Theology of the Dead Body: “‘The Walking Dead’ is fully Catholic”

There are two key moments that clinched it for me in “The Walking Dead.” A couple of years ago, Sheriff Rick, hunting for any signs of life in the world of the zombie apocalypse, stumbled on a plain wooden church, in the middle of nowhere. When he stepped inside, he discovered the congregation was made [Read More...]

“Welcome! I shed tears of gratitude and joy…”

Nobody captures the essence of Advent better than The Anchoress, God love her: Welcome! Welcome! I shed tears of gratitude and joy that you have come round again, O Advent, to shake us from our torpor as early night comes, and the match is struck, and the message is brought home once more; that we are [Read More...]

“We need to create still broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church…”

From Pope Francis’s “The Joy of the Gospel”:  102. “Lay people are, put simply, the vast majority of the People of God. The minority – ordained ministers – are at their service. There has been a growing awareness of the identity and mission of the laity in the Church. We can count on many lay [Read More...]

“You don’t need to wear a cassock to the grocery store to reveal the compassionate face of God”

“It is striking that there would be so much energy poured into defending the uniqueness in clothing styles and the insistence on titles – some suggesting that clerical titles be used even among family and friends. The question for reflection is whether or not how we dress, how we interact with others, how we introduce [Read More...]

We are all Vinicio Riva

The Anchoress gets the scoop—and the man’s name:  Vinicio Riva, whose head and neck are covered with tumors due to a rare disease, told an Italian magazine that his disfigured appearance has led to a lifetime of living on the margins. [...] Riva, who lives in Vicenza in northern Italy, said he suffers from neurofibromatosis [Read More...]

“We do nothing to earn the love of God, and there’s nothing we can do to lose it…”

From the incomparable Anchoress:  We do nothing to earn the love of God, and there is nothing we can do to lose it — we can only reject it. We are loved into being. We did nothing to deserve that. Our whole being came about because the love of the Creator said “yes” to his [Read More...]

“God meddles in our miseries, he approaches our wounds and heals them with his hands”

Using that stunning picture from earlier in the week as a starting point, CNS has posted an overview of some memorable photographic moments with Pope Francis. Writer Carol Glatz makes note of something beautiful the pontiff said during a recent homily: “God meddles in our miseries, he approaches our wounds and heals them with his [Read More...]

My cover has been blown

Will Duquette writes about my other life in doo wop. The cat’s out of the bag, daddy-o… [Read more...]

“How to Become an Annoying Catholic”

Part of it is to “smile and be merry.” (see the meme!)  But there’s some more great advice from Emily Stimpson at CatholicVote, who includes this timeless advice: “Love.” A snip: After writer Andrew Sullivan was diagnosed with AIDS, he was shocked when Pat Buchanan sent him a kind note, saying how very sorry he [Read More...]

“Marriage isn’t for you”

This wonderful testimony has now gone viral. If you haven’t read it yet, take a moment, read, and share it. It’s superb. This just might find its way into my next wedding homily. From Seth Adam Smith: Having been married only a year and a half, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that marriage isn’t [Read More...]