The deacon who wrote “Everyone’s Way of the Cross”

The modern version of an ancient devotion remains perennially popular, and now Mark Zimmerman at the Catholic Standard in Washington has the story behind it: About 45 years ago, amid the happy chaos of his large Bethesda home as his 13 children were coming and going in all directions, Deacon Clarence Enzler would settle onto [Read More...]

“St. Joseph, be my guide, my father, my model through life…”

Image: by Aristides Artal Today is the great saint’s feast. From the Novena to St. Joseph:  Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I come to you as an example for holiness, [Read More...]

On Ash Wednesday, pray for Ukraine

From CNS:  U.S. Catholics stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine as their country struggles with political tensions, said a statement from the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., said in the March 4 statement that the U.S. bishops, “together with tens of millions of [Read More...]

“Pope Mary and Pope Martha”

My blog neighbor Fr. Dwight Longenecker has a great insight into the two men in white now living at the Vatican:  Together, Mary and Martha represent prayer and action, and both are needed for the Gospel to move forward. Now at this crucial time in human history, the Church offers in these two living popes [Read More...]

Obama at prayer breakfast: “Religion strengthens America”—UPDATED

From The New York Daily News:   President Obama and the First Lady joined thousands from the Washington elite early Thursday for the National Prayer Breakfast, an event that hit a decidedly more spiritual tone in 2014 than the highly politicized spirit at the 2013 occasion. The first couple was joined by Vice President Joe Biden [Read More...]

Getting ready for Lent? There’s an app for that

Believe it or not, Lent starts just a month from now, on March 5. And the folks at CRS Rice Bowl are already on top of it. They’ve got an app for Lent—available for both Android and iPhone—to help make Lent more meaningful. According to their publicist, the app includes: Prayerful reflection for each day [Read More...]

Everybody knows: you don’t eat until you say grace

And that includes our friends in the animal kingdom. Watch. [Read more...]

Hail Mary pass: half of football fans believe God is a force in football

Details:  Two weeks ahead of the Super Bowl, half of American sports fans say they believe God or a supernatural force is at play in the games they watch, according to a new survey. That percentage includes Americans who pray for God to help their team (26 percent), think their team has been cursed (25 [Read More...]

Thomas Peters, six months on

For those who have been following his story, and remembering him in prayer, an update: After focusing on his right hand for a few weeks, his right thumb and pinky are starting to move very slowly.  His therapist is optimistic that they can get more of the fingers to follow suit, it will just take [Read More...]

Why Pope Francis is a model CEO

Here’s a different take on Pope Francis, from a business perspective, via a retired university professor and dean: Leaving aside for the moment judgments about faith and doctrine that are beyond the scope of the financial pages, let’s just look at how successful Francis has been in his first year as CEO of one of [Read More...]