Angry Bird-day cake

Last month, I reported on my fixation with “Angry Birds.” This month, I’ve discovered what I want for my birthday.  See below. [Read more...]

Ordinary men, sacred calling

I stumbled on this almost by accident, and was delighted to see it was produced by Brooklyn’s homegrown Grassroots Films (“The Human Experience”, “Fishers of Men”). It’s a terrific glimpse into the Dominicans — the Order of Preachers, don’cha know — and well worth a look.  Enjoy. [Read more...]

I'm guessing it won't be the Year of Grammar

“Come see what 2011 will be the year of.” – Wording on invitation to Apple event, reportedly launching the next generation iPad [Read more...]

What Catholics don't know

That’s the notion I’m chewing on this week over in my column, “All Things New.” A snip: A couple years ago, during Easter season, a man stopped me after church one Sunday. He was perturbed. “What’s all this Latin doing in the mass?” he asked. “What do you mean?” “All this Latin!” he said, exasperated. [Read More...]

Do you hate meetings? This prayer may help

Are too many of your work meetings like this? A friend sent me the prayer below.  I like it Prayer to St. Raphael, Angel of Happy Meetings O Raphael, lead us towards those we are waiting for, those who are waiting for us! Raphael, Angel of Happy Meetings, lead us by the hand towards those [Read More...]

From the folks who brought us the Walkman and the Toyota

A quirky, brilliant, minimalist music video, courtesy the Japanese pop group World Order. Read about the multi-talented guy behind it right here. And enjoy. [Read more...]

As we pray for the priests and people of Philadelphia…

…here’s a press release, from the Archdiocese of Dublin: On next Sunday 20th February at 3pm, a Liturgy of Lament and Repentance for the sexual abuse of children by priests and religious will be held in St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, within the framework of the Apostolic Visitation of the Archdiocese of Dublin. The liturgy will ask [Read More...]

Shock: Oprah picks nun's book for her book club!

Well, almost. Check out this clever book plug. [Read more...]

"So many graces have been poured out in my life…"

What a powerful witness.  Seminarian Philip Johnson — diagnosed with brain cancer — shares his story. H/T Deacon Brad Watkins, whose blog remains the definitive vocations resource on the internet. [Read more...]

Head case: behold, a helmet that shaves you bald in 20 seconds

I’m not sure this is something the world has been itching to have…but here it is anyway. Ladies and gentlemen: the Shaving Helmet. (Gotta have one?  There’s a website for that.) [Read more...]

A Valentine's Day nightcap: three little words, from a dog

Paging Dr. Doolittle… [Read more...]

Deacon, quadriplegic, inspiration: the remarkable ministry of Frank Bice

What an amazing story. Meet Deacon Frank Bice, from the Diocese of Rockville Centre, a former seminarian who suffered a debilitating football injury in college but has turned it into an opportunity to minister to people around the world, via the web. Newsday profiles him (subscription required), and notes: “I’m really incredibly lucky,” said Bice, [Read More...]

For my Valentine, "you are my only one"

When my wife and I were first married, all those years ago, if we were driving around and this song came on the radio, we’d crank up the volume and sing along at the top of our lungs. We’re still singing. Thank you, God, for that beautiful gift. Happy Valentine’s Day.  [Read more...]

For the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes: "Song of Bernadette"

People forget that Leonard Cohen wrote something else besides the now-ubiquitous “Hallelujah”. He composed this haunting ode to love and human frailty, “Song of Bernadette.”  Here’s the great Jennifer Warnes – whatever happened to her, by the way? — performing this, evidently on “The Smothers Brothers” show in the early 1970s. UPDATE: A friend on [Read More...]

Deacons in NCR

The National Catholic Reporter has just published a special section devoted to deacons, and Your Humble Blogger (and wife) make an appearance. Much more interesting, though, is “A Letter to a Newly Ordained Deacon” by Bill Ditewig — and some thoughts on women deacons by Phyllis Zagano.  All that’s just for starters. Check it all [Read More...]

The new missal: what will you be singing?

One of the most popular publishers of Catholic liturgical music is Oregon Catholic Press, or OCP.  You find their hymnals in a lot of parishes around the U.S., and their settings for the mass are probably among the most familiar anywhere.  (“Celtic Alleluia,” anyone?) Their website is now offering samples of some of the new [Read More...]

Chicago Catholic hospital will halt abortions-in-progress

And it’s one of the few hospitals in the country offering to intervene during an abortion. Details: A Chicago medical center has become one of the nation’s first Roman Catholic hospitals to adopt a practice of halting second-trimester abortions for women who change their minds after the multiday medical procedure has begun. Working with two [Read More...]

Gotta love those Aggies

Check this out: a little promotional video from Marcel at the always-engaging Aggie Catholics website. They seem to know what they’re doing down in Texas.  Whatever they’re doing, it just works. [Read more...]


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