Wow: “Toy Story” remade, shot by shot, with live actors

These guys clearly had too much time on their hands. The Facebook page for this notes: The Live Action Pixar Toy Story movie, shot-for-shot, with real people and real toys. “TS Project” started production in late June 2010 by Jonason Pauley, (then 17), and Jesse Perrotta (18). The Daily Mail actually talked to this dynamic duo, [Read More…]

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What we have come to: Belgian brothers choose euthanasia over going blind—UPDATED

This is both heartbreaking and appalling.  From The Age in Australia: Identical twins have been killed by Belgian doctors in a unique case under the country’s euthanasia laws. The 45-year-old brothers from the Antwerp region were born deaf and sought euthanasia after finding that they would also soon go blind. They told doctors that they [Read More…]

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Vive la différence: up to one million mob Paris to protest gay marriage—UPDATED

From Reuters:  Several hundred thousand people massed at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Sunday to protest against President Francois Hollande’s plan to legalize gay marriage and adoption by June. Three columns of protesters, waving pink and blue flags showing a father, mother and two children, converged on the landmark from different meeting points in [Read More…]

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The end of dating

They’ve pulled the plug on courtship, and the New York Times is there to write the obit: Raised in the age of so-called “hookup culture,” millennials — who are reaching an age where they are starting to think about settling down — are subverting the rules of courtship. Instead of dinner-and-a-movie, which seems as obsolete [Read More…]

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Happy Feast of the Ass

I kid you not. I’m actually early with this; today is technically the vigil of the Feast of the Ass.  But I wanted you to be able to get a jump on things. A seminarian friend writes: How can we ever come to receive the fullness of the treasury of the Church’s liturgical tradition ignoring [Read More…]

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Pope baptizes 20 babies in Sistine Chapel

Details:  The frescoed walls of the Sistine Chapel are ringing with the wails and coos of newborns as Pope Benedict XVI presides over his annual Mass to baptize 20 babies. Other babies slept through the Mass during which Benedict told the godparents their job is to teach the faith by example, even if it’s unfashionable, [Read More…]

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Flu outbreak: Boston suspends using the cup

New York’s governor has just declared that the flu this season has reached epidemic proportions:  This flu season is nothing to sneeze at. Gov. Cuomo declared a statewide public health emergency Saturday to combat what’s already been a severe flu season. The declaration will make it easier for vaccinations to get to more children. “We are [Read More…]

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The baptism of Jesus: “an act of radical identification with humanity”

On his Facebook page, Father James Martin, S.J., offers a snippet from his forthcoming book about Jesus: Why does Jesus feel the need to be baptized? Let’s see what the Gospels have to say. In Mark’s Gospel, he simply does it–sans explanation. Jesus “came from Nazareth in Galilee” and, upon his baptism, he saw the [Read More…]

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To all the chubby kids in the world: this one’s for you

Get a load of this spectacular last-second shot by the kid in black, #50. This is the stuff that hoop dreams are made of.  God love him. [Read more…]

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One Take More…and another and another: Shooting “Les Mis” and seeing songs as prayers

Director Tom Hooper discusses the work that went into his interpretation of the musical, and offers this interesting insight:  He said that he had consulted Australian director Baz Luhrmann who pointed out that moving between singing and talking can be difficult for an audience: “He said unless you can make some kind of contract with [Read More…]

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Homily for January 13, 2013: Baptism of the Lord

[Click here for readings.] At home, I have a little green book that someone gave me as an ordination gift: it’s the Rite of Baptism for Children, with all the prayers and readings for the sacrament. In the back, there’s a notation I scribbled on the inside cover: “Margaret Flanagan.  July 1, 2007.  First baby [Read More…]

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On women priests: “If you really loved the church, you’d be a little broken up about being excommunicated…”

You no doubt remember the video “Ordain a Lady” that set jaws dropping around the blogosphere. Now, a good response from blogger Kathleen Burke: (A grateful diaconal bow to Deacon Scott Dodge for this!) If you really loved the Church, and valued your membership in the Church as the Body of Christ, you’d be a little [Read More…]

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Must-see video: the remarkable ministry of Project Rachel

The good people at Rome Reports have put together the brief video below, which helps explain the work being done by this outreach to women (and men) who have gone through the experience of abortion. As Project Rachel’s website explains: Abortion is an extremely unnatural experience for a woman’s body and her maternal instinct. Negative [Read More…]

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Priests: same-sex marriage could lead to a return of “centuries of persecution”

This comes from a letter signed by more than 1/4 of all the Catholic priests in England and Wales.  Details:  More than 1,000 priests have signed a letter voicing alarm that same-sex marriage could threaten religious freedom in a way last seen during “centuries of persecution” of Roman Catholics in England. In one of the [Read More…]

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Massachusetts diocese sells Catholic church; town will turn it into a library

Details, from Mendon, Massachusetts:  The town has bought St. Michael the Archangel Church and plans to convert the former house of worship on North Avenue into a public library. The Diocese of Worcester sold St. Michael’s and its attached rectory for $360,000. The new library would replace the Taft Public Library, which is at 18 [Read More…]

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Sweet surprise: a flash mob at an unemployment office?

Yes. Just when you thought someone couldn’t find a new and surprising way to do a flash mob, along comes this. Enjoy. [Read more…]

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Amazing: how monks rebuilt a monastery from Spain in California

From the New York Times:  The rebirth of a medieval Cistercian monastery building here on a patch of rural Northern California land was, of course, improbable. William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper tycoon, brought the dismantled Santa Maria de Óvila monastery from Spain but failed to restore it. The City of San Francisco, after some fitful starts [Read More…]

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Yes, it’s still Christmas

The lights are still ablaze in Princeton, New Jersey, where I stepped into St. Paul’s Church Thursday night and encountered the glorious scene above. The church was just lovely. Thanks to Msgr. Joseph Rosie, Deacon Jim Knipper and the wonderful folks at St. Paul’s for their hospitality and warm welcome in support of “Hungry and You [Read More…]

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