Must-see video: the pope’s passionate plea for peace

If you haven’t seen it, take a look at this video from the weekend, wherein Pope Francis issues his call to prayer and fasting next Saturday over the situation in Syria. The last minute or so shows a side of Francis we rarely see.  (Or, as another observer put it, “He means business.”) [Read more…]

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Worth a thousand words

Seminarian Jeremy Canna becomes Deacon Jeremy Canna, at the hands of Brooklyn’s Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio. August 31, 2013. More pictures and details here.  Photo by Ed Wilkinson [Read more…]

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Pope: “Let this be our prayer to the Lord: never kill your neighbor with words”

From today’s homily:  Where there is God there is no hatred, envy or jealousy, and there is no gossip that can kill. This was the message at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily this morning as he celebrated Mass in the Casa Santa Marta after the summer break. The Pope first reflected on today’s liturgical [Read More…]

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That famous shot of Will Smith and his family? It wasn’t what you think.

The evidence, from HuffPo:  During the act, Twitter exploded with commentary about the performance. One topic that gained major traction was a photo of Smith and his kids, Jaden and Willow, supposedly reacting to Cyrus. Their faces of shock and horror appeared to say it all. The image was picked up and shared by outlets like Buzzfeed, Us Weekly, Business Insider and Yahoo! [Read More…]

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More evidence that the Catholic Church is falling apart—UPDATED

I’m being ironic. The fact is: there are abundant signs of life and hope that some people may be missing (or, perhaps, choosing to ignore.) Case in point: the reconciliation business is booming in England and Wales, with more people returning to the faith through the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession.  (I wouldn’t be surprised to discover [Read More…]

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“I’m a vessel that God’s going to use”: A Chicago priest returns from serving in Afghanistan

Photo by Alex Garcia The story, from the Chicago Tribune:  Please don’t let him die. That’s not much of a prayer, I suppose, but it’s what I said to God five years ago as I sat in a pew at St. Agnes of Bohemia Catholic Church in Little Village and watched the Rev. Matt Foley [Read More…]

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Seamus Heaney’s Catholic funeral

From the Irish Times:  Poet Seamus Heaney was remembered at his funeral Mass in Dublin today as a man who treated all people equally with a “common and shared humanity”. Widely regarded as the greatest Irish poet since WB Yeats, the Nobel laureate died in hospital in Dublin on Friday following a short illness. He was 74. [Read More…]

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Nuns disappearing from the Catholic school system

It’s a phenomenon that’s been developing for a while. Now, the Norfolk Daily News in Nebraska takes note of what’s happening in their corner of the country: Twenty-five years ago, having a nun for a teacher or principal was as common to Catholic schools as daily prayer. Few were better at building morals and character, [Read More…]

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Pope Francis’s plea: “No more war!”

From Vatican Insider:  “No more war!” Francis cried out at today’s Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square. Faithful welcomed his cry for peace as a liberation as everyone’s thoughts turned to Syria. “Violence never brings peace: war brings war, violence leads to more violence,” the Pope said, inviting those involved in the Syrian conflict “not [Read More…]

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“I was becoming a bridge, connecting the people to God”

After yesterday’s ordination of transitional deacons, I decided to rework my homily for this Sunday, with particular attention to a member of the newly ordained who has a strong connection to our parish. Here’s the result.           + Yesterday, in the Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Brooklyn, Bishop DiMarzio ordained 10 [Read More…]

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Deacon and wife to be honored by ADL

Here’s a nice piece of deacon news out of Connecticut: The Anti-Defamation League will honor Deacon Arthur and Sandra Miller and two others at the 2013 Greater Hartford Torch of Liberty Award Reception and Centennial Gala, set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in West Hartford. Deacon Miller is director of the archdiocesan Office [Read More…]

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“If you’re spending all of your time looking for errors, you can begin to forget what the truth looks like”

This gave me a lot to think about, in light of some recent rock-throwing and shin-kicking around the Catholic blogosphere. This comes from Will Duquette and his blog A View from the Foothills:  As on-line Catholics, we can spend our time writing about what is true, good, and beautiful, or writing about what is false, [Read More…]

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Homily for September 1, 2013: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s scripture readings are about something we don’t hear mentioned very much. Humility. If you go to “Google” and type in the word “humility,” you’ll get about 13 million entries. But if you then go and type “fame,” you’ll get 208 million – about 15 times the amount for humility. That about sums it up. [Read More…]

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Scenes from an ordination: a beautiful day in Brooklyn

My diocese ordained 10 new deacons this morning, who will by the grace of God become priests next year.  I was privileged to attend the ordination and vest Deacon Jeremy Canna.  Below are some pictures from this wonderful event. The Church is alive and well in Brooklyn, praise God!  Congratulations and welcome, brothers!  Ad multos [Read More…]

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“Look with favor on this servant of yours, whom we now dedicate to the office of deacon…”

This morning, I’ll be attending the ordination of transitional deacons for the Diocese of Brooklyn, and will have the privilege of vesting one of the new deacons, Jeremy Canna, who served at our parish during his pastoral year. Below is the beautiful prayer of consecration that will be prayed over him: Almighty God, be present [Read More…]

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It’s official: Pope appoints Archbishop Parolin Secretary of State

From the Vatican news site:  Pope Francis named Archbishop Pietro Parolin to succeed Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone as the Holy See’s Secretary of State. Until now, Archbishop Parolin had been Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela. From 2002 until 2009, he served in the Secretariat of State as Undersecretary for Relations with States. Archbishop Pietro Parolin is fifty-eight [Read More…]

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A love song 75 years in the making

From the YouTube post:  A 96-year-old Illinois man wrote a song about his wife of 75 years and when he sent the heart-wrenching ode into a singer-songwriter contest, they decided to produce it for him. When Fred Stobaugh talks about his wife Lorraine now, it’s hard for him to hold back tears after the life [Read More…]

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Labor pains—UPDATED

Just in time for Labor Day, Michael Voris offers this gift to the workers of the world, especially those he calls “professional Catholics”: My blog neighbor Fr. Dwight Longenecker wasn’t impressed: The most worrying thing about Voris’ attack on Catholic Answers, EWTN and others is that it seems like some kind of sick revenge thing. [Read More…]

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