Quote of the day

From a man who knew a thing or two about living… “We’re going to die. Some people are scared of dying. Never be afraid to die. Because you’re born to die.” – Walter Bruening, the world’s oldest man, who died yesterday at the age of 114. Read more. [Read more...]

Someone should alert Doc Brown

And now, another reason to pray for the people of China: In a bizarre move, China’s television censors have issued new guidelines that all but ban TV dramas featuring time travel. In a statement (available here in Chinese) dated March 31, the State Administration for Radio, Film & Television said that TV dramas that involve characters [Read More...]

Want to meet a hero? Here

They should be naming elementary schools and highways for this man.  RIP, Bob Howard. He passed away in 2009, but someone put this on Facebook today.  IMO, we can never be reminded too often of men like this. [Read more...]

A reader is dyeing to know…

Here’s a classic Easter-time quandary. A friend writes: How terrible is it if I have little kids come over to the apartment on Good Friday and color Easter eggs? I answered: “Not terrible at all.  The color is black, right?” She wasn’t amused. Any thoughts?  What do you think? [Read more...]

Meet a modern hermit

She’s a widow, doing her thing outside Baltimore (go Terps!) and took a moment to chat with Margaret Cabaniss at  Inside Catholic. Snip: What does your average day look like? If you go back to the desert fathers, they say, “Go sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything.” That’s the kind [Read More...]

Uncovered: why we veil the cross this week

Some churches go all out to cover statues and crosses before Holy Week; others do hardly anything at all. The New Theological Movement has an interesting explanation: We will reproduce here the historical study offered by Fr. Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University (taken from Zenit): “It probably derives from [Read More...]

April in New York

I went for a walk during lunch and stumbled on the scene below, just two blocks from my office.  (Incredibly, I took the shot with my cell phone.) Across the East River, on Roosevelt Island, there were no signs of either King Kong or the Green Goblin (despite what you might see in the movies.) [Read More...]

Warning: food porn

This has to be an occasion for sin: a pulled pork and pierogi pretzel.  Yes, you read that right.  See below: Read more about it. H/T to Pittsburgh Pulled Pork Pierogi Pretzel Partisan Paul Snatchko [Read more...]

Bringing faith to the marketplace — really

Meet a friar who spent a month evangelizing in the middle of a shopping mall. From the Catholic Sentinel: Dominican Father Tony Wall thinks Catholics should spend more time living out their faith in the marketplace. That’s why he spent every day, except Sunday, for a month in Portland’s Lloyd Center Mall. Father Wall, a [Read More...]

Sunday morning penguins

And why not? First, there’s this quirky little trailer for “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” which has suddenly catapulted to the top of my “must-see” list this summer.  (Some of this was filmed around the neighborhood where I was working in Brooklyn, but I don’t recall seeing any penguins — or Jim Carrey — on the street.) [Read More...]