Johnny Cash’s “Thanksgiving Prayer”

I can’t believe this first aired nearly 20 years ago.  Below, a clip of Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash, making a rare TV drama appearance on “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.”  It was the Thanksgiving episode, so of course it included a Thanksgiving song.  Enjoy. Lyrics: We’ve come to the time in the [Read More…]

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An atheist writes about Leah’s baptism

What does someone who’s never been to a church, and who doesn’t believe in God, make of it all? A friend of Shiny New Catholic Leah Libresco attended his first Mass, which also happened to be Leah’s baptism, and shares his impressions:  Today I had the great pleasure of getting to meet Leah Libresco of Unequally [Read More…]

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“God most provident, we join all creation in raising to you a hymn of thanksgiving…”

From the Book of Blessings, a beautiful way to begin your Thanksgiving meal: + All make the sign of the cross as the leader says: Blessed be the name of the Lord. All reply: Now and forever. One of those present reads the following Scripture text from I Cor 1:3-9 Brothers and sisters, listen to [Read More…]

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Brooklyn gets its third basilica

From the In My Backyard Desk, some heartening and happy news–and it’s really quite remarkable. Is there any other diocese in the United States with three minor basilicas? The announcement from the diocese: This morning, the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, was informed by Pope Benedict XVI of the decision to designate Regina [Read More…]

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How Lincoln gave thanks: his proclamation

With the 16th president cleaning up at the box office these days, here’s another reminder of why he was, and is, a blockbuster. Here’s the text of Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, from 1863: The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these [Read More…]

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Opus Dei sues over card game with that name, citing trademark violations

Details: Opus Dei, the elite and powerful organization within the Roman Catholic Church, is suing a Danish publisher for alleged trademark violations involving a card game titled “Opus Dei. Existence After Religion.” Public hearings in the suit began Wednesday, and Opus Dei spokeswoman Joanna Engstedt told The Associated Press that Dema Games, the publisher of [Read More…]

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Physicians recommend selling birth control without prescription

Details: In the future, women may be able to buy birth control pills alongside ibuprofen and cough drops if the recommendation of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is adopted. The group is recommending that oral contraceptives be sold over the counter without a prescription in an effort to reduce the number of unintended [Read More…]

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Traveling today? Pray!

It’s the busiest travel day of the year and, like a lot of people, the Deacons’ Wife and I will be on the road.  We’re flying to Maryland this afternoon.  Which means, of course, getting to the airport this morning. Below is a prayer for travelers from the Orthodox that I like a lot: Lord [Read More…]

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A Thanksgiving prayer in time of loss

From the Concord Pastor: Dear God, there’s an empty chair at our table, an ache in our hearts and tears upon our faces… We try to shield one another from our grief but we cannot hide it from you… We pray for… (name your loved one) whose presence we miss in these homecoming days… Open [Read More…]

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Here come the Catholics: the religious makeup of the new Congress

An interesting snapshot, from the Pew Forum: The newly elected, 113th Congress includes the first Buddhist to serve in the Senate, the first Hindu to serve in either chamber and the first member of Congress to describe her religion as “none,” continuing a gradual increase in religious diversity that mirrors trends in the country as [Read More…]

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No female bishops for Church of England

Details:  The Church of England’s governing body on Tuesday narrowly blocked a move to permit women to serve as bishops, leaving the church facing more years of contentious debate. Following a day-long debate on Tuesday, opponents mustered enough support to deny the necessary two-thirds majority among lay members of the General Synod. The defeat was [Read More…]

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Heisman favorite Collin Klein throws support behind persecuted Christians

Turns out the black wristband he’s wearing in the picture has meaning:  Kansas State star quarterback Collin Klein has hooked up with Open Doors USA to support thepersecuted church. Klein is pictured on the current cover of Sports Illustrated throwing a pass. He is tabbed in the magazine’s article as one of the leading contenders for the Heisman Trophy, [Read More…]

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Faith of our grandfathers

Elizabeth Scalia captures a beautiful moment in time:  6:36 AM: To the right of the altar, on a worn kneeler, another gray-haired man. He too has lit a candle—electric, this time—before an image of Saint Joseph, patron of husbands and fathers and workers; of immigrants and the whole church and a happy death. There is [Read More…]

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Sellout: Thanksgiving goes commercial

Elizabeth Scalia vented about it yesterday.  And here’s another reason to dread the coming holiday, from the Wall Street Journal: Say goodbye to Thanksgiving — and Black Friday while you’re at it. Retailers are wrecking holiday time for shoppers and shop workers alike. This year will see an unprecedented move by the big boys of [Read More…]

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100,000 Catholics march against gay marriage in France

Details: More than 100,000 protesters organized by Catholic groups staged separate demonstrations in French cities over the weekend to protest against government plans to legalize same-sex marriage next year. Most of them took to the streets on Saturday, backed by the French Catholic Church and joined by several senior clerics, and several thousand more paraded [Read More…]

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When in Rome: priests, bishops should wear cassocks

It’s back to the future.  Again. Details: Bishops, priests and religious should wear the formal long robes of a cassock during most occasions when visiting Rome, a high-ranking Vatican official has said. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, made the request for the formal dress in a letter released during last month’s Synod [Read More…]

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South Carolina diocese votes to leave Episcopal Church over same-sex marriage

Details, from the Christian Post: Despite the presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church writing a pastoral letter to the members of the South Carolina diocese to stay, a majority of parishes voted to leave the denomination over its ordination of gay clergy and acceptance of same-sex unions. The vote took place at a convention organized [Read More…]

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Out: Maryknoll announces dismissal of Roy Bourgeois

It’s been a long time coming, but it is finished, according to National Catholic Reporter: Roy Bourgeois, a longtime peace activist and priest who had come under scrutiny for his support of women’s ordination, has been dismissed from the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, which he served for 45 years, according to the congregation. The Vatican’s [Read More…]

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