Think your parish doesn’t need an app? Think again

The digital world is changing – and fast: For a while now, tech pundits have talked about mobile as the future of computing.  Many non-tech-pundits have responded with skepticism.  Sure, there are a lot of people with iPhones.  But the best web browsing experience is with a desktop computer, right?  And besides, why should we [Read More...]

“Love is the best school, but the tuition is high and the homework is painful…”

Science is showing that the head and the heart may share a closer connection than we may realize: As the most social apes, we inhabit a mirror-world in which every important relationship, whether with spouse, friend or child, shapes the brain, which in turn shapes our relationships. Daniel J. Siegel and Allan N. Schore, colleagues [Read More...]

“The Annunciation is wildly, defiantly countercultural…”

“The Annunciation is wildly, defiantly countercultural.  It is rebellious.    It is a challenge that is offered – and, to our amazement, accepted. Gabriel comes to a virgin and tells her something stunning.  She will bear  a child.  It is an event she never anticipated, one she never planned for.   She’s practically a child herself, in [Read More...]

“The Church cannot separate the praise of God from service to others…”

“Dear Brother Bishops, amid the challenges now facing us in our pastoral care and our preaching of the Gospel, it is essential to show great concern for your seminarians, encouraging them humbly “to know nothing … except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor 2:2). No less fundamental is the need to remain close to [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“It was good. I dozed off, though. Don’t take so many pauses.” – My wife, answering the weekly question after Mass, “What did you think of my homily?” [Read more...]

Great moments in education: NJ school bans hugging

Details: The latest policy at Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School has become a cause of concern for some parents, CBS New York reports. A ban on hugging in the school was issued by the school’s principal last week via loudspeaker following what was seen as an excessive amount of hugging and physical contact by sixth and eighth [Read More...]

A unique interpretation of The Annunciation in West Virginia

Lest we forget: March 25  is the Feast of the Annunciation. Above is an unusual depiction from the great artist John Collier.  He created it for a co-cathedral in West Virginia, and offers this explanation: “In my Annunciation the angel Gabriel stands on a rotting stump which has a living branch growing out of it [Read More...]

Tebow in Babylon

From Ross Douthat in this morning’s New York Times: Why is Tim Tebow such a fascinating and polarizing figure? Not just because he claims to be religious; that claim is commonplace among football stars and ordinary Americans alike. Rather, it’s because his conduct — kind, charitable, chaste, guileless — seems to actually vindicate his claim [Read More...]

Episcopal church ordains transgendered woman as deacon

Details: Carolyn Woodall, an attorney with the Tuolumne County Public Defender’s Office, was conferred the title in a ceremony at the Episcopal Church of St. Anne in Stockton, [California] joined by dozens of church leaders, family members and friends She will serve at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown, comprised mainly of local Episcopalians who [Read More...]

Santorum’s surprising appeal to evangelicals: “He represents a game-changer”

Not so long ago, evangelical Christians wouldn’t seriously consider voting for an observant Catholic. But not this year: After more than a century of widespread antipathy between Catholics and evangelical Christians, a Catholic with Italian immigrant roots from the industrial Northeast has emerged as the favored presidential candidate among evangelicals, even in states he lost [Read More...]

Homily for March 25, 2012: 5th Sunday of Lent

[Click here for the readings.] Click the green arrow below to hear this homily as it was delivered at the Saturday 5 p.m. vigil Mass. The gospel today places us at a turning point in the scriptures – as Jesus confronts the looming reality of his own death. If you have ever been close to someone [Read More...]

How the GOP got “Catholicized”

An interesting perspective, from a writer from across the pond: There was a time when the Republican Party was strictly for White Anglo Saxon Protestants. It was an alliance between Country Club Episcopalians and twice born followers of the Old Time Gospel, all firmly opposed to mass Catholic immigration from Europe. The nativism of the [Read More...]

Awesome. Just awesome.

Take a look at what a little ingenuity — and a lot of patience — can do.  H/T New Advent. [Read more...]

Catholic university will name building for pro-abortion politician

Details: Sacred Heart University (SHU), the second largest Catholic university in the Northeast, has announced that they intend to dedicate a new building on campus to a pro-abortion rights Catholic politician. The new building, named after former WWE CEO and Senatorial candidate Linda McMahon, was made possible by a $5 million gift from McMahon. McMahon [Read More...]

Coming soon: a new game show called “The American Bible Challenge”

And the host is none other than Jeff Foxworthy: For one hour, Foxworthy will grill contestants on their knowledge of the Bible, GSN — which once stood for Game Show Network — told advertisers Wednesday morning in Manhattan. GSN said the questions will be “designed to acknowledge and celebrate the Bible’s continuing importance in contemporary life [Read More...]

Memo to Tim Tebow: No, New York isn’t Sodom and Gomorrah

A writer for the New York Post asked a few observers — including Your Humble Blogger — whether Tim Tebow was a bad fit for a city like New York: Pundits couldn’t contain themselves over the news that quarterback Tim Tebow is joining the Jets — and I don’t mean sportswriters worried about Mark Sanchez’s [Read More...]

Priest ordained early to fulfill father’s dying wish

A beautiful vocation story, courtesy the National Catholic Register: In the past several months, new priest Father Richard Dyer has experienced  deeply the highs and lows of the Christian life. In late December, he was ordained a priest six months early for the Diocese  of Arlington, Va., by Bishop Paul Loverde to fulfill his dying [Read More...]

This is why researchers spent years perfecting the portable camcorder

So you could strap it to the back of a Corgi and see what he sees. [Read more...]


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