World's biggest human cross?

Behold, what transpired yesterday in Manila: Details, from Reuters: Thousands of Filipinos lined up across a football field in Manila to mark the start of Lent by forming a human cross they hoped would go down as the world’s biggest. Officials at the University of Santo Tomas, a Catholic university that at 400 years old [Read More...]

Is this the best he could do? Really?

Can I ask for a do-over? [Read more...]

What everyone wants to know today

Anyone who has ever worked in a rectory on Ash Wednesday knows the drill. Ready?  Here goes. “8:00, 12:05, 4:00 and 7:30.” [Read more...]


Now here’s a picture that’s really worth a thousand words … or more. Caption: Charles B. Tripp the armless man and Eli Bowen the legless man. Both men traveled with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circuses in the 1890′s. Source H/T Deacon Eric [Read more...]

"To love another person is to see the face of God…"

That’s my nominee for Best Song Lyric Ever, from the final moments of “Les Miserables.” For those who missed it: below is the thrilling finale to the 25th anniversary concert, which aired Sunday night on PBS. In a word: wow. [Read more...]

"Before I die, I want to…"

…what?  How would you finish that sentence? An artist in New Orleans has created a special installation around an abandoned building, and asked people to fill in the blanks: Check out the rest of the installation.  Clearly, this is something designed to provoke comment, and thought, and more than a little introspection. [Read more...]

Attention, carnivores: one last Friday splurge

I had a hamburger for lunch.  Next Friday: Catholics are getting ready for Lent — and so are purveyors of fish: Aw Shucks & Big Shucks restaurants, for example, will serve grilled tilapia with rice and veggies for $8.95 on Fridays during Lent. That’s two $2 off the regular price, which, ahem, would fit nicely [Read More...]

Vatican population: 572

It’s the tiniest country in the world, and most of its citizens are overwhelmingly male. Details, from CNS: Millions of citizens of countries from all over the world enter Vatican territory every year to visit the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica or catch a glimpse of the pope on a Sunday in St. Peter’s [Read More...]

This is disgusting. I want some.

Just in time for Lent, here’s something new to give up: a new flavor of Ben & Jerry’s, named in honor of late night host Jimmy Fallon and dubbed “Late Night Snack”: Previously, Ben & Jerry’s flavors have saluted such show-biz figures as Stephen Colbert (Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream), Elton John (Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road), [Read More...]

Turning a church into a home: making God's house their house

From deep in the heart of Texas, a mission church becomes a family’s home… Details: Arlene and Bob Kampmann have discussed downsizing. Those 4,000 square feet are a lot for two people. But then they wonder, who would honor the history of their house the way they have? The Kampmanns, members of St. Philip Parish [Read More...]