Worth a thousand words: eviction

A heartbreaking image of our times. Brandie Barbiere, center, reacts as Weld County sheriff’s deputy Mary Schwartz arrives to evict her and her family from their home in Miliken, Colo. Barbiere said she had stopped making the mortgage payments 11 months before, after she lost more than half her home child care business due to [Read More...]

Being Great, but not Good: the spirituality of Steve Jobs

His personal philosophy helped shape the company he founded — and not in ways that were entirely positive.   “I think Jobs was incontestably Great, but I doubt you could call him Good,” is how Rod Dreher described Steve Jobs, admiring his achievement but noting that a fair assessment of his life and legacy has to [Read More...]

Why priests are happy

That’s the title of a new book, and the subject of a symposium on the topic held recently in Washington featuring, among others, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta. Details: Despite all the negative publicity of recent years, research shows U.S. Catholic priests are demonstrably among the happiest, most job-fulfilled and satisfied men in the country, [Read More...]

Bishop Zurek on Fr. Pavone: "I am seeking clarification and answers…"

Bishop Zurek has posted a public statement on the Diocese of Amarillo website.  Most important part: As a diocesan bishop, I am obligated to show concern for the well being and ministry of all our priests.  I support with no exception the various ministries that the priests of our Diocese carry out for the Common [Read More...]

Ordination update: 10 new deacons in Detroit

Details: Ten men were ordained to serve the Archdiocese of Detroit as permanent deacons last Saturday, Oct. 1, by Archbishop Allen Vigneron. The Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit was filled to capacity with the families and friends of the new deacon ordinandi, as well as deacons, priests and prelates of the archdiocese. [Read More...]

Archbishop: no same sex marriages at West Point chapel

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” may be history, and same sex marriages may be legal in New York State, but the archbishop for the military says you won’t see any of them happening at Catholic chapel of the U.S. military academy in New York: The Holy Trinity chapel at the military school is a Catholic parish, [Read More...]

Church and social media: can we talk?

The Catholic Church is still new to the whole social media phenomenon — and Sr. Mary Ann Walsh from the USCCB looks at why the Church needs this particular dialogue: The social media phenomenon offers both challenge and opportunity for the church. Social media reaches people – millions are on Facebook and Twitter every day. The [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“The Macintosh is counter-reformist and has been influenced by the ratio studiorum of the Jesuits. It is cheerful, friendly, conciliatory; it tells the faithful how they must proceed step by step to reach — if not the kingdom of Heaven — the moment in which their document is printed. It is catechistic: The essence of [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words

A man uses his phone to take a picture of a memorial, placed in tribute to Steve Jobs, outside an Apple store in New York. [Read more...]

Steve Jobs' other job

He was also one of the wizards behind Pixar, and served as Executive Producer of the groundbreaking (and Oscar-winning) “Toy Story.”  Below, the classic song from that classic film.  Like Jobs himself, the movie celebrated imagination and ingenuity and a never-ending sense of wonder. [Read more...]

Steve Jobs' speech of a lifetime

Once every generation or so, someone like Steve Jobs comes along to upend our world and change the way we live in ways we could never have fathomed.  RIP. Here is the great commencement speech he gave several years ago at Stanford.  It’s worth hearing again.  And again.  Read more about him over at The [Read More...]

Crisis: not enough babies

It’s a serious problem, finally getting serious attention: Throughout the developed world, lowered birth rates and family breakdown will have a devastating effect on the global economy and the welfare state’s viability, says an international study released Oct 3. “On current trends, we face a world of rapidly aging and declining populations, of few children [Read More...]

"Today is a glorious day for the church": beautiful ordination video from Milwaukee

It features something truly extraordinary, and deeply moving: the ordination of a man who is deaf.  Just watch. H/T Imprisoned in My Bones [Read more...]

Tweet, tweet: social media transforming weddings

It was inevitable, I guess, and now it’s getting attention from the press.  Details: As her grandfather sat pleasantly perplexed at her wedding, Lauren Barnes reached into the recesses of her strapless white gown, whipped out her iPhone and accepted her groom’s Facebook relationship change to “married.” “Nothing’s official,” she said, “until it’s Facebook official!” [Read More...]

Deacons embrace innovative new ministry for grieving couples

From the Archdiocese of Atlanta, news about a much-needed new outreach to couples facing a very personal loss: Out of her own heartbreak, Nicole Hartman is reaching out to other couples that share the grief of losing a child still in the womb. “It is this awful cross,” she said. The 39-year-old is leading the [Read More...]

"Mr. President, you are ignoring the plight of Christians in the Middle East!"

The head of the Maronite Church, Patriarch Peter Bechara, has stirred up controversy in his home turf of Lebanon — so much, that President Obama has now canceled, without explanation, a scheduled meeting. Details: Though no official explanation has been given for the change of plans, Bishop Gregory Mansour of the Maronite Eparchy of St. [Read More...]

"Faithful Citizenship" reissued, with new introduction

This just in, from the USCCB: A new introduction to the U.S. bishops’ document on political responsibility reminds Catholics that some issues “involve the clear obligation to oppose intrinsic evils which can never be justified,” while others “require action to pursue justice and promote the common good.” The brief Introductory Note to the 2011 reissue [Read More...]

For the feast of St. Francis: a "forest of Junipers"

From Fr. James Martin’s new book, “Between Heaven and Mirth,” comes this delightful anecdote about one of Francis’s most enthusiastic followers: Perhaps the most enjoyable of all the tales in the Franciscan annals concern the lovable Brother Juniper, whose lavish generosity constantly exasperated his Franciscan brothers.  Juniper, one of the early companions of Francis, thought [Read More...]


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