Who Are the Americans Who Will Participate in the October Synod?

News from the Vatican this morning, where Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, has just announced the names of 253 individuals who will participate in the upcoming Synod which will be held October 5-19, 2014.The word "Synod" (or "Synodus" in Latin) means "taking a path together."  Participants will come together from around the world for the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.  The theme of their discussions will be "Pastoral Challenges t … [Read more...]

Separated At Birth: “THE IDENTICAL” Explores Identity, Conflict, Mission

First, there's the great music:  THE IDENTICAL, which is showing this week in theaters across America, is replete with rock-and-roll music that is eerily reminiscent of the great Elvis Presley.  In fact, the legendary rock star Drexel Helmsley, one of the twin protagonists played by Blake Rayne, is a dead ringer for the '50s icon; and if you're not careful, you'll slip into believing that it's Elvis's life you're peering into on the big screen.  Rayne himself, an indie recording artist and form … [Read more...]

….And Jesus Wept

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 Mary therefore, when she came where Jesus was, and saw him, fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.  When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping who came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, and said, Where have ye laid him? They say unto him, Lord, come and see.  Jesus wept. John 11:32-35Jesus knew, as he approached the tomb where his friend Lazarus had been laid, that he was going to rai … [Read more...]