"Mr. President, you are ignoring the plight of Christians in the Middle East!"

The head of the Maronite Church, Patriarch Peter Bechara, has stirred up controversy in his home turf of Lebanon — so much, that President Obama has now canceled, without explanation, a scheduled meeting. Details: Though no official explanation has been given for the change of plans, Bishop Gregory Mansour of the Maronite Eparchy of St. [Read More…]

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Worth a thousand words: Hail, Mary!

For the month of the rosary, a striking image from a shrine in India. Source. And read more here from the current issue of ONE magazine. [Read more…]

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Quote of the day, on baseball

“Baseball is a game of inches. And hours. And in those moments between release and resolution are contained particles of infinity—the space between a prayer of supplication and the surrender of “Amen”; the whisper of intention that brings what is empty and void into fullness. The hope for redemption. We can relate to that just [Read More…]

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The humbling experience of being an EMHC

After the recent decision in Phoenix, cutting back on distributing the Precious Blood at communion, there’s been a lot of discussion about whether Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHCs) are really all that necessary or helpful. My neighbor in Patheosian bloggery, the great Max Lindenman, has some thoughts: Serving as an EM, like manning a [Read More…]

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"The miraculous healing power of lips to scars…"

If anyone wonders what it means to be married and in love after decades together, Pat Gohn has this heart-stopping and beautiful answer: Like many survivors of breast cancer, I have some serious battle scars. My un-bandaged body after breast cancer certainly made for some interesting pillow talk between my husband and myself. Going into [Read More…]

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From the Balkans to the ghetto

The Anchoress hits the nail on the head this afternoon, as only she can: The increased Balkanization of our society — with everyone hanging out in echo chambers peopled primarily by those who agree with everyone else — is settling us into ghetto mentalities. I once had a Catholic Mom express concern to me that [Read More…]

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It is finished: remarkable hand-drawn Bible goes on display

It’s quite an achievement and, as those who have seen it can attest, it is a feast for the eye.  (I gave a copy of the Psalms to my pastor as a gift for the 40th anniversary of his ordination.  It’s ravishing.) Details: It was a task of biblical proportions — drawing every letter and [Read More…]

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Go ahead. Be amazing.

Since this is Catechetical Sunday, it seems a good time to turn a nice shiny spotlight on someone who knows a thing or two about being a catechist — indeed, being An Amazing Catechist — my Patheos neighbor Lisa Mladinich. Her fine column last week paid tribute to the catechetical vocation: Catechists have always had [Read More…]

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Fr. Pavone: "Nobody needs anybody's permission to save a life…" — UPDATED

The latest, from Fr. Pavone: It’s so encouraging to see so many people on the same page with me, loving and respecting the Church and, out of that very love and respect, supporting the pro-life mission we are all engaged in together. Amidst the many expressions of support, many say to me that they are [Read More…]

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Something fishy: meatless Fridays return to England and Wales today

And a priest has a few observations, along with some recipes: The Filet-o-Fish sandwich was added to McDonalds’ menus in 1962 after Louis Groen, owner of the chain’s Cincinnati franchises, noticed that his restaurants experienced a sharp drop in sales every Friday. Even today, 25 per cent of the 300 million Filets-o-Fish sold annually in [Read More…]

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