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...]

Worst web domain names. Ever.

They really should have thought twice about some of these. From Huffington Post:  Before you plunk down a pretty penny to register a new domain name, please think twice about what you choose. These 21 websites didn’t. Or perhaps they thought the double entendres their names created when strung together as URLs were just too [Read More...]

Going for the gold: Catholics craft a cross for the Olympics

Details from Catholic News Agency: Catholics in England have created an Olympic Cross to help reach out to Olympians and attendees of the 2012 Olympic Games. “We wanted to create a keepsake that symbolizes everything the games truly represent, something we could then pass on to future Olympic host nations,” explained James Parker, Catholic Executive [Read More...]

Obama’s HHS is funding Catholic campaign for healthy marriages

An interesting tidbit, from CNS:  A new Catholic-run Kansas public awareness campaign to promote healthy marriages and relationships also can help build stronger families, said the executive director of Catholic Charities in the Wichita Diocese. “Relationships impact the daily fabric of our society. The services we offer provide tangible tools for individuals that enhance the [Read More...]

“We do not lose heart…”

“We do not lose heart, because our inner being is renewed each day even though our body is being destroyed at the same time. The present burden of our trial is light enough, and earns for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. We do not fix our gaze on what is seen [Read More...]

Man confesses killing to priest, who calls the cops

Details:  Jonathan Smith, on the run from Ohio, was so desperate to come clean that he grabbed the first priest he could find at a Midtown church and copped to bludgeoning his girlfriend 500 miles away, sources told The Post. “Someone is dead, and I feel really bad about it,” Smith, 48, told the startled [Read More...]

Aurora’s smallest survivor

Meet Hugo Medley, and read his story:  When Katie Medley gave birth to healthy baby boy at University of Colorado Hospital, her husband Caleb, wounded in Colorado’s theater shooting, lay in a medically induced coma one floor below her. Hugo Jackson Medley was born at 7:11 a.m. Tuesday, at 18.5 inches long and weighing 7 [Read More...]

Lift high the cross—and the pelican, too

My blogging colleague Joanne McPortland has this story up over at her place, and my palm instantly went to my forehead: STEUBENVILLE – City officials agreed Tuesday night to change the city logo after a Madison, Wis., organization threatened legal action. Law Director S. Gary Repella announced the decision following a 15-minute closed-door meeting with [Read More...]


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