Shock: priest deported over homily

It happened in Zambia.  Details, from the National Catholic Reporter:  Zambian authorities deported a Rwandese Catholic priest after he was detained for two days and questioned for preaching about poverty and justice for the poor during a Mass. Edgar Lungu, minister of home affairs, confirmed that Father Viateur Banyangandora, pastor of the parish in Lundazi, [Read More...]

From the archives: an attempt to break the world record in mattress dominoes

As a footnote: I’m amused that the YouTube ad for this is offering me a special on Domino’s Pizza. Anyway, for your Sunday edification, here’s a blast from the past.  Originally posted in August 2009. [Read more...]

From the archives: a homily for 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Originally posted in August 2009 “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one He sent.” This week, I read about a man who did believe – and who spent his life doing the work of God. His name was William McCarthy. But countless people knew him as just “Father Bill.” He died last [Read More...]

On deacons: “The most important homily they preach is the example of their daily life”

N.B. A shorter version of this post appeared in July.  I thought the entire message, though, was worth its own posting.  — DGK Words of Counsel for New Deacons by Bishop George Leo Thomas, Diocese of Helena On June 29, a Friday, 17 men were ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Helena.For [Read More...]

From the archives: “My brother, the priest”

Originally posted in August 2010 From Denver comes this lovely tribute to one newly ordained man in particular — and to the Catholic priesthood in general. The author concludes: David left a medical career and a beautiful girlfriend behind to pursue a life of a different kind of commitment. If you met my brother in a bar, [Read More...]

From the archives: a 50th wedding anniversary homily

My wife’s parents, Gerry and Brenda Meyer, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August of 2008. They renewed their vows at a special Mass. This is my homily for that occasion. Last week, Maureen Dowd, the columnist for the New York Times, wrote about all the celebrity divorces going on. People like Christie Brinkley and [Read More...]

Life with Father

Well, I’ve been at sea — in every sense — for the last several days and am finally at a place with an Internet connection that is somewhat better than crappy.  So allow me to the 15th or 20th or 2,000th person to welcome to the Patheos family the freshly minted padre, Fr. Michael Duffy!  [Read More...]

From the archives: “These Hands Bring Me Jesus”

Originally posted August 2010 Periodically, people ask me about the image above, which is the image I use for my Facebook posts.  The brief blog item below from 2010 explains. “These Hands Bring Me Jesus.”  That’s the name of an ambitious, surprisingly powerful project undertaken by photographer Steven Golder. He’s been taking photographs of hands — some [Read More...]

From the archives: a prayer about Mary and Martha

Originally posted July 2007.  July 29 is the feast of St. Martha. Trolling the web, I stumbled on this great little prayer, via Amy Cunningham over at Beliefnet: “Warm all the kitchen with Thy love, and light it with Thy peace. Forgive me all my worrying and make my grumbling cease. Thou who didst love [Read More...]

They don’t build ‘em like this anymore

St. Finbar’s Church, in Brooklyn.  I’m just sayin’. [Read more...]

From the archives: Bobby Jindal’s journey

Originally posted  July 2008. He’s been mentioned on the list of Mitt Romney’s possible running mates. And now Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is getting closer scrutiny from the media. The Wall Street Journal  looked at his remarkable faith journey:  In 1988, 16-year-old Piyush Jindal totaled his father’s new car a few weeks before graduating from [Read More...]

Homily for July 29, 2012: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Note: The Deacon's Wife and I are headed out on vacation Saturday morning, to someplace warm and sunny with lots of water.  I'm not bringing my laptop, and hope to spend as little time as possible in front of a keyboard and computer screen.  But I'm leaving behind a few postings for those who may [Read More...]

Five years on

The Diocese of Brooklyn’s deacon ordination class of 2007 finally got around to holding a five-year reunion Friday night. While a lot of guys couldn’t make it, those who did had a great time, enjoying a night of prayer, fellowship, great conversation….and cake! A grateful diaconal bow to Deacon Anthony Favale and his generous pastor, [Read More...]

Hospitality, perpetual adoration planned near Olympics

From the Catholic Herald:  Twenty-four hour exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be held in St Francis of Assisi’s church, Stratford, east London, throughout the Olympic Games, it has been announced. Not just in London but throughout the country the Church is gearing up for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Priests and religious will [Read More...]

“Water is life”: a 9-year-old girl’s remarkable legacy

This is too good not to share. In anticipation of her 9th birthday, Rachel Beckwith informed her mom that she didn’t want  presents; instead, she asked friends and family to donate $9 to charity: water, so that kids her age in Africa would have clean water to drink. She fell shy of her goal of $300, which is enough [Read More...]

As the Olympics begin, a look at the spiritual power of sports

From the increasingly-impressive videographers and editors at CNS: [Read more...]

In San Francisco, an ecclesial earthquake

Details from Whispers:  Depending on how one looks at things, this Friday morning brings either the most courageously bold — or stunningly brazen — American appointment in the seven-year reign of Pope Benedict XVI. For the better part of the last four months, the machinery of the archdiocese that — at least, under normal circumstances — many [Read More...]

Fly the faithful skies: Miami Airport to offer Mass

Details:  Prayer is on the move in South Florida. First, the Archdiocese of Miami began streaming catechism through an app. Now it’s about to hold weekly Mass at the airport. Religion-to-go is all about accommodating the faithful wherever they are. And where they often are is the airport. Starting 7 p.m. Aug. 18 and every [Read More...]


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