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...]

Is this the biggest discovery since the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Some scholars are suggesting as much — and claim these ancient writings, if authentic, could cast new light on ancient Christianity. The Daily Mail has more: For scholars of faith and history, it is a treasure trove too precious for price. This ancient collection of 70 tiny books, their lead pages bound with wire, could [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“It’s about permanence, not being able to hit delete. You have to have some conviction in your thoughts. And that’s my whole philosophy of typewriters.” – Louis Smith, 28, of Brooklyn. Read the whole story. [Read more...]

If Google had existed in 1960 …

…would it have looked like this? Source. [Read more...]


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