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...]

My week without TV

What happens when the cable box goes? I talk about that in this week’s “All Things New”: Well, for one thing, I actually began to read, deeply. I found myself dawdling over the Liturgy of the Hours, dipping into the Office of Readings. I put the Kindle I got for Christmas to good use, downloading [Read More...]

A modest proposal. But don't hold your breath.

How about greater involvement from lay people in the Church? The editors at America explain: No one should anticipate changes in the existing discipline on celibacy or in the teaching on women’s ordination, but there are other ways to reform church structures to allow women and married men to participate in church governance. One proposal [Read More...]

Required reading: this should hit you like a splash of cold water

The wondrously gifted Heather King writes about why she avoids both the Catholic Left, and Catholic Right, and offers this insight (among many): I, for one, am way too busy to get overly exercised about whether to, say, bring back the Latin Mass, though I’m sure I would welcome such a move; or lobbying against [Read More...]

How's the Latin mass being received these days?

Nearly four years after the motu proprio that made possible greater access to the Latin mass, John Allen has an interesting interview with Fr. Richard Hilgartner, Executive Director of the Secretariat for Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. A priest of the Baltimore archdiocese, Hilgartner studied liturgical theology at the prestigious [Read More...]

I'm surprised that the meeting lasted that long

Glenn Beck recently sat down with Billy Graham for three hours. The result? “I spoke of a growing darkness and evil,” Beck said of his meeting with Graham. “He spoke of a greater growth of light.” More on the Beck and Billy over at First Things. [Read more...]

This video will just knock you out. Really.

A friend posted this on his Facebook page, and I’m so glad I was able to find it on YouTube.  This deserves to be seen by a wide audience. It’s the profile of one of the CNN “Heroes” — a chef who gave up his career to feed and care for the homeless of India. [Read More...]


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