From wearing a veil, to wearing a crown: new Miss World once studied to be a nun

Details: A woman who spent five years training to be a nun has been crowned the winner of Miss World 2011. Miss Venezuela, Ivian Lunasol Sarcos Colmenares, beat contestants from 122 countries to the coveted title after impressing the judges in the categories of beach beauty, top model, talent, sports, and beauty with a purpose [Read More...]

Marriage is a marathon

And this couple decided to get married during one. They tied the knot while running the New York City Marathon last weekend. Really. Mary and Raymond Donaldson said “I do” while puffing their way through the 22nd mile. Somehow, I don’t think they went through Pre-Cana… [Read more...]

“Everyone is creative”

From a friend’s FB page, via The Naked Pastor, who writes: Do something. Draw something. Paint something. Cook something. Write something. Sing something. Say something. Dance something. Give something. Make something. Break something. Shout something. Demonstrate something. Carve something. Kiss someone. Hug someone. Challenge someone. Help someone. Visit someone. Hear someone. Bless someone. Write someone. [Read More...]

Santa, I want these

Just in time for Christmas: two toys connected to the Disney movie “Cars 2.” It’s a little pope car and popemobile.   Source. [Read more...]

A peek inside the "Harvard of Santa schools"

I wonder what they do for gym class.   Chimney climbing? Details: The Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan takes the coveted position very seriously and just wrapped up its 75th (75th!) year of the country’s finest Santa Claus training. The Los Angeles Times reports on the school’s storied history and why it’s considered the [Read More...]

Bone appetite: the ingredients of the McRib sandwich

You never know what the Google newsfeed will drop in your lap. Today, it was the ingredients of the mysterious McRib sandwich at McDonald’s — which, it appears, is weirder than you may think, and not just because it has a noticeable lack of bone, thus making the whole “rib” thing somewhat dubious to begin [Read More...]

How to excommunicate someone

This Protestant pastor seems to have a flair for it: “Jesus himself tells the church to discipline those who refuse to repent of their sins and listen to him through the church.  In obedience to his command, we are handing you over to Satan and his kingdom of darkness, in hopes that you will come [Read More...]

"Redemption is an open possibility to everyone"

That’s the beautiful truth that artist John Nava expresses while talking about his exquisite tapestries at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles (which I mentioned in my homily for All Saints Day.)  Below, a video where he talks more about his work, his politics, and shows off more details of those tapestries. [Read more...]

Happy JesusWeen?

Really?  REALLY? Yep.  Check out the website. [Read more...]

Boo: on the commercialization of Halloween

For years, people have decried the commercialization of Christmas.  Now, it’s Halloween’s turn. A priest from Bakersfield, CA takes note of this phenomenon: The Roman Catholic Church in a sense baptized numerous customs of the cultures which were converted, as long as they were not in open conflict with the gospel and doctrines of the [Read More...]


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