Miley Cyrus and Her Daddy’s Achy Breaky Heart

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It was 1992 when country singer Billy Ray Cyrus first cradled his newborn daughter, Destiny Hope, in his arms.  She was perfect; and as he counted her tiny fingers and toes, he imagined great things for her future.She was given the name “Destiny Hope” because her parents believed she would do great things.  She acquired the nickname “Smiley” (later shortened to “Miley”) because as an infant, she smiled so much.It was important to Billy Ray that his new baby know about God; so he raised he … [Read more...]

Ostia Antica: St. Augustine’s Home Town

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On August 28, we celebrate the feast of St. Augustine of Hippo, the North African convert who became one of Catholicism's greatest educators after his conversion.I've posted several articles about St. Augustine (here and here and here).  I thought I’d round out the series with a few pics from some of his favorite hometown haunts.Back in 2003 or 2004, I had the privilege of leading a group of pilgrims to some of the fun spots in and around Rome.   One of my favorite spots, outside of t … [Read more...]

The Loreto Embroideries Inspire With Their Beauty and Their Message

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An exhibit of twelve rare Marian embroideries is currently on display at the Royal School of Needlework in Hampton Court Palace in southwest London.  Called the “Loreto Embroideries”, the delicately crafted pictures came from a convent in Surrey and date from the early 20th century.  They are part of a larger exhibit titled “For Worship and Glory” and will be available for public viewing until November 2013.  In addition to the Loreto Embroideries, the exhibit features ecclesiastical embroidery i … [Read more...]