Praying for Geraldine

Above and beyond the lively debate about whether Geraldine Ferraro merits a Catholic funeral, I think we can all agree on this: God is merciful, and prayer can’t hurt.  That’s the gist of my column this week. From “All Things New”: Msgr. Peter Elliott, writing about the notion of purgatory, once offered another beautiful thought: [Read More...]

Great word cloud: books everyone must read

Take a look at this nifty word cloud of titles (you can click to enlarge): Check out the story behind it for more. [Read more...]

"March Madness" and the case against Fr. Corapi

Dr. Gerard Nadal — a frequent visitor and commenter here — says aloud on his own blog what many have been thinking: It is possible that the allegations are true in whole, or in part. While I strongly doubt that may be the case, it is nevertheless a possibility, grounded in the reality of past [Read More...]

Best. Soda bread. Ever.

You can find the recipe right here. I had the good fortune to sample this very stuff a couple St. Paddy’s Days ago, when The Anchoress stopped by my TV studio for a taping.  Frankly, it’s less like bread, more like cake — and sublime.  Not crumbly.  Moist.  Flavorsome.  Addictive. I want some.  Now. And [Read More...]

The largest Stations of the Cross in the world

These are really something:  the Stations of the Cross, in Rome.  Below, a shot of their installation, from Catholic News Service. Details, and the story behind them, from Zenit: This week, the grand avenue of the Vatican is taking on another guise, the Via Crucis. Fourteen life-size stations line the wide sidewalk of the Via [Read More...]

Teamwork

Now here’s a picture that’s really worth a thousand words … or more. Caption: Charles B. Tripp the armless man and Eli Bowen the legless man. Both men traveled with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circuses in the 1890′s. Source H/T Deacon Eric [Read more...]

Living together, falling apart

Why don’t more couples who live together stay together? Marcel over at Aggie Catholics offers one answer: The analogy that is most commonly used is that cohabitation is like taking a car on a “test drive”. The problem is that when we use people as objects, it is the worst thing we can do in [Read More...]

"The Keyser Soze" of evangelists

Pardon the absence of an umlaut.  I’m not sure how to add one. But I am sure of this: Max Lindenman is the real deal. For proof, just read his latest essay, which references in its lede one of the ’90s greatest movies (crafted from one of the decade’s most inventive screenplays), while dissecting the [Read More...]

Battling Satan with…joy?

The joyful Fr. Dwight Longenecker takes a look at doing battle with evil in a way you might not expect: Each one of us is called to engage in the spiritual battle, and we will succeed best when we take the battle seriously, not ourselves. During Lent, that battle intensifies. As Christ went into the [Read More...]

Have you prayed for the souls in purgatory lately?

Good question. We have a tendency, I think, to forget — and to worry, instead, about our own personal concerns: the kid who is failing chemistry, the bills that are past due, the anxieties that keep all of us up at night, staring at the ceiling, whispering to God, “Help me.” But blogger Kathy Schiffer [Read More...]


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