Just in time for Mardi Gras, here's a different take on New Orleans

A former colleague of mine from CBS, Richard Barber, is working on a documentary about the high school Mardi Gras bands of New Orleans — and yesterday he sent me this new preview of the film, “The Whole Gritty City.” It looks amazing. Check out the clip below.  And  visit the website for more information [Read More...]

This Sunday's gospel, set to music

A classic performance of a classic old hymn. (You can read the story behind it here.) Ladies and gentlemen: Miss Ethel Waters. [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...]

Deacon, quadriplegic, inspiration: the remarkable ministry of Frank Bice

What an amazing story. Meet Deacon Frank Bice, from the Diocese of Rockville Centre, a former seminarian who suffered a debilitating football injury in college but has turned it into an opportunity to minister to people around the world, via the web. Newsday profiles him (subscription required), and notes: “I’m really incredibly lucky,” said Bice, [Read More...]

Once you think you have me, you've lost me. What am I?

Humility. A friend posted this on her Facebook page, and it seems too good not to share. Here are some thoughts, then, on humility from the writings of Saint Josemaria Escriva: The Seventeen Evidences of a Lack of Humility 1. To think that what one says or does is better than what others say or [Read More...]

One man's journey from the military to the Franciscans

Here’s a surprising, and surprisingly touching, video from the March for Life, about a vocation that grew from an unlikely place. Further proof: you never know how God will work. [Read more...]

This video gets to me every time

No matter how often I see it, it just knocks me into a puddle of tears.  Today seems a good day to give it another look: (soon-to-be-Blessed) Pope John Paul and Tony Melendez, in Los Angeles, in 1987. You can read more about Tony here. He also has a website. But watch the video.  It [Read More...]

Happy New Year from "The Bench"

And so, a new year dawns! Happy 2011! The year is young — anything is possible! Here’s praying that you and yours enjoy only the best of blessings in the year ahead. God bless, Deacon Greg [Read more...]

12 @ 50: Fr. Martin's guide to (almost) everything

This strikes me as eminently sane, and even wise — and good advice for all of us as we enter a new year. From Fr. James Martin at the Huffington Post, who marked his 50th birthday by tweeting these life lessons to his friends: 1. First up: Stop worrying so much! It’s useless. (I.e. Jesus [Read More...]

A Raven Catholic

A couple years ago, I posted this interview with the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, John Harbaugh, who talked candidly and passionately about his Catholic faith. Now the reporter who did that interview, George Matysek of the Catholic Review, has posted excerpts as a video online.  Check it out below. [Read more...]


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