James Foley reminds us of what we knew all along: prayer matters

Elizabeth Scalia, as usual, nails it:  What I have been arguing for in these past months is what James Foley himself advocated: the acquisition of what used to be considered a rather conventional religiosity, one in which prayer was not something foreign, but something natural, practiced to varying degrees and understood widely as a real [Read More...]

Did you remember to go to Mass today?

A new blogger at Patheos, Tom Zampino, did. (It’s a holy day of obligation! Go!) And what he experienced wasn’t what he expected:  I made it. Later than usual. But I was there. I sat there trying to wrap my head around the Assumption of Mary – is this scriptural? Am I in danger of becoming [Read More...]

Anne Lamott on Robin Williams: “Live stories worth telling!”

Here is what writer Anne Lamott posted on her Facebook page today about Robin Williams: Here is what is true: a third of the people you adore and admire in the world and in your families have severe mental illness and/or addiction. I sure do. I have both. And you still love me. You help hold me [Read More...]

What’s up with the Jesuits?

Blogger and teacher Matt Emerson poses the question over at the CNN Belief blog:   Is Andrew Garfield, star of films such as “The Social Network” and “The Amazing Spiderman,” considering the priesthood? Last month, paparazzi snapped a picture of Garfield walking as he carried “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything,” the Rev. James Martin’s insightful overview [Read More...]

Raising Cain: “Why do so many religious people feel they have to attack their brothers in the faith?”

Fr. Dwight Longenecker looks at the phenomenon: One of the most discouraging things about religious life is to witness brothers fighting one another. Why do so many religious people feel they have to attack their brothers in the faith? Because there’s something sick going on within a lot of religious people and religious groups. I [Read More...]

Tony? Is that you?

Fascinating stuff for today, the feast of St. Anthony of Padua: The University of St. Anthony of Padua’s Anthropology Museum, together with a team of international forensic researchers, have attempted to reconstruct the face of St. Anthony using only a digital copy of his skull. Using the latest 3D technology, the researchers worked to recreate [Read More...]

CATO: Catholics Addicted to Outrage

Know anybody like this? Diane at Te Deum laudamus! clearly does: Each of us puts a face on our Catholic faith, for good or for bad, whether it is in person, or online (anonymous or not). We need to convey the hope we have within; not a sense of anger, bitterness, hopelessness and despair.  We [Read More...]

“I wish to allow God to surprise me…”

So I’m here in Illinois, surrounded by cornfields and truck stops, in an oasis of leafy tranquility run by some kindly Franciscan nuns. (The picture above is a stunning window in a small prayer space called “The Canticle Room,” depicting St. Francis’s famous “Canticle of the Sun.”) I’m preaching a retreat to deacon candidates about [Read More...]

Beautiful ways to say “You can make a difference”

From my blog neighbor Tony Rossi:  Today we’re highlighting the top three winners in The Christophers’ 24th Annual Poster Contest for High School Students. Each year, students – grades 9 through 12 – are invited to create a poster that visually interprets the theme, “You Can Make a Difference.” This year’s contest drew over 1,000 [Read More...]

“Don’t set yourself against your Mother!”

I grow weary. I’m weary of the fighting. The name-calling. The ad hominems. The sneers and finger-pointing. I’m weary of the Catholic-against-Catholic warfare that has left too many muddied and bloodied. I’m weary of Catholics hurling accusations at bishops, notably the Bishop of Rome, in an effort to divide the faithful and turn the flock [Read More...]