40 years later

The iconic photo on the right was first published 40 years ago, on 8 June 1972.  On the left is the little girl Kim Phuc today.  Read what happened to her. [Read more...]

Think you don’t need sunscreen? Think again

Just in time for summer: take a look at the shocking full-face picture here, and read the account in the New England Journal of Medicine of the 69-year-old truck driver shown above: Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays transmit through window glass, penetrating the epidermis and upper layers of dermis. Chronic UVA exposure can result in thickening [Read More...]

Where to get your free donuts on National Donut Day

Those intrepid journalists at TIME magazine have performed an invaluable national service by reporting on this vital issue: Today is National Doughnut Day. What, you didn’t know the first Friday in June was National Doughnut Day? Now you do. More importantly, now you can find out which doughnut chains around the country are doling out [Read More...]

Having trouble juggling family, job and ministry?

Then, read this. Sound and sensible advice here—for deacons and anyone who feels like he’s got too many balls in the air… [Read more...]

Hello, Dalai!

Well, how often will I ever get a chance to use a headline like that, anyway? The Dalai Lama attended Mass on Pentecost as a “pilgrim” in Vienna, where Cardinal Christoph Schonborn noted: “”A person who is deeply rooted in their own faith can show deep respect for the faith of others.” [Read more...]

Mourning “the people’s parson”

From the U.K, here’s an obit about a clergyman who clearly had an impact: The Reverend John Lambourne, who has died aged 76, was an old-fashioned country parson of a type now rarely to be found in the Church of England — a man who filled the pews, not with force of intellect, but with [Read More...]

April 3, 33

According to some geologists, hat may be the date when Jesus was crucified. And here’s how they know: The International Geology Review investigated an earthquake that was said to have occurred the same date as Jesus’ crucifixion; which was most likely Friday April 3, 33 A.D. In Gospel of of Matthew, Chapter 27 says: “And [Read More...]

This changes everything: a revolutionary ketchup bottle

Memorial Day cookouts may never be the same, if this sucker ever gets into the marketplace. [Read more...]

Where playing is like praying

The great Dan Barry of the New York Times captures something mysterious and nostalgic in this essay about playing basketball on a Sunday morning in a chilly Catholic school gym.  Turns out, it’s a lot like church: Bowed and gasping after each game, I feel the mysterious tug on my basketball jersey that tells me [Read More...]

Here’s something you’ve probably never seen before: a white zebra

Reallly. Her name is Zoe.  Read all about her here. And yes, her eyes really are blue. [Read more...]


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