Being “A Church that Must Go Out” in the Digital Age

In the busyness of the past few days, I almost missed an incredible piece by Bishop Ricken. Along with being one of my favorite bishops to follow on Twitter, Bishop Ricken is the spiritual shepherd of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. This portion of his remarks truly [Read More...]

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Bishop Wester: “Protect the Internet…”

Today at the USCCB blog, it’s awesome to see an editorial by Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City arguing against the FCC’s proposed “two tier” system for the Internet: The Federal Communication Commission’s recent interest in creating a “two-tiered” Internet will impair for many Americans this basic need – fast, reliable access to [Read More...]

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Following the @USCCB #PeacePilgrimage Online

As a Catholic geek, I love the fact that when our Bishops do something as important as take a “Peace Pilgrimage” in the Holy Land, they go out of their way to share it with the faithful using the latest tools of technology. An overview of the trip is provided by the USCCB: This week, [Read More...]

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Watching Our Actions and Words in the Digital Age

Threats

In the past few days, I have been peripherally involved with three situations involving potential bad behavior. All three situations occurred in digital arenas. None of the three overtly said, “I am going to ____”, but each of them were phrases that indicated physical or emotional harm. And these weren’t kids cyberbullying. They were grown [Read More...]

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Accept Iraq’s Bishop Saad Sirop Hanna’s Challenge to Pray Today

On his Facebook profile, Bishop Saad Sirop Hanna, Auxiliary Bishop of the Chaldean Catholic Patriarchate of Babylon, challenged his Facebook friends (and their friends) to spend 30 minutes in silent prayer on Tuesday to pray for peace in Iraq and for the refugees who are suffering in his part of the country. Post by Bishop [Read More...]

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Want to be a “Happiness Engineer”? Flocknote’s Hiring!

My friends at the awesome Flocknote recently announced that they are hiring for two positions: Web Developer and Happiness Engineer. Find all of the details and learn how to apply here. [Read more...]

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“Heart of Gold” by Fr. Pontifex & Yung PK Totally Rocks

Seriously… Released today by Spirit Juice Studios is the video for the great song “Heart of Gold” by Fr. Pontifex (a.k.a. Fr. Claude “Dusty” Burns) with Yung PK from the album The Symphony and The Static. Even if you think you don’t like rap, you simply MUST watch this video. In my mind, this is [Read More...]

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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...]

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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...]

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