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...]

"The Church more than ever needs saints and prophets"

“Faith is not about establishment.  It is about taking the risk of abandoning one’s own security in order to be like the God who did not cling to the trappings of power and authority, but who gave himself totally for our sakes.   This is a message which is difficult to comprehend and realise especially by [Read More...]

Best opening paragraph of the week

Maybe, the month. Check it out: In his concise, elegant book, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper, Brant Pitre, a professor of sacred scripture at the Notre Dame seminary at New Orleans, attempts the scholarly equivalent of patting his head while rubbing his stomach and juggling [Read More...]

Quote of the day: on suffering

“Where would I be today without my crosses? What knowledge and wisdom would I lack without the challenges and difficulties that caused me to ask questions and passionately seek answers. When you suffer, platitudes aren’t enough, slogans won’t do. You have to go deeper, search for real answers and often learn that there are no [Read More...]

What Catholics don't know

That’s the notion I’m chewing on this week over in my column, “All Things New.” A snip: A couple years ago, during Easter season, a man stopped me after church one Sunday. He was perturbed. “What’s all this Latin doing in the mass?” he asked. “What do you mean?” “All this Latin!” he said, exasperated. [Read More...]

What's the big deal about shared communion?

Elizabeth Scalia, with an eye on what just happened in California, offers a perfect answer: Our Communion is much more than a mere family meal. it is a face-to-face, one-on-one, intimate encounter with Christ. This is nothing to engage in lightly. Paul warned us in 1 Corinthians 11:23-29 against unworthy reception of the Eucharist and [Read More...]

Report: priest "concelebrated" mass with Protestant minister

It reportedly happened last weekend, in California. Details: Some parishioners at St. Norbert’s Church in Orange describe themselves as “shocked and appalled” after a priest there allowed a Presbyterian minister to concelebrate a Mass and receive Holy Communion on Sunday, Feb. 13. Sources from the parish told California Catholic Daily that Fr. Agustin Escobar (shown [Read More...]

Behold: "All Things New"

I was away most of the day — down in Trenton for a funeral — so I completely forgot (smack of forehead!) that today marked the beginning of my new column at Patheos, “All Things New.” If you missed it and are curious, check it out.  It will be up every Wednesday (if I remember [Read More...]

"Personally, I'm appalled"

That’s one blogger’s response to this post about a priest who used one of my homilies, verbatim and without attribution, last weekend. From Quantum Theology, here’s Michelle M. Francl-Donnay: The deacon isn’t particularly perturbed, “As far as I’m concerned, the Holy Spirit owns the copyright to my work, not me, and I’m glad others can [Read More...]

Shoot: county mandates no cursing for Valentine's Day

Well, dang. Can something like that actually work? The New York Times investigates: It’s shaping up to be a darn nice Valentine’s Day here in Mobile County. An optimistic band of middle school students hopes that for just one day no one in the county will curse. Perhaps people can substitute “sugar” or “snap.” Or [Read More...]


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