A Prayer to St. Joseph the Worker

O Glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations, to work with gratitude and joy, in a spirit of penance for the remission of my sins, considering it an honor to employ and develop [Read More…]

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Sheer genius: using an iPad in ways you never imagined

This is pretty amazing and very clever: from a presentation designed to sell people on Stockholm. I don’t know if I’m sold on Stockholm, but I’m definitely sold on the way they use iPads here. [Read more…]

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A fine romance

The clever cats at Improv Everywhere decided to stage an unexpected romantic date in Central Park — complete with champagne and a classical quartet — for two people who were, in a word, whelmed. Can you feel the love? [Read more…]

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“Who wants to live in a ghetto, anyway?”

That’s the question at the heart of this thoughtful and challenging piece by Star Foster, who toils over at the Pagan Portal here at Patheos (and who, I should add, is a great gal, to boot!)  I’m not in the habit of posting links to pieces by Pagans, but I thought this one worth thinking [Read More…]

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Wisconsin bishop warns parishioners of censure for spreading “rumors and gossip”

Details: Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino has moved to quell a backlash against a group of conservative priests in Platteville by warning parishioners they risk formal church censure unless they stop spreading “rumors and gossip.” The action by Morlino, which two Catholic scholars called highly unusual, appears to include the possibility of offenders being prohibited [Read More…]

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Remembering the forgotten: 118 people whose bodies were never claimed receive Catholic burial

You may remember this item I posted last month, about a Catholic diocese in Louisiana planning a funeral for dozens of people whose bodies were never claimed at the local coroner’s office. Saturday, that service took place, and the local paper was there: A few hundred people gathered at the Cathedral of St. John the [Read More…]

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For Vocation Sunday: behold, the world’s youngest priest

He’s three. A diaconal bow of gratitude to his dad for this YouTube gem. [Read more…]

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A liturgy that left me speechless — UPDATED

And I don’t mean that in a good way.  Thank you, Kathy Schiffer, for ruining my Sunday. The clip below is some sort of liturgy from some sort of religion in some sort of country that evidently speaks German.  Fr. Dwight, commenting on this, wonders if it’s even Catholic.  Having watched most of it — [Read More…]

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Sisters turn to the Internet for vocations

This being Vocation Sunday, it’s a good time to look at a vocation that is really struggling, religious sisters.  How can they attract new recruits? Here’s one answer: When Sister Elaine Lachance devoted herself to a religious life straight out of high school in 1959, her religious order had more than a dozen convents in [Read More…]

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What your commencement speaker won’t tell you

Some frank and timely words of wisdom from writer Christopher Wheelan in the Wall Street Journal: Dear Class of 2012, I became sick of commencement speeches at about your age. My first job out of college was writing speeches for the governor of Maine. Every spring, I would offer extraordinary tidbits of wisdom to 22-year-olds—which [Read More…]

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Building God’s kingdom: a homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

‘The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.’ Peter – “The Rock” – knows what he is talking about. The fact is, Christianity wasn’t just something in the air, passed on like a microbe. No, the belief in Christ Jesus was something that was built. Stone by stone. Person by person. And it [Read More…]

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George Zimmerman, Catholic

A Reuters profile of the accused killer underscores his faith.  (H/T Tom Peters) Take a look: The 28-year-old insurance-fraud investigator comes from a deeply Catholic background and was taught in his early years to do right by those less fortunate. He was raised in a racially integrated household and himself has black roots through an [Read More…]

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Homily for April 29, 2012: On Vocations

My parish is hosting its annual vocations fair this weekend, to coincide with the 49th annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations, so my homily focuses on that. +++ For audio of this homily as it was delivered, click the green arrow below. [audio:http://wp.patheos.com.s3.amazonaws.com/blogs/deaconsbench/files/2012/04/VN810048.mp3|titles=VN810048] “We are all God’s children…what we shall be has not yet [Read More…]

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Forgive us our debts: a Catholic priest writes…

The note below arrived in my e-mail tonight.   It sheds more light on what many priests — and the people they serve — are living with these days.  Dcn. G. +++ In response to this post on finances, I would like to share a few things. In my diocese – Midwest – we can [Read More…]

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Quote of the day

“Recently, while watching some Catholic sniping and squabbling amid these internet comboxes wherein I dwell and make my living, I noted a particularly dramatic note of victimhood being voiced in one channel and fervent, mustachio-twirling glee emanating from another, and I suddenly realized why opera is an art-form created and first-sustained in Catholic cultures. We [Read More…]

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Why does the pope rarely mention deacons? — UPDATED

A deacon reader writes: How does the pope preach to a morning audience on diakonia and never say the word “deacon” in his speech? Does this concern you that the pope has failed to mention the word “deacon” in any of his addresses in Mexico and Spain on his past trips?  He even started his homily’s [Read More…]

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Original Mac Apple now for auction on eBay. Price? $99,995.

And the bids could take it even higher than that: Among personal-computer enthusiasts, there are many rare and desirable models from years’ past. The Apple Lisa. Steve Jobs’s NeXT computer. The Canon Cat. But there’s a machine selling on eBay right now that’s arguably the rarest of them all: a prototype of the original Apple Macintosh computer. As you might [Read More…]

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What’s Darth Vader doing on the National Cathedral?

  Late today, I stumbled on this story, about a tour of the damaged cathedral — and noticed an unusual detail: The Washington National Cathedral will be offering tours of its unique stone carvings for the first time since the building was damaged by an earthquake last year. Tours exploring more than 100 gargoyles perched [Read More…]

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