Must-see video: one man receives the gift of life

The man happens to be my former CBS News colleague Phil Jones. His story is told in the video below, a report by another former CBS News correspondent, Bob Faw. It was broadcast this weekend on PBS’s Religious & Ethics Newsweekly. Among other things, it’s a story of faith—and life, thanks to adult stem cells. [Read More...]

For the 4th: Faith of Our Fathers

Last week in his blog, Cardinal Donal Wuerl marked the 75th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Washington, and paid tribute to part of Catholic American history that many may not know:  We build on a foundation that began on the first Pentecost, as the Holy Spirit helped guide the Apostles to heed Jesus’ call to [Read More...]

God bless America

Happy 4th, one and all. “I believe that this spiritual and intellectual freedom which we Americans enjoy is our greatest cultural blessing. Therefore, it seems to me, that the first duty of culture is to defend freedom and resist all tyranny.” – Walt Disney [Read more...]

If you love baseball—or even if you don’t—this is something to see

Major League Baseball is marking the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s famous farewell speech (coming up on the 4th of July) with the video below—the first basemen of all 30 MLB teams, reciting lines from one of the most famous speeches of the last century. [Read more...]

Wanted: Catholic hermit who likes people

Maybe a job for The Anchoress? From The Wall Street Journal:  Switzerland’s “Katholisches Kirchenblatt,” a Catholic weekly, recently carried an unusual job ad: “Are you an idealistic, religious person who enjoys meeting people?” The ad was placed by the small Alpine city of Solothurn. But Solothurn isn’t looking for a new social worker or priest. [Read More...]

Jesus Christ, World Cup star

First there was the Italian TV ad showing Rio’s famous statue of Christ wearing a soccer uniform. Now this. As CNS notes: A statue of the infant Jesus, dressed in a replica of the Mexican national soccer team’s uniform, is displayed at St. Gabriel the Archangel Church in Mexico City June 10.   (CNS photo/Daniel [Read More...]

“Behind every successful ministry, there is private pain”

Preach it, Rick:   Sharing how he has coped after his son’s suicide last year, megachurch pastor Rick Warren urged Southern Baptist pastors on Monday (June 9) to let their times of suffering be acts of ministry. “Behind every publicly successful ministry, there is private pain,” Warren said at the Southern Baptist Convention’s Pastors’ Conference. “Pain [Read More...]

The myth of Catholic “decline”—UPDATED

It can be tempting, when ingesting a daily diet of internet chatter, to think the Catholic Church these days is a disaster.  Things have never been worse. Vatican II destroyed the faith. Batten down the hatches. The barque of Peter is taking on water, and sinking fast. So goes the popular thinking among some on [Read More...]

Men in shorts, women in sleeves…what’s going on?

After reporting on this fashion phenomenon for summer—men wearing suits with shorts—I stumbled across this item, on bikinis with sleeves. See below: Details: Will 2014 be the summer of unexpected sleeves? First Kim Kardashian goes all demure on her wedding dress, now sleeves are popping up on the least likely of places: bikinis. Unusually, this [Read More...]

What we have come to: bulletproof blankets for kids to wear during school shootings

This is not a joke:  We’ve now had so many mass shootings that entrepreneurs see space in the market for a bulletproof blanket, made specifically to shield small children from gunfire. The Bodyguard Blanket, made by a company called ProTecht, is a bulletproof 5/16-inch pad, made from the same materials used by our military, except [Read More...]


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