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…]

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"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…]

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Happy JesusWeen?

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

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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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What if the Bible were written for Twitter?

That’s the audaciously clever premise behind one of the plays commissioned in London to mark the anniversary of the King James Bible. The New York Times has more: God’s terse first line in the Book of Genesis — “Let there be light” — was ready-made for the Twitter generation. If only the rest was as [Read More…]

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Student with Down Syndrome crowned Homecoming King

This seems a fitting followup to the image I posted yesterday. From the Washington Post: Kevin Schombert, a student with Down Syndrome, was crowned homecoming king this weekend at Urbana High School in Frederick County. Schombert is a manager for the school’s basketball team and a huge sports fan. “Kevin lives, breathes and bleeds Urbana [Read More…]

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How Steve Jobs met his biological father and didn't know it

I touched on this earlier this month, when I mentioned in a homily the circumstances surrounding Steve Jobs’ birth to an unwed college student.  But there’s more to the story: Among the revelations in former CNN chairman Walter Isaacson‘s new biography of Steve Jobs, was that Jobs met his biological father Abdulfattah “John” Jandali many [Read More…]

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A Monk's advice — Thelonius Monk, that is

The jazz great was born on 10 October 1917, and these notes of his to saxophonist Steve Lacy have been working their way around the Interpipes since then. My favorite:  “A note can be as small as a pin or as big as the world.  It depends on your imagination.” Dig it: And for a [Read More…]

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Couple married 72 years dies holding hands

From Iowa, a story of endless love. Details: Family said the story of Gordon, 94, and Norma Yeager, 90, is a real-life love story. On the day she graduated from high school, Norma Stock said yes to Gordon Yeager’s marriage proposal. The couple got married on May 26, 1939 in State Center. “They’re very old-fashioned. [Read More…]

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What happens when you sing "Ave Maria" to a baby?

Just what you’d expect. [Read more…]

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