Space-Age Nanotechnology Creates the Indestructible “Forever Bible”

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Camping.  Swimming.  Mission Trips.How many places can you think of where you wouldn't take a Bible, for fear of destroying its delicate pages?No problem, if you have the "water-proof, dirt-proof, tear-proof and virtually life-proof" Forever Bible!  The creators claim that this new Bible is 24 times stronger than regular paper and "doesn't use any trees."  (I suppose that means it's plastic?)The company, which has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of this new eve … [Read more...]

Handshakes, High Fives, Hugs and Kisses: The Sign of Peace, What It Means and Why It Sometimes Doesn’t Work

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At one church in our archdiocese, the Sign of Peace is offered enthusiastically. Clandestine handshakes give way to effluous hugs, cheeky kisses, whispered greetings. Worshippers reach out, grasping one another's hands during the Our Father. United in joy and praise, they raise their clasped hands high as they say, “For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever.” These faithful Catholics welcome the opportunity to celebrate their unity and enjoy the casual friendships that a … [Read more...]

St. John Vianney, Pray for Us

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Today is the Memorial of St. John Vianney, patron of priests.Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney, a French parish priest, was born in 1786 and died on August 4, 1859.  His parents were forced to drive great distances to attend Mass in the countryside, since it was illegal in France at the time.  His education had been interrupted by the French revolution, and he twice failed the exams required before he could be ordained.As a priest, he was named pastor of a small church in the remote French h … [Read more...]