For Father’s Day: What It Means to Be a Dad

From the great Grassroots Films comes this short video that sums it all up beautifully. Happy Father’s Day, dads. (And a special prayerful wish for my own dad, shown here with a future deacon and my sister over 50 years ago…) [Read more...]

Jesus In Queens

Some of the Corpus Christi procession from my parish in Forest Hills this afternoon. Photos by Rosalind Chan-Ganzhi. [Read more...]

My American Idol

It’s a weird thing to do, but I have to start this post on the evil of idols by talking about my idol. Her name is Elizabeth Scalia. She’ll hate that. She can’t stand it when people make a fuss over her. And she’ll be the first to tell you she’s a miserable, worthless, slobbering [Read More...]

So, What’s a Deacon?

My friend Deacon Stephen Byers from the Diocese of Pittsburgh offers some excellent answers in this week’s edition of the diocesan newspaper: On Saturday, June 15, in a ritual dating back to the time of the apostles, Bishop David Zubik will ordain 25 men at St. Paul Cathedral to the order of deacon for service [Read More...]

“My Heroes Were Visiting Missionaries…”

That’s how Msgr. John E. Kozar, president of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) —and, not insignificantly, my boss—describes the first stirrings of his own vocation in this comprehensive interview with Fr. Thomas Rosica of Salt + Light TV in Canada. Msgr. Kozar is featured in the picture above, top center, sharing a joyful moment [Read More...]


Well, there are three of us. Pictured: Your Humble Blogger, wrapping up his West Coast Odyssey with a visit to the legendary Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills, with two wonderful clergymen serving that parish, Msgr. Thomas Welbers (left, doing his best impression of Sir Richard Attenborough) and Deacon Eric Stoltz (right). The [Read More...]

Six Years Ago…

What were you doing six years ago today? Happy Anniversary to my brother deacons from Brooklyn: ad multos annos! [Read more...]

“See You on the Radio”

That signature phrase from my old colleague Charles Osgood has suddenly come in handy. I’m scheduled to be interviewed on “The Drew Mariani Show” on Relevant Radio at about 5:30 p.m., ET. I’ll be talking about this little news item, among other things. (I’ll do my best not to disgrace the channel by being IR-relevant.) So, [Read More...]

“Reporter” listed as worst job of 2013

From the Wall Street Journal: This year, several professions geared toward serving the financial and health needs of an aging population made the top ten, says Lee, including audiologist, financial planner, and physical therapist. As for the worst job of 2013? Newspaper reporter bumped last year’s loser, lumberjack, for the ignominious distinction. “It’s been low [Read More...]

Cry babies

What do you think about kids crying in church? We’ve been reading about  it here and here and here. Tomorrow, I’ll be talking about it  on the Son Rise Morning Show with Brian Patrick at 6:35 am ET. [Read more...]