Imagine: he was found by nuns in a shoebox in Iraq, and he's singing today on TV

Incredible story of survival and hope.  Take a moment, go get a Kleenex, and then watch.  You can thank me later. [Read more...]

"Lift High the Cross…"

And now, a little musical interlude for this great feast, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.  Here’s one of my favorite hymns.  Everybody sing! [Read more...]

Foul ball: MLB schedules opening day for Good Friday — UPDATED

A reader alerted me to this and called it “the most stupid marketing decision by anyone!” Details: Opening Day for the Cincinnati Reds will move to Friday in 2012, with an April 6 game against the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park. Major League Baseball released the Reds’ 2012 schedule today. Click here to download a [Read More...]

In the mail this morning: "I'm writing on behalf of Father Frank…"

A colleague at work passed along an interesting and especially timely email he got this morning.  It’s dated yesterday and comes from Priests for Life.  Some of you may have gotten it as well. It begins: I’m writing on behalf of Father Frank [Pavone]. My name is Jerry Horn and I am the Senior Vice [Read More...]

Vatican to SSPX: sign here

According to reports from Rome, the Vatican has given the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X a formal “doctrinal preamble” listing several principles they must agree with in order to move toward full reconciliation with church. From CNS: U.S. Cardinal William J. Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, gave the [Read More...]

Priests for Life shocker: Fr. Frank Pavone ministry restricted — UPDATED

A couple of people e-mailed me this afternoon, wondering if I would post on this.  I was in meetings all day and just got out, so I’m late getting to it.  The Anchoress, however, has a strong wrap-up. The salient point seems to be this letter from the Bishop of Amarillo to his brother bishops: [Read More...]

What we have come to: Canadian mother strangles newborn, goes free

This news has to give all of us pause: An Alberta judge has let a woman who strangled her newborn son walk free by arguing that Canada’s absence of a law on abortion signals that Canadians “sympathize” with the mother. “We live in a country where there is no protection for children in the womb [Read More...]

The pro-life party? — UPDATED

I saw parts of last night’s debate and was surprised by this response, too: A bit of a startling moment happened near the end of Monday night’s CNN debate when a hypothetical question was posed to Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). What do you tell a guy who is sick, goes into a coma and doesn’t [Read More...]

Bishop calls on clergy to "wear the ecclesiastical garb"

This news comes from the Philippines: A Catholic bishop today called on all clergy to observe the Church’s dress code, especially when they appear in public “as an integral part of priestly decorum.” Bishop Leonardo Medroso of Tagbilaran, a canon lawyer, said ecclesiastical garb is not the external sign of the priesthood but an indicator [Read More...]

SNAP seeks charges against the pope, Vatican at The Hague

Details, from the AP: Clergy sex abuse victims upset that no high-ranking Roman Catholic leaders have been prosecuted for sheltering guilty priests brought their claims Tuesday to the International Criminal Court, seeking an investigation of the pope and top Vatican cardinals for possible crimes against humanity. The Center for Constitutional Rights, a New York-based nonprofit [Read More...]

How do you say "Thank you" to the world?

How about giving presents to strangers?  That’s what happens here, and it’s delightful.  Watch. [Read more...]

What did you hear?

Borrowing a page from Amy Welborn, I’m curious to hear what your experience was like at yesterday’s Mass.  The anniversary was emotional and packed with a lot of complicated feelings.  And the scriptures, as any preacher will tell you, were especially challenging. Someone in my office, who lives in a parish that lost several first [Read More...]

Report: treatment of Muslims today similar to Catholics and Mormons of 19th century

A new study finds that many Americans remain uncomfortable with Islam and believe its teachings are at odds with American values — which, ironically, echoes in some ways how Americans felt about Catholics a century or so ago. Details from CNS: Slim majorities of the people polled this summer by the Public Religion Research Institute [Read More...]

A thought for 9/12: "Let there be light"

[Yesterday, I was invited to preach at an interfaith memorial service at C.W. Post University on Long Island.  There were prayers from three faith traditions -- Jewish, Christian and Muslim. Below is a portion of my remarks for the occasion. -- Dcn. G.] Late on September the 12th, the subways and trains were running again, [Read More...]

"God of Our Fathers"

I can’t think of a better way to close this day.  This was sung as our recessional hymn at all the Masses this Sunday.  Here, doing it to perfection, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. God of our fathers, whose almighty hand Leads forth in beauty all the starry band Of shining worlds in splendor through the [Read More...]

Praying through the storm

From Diane over at Te Deum laudamus comes this beautiful report and photo gallery about a pro-life Mass and march by the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, taking place one day before the 9/11 anniversary — and serving, I think, as a timely reminder of the value of all life.  Above, dozens of marchers trek [Read More...]

Vocations born out of the ashes of 9/11

Over at Our Sunday Visitor, Mary DeTurris Poust offers portraits of three people who answered a call to vocation in the aftermath of 9/11, including newly ordained Deacon Paul Carris. Details: When Paul Carris went to work on the 71st floor of One World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, he never could have imagined [Read More...]

Sunrise over New York: 9/11/11

Photo: Librado Romero/The New York Times [Read more...]


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