Detroit parish holds first “blessing of the purses”

This is something new to me: Churches have long held special ceremonies to bless the sick, pets, bikes and more. Now a church in Detroit has celebrated its first “Blessing of the Purses.” The first annual event, held Sunday at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, was aimed at praying for financial stability in a city that [Read More...]

“60 Minutes” on Christians in the Holy Land

The exodus from the Holy Land of Palestinian Christians could eventually leave holy cities like Jerusalem and Bethlehem without a local Christian population. Why are they leaving? “60 Minutes” Sunday night found some compelling answers in a report by Bob Simon that offered a look at a subject that doesn’t get a lot of attention [Read More...]

Working on faith at work

Is there a way to express your faith on the job? An author has some ideas. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com [Read more...]

Caught on tape: a guardian angel in action

That’s the only way to explain this incredible close call. (Judging from the woman’s reaction, you sorta get the impression this happens a lot. No big whoop.) [Read more...]

Muslim mob torches Catholic church in Sudan

It happened Saturday night: A Muslim mob set ablaze a Catholic church frequented by Southern Sudanese in the capital Khartoum, witnesses and media reports said on Sunday. The church in Khartoum’s Al-Jiraif district was built on a disputed plot of land, but the Saturday night incident appeared to be part of the fallout from ongoing [Read More...]

Venerable Fulton Sheen?

I have a confession to make. Every Sunday, before I preach, I pray for help and guidance from three heavenly intercessors: the Virgin Mary, St. Stephen and…Archbishop Fulton Sheen. I know people are looking for miracles to have Fulton Sheen declared a saint; the fact that I am able to do what I do every [Read More...]

Diocese’s newest priest dies one week after ordination

My blogging neighbor Kathy Schiffer has this poignant story: Graham Turner wanted to be a priest. It was toward that end that he enrolled at the Beda College in Rome, planning to serve in the Diocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, in Scotland.  Graham had hoped to be ordained with his class last June; but [Read More...]

RIP, Chuck Colson

The famous born-again Christian died today: Chuck Colson, a former aide to Richard Nixon, evangelical leader, author and nonprofit founder, died Saturday at the age of 80. He passed away at a hospital in Northern Virginia, three weeks after surgery to ease intercerebral hemorrhage — a large pool of clotted blood in his brain. Colson [Read More...]

Catholics who are helping turn the tide of opinion on the death penalty

Something that doesn’t get much attention, but should.  From the Washington Post: Soon, probably next week, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy will sign into a law a bill that abolishes the death penalty in his state. When he does, Connecticut will be the fifth state to enact such legislation in as many years — and the [Read More...]

“Living a Spirit-filled life is essential for a deacon…”

My brother deacon Scott Dodge over his blog has just posted a wonderful reflection on diakonia, tied to the Rite of Ordination: In the ordination prayer for deacons their bishop, with hands extended over them prays: In the first days of your Church under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit the apostles of your Son [Read More...]

Homily for April 22, 2012: 3rd Sunday of Easter — UPDATED with audio

[Click here for readings.] For audio of this homily as it was delivered, click the green arrow below. Three years ago, on the 3rd of July 2009, 33-year-old Scott Fedor was vacationing with his wife at Coldwater Lake in Michigan.   It was a place they’d visited often, and loved.  But the weather had been dry [Read More...]

I’m sure this seemed like a good idea at the time

The Diocese of Brooklyn (yes, that’s my diocese) decided to advertise Catholic schools with a special Sunday supplement in the New York Daily News. To promote it, on Friday they had stickers placed on the front page of the paper. This is how it turned out. [Read more...]

Next time someone offers you a breath mint, take it

An inspired, downright EPIC ad from France for — of all things — Tic Tacs. Enjoy. [Read more...]

Did Bishop Jenky cross the line?

Some people are saying so, pointing to this homily. Details: A prominent advocate of church-state separation filed a formal complaint with the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday, accusing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peoria of violating federal law by intervening in a political campaign. The Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church [Read More...]

Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog

This looks sweet and funny: a Japanese film about the life of a guide dog for the blind. Bring lots of Kleenex. [Read more...]

Girl born without hands wins penmanship award

How awesome is this?  H/T Crescat Details, from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: By all accounts, Annie Clark, 7, a first-grader at Wilson Christian Academy in West Mifflin, is a hard-working and determined student who makes a point of learning from her mistakes and strives for perfection in her work. So on the surface, it should come [Read More...]

“The flat, brute, highly sexualized thing we call our culture”

A solid, sobering read by Peggy Noonan this Friday — and one that should make a lot of people sit and look around and worry: People in politics talk about the right track/wrong track numbers as an indicator of public mood. This week Gallup had a poll showing only 24% of Americans feel we’re on the [Read More...]

The Mormon who makes a joyful noise for Catholics

It took him two years, working in his living room, but he created a hand-crafted church organ that he plays every Sunday for a Catholic parish in Houston. Details: Ben Crandall gently lifted the hand-carved top off the cherry-wood organ and laid it to the side. He reached in and pulled two flutelike tubes from [Read More...]


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