One man's journey from the military to the Franciscans

Here’s a surprising, and surprisingly touching, video from the March for Life, about a vocation that grew from an unlikely place. Further proof: you never know how God will work. [Read more...]

Behold: a gorilla who walks like a man

Talk about an upstanding citizen. Somebody cue “The Four Seasons” to sing “Walk Like A Man”… And get a load of this great ape’s great gait. You can read more about this guy here. [Read more...]

Deacons and the chalice: a mystery of faith

That’s how Taylor Marshall describes it, discussing that topic over on his blog. A snip: The Catholic Church has traditionally seen deacons as necessarily chaste and continent because they touch the sacred chalice. I would like to argue that the sacred chalice is itself “the mystery of faith” and this has become forgotten in modern [Read More...]

Quote of the day II: what we may hear with married priests

“Well!  I see another year has gone by and the pastor’s wife still isn’t pregnant.  A fine example they’re setting!  I won’t have them teaching my children CCD, since his own wife is clearly on the Pill.” – Simcha Fisher, with some other droll observations, too. [Read more...]

A wise man arrives from the East!

It’s another deacon blogger.  Welcome! He’s Protodeacon David Kennedy, whose online biography notes: I serve in the parish of St. Elias, Brampton, Ontario [Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto]. I was ordained deacon in 1978 and raised to the protodiaconate in 1982. I studied at the University of Toronto, BA [philosophy and religious studies] 1975; the [Read More...]

Quote of the day: "And with your spirit…"

“When we begin again to say ‘And with your Spirit’ instead of the banal ‘And also with you’, we should understand that we are not referring to the soul of the priest as distinct from his bodily existence. We are making reference to the awe-inspiring mystery of our common redemption and healing through the Holy [Read More...]

Red Bull mocks confession

I first heard this joke a few years ago … and I’m frankly surprised that someone thought it would make a good commercial. Well, truth be told, it doesn’t. What seemed naughty and irreverent as a joke comes off here as just tacky.  And what this has to do with Red Bull remains a mystery [Read More...]

Feeling penitent? There's an app for that

And, it’s the first to have the official blessing of the Catholic Church. From the National Catholic Register: Readers may recall a recent post about the offensive Penance App that came out in December that makes a mockery of the Church. Well, iPhone users now have a Church-approved App that could actually be beneficial to [Read More...]

Vatican to atheists: let's talk

Well, who’d a thunk? How long until they get their own ordinariate? From the Religion News Service: The Vatican announced a new initiative aimed at promoting dialogue between theists and atheists to be launched with a two-day event this March in Paris. The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture will sponsor a series of seminars on [Read More...]

Homily for January 30, 2011: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My friend Pat McNamara tells a story about being at St. Patrick’s Cathedral about 12 years ago.  It was the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, and they had this large portrait of her hanging to one side, over a side altar.  After mass, as Pat was getting ready to leave, he noticed an elderly [Read More...]

How meditation may change the brain

I have to think a lot of this may apply, as well, to the practice of contemplative prayer. From the New York Times: Over the December holidays, my husband went on a 10-day silent meditation retreat. Not my idea of fun, but he came back rejuvenated and energetic. He said the experience was so transformational [Read More...]

Ratzinger reportedly asked for "serious investigation" into priestly celibacy

I’m sure this is raising a few eyebrows around the world: As a young priest, Pope Benedict put his name to a document calling for the Church to seriously investigate the obligation to priestly celibacy. Joseph Ratzinger was one of the signatories of a 1970 document calling for an examination of priestly celibacy which was [Read More...]

The real-life exorcist behind "The Rite"

The Wall Street Journal tracked him down in Los Angeles for a brief interview. Details: The film is loosely based on the nonfiction book by journalist Matt Baglio, which details the experiences of Father Gary Thomas, an American priest from San Jose, Calif. who travels to Rome to become a Vatican-certified exorcist. “The Rite” opens [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“If only 15% of Catholics go to Mass on a given Sunday, look around and see how many of them are old. Even the 15% who are there won’t be there for very long. The solution is simple: we must return to the supernatural realities of the historic faith and evangelize like the Apostles of [Read More...]

Meet Archbishop Dolan's broadcaster brother

Another Dolan is making his mark on the Church — this one, from behind microphone. From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Vince Lombardi was the unofficial pope of Green Bay, and Mike McCarthy is a good Catholic boy. And while there is no tangible evidence that God is a Packers fan, it can’t hurt to fill [Read More...]

Report: Muslim population in U.S. to double in 20 years

That, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. Details: There are about 2.6 million Muslim adults and children in the United States (0.8 percent of the U.S. population) in 2010. That figure is expected to rise to 6.2 million (1.7 percent) in 2030, predicted the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public [Read More...]

Catholics say the darndest things — UPDATED

Matt Archbold’s got a little list. And it’s worth sharing and spreading around: 1) Whispered by a father in the pew behind me to his children who were being a little noisy: “When we get to the car I’m testing all of you on what the gospel was. And if you get it wrong you’re [Read More...]

Work on Fulton Sheen's beatification resumes

Will it play in Peoria?  Well, the diocese is taking another crack at the bishop’s cause, according to CNA: The Diocese of Peoria has resumed its promotion of Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s cause for beatification despite its dispute with the Archdiocese of New York over the final resting place of the great evangelist’s remains. In November [Read More...]