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...]

"We invoke the divine blessing on these animals…"

“The animals of God’s creation inhabit the skies, the earth, and the sea.  They share in the fortunes of human existence and have a part in human life.  god, who confers his gifts on all living things, has often used the service of animals or made them symbolic reminders of the gifts of salvation.  Animals [Read More...]

In her footsteps: meet Dorothy Day's granddaughter

She is a Catholic activist in her own right, and recently visited Iowa State to speak. Details: Martha Hennessy is a soft-spoken woman, but her actions certainly are not. She spoke on Monday in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union, giving a speech titled “Inspiration for the 21st Century Radical” in which she discussed her [Read More...]

Shock: ACLU backs right of 12-year-old girl to wear rosary to school

An apt news item for the beginning of October, the month of the rosary, don’t you think? Details: The Nebraska ACLU is siding with a sixth-grade girl who said that her religious beliefs have been compromised because the Fremont Public School District won’t let her go to class wearing a necklace that resembles a rosary. [Read More...]

"Girthers"

That’s the inspired name that someone has given to all the bellyachers complaining about Chris Christie’s belly. Genius?  A little bit. That is all. [Read more...]

"Party Rock Anthem" as you've never heard it before — by a marching band

“Party rock is in the house tonight” — and last weekend, the Ohio University Marching 110 knocked it out of the house and clear across Athens. This is something to see, (even if you only know the tune from that awful, creepy Kia commercial.) “Every day I’m shufflin’, shufflin’…” Everybody shuffle! [Read more...]

Worth a thousand words: Hail, Mary!

For the month of the rosary, a striking image from a shrine in India. Source. And read more here from the current issue of ONE magazine. [Read more...]

Pro-life activist: graphic images will remain in Amarillo

Images of aborted fetuses put on public display have sparked controversy lately — but the man behind them has no plans to remove them. Details: Lori Saunders shielded her 8-year-old daughter’s eyes as the trio of trucks left the Westgate Mall area. “Our children shouldn’t be subject to these graphic images,” Saunders said. “Nobody should [Read More...]

How an AP reporter found religion while covering scandal

Here’s something you don’t read about every day, courtesy GetReligion: You might consider Associated Press reporter Tom Breen to be the anti-William Lobdell. Breen recently told me he eventually became a weekly Mass attendee after educating himself on the Catholic abuse scandals for his journalism job. His story is quite the opposite from Lobdell, whose [Read More...]


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