Distance Learning for Catholics: Training Ourselves for the New Evangelization

During today’s radio segment on The SonRise Morning Show, host Matt Swaim and I took on the topic of “nanodegrees” as described in yesterday’s New York Times: This week, AT&T and Udacity, the online education company founded by the Stanford professor and former Google engineering whiz Sebastian Thrun, announced something meant to be very small: [Read More...]

On Lap Swimming and Spiritual Perfection

So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48 Perfect? Really, Lord? Me? Couldn’t I just be “kinda perfect” or “trying my best to be perfect”?! These were some of the thoughts ringing in my head this morning as I prayed my way through today’s gospel. As often as I’ve read Matthew [Read More...]

Stream Awesome Ignatius Press Films Online

This is tremendous news from Ignatius Press, the creator of some amazing, family-friendly feature films. Moderately priced, the films are viewable for seven days following the initial purchase via the website: SAN FRANCISCO, June 11, 2014 – Ignatius Press has good news for people who enjoy their high quality, family friendly, faith-filled Christian films: now 42 of [Read More...]

Cry Room: Love or Hate?

U.S. Catholic wants your input. [Read more...]

Can a Catholic Learn Anything from the “Kumare” Documentary?

Somehow it passed me by two years ago when it made its appearance in theaters, but since it was on sale for .99 on the Google Play store, I ended up watching Kumare on the plane yesterday. Here’s the trailer for those who are as clueless as I was about the documentary: The film’s website says [Read More...]

Does it “Take a Church” to Make a Match?

A recent press release caught my eye. Following on the success of the game show “The American Bible Challenge”, a new series entitled “It Takes a Church” promises to help “unattached fellow parishioners find their partner”. I have to admit, I’m intrigued by the idea of a faith community help one of their own singles [Read More...]

#MassFitness by Life Teen & Idol Chatter Completely Rocks

Gotta say, I just love this video so much — especially the “take the baby to the back” part! Please watch and share… [Read more...]

Hey Caleb, The “R-Word” is Not Idol-Worthy

Only on this blog would you find a crazy lady blogging about the Rwandan genocide and American Idol on the same day. But I can’t help myself. Because of this video, captured on the red carpet after last week’s Idol performances, and frontrunner Caleb Johnson’s use of the “R-word” to describe fans who gave him [Read More...]

Vatican to Digitize Documents

A hat tip to my friend Brad West for pointing me to this Mashable story from April 20th that anticipates the digitization of the Vatican library archives: Digitizing the Vatican’s 40 million pages of library archives will take 50 experts, five scanners and many, many years before the process comes to a close. The Vatican [Read More...]

#BloodMoon2014: Some of God’s Majesty Best When Simply Enjoyed

I tried with all my might to capture it. In the end, it eluded me. But in doing so, I believe it will more fully stay with me. What am I talking about? Last night’s “Blood Moon”. Los Angeles (CNN) – Sky gazers caught a glimpse of the “blood moon” crossing the Earth’s shadow Tuesday in [Read More...]


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