Made for Greatness – Reaching Young Adults

It seems to me that the biggest and most difficult group to evangelize are young adults and teens.  They’re all over the place – spiritually and emotionally.  It’s a group that NEEDS to be reached if we are serious about our evangelization efforts.  The New Evangelization has to begin with this group if it is [Read More...]

The Cardinal and Colbert and the New Evangelization

Something very special happened at Fordham Univeristy’s (my alma mater!) Rose Hill Campus last night.  Stephen Colbert appeared with Cardinal Dolan in front of 3000 students and guests at an event the New York Times said “may have been the most successful Catholic youth evangelization event since Pope John Paul II last appeared at World [Read More...]

Video and Text of Cardinal Dolan at the DNC

This is going to get a lot of people talking…  Cardinal Dolan prayed at the conclusion of the DNC, making references to welcoming those waiting to be born and religious freedom. The video and text of His Eminence’s prayer is below.   With a “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,”  let us close [Read More...]

Vocations, Facebook, and the BBC

“Catholic Church attracts future priests using Facebook” That’s the headline from the BBC. It comes with a great video. The Diocese of Charleston in the US state of South Carolina has implemented a comprehensive social media strategy in the hope of attracting young people to the seminary, primarily targeting users of Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare. [Read More...]

Requiem æternam, Emineza

Crowds came out in huge numbers to bid farewell to their beloved pastor. A man not without controversy, even in death. In the end, a holy priest, a beloved pastor of souls. Watch below the final commendation of the Archbishop-emeritus of Milan, Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, SJ: In paradisum deducant te Angeli; in tuo adventu [Read More...]

The Scandals, Fr. Benedict, and Moving on… (UPDATED… AGAIN)

An interview with Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR was recently published on the NCRegister website.  It was quickly taken down, but not before it caused quite a stir.  The Huffington post and the NY Daily News both picked up on it.  Fr. Benedict is a remarkable priest – one that I’ve looked up to for many [Read More...]

Monica, Mothers, and the Maniturgium

The Church today celebrates the feast of St. Monica – mother of the great Saint Augustine.  Many of us know the story of Monica – a devout woman who desired nothing more than to see her son converted to Catholic-Christianity.  Through her prayers, tears, and example Augustine as we all know eventually converted and is [Read More...]

“I Had to Thank Him…”

From the NY Times “Recalling the Real Dog Day Afternoon’, 40 Years On.”  The story covers a harrowing experience of being taken hostage during a bank robbery 40 years ago in Brooklyn.  Ms. Goettisheim prayed for protection and felt she received it.  I wonder if in the last 40 years many of us lost this [Read More...]

The other side of the screen

Deacon Greg brought it up here – pointing to a recent article in the Tablet.  Joanne McPortland wrote of her experiences in the confessions here. All this got me thinking.  I’m new at this.  Confessions.   It’s a beautiful thing.  I go between loving hearing them and dreading it… but not really.  I could never dread [Read More...]

Al Smith, American Royalty, and Keeping Calm UPDATED

I’ve always loved politics – I even worked in politics during one of my summer breaks during college.  I love the back and forth, I love the debating, the exchange of ideas.  I love the way it can – when done well build us up as a country.  How rarely that happens anymore!  How often [Read More...]