“How much I criticize you, my Church, yet how much I love you…”

This is getting wide circulation, thanks to Fr. James Martin, who posted it on his Facebook page. Cardinal Timothy Dolan quoted this in his homily for the Archdiocese of New York’s Chrism Mass earlier in the week. It’s known as the “Letter to the Church,” by Italian spiritual master Carlo Carretto (1910-1988). The Concord Pastor [Read More...]

Baby’s first April Fools Day

Years from now, he’ll have lots of material to discuss with his therapist. [Read more...]

Where have we heard this before?

I friend at work passed along to me this morning the most recent issue of imagineONE, the twice-yearly magazine published by the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph (CSJ). It’s a polished, artfully produced periodical, published in Cleveland and featuring stories about leadership, spiritual direction, women’s dignity and updates about the order and its [Read More...]

Catholic school to name center after Bill and Camille Cosby

Details: A historic Baltimore Catholic school will name its community center in honor of Bill and Camille Cosby, the biggest donors in the school’s 184-year history and fierce champions of education, the school announced Friday. St. Frances Academy, which serves 162 primarily low-income high school students, will host the comedian, his wife and their relatives [Read More...]

“Love is the best school, but the tuition is high and the homework is painful…”

Science is showing that the head and the heart may share a closer connection than we may realize: As the most social apes, we inhabit a mirror-world in which every important relationship, whether with spouse, friend or child, shapes the brain, which in turn shapes our relationships. Daniel J. Siegel and Allan N. Schore, colleagues [Read More...]

Tebow in Babylon

From Ross Douthat in this morning’s New York Times: Why is Tim Tebow such a fascinating and polarizing figure? Not just because he claims to be religious; that claim is commonplace among football stars and ordinary Americans alike. Rather, it’s because his conduct — kind, charitable, chaste, guileless — seems to actually vindicate his claim [Read More...]

Memo to Tim Tebow: No, New York isn’t Sodom and Gomorrah

A writer for the New York Post asked a few observers — including Your Humble Blogger — whether Tim Tebow was a bad fit for a city like New York: Pundits couldn’t contain themselves over the news that quarterback Tim Tebow is joining the Jets — and I don’t mean sportswriters worried about Mark Sanchez’s [Read More...]

This is why researchers spent years perfecting the portable camcorder

So you could strap it to the back of a Corgi and see what he sees. [Read more...]

People, look East: “The shape of the church worldwide now depends more on India than on Ireland”

From Fr. Raymond de Souza: On Monday night, I was honoured to host the senior Catholic prelate from India, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, in Mississauga, Ont. On Tuesday morning, a new archbishop — Christian Lépine — was announced for Montreal. In the 21st century, what will be more important for global Christianity — Mumbai and Mississauga, [Read More...]

Lighting a candle, instead of cursing the darkness

Over at his little corner of the blogosphere, Tony Rossi has announced the winners of this year’s Christopher Awards: A young adventurer risks his life to reunite trafficked children with their families; African-American maids in the South reclaim their dignity through sharing their stories; a priest travels around the world to explore the history of [Read More...]


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