Quote of the day, on deacons

Actually, this quote comes from a blog posting last week, but I just discovered it today (thank you, Deacon Scott Dodge!). From Deacon Bob Yerhot’s blog Catholic Faith and Reflections: Diaconal ministry is not about always doing more. It is about doing what is right in front of you with the grace of the diaconate. [Read More...]

“This is my story”: Ben Breedlove’s astonishing testimony

The teenager died Christmas Day, just a week after making the brief videos below.  Read more about his life here and here. But watch these two brief YouTube clips (which have become a phenomenon on the Internet). They are his legacy — moving, heartbreaking, but ultimately luminous and full of hope. Eternal rest grant unto [Read More...]

Divorce, Italian style: couple splits after 77 years

Would counseling have helped? Better pre-Cana? Details: The Italian man, identified by lawyers in the case only as Antonio C, was rifling through an old chest of drawers when he made the discovery a few days before Christmas. Notwithstanding the time that had elapsed since the betrayal, he was so upset that he immediately confronted [Read More...]

Did you get a Kindle for Christmas? Try this cover for it

How cool is this? For information on how you can get your own, check out this website. They can accommodate iPads and various types of Kindle tablets, too. [Read more...]

“God’s igloo”: Germans build Catholic church made of ice

I shudder to think what baptisms would be like. Details: A church built entirely of ice and snow has opened in Bavaria — a century after villagers first built a snow church in an act of protest. The church at Mitterfirmiansreut, near the Czech border, is more than 65 feet in length and boasts a [Read More...]

UPDATE: Judge rules New Jersey nurses do not have to assist with abortions

This story broke in the fall — and a resolution was reached just before Christmas. Details: The nurses in the same-day surgery unit of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey can remain in their current jobs and will only be required to help patients with abortions in a life-threatening emergency when no [Read More...]

Santorum’s surge: an Iowa miracle?

He’s the latest GOP contender to have caught the fancy of caucus-goers — but his timing may be much better than the others. Details: Rick Santorum is the latest Republican candidate for president to gain momentum, as two other contenders, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, are either solidifying support or losing it rapidly. ust five [Read More...]

Have you ever eaten a church window?

I have.  Several this morning, in fact.  You can add these to the list of reasons why I need to wear an alb. These Occasions for Sin are a holiday staple at my in-laws: confections of colored marshmallows, wrapped in dark chocolate, and packed with enough calories to knock you out until the Rose Bowl [Read More...]

“Am I a man or a Muppet?”

And now: a haunting ballad that addresses one of life’s burning questions. “Am I man or a Muppet?”  The first official video from “The Muppets.”  Heavy stuff.  And Jim Parsons, to boot.  [Read more...]

Why we wear albs

I’ve decided that it has little historical or theological meaning.  No.  Gazing at my naked  reflection in the mirror this morning as I stepped out of the shower, I realized there are much more important reasons for wearing the alb. It covers a multitude of flubbery sins. Things like:  the extra cannoli I had at the [Read More...]

Here’s a first: a New Testament annotated from a Jewish point of view

It’s a view we don’t consider very often, but a new, ground-breaking book offers some intriguing food for thought: The New Testament is constantly being re-interpreted from a variety of perspectives. From feminists, to socialists, to traditionalists; there’s even a version as seen through the prism of Star Wars. Well now, you can add to [Read More...]

Sacrifice: teen forgoes cancer treatment to save her unborn child

Details: Jenni Lake gave birth to a baby boy the month before her 18th birthday, though she was not destined to become just another teenage mother. That much, she knew. While being admitted to the hospital, she pulled her nurse down to her at bed level and whispered into her ear. The nurse would later [Read More...]

What made Scott Pelley cry?

This: my vote for the best Christmas story this year.  God bless Steve Hartman.  And Scott Pelley, too.  (A grateful diaconal bow to Aggie Catholics, btw, for finding this!) [Read more...]

Obama, Clinton top most-admired list

The Pope made the list, too — but in single digits. Details: President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are the nation’s most-admired man and woman — again — in the annual USA TODAY/Gallup Poll. Each leads their category with 17% of votes in top 10 lists that favor the most familiar names in global politics, [Read More...]

Where did the story of Noah come from?

A National Geographic special next month offers some educated guesses: Scholars of ancient writings from Mesopotamia (now Iraq) point to texts written thousands of years before the bible that describe a flood and say that the bible story comes from those stories. Others like archaeologist Jeff Rose say these pre-biblical stories have merit because the [Read More...]

“What do I want for Christmas? I want Tim Tebow to walk with me…”

…walk, that is, in the March for Life next month in Washington. The invitation was extended by Allison Howard of Concerned Women for America.  Read about it here.  And watch the video invitation below.  Hey, you never know… [Read more...]

“Christmas reveals God’s closeness, His intimacy…”

While we are still steeped in the Christmas season — before the tree has been dragged to the curb and the forgotten toys carted down to the basement — here are some heartening words from Archbishop Robert Carlson, speaking about the meaning of Christmas and the ongoing “Catholics Come Home” initiative in the Archdiocese of St. [Read More...]

More divorces spell out religious practice in custody agreements

And it can create quite a few complications. From the Washington Post: A cultural shift in thinking about parenting and gender roles has led to a surge in divorced couples agreeing to more detailed shared custody arrangements that increasingly spell out how they will practice and talk about their religious faith. Agreements of the past [Read More...]


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