed Me.”  Now, The Times of Trenton has written about it, plugging an upcoming book signing (I’ll be there, so if you’re in New Jersey, come on by and say hello!): Fifteen homilists of various Christian denominations [Read More…]

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Has fiction lost its faith?

That’s the provocative and sobering question that headlines this essay by Paul Elie in the New York Times Book Review this weekend: If any patch of our culture can be said to be post-Christian, it is literature. Half a century after Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, Reynolds Price and John Updike presented themselves as novelists with [Read More…]

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From the land that gave us Shakespeare…

…comes this: EL James’s best seller Fifty Shades of Grey has been named popular fiction book of the year at the Specsavers National Book Awards in London. [Read more…]

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Meet the deacon novelist

Details, from Arkansas Catholic: In “I Hear Your Heartbeat” Deacon Larry Hatch’s recently released first novel, the reader is reminded that to receive forgiveness, one must first be willing to forgive. “Unforgiveness is the poison you drink hoping the other person will die,” said Hatch, who serves St. Agnes Church in Mena. The story follows [Read More…]

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Day’s days: her diary reveals a spitfire saint

I’m working my way through Dorothy Day’s diaries, collected in “The Duty of Delight,“ and among all the mundane details of daily life —whom she met, what she prayed, when she ate—the woman being touted for sainthood by New York’s Cardinal Archbishop reveals a distaste, even a disdain, for some clergy. There’s this, for example, [Read More…]

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Obama, Palin, Jobs and the Beach Boys enter Bartlett’s—and there’s an app for that

Check it out: The 18th edition of the venerable reference work has just been released, the first for the electronic age and a chance to take in some of the new faces, events and catchphrases of the past 10 years. General editor Geoffrey O’Brien says he has expanded upon the trend set by his predecessor, [Read More…]

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“Hungry and You Fed Me”: homilists for the homeless

Looking for preaching ideas for next year?  Look no further. I’m honored and humbled to be a part of this new book,  “Hungry and You Fed Me: Homilies and Reflections for Cycle C,” which collects sermons from a wide range of sources and puts them between covers for the first time, with sales going to [Read More…]

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Rising after a fall: a deacon’s ministry to those with spinal cord injuries

With football season here, now is as good a time as any to take a look at the remarkable work being done by a deacon in the sports field — but OFF the field. He’s Deacon Don Grossnickle from the Archdiocese of Chicago, and he is the co-founder of Gridiron Alliance, described thusly: The Gridiron [Read More…]

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In the e-mail: on vesting a deacon for his funeral

The following e-mail arrived Tuesday afternoon: On July 31, 2012 one of our deacons, Deacon Thomas Bates died of cancer after a brief illness. Deacon Bates was 63 years old and was ordained on May 24, 2007. I had recently purchased “Ordained to Serve”, Prayers and Blessings for Permanent Deacons, edited by Denis Robinson, OSB. [Read More…]

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