Owed to joy: check out this thrilling symphony flash mob

Just when you thought this contrivance had been done to death, somebody finds a new and delightful way to bring a little joy into everyday life. This first popped up on YouTube last summer, but since we have a while into the Hallelujah! flash mobs start up again, let’s indulge ourselves, shall we? This comes [Read More...]

What does “Catholic” really mean?

This piece by Franciscan friar and blogger Daniel Horan, OFM (“Dating God”) offers some answers that may surprise people: In 1990 the now-late Jesuit scholar of English literature and philosophy, Walter Ong, S.J., wrote an essay for America magazine that responded to the perennial question for educators in Catholic institutions of higher education: How does [Read More...]

Homily for October 21, 2012: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

As most of you know, today the Holy Father formally declared a number of new saints, including two from New York, Mother Marianne Cope and Kateri Tekakwitha. I think it is a special and unexpected grace that Kateri was declared a saint during our parish centennial.  She is literally a part of this church. If [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan: “God bless the ‘uns’!”

From his stellar remarks last night at the Al Smith Dinner: Here we are: in an atmosphere of civility and humor, hosted by a Church which claims that “joy is the infallible sign of God’s presence;” men and women; young and old; of every ethnic and racial background; Democrats, Republicans, and Independents; Catholics, Christians, Jews, [Read More...]

Hollywood developing movie about Catholic Church sex abuse scandal

Details:  Variety reports that Win Win director Tom McCarthy is directing an untitled drama about the reporters at the Boston Globe who uncovered the original conspiracy to keep these deeds quiet. Not exactly lighthearted material to help close out the week, but since it’s the “story behind the story” that’s being put in the spotlight here, it should be more [Read More...]

“I believe in miracles, I just never thought I’d be one…”

What does it take to become a saint?  The video below from CNS offers some answers. It features interviews with the two people whose healings were recognized as the miracles needed for the canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha and Blessed Marianne Cope. Take a look. [Read more...]

“Pentecost is alive!”

Every now and then, when folks hear where I work, they go…”Huh?” We like to say that  Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) is one of the best-kept secrets of the Catholic Church. Well, to try and spread the word, this year we’ve produced our first-ever online multimedia Annual Report, packed with information, photos and [Read More...]

“Forever”

Elizabeth Scalia, astonishing as ever, finds a spark of the divine in the most surprising places—even on a postage stamp:  At the absolute baseline of the life of faith we are asked a question: do you trust me? We are creatures who, since Eden, have willfully embraced the illusion that we are in control of everything, when in [Read More...]

Video: Cardinal Dolan’s speech at the Al Smith Dinner

Happily, someone was able to isolate the Cardinal’s remarks and posted this clip this morning on YouTube. I imagine a text will be posted later on his blog. This was a fitting and inspiring end to the evening, and deserves wider circulation.  Take a look. [Read more...]

Romney and Obama at the Al Smith Dinner

Here they are, below, for those who missed it. It hasn’t popped up on YouTube yet, but if you go to this C-Span link and skip ahead to about the 26-minute mark, you’ll catch Cardinal Dolan’s great closing comments and benediction. [Read more...]

Ordination update: 9 new deacons in Detroit

From Michigan Catholic: Archbishop Allen Vigneron told the 2012 ordination class of permanent deacons that they were being consecrated particularly to the work of proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. “The ordinary minister of the Gospel (at Mass) is the deacon,” the archbishop said in his homily at the Oct. 6 ordination. And he bade the [Read More...]

There goes the printed word—or, at least, the printed page

As someone who makes his living in a world populated by paper, ink and staples, I found the Newsweek news both significant and unsurprising.  The death of the print edition was considered inevitable; it wasn’t a question of if, but when.   Now, people are dissecting the cadaver. Jeremy Lott notes:  With today’s news that Newsweek will [Read More...]

If you do nothing else online today…

Bookmark this page.  That’s the Year of Faith page for Patheos, and it can drive you nuts trying to find it in the dense and challenging mountain of Patheos columns, blogs, resources, videos, essays and ads.  But once you have found it, it’s a veritable treasure trove.  There’s gold in them thar hills! Elizabeth Scalia [Read More...]

Incredible: man’s transformation after face transplant

This seems like something you’d find in the Weekly World News at the supermarket checkout. But this is just remarkable—and inspiring. I might even call it miraculous. From Huffington Post:  Seven months after receiving the most comprehensive face transplant in history, 37-year-old Richard Lee Norris is now able to come out of the shadows. “For the past [Read More...]

Want to attend the Al Smith Dinner?

You can, from your living room. A sharp-eyed reader noted that the dinner is listed on the C-SPAN (1) schedule, for 9 pm ET tonight. Remember: it’s white tie. Dress accordingly. [Read more...]

“Any discussion of reviving the female diaconate must not include Holy Orders…”

Writer David Alexander takes a long and pretty exhaustive look at the question of women deacons, and offers these conclusions: Pending sufficient review of the historical and theological evidence at the official level, where its implications may be fully considered, it seems premature to anticipate any canonical framework whereby an office of deaconess would be [Read More...]

Boom: rise in vocations spurs Cisterican nuns to build new monastery in Wisconsin—UPDATED

Details: Following a vocations boom at Valley of Our Lady Monastery near Madison, Wis., an architecture firm is designing a new monastery complex for the community of Cistercian nuns, the only one in the English-speaking world. “It’s very exciting to see this happening, very providential, the fact that this comes out of so many young [Read More...]

It’s official: Tobin to Indy

From the Archdiocescan website: Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., the Archbishop Secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the sixth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The Holy See made the announcement today in Rome. Archbishop Tobin, 60, succeeds Archbishop Daniel M. [Read More...]


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