Touchdown! John 3:16 ad airs during Super Bowl

After first declaring that it was out of bounds because it contained “religious doctrine,” FOX relented and aired the ad last night. Details: Millions of Super Bowl viewers got a dose of Scripture Sunday night when a Christian group’s John 3:16 commercial was unexpectedly aired. Just before the fourth quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. [Read More...]

An evangelical goes to mass

What’s it like for a non-Catholic? One answer, from a man who visited a Benedictine abbey, comes from the Huffington Post: Contemplation is assumed. The basilica is capacious, but so is the liturgy; room to think, room to pray, room to simply be. Every cough, sneeze or rattle reverberates throughout this place. Sounds live longer [Read More...]

Is your gadget your boss?

If so, welcome to the club. The New York Times takes a look at how the smartphone is outsmarting us — and may be wrecking the balance of our lives, to boot: Given the widespread adoption of smartphones, text messaging, video calling and social media, today’s professionals mean it when they brag about staying connected [Read More...]

Prince Charles becomes first royal to visit Catholic church in Ireland

It didn’t get much attention, but this seems a noteworthy piece of news: History was made on Friday when Prince Charles became the first member of the Royal Family to enter a Catholic Church in Ireland. The Prince visited St Malachy’s Church in Belfast,  to see a 3.5 million pound restoration project which has just [Read More...]

What is Super Bowl Sunday really about?

This little clip says it all.  God bless Bill Geist.  And, of course, George. [Read more...]

Holy enrollers: boomers causing a boom at divinity schools

More of those over 50 are embarking on a second career — in religion. Details, from TIME magazine: Boomers are the fastest-growing demographic at U.S. divinity schools, according to the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), an organization of more than 250 theological graduate schools in the U.S. and Canada. The under-30 crowd may still be [Read More...]

You really ought to give Iowa a try

I did, this weekend, when I gave a talk to a group of deacons in Des Moines.  I had a terrific time, and received a very warm welcome. It was my first time to that little corner of the country — we even drove through Madison County (famous for its bridges, you know) — and [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: the press under attack in Egypt

An image from Cairo this week, below… SIPA Press agency photojournalist Alfred Yaghobzadeh is treated by anti-government protesters after being wounded during clashes in Cairo. (Photo by AP) Read more here. [Read more...]

Will the Anglicans save the Catholic Church?

Well, they’re certainly giving the Church a shot in the arm. From the Catholic Herald in Britain: Bishop Thomas McMahon of Brentwood is putting on hold plans to cut the number of Masses in his diocese because of an influx of Anglican priests entering the ordinariate. The bishop said he expected around seven new priests [Read More...]

Once you think you have me, you've lost me. What am I?

Humility. A friend posted this on her Facebook page, and it seems too good not to share. Here are some thoughts, then, on humility from the writings of Saint Josemaria Escriva: The Seventeen Evidences of a Lack of Humility 1. To think that what one says or does is better than what others say or [Read More...]

A lost generation? Maybe not

Some highlights of the big conference at Fordham earlier this week, on 20-somethings and the Church, courtesy CNS: Catholic young adults aren’t as attached to the church as their counterparts from the 1940s and 1950s, but they are hardly a lost generation and have not abandoned the faith, according to speakers at a two-day forum [Read More...]

A president's prayer

“When I wake in the morning, I wait on the Lord, and I ask Him to give me the strength to do right by our country and its people. And when I go to bed at night I wait on the Lord, and I ask Him to forgive me my sins, and look after my [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: Christians protecting Muslims during prayer

In Egypt, below. Details here. [Read more...]

Ripped from the headlines: a great voice mail message with a great voice

Don’t you wish you had a famous announcer for a friend? A fellow named Chase happens to know a guy who knows the announcer from “Law & Order.” So: get a load of the voice mail message that greets Chase’s callers. [Read more...]

Comments, we get comments…

The following comment arrived this afternoon, related to this post about the ongoing debate about married deacons and sex.  I thought I’d post it here because I think it deserves a wider airing, and might merit some comment from those who have been following this issue. I have no idea if the gentleman in question [Read More...]

May The Force be with you…

Caught this over at Elizabeth Scalia’s joint, and it’s the first commercial in a long time that made me laugh out loud.  Enjoy.  [Read more...]

"I got hooked on the grace of this ministry"

This story somehow follows nicely on this post, and tells of a deacon being taken where he never expected — or wanted — to go. From the Georgia Bulletin: When Lilburn resident Bob Hauert was asked to find a ministry in which to serve as part of his diaconate formation for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, [Read More...]

What is essential?

A number of years ago, my father-in-law gave me a copy of what he said had become one of his favorite books: “The Gift of Peace,” by Cardinal Joseph Bernadin. In it, the Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago, dying from rapidly advancing pancreatic cancer, writes with tender mercy about his approaching death.  He also writes about [Read More...]


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