Worth a thousand words — not all of them spelled correctly

Source. [Read more...]

Dave Barry’s hilarious look back at 2011

Here once again is the annual must-read for the first days of January: Dave Barry’s summary of  The Year That Was. Among the things he notes for 2011: This was a year in which journalism was pretty much completely replaced by tweeting. It was a year in which a significant earthquake struck Washington, yet failed to destroy a [Read More...]

A pastor’s proposal for the new year

See what you think.  From Te Deum laudamus: I have never been a proponent of panic, of conspiracy, or of the imminent consummation of the world. The reasons for my reticence to advocate such positions are reasonableness and confidence in Divine Providence. It’s clear however that we, as a people, seem to be ever more [Read More...]

After 77 years, mother reunited with daughter she gave up for adoption

From the AP comes this remarkable story of enduring love: For most of her 100 years, Minka Disbrow tried to find out what became of the precious baby girl she gave up for adoption after being raped as a teen. She hoped, but never imagined, she’d see her Betty Jane again. The cruel act of violence bore in Disbrow an enduring [Read More...]

Jewish childhood friend of John Paul II dies

Details: Jerzy Kluger, a Polish-born Jew who was a lifetime friend and childhood playmate of the late Pope John Paul II and who lost much of his family to Nazi death camps, has died in a Rome clinic, his widow said Monday. He was 90. Irene Kluger told The Associated Press that her husband died [Read More...]

Santorum’s wife breaks down after voter asks about their dead child

It was sparked by an attack by liberal commenter Alan Colmes on Fox.  Details: During the question and answer portion of Rick Santorum’s second to last campaign event of the day, a voter brought up a painful memory from the former Pennsylvania senator’s past. At a Pizza Ranch restaurant in Newton, Iowa,  a member of [Read More...]

From city official to Sister of St. Joseph

This is certainly a different kind of vocation story: A former Portland City official took perpetual vows in November as a Sister of St. Joseph of Peace. Sister Susan Francois, who reclaimed her faith during the late 1990s at St. Philip Neri Parish in Portland, was also a leading Catholic peace activist in Oregon during [Read More...]

Whatever happened to…

…Father John Corapi? Patrick Madrid takes note: Father John Corapi’s Internet presence at sites such as the www.theblacksheepdog.us and http://theblacksheepdog.wordpress.com has vanished, ditto for his presence on YouTube and Facebook. No one I know has any clue what happened to him, but there are several possible scenarios that would explain this. The one I hope [Read More...]

Help wanted: Catholic military chaplains needed

Now, more than ever, their numbers are dwindling, and the need continues to be great. From Stars and Stripes: Spc. Joe Murphy’s job in Afghanistan was to hunt down the things his fellow soldiers hoped they’d never have to encounter. As part of a route-clearance team that combed the roads connecting Bagram Airfield to outposts [Read More...]

“Work more and better”: Woody Guthrie’s new year’s resolutions

From 70 years ago: 1942. Via Lists of Note. See a larger version here. [Read more...]

Gingrich: “I pray before every major decision”

In the final hours before the Iowa caucuses, Newt Gingrich seemed to be preaching to the choir yesterday — or, at least, speaking to the all-important evangelical voters: Newt Gingrich spoke about his Catholic religion and belief in God today on two different campaign stops, recognizing the Christian Evangelical support is a necessary factor for [Read More...]

Catholic New Year’s resolutions

[I wrote the following for my parish bulletin.  Dcn. G.] So here we are, beginning another year, rising to face new challenges, hoping to be better people next December 31 than we were last December 31.  Some people are hoping to lose weight.  Some will stop smoking.  Looking for suggestions?  Maybe these will help.  Meantime, [Read More...]

Here come the Anglicans: details on America’s first ordinariate

This broke while I was away from my desk, in the middle of the Sunday Marathon of Masses, but Rocco has all you need to know: In an unprecedented Sunday announcement — a significant sign of Rome’s degree of seriousness about the effort — the Vatican’s press bulletin gave official word of the erection of [Read More...]

“We may be seeing the future of Christianity’s encounter with the book”

There’s a long but intriguing essay here by Professor Alan Jacobs that explores how the rapidly changing technology — from cell phones to iPads and Kindles — may have a profound impact on Christianity in the developing world.  He draws some interesting parallels between the small screen (cell phones) and the big screen you find [Read More...]

2012: the year of the Anglicans?

Before the confetti is swept up and the champagne glasses put away, the new year will be bringing something else new: the ordinariate, enabling Anglican parishes in the U.S. to become Catholic.   Details: The Vatican is set to launch a structure Monday that will allow Anglican parishes in the United States — and their married [Read More...]

Cubans end year by honoring their patroness, Mary

In advance of tomorrow’s solemnity, and the start of a brand new year, Cuba paused to hail Mary: Thousands of Cuban Catholics flocked to Havana Bay for an open-air mass marking the end of a 16-month island tour of the statue of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre, Cuba’s patron saint. The service was led [Read More...]

Simply amazing: world’s largest model railroad

It’s in Hamburg, Germany.  But I’m sure everyone has something like this under their tree every Christmas, right? [Read more...]

A New Year’s Day message: what some preachers are planning to say

Stuck for a homily idea?  Check out this interesting overview, from a variety of faiths in Indiana, here: Pastors will have similar new Yyear themes in their Sunday sermons. A fresh start, personal reflection and improving one’s relationship with God are just a few sermon topics. The Rev. James Foster, pastor, will preach about “a [Read More...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X