Acts of contrition: why some are more prone to apologize

It seems some of us are just hard-wired to be more contrite, according to one study: A new study suggests that specific personality traits offer clues about whether a person is likely to offer a mea culpa. Psychologist Andrew Howell and his colleagues at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton devised a questionnaire to measure a [Read More...]

And now, a nativity scene for the Jetsons

It will be on display at the cathedral in Los Angeles this week, according to The Tidings: The U.S. debut of “Haute Sphere,” a contemporary interpretation of the Nativity scene conceived by architect Sylvain Dubuisson and crafted by French porcelain manufacturer Bernardaud, will take place Dec. 7 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the [Read More...]

Fr. Ken

A deacon friend sent this my way. It belongs to a priest, who explains: A long time ago, this friend, Mary Ryan (RIP) made me a Ken doll with a full set of liturgical colored vestments – here he is in purple for Advent, and stands in my office as a reminder that Advent is [Read More...]

World’s worst nativity sets

Or, in this case, perhaps it’s “wurst nativity set.” Check out this site for more — including one made of SPAM. [Read more...]

E-mail of the day

Sent to me on FB, from a former boss at CBS News (now retired) who also happens to be Protestant: Hi, For what it’s worth…three guys in the locker room at the gym this morning were talking about the new translation. They seemed to like it. It was better than hearing their usual talk about [Read More...]

Great Scott: a visit to Fitzgerald’s grave

With some time to kill this weekend, my wife and I decided to pay a nostalgic visit to St. Mary’s in Rockville, Maryland, the chapel where we were married 25 years ago. Afterward, we dropped by the graveyard next door to pay our respects to its most famous residents, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. This is [Read More...]

Who is the most influential Christian? You might be surprised

The findings of a new poll show a split, with several prominent people in the running, including the pope and the president.  Take a look: A new Barna Group study illustrates that no single Christian leader captures the attention of the nation’s population. When asked to identify the single most influential Christian leader in the [Read More...]

Me and my Kindle Fire

A couple weeks ago, after much hemming and hawing, I took the plunge and pre-ordered the much-ballyhooed Kindle Fire. Last week, it arrived.  Lots of people have been asking me what I think of it.   Here goes. This is my first foray into the world of tablets (aside from the paper kind that I [Read More...]

Was the first Thanksgiving a religious celebration?

Scholars are starting to pick over that question with a large fork and carving knife. Details, from Religious News Service: Despite their reputation as buckle-belted killjoys, the Puritans and Pilgrims knew how to have a good time. They brewed beer, feasted on fowl and enjoyed sex — all in moderation, of course. That’s why some [Read More...]

“Life’s a happy song”

I just got back from a diaconal retreat in scenic East Flatbush, Brooklyn — the junkyards are lovely this time of year, by the way — and thought I’d share this little day-brightener, while I’m still enjoying a little post-retreat serenity. From “The Muppets” movie, due out this week, the opening number performed by the [Read More...]


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