A mother’s last dance

This is quickly going viral, and with good reason. The story:  A dying woman whose final wish was to be able to dance with her son at his wedding had her dream come true, and then passed away just three days later. Mary Ann Manning of Dublin, California, lost her battle to breast cancer on [Read More...]

“Catholic witchdoctors” in Bolivia?

photo by: Raphaël Verona  CNN has this glimpse at a curious strain of religion in Latin America, blending elements of Catholicism and magic. The notion of “Catholic gods” is bizarre and false, and some of this is just not Catholic at all, dwelling in a limbo between the sacred and the superstitious. But it’s an interesting phenomenon many [Read More...]

This could make me want to take up golf

Behold, the Golf Board: From the website:  The most innovative invention for golf since the advent of the graphite shaft, the GolfBoard is going to change the way you experience the game of golf forever. The easy to ride, lithium-ion battery powered transport adds a new level of fun and excitement never before seen on [Read More...]

Great moments in fashion design: the Kent State bloody sweatshirt

Hot on the heels of a tee shirt that resembled a concentration camp uniform comes this jaw-dropper from Urban Outfitters: Someone at Urban Outfitters needs a crash course in American history. The retailer has come under fire for selling a “vintage” Kent State University sweatshirt that looks like it is splattered with fake blood stains. The Ohio [Read More...]

Look who’s getting into “selfies” now!

CNS tweeted this shot this morning, announcing: This is being billed as “first ever #selfie with #PopeBenedict.” Taken by an Italian seminarian, Giuseppe Ricciardi. [Read more...]

“Prepackaged” communion??

So, this seems to be a thing now. The image below is ricocheting around Facebook with the simple headline: “My church gave prepackaged communion,” but no other explanation. Okay. This is clearly not Catholic; anything like this in a Catholic setting would be invalid and illicit. (And have no fear: if Catholics found these things [Read More...]

Brad and Angelina: non-believers married in a chapel

So, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie finally got married:  Jolie and Pitt wed in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends at Chateau Miraval. In advance of the nondenominational civil ceremony, Pitt and Jolie obtained a marriage license from a local California judge. The judge also conducted the ceremony in [Read More...]

Further proof that God loves us

Let the revels begin:  September is prime pumpkin season at Dunkin’ Donuts, as America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods today revealed its harvest of new and returning pumpkin favorites for fall. Leading the autumn array are new Pumpkin Crème Brulee Coffee and Lattes, which are available hot or iced, featuring the delicious flavors of [Read More...]

Great moments in fashion design: concentration camp chic?

From The New York Times:  The Zara T-shirt is called the “Sheriff,” but it looks more like the top of a Nazi concentration camp uniform. And that’s a problem for many people, judging from the outcry on social media. On Wednesday, after an uproar on Twitter, where many posts accused the clothes firm of anti-Semitism [Read More...]

Home run: one church’s smart idea for improving Mass attendance

A great location and a savvy social media campaign combine to create a textbook example of New Evangelization. It also provides further proof that (as someone once said) if you build it, they will come. Check this out, from The Washington Post:  Fans who stream into the Navy Yard district before Nats games are now [Read More...]