The Oldest Monastery in Europe?

Does new research push the date of a monastery in Bulgaria, founded by St. Athanasius himself, back to 344 AD? Definitely maybe: Bulgarian archaeologists have uncovered what they believe is the oldest Christian monastery in Europea near the village of Zlatna Livada in southern Bulgaria. According to latest archaeological research, the St. Athanasius monastery, still functioning [Read More...]

Illuminated Manuscripts in the Classroom

Initial Letter of Genesis, The Wenceslas Bible c. 1389

Despite the fact that this NY Times story about teaching kids the techniques of medieval illuminated manuscripts never uses the words monk, monastery, Bible, Catholic, church, or even religion (do Times writers get some kind of bonus in their paycheck for that?), it’s still an interesting subject. Her class at the Gordon Parks School for Inquisitive [Read More...]

Reinventing the Wheelchair

Just go ahead and watch it. From Tek RMD. More at Reuters. [Read more...]

Dying Languages Saved By The Technology That’s Killing Them

One of the victims of globalization and technology is language. No, I don’t just mean good language, as with the case of people using “ROTFLMFAO” or “R U comin??!” I mean actual languages, actually disappearing, perhaps in the thousands by the end of the century. Now these groups are finding a way to survive by turning [Read More...]

Monday Morning Chicken

Amber

Here at the end of our first full week of being suburban chicken farmers, we still walk about in a daze saying, “Whatzat? We have chickens. How did we get chickens?” They are strangely easy to care for and quite charming. We’re still researching coop designs, but we have about 5 weeks left until they [Read More...]

Special Needs Catechesis

Last summer I wrote this story about David, Mercedes, and Brendan Rizzo and their work to create a unique set of tools for teaching special needs children about the sacraments. Their work was piloted at my parish (St. Isaac Jogues in Marlton, New Jersey), so I got to see it develop from a homemade project [Read More...]

The Only Rowan Williams Post You’ll Need To Read…

… is from Christopher Johnson of Midwest Conservative Journal. Rowan Williams’ greatest and most unappreciated virtue is this: good liberal that he is, he nevertheless understands that the conservative position on homosexuality is a theologically serious one and that labeling it as “bigotry” and leaving it there is intellectual dishonesty of the highest order. A [Read More...]

Saturday Song: How Great Thou Art

Unlike my “Wayfaring Stranger” post, which includes multiple versions of the classic spiritual, this time There Can Only Be One. Where “How Great Thou Art” is concerned, there is Elvis Presley, and then there is everyone else. That’s not to say others don’t do it perfectly well. Elvis just owns this song. His vocal artistry [Read More...]


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