What if the Bible were written for Twitter?

That’s the audaciously clever premise behind one of the plays commissioned in London to mark the anniversary of the King James Bible. The New York Times has more: God’s terse first line in the Book of Genesis — “Let there be light” — was ready-made for the Twitter generation. If only the rest was as [Read More...]

"All are welcome" — or are they?

Discussing notions of what is beautiful in liturgy, Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin used his newspaper column recently to take aim at one popular church hymn: Beautiful can never be mistaken as an indicator of what pleases some majority of people somewhere. The fact that our parish likes to sing a particular song at [Read More...]

Remembering Bob Pierpoint

In 1982, my first job out of college was as a Production Secretary for the CBS Evening News in Washington.  I got up every morning and took the subway from Silver Spring to DuPont Circle, then walked a few blocks to the small, squat two-story building on M Street that was the home of the [Read More...]

Student with Down Syndrome crowned Homecoming King

This seems a fitting followup to the image I posted yesterday. From the Washington Post: Kevin Schombert, a student with Down Syndrome, was crowned homecoming king this weekend at Urbana High School in Frederick County. Schombert is a manager for the school’s basketball team and a huge sports fan. “Kevin lives, breathes and bleeds Urbana [Read More...]

Is your neighbor bugging you?

Be glad you don’t live next door to this guy in Riverside, CA.  He does this every year (check out last year’s spectacular, set to “Thriller.”). Me, I consider Halloween a success if I remember to buy enough candy corn.  But something like this?   I’m awestruck. [Read more...]

"When in our music God is glorified…"

Today was was “Choir Sunday” at my parish, where every person at every liturgy got a chance to hear our glorious choir (which normally sings at only the 11:30 “high” Mass.)  The hymn below — a favorite of mine — was the fitting processional.  I found a very good rendition that I’ve embedded below. So [Read More...]

Catholic hero of Auschwitz dies

An amazing story of courage and young love.  Details: The young Catholic man spirited his Jewish girlfriend out of Auschwitz in 1944, saving her life. Yet it took 39 years for them to see each other again. Jerzy Bielecki, a German-speaking Polish inmate at the same Nazi death camp, lived to age 90 and died [Read More...]

Occupy Life

From a friend’s FB page: Related: Student with Down Syndrome Crowned Homecoming King [Read more...]

How Steve Jobs met his biological father and didn't know it

I touched on this earlier this month, when I mentioned in a homily the circumstances surrounding Steve Jobs’ birth to an unwed college student.  But there’s more to the story: Among the revelations in former CNN chairman Walter Isaacson‘s new biography of Steve Jobs, was that Jobs met his biological father Abdulfattah “John” Jandali many [Read More...]

"Habemus Papam"

As we mark Blessed John Paul’s first feast day, some of us may have forgotten what a shock it was when the news was announced that the new pope would be a cardinal from Poland.   No one even knew how to pronounce his name.  And the crowd in St. Peter’s Square was genuinely stunned.  Hear [Read More...]

Homily for October 22, 2011: Blessed John Paul II

[Note: my parish is celebrating a special "high" mass Saturday to mark the first Feast of Blessed John Paul II.] [Click here for the readings] By a happy coincidence, this gospel touches on a theme that was so vital to Pope John Paul.  In the parable, a tree is given one more chance to bring [Read More...]

A Monk's advice — Thelonius Monk, that is

The jazz great was born on 10 October 1917, and these notes of his to saxophonist Steve Lacy have been working their way around the Interpipes since then. My favorite:  “A note can be as small as a pin or as big as the world.  It depends on your imagination.” Dig it: And for a [Read More...]

"It's not surprising that he would die by the sword…"

With Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi now out of the picture, Christian leaders are looking back at his life and brutal legacy. From CNS: Catholic leaders said they could not rejoice at the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, but they recalled some of his more brutal moments and speculated on the future of Christians in the [Read More...]

It's the end of the world

Or someone thinks so.   Fr. James Martin bids goodbye to a few of his favorite things. Meantime, take it away, Skeeter. [Read more...]

Incredible video: a carpenter who uses only his feet

Jesus was a carpenter — but not like this. From the posting on YouTube: Carpenter Sintayehu Tishale, 42, hammers in a nail using his feet in his workshop in Welete Suk, on the edge of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A man who lost the use of his arms after being born with debilitating polio has defied [Read More...]

Behold: the world's longest Hot Wheels track

I SO want this.   (That sound you hear is my wife sighing and rolling her eyes…) [Read more...]

Quote of the day

“The so-called ‘Arab Spring’ sweeping the Middle East holds much promise, yet we must remain vigilant.  The Church abhors the use of violence to meet any goal.  Violence can never be justified.  We want to see a Middle East renewed in its respect of human rights and dignity, especially for her minorities.  We want to [Read More...]

KC update: Bishop Finn not planning to resign

Details: Calls for Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Finn to resign started even before last week, when he became the highest-ranking church leader in the sex abuse scandal criminally charged with sheltering an accused priest. The bishop of Kansas City, Mo., had acknowledged in May that he waited five months to tell police about the hundreds [Read More...]


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