What can you do to get wax off your vestments?

Most deacons know all too well that  the Easter candle is “fed by melting wax, drawn out by mother bees…” The “melting wax” part can be a problem. Over on Facebook, someone asked what you can do after Easter, when your alb is slathered in wax. Here’s a handy tip I learned when I was [Read More...]

Catholic couple takes “interfaith pilgrimage” on “Faithbook”

A great story about spiritual discovery, and how a couple is learning more about the world’s faiths, including their own: Frederic and Anne-Laure Pascal are devout Roman Catholics who built their lives around their religion. When she lost her job last year, the young couple decided on an unlikely expression of their religious commitment: a [Read More...]

Building a monastery the medieval way

It’s an ambitious undertaking that will be launched in Germany next year — and will take decades to complete. Details: What did a medieval stonemason do when heavy rainfall interrupted his work? Umbrellas are impractical at construction sites. Gore-Tex jackets weren’t yet invented, nor were plastic rain jackets. “He donned a jacket made of felted [Read More...]

“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...]


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