The Day the Bull Went to the Pet Blessing

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From the “Cool Catholic Files”, my favorite tweet of the day from my friend Matthew Kurtz, Director of Communications for the Bismarck Diocese: And for those who want the full experience, a selfie of said bull: Kudos to Msgr. Tom Richter and the school staff for a memorable moment on a blustery Friday Feast of [Read More...]

Pope Francis Bans Anchovies?!

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Despite the temptation to “right click>save as”, I’m only going to give you a tiny little taste of the latest genius cartoon from Jason Bach: You are now required to immediately go read the rest of the cartoon strip here. If you’ve been paying attention to the “Pope Francis gives another interview” mania, you’ll be very [Read More...]

Hilarious! What Catholic School Teachers Really Do on Inservice Days

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New out from Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, Iowa is this hilarious video that shows “What Teachers Really Do on Inservice Days”: If you’d like to treat yourself to the longer version, click here. I found myself laughing uproariously and watching twice. My favorite scene: Father walking in on the Twister game [Read More...]

iPosture: Is Too Much Screen Time Prematurely Aging Our Kids?

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My radio segment this morning for the Sonrise Morning Show with Brian Patrick (airing at 8:50 am ET) has to do with a recent article in the Daily Mail Online entitled, “Do You Suffer from iPosture?” An overview of the article spells out the most important points of a recent UK survey: Tablets and smartphones are [Read More...]

RescueTime: How Well Do You Use the Gift of Time?

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A few months ago, an online friend introduced me to the RescueTime website. At first I was skeptical about the site’s claims that it could help me stop inefficiencies in my days and better use my time spent online. But since I’m usually game to try new tech tools, I figured I would give this [Read More...]

Get the iBreviary Prayer Box Widget for Your Blog or Site

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If you read my blog here at Patheos, you’ll note that I recently added a new prayer tool to our sidebar: the iBrieviary Prayer Box. If you’re a smartphone owner, you’ve likely discovered the app for yourself. Many of us use this fantastic devotional aid as a part of our daily prayers. Now iBrieviary has [Read More...]

Free Webinar: Catholics Going Mobile

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Next up in Ave Maria Press’ ongoing Professional Development Webinar Series is a terrific (and free!) presentation for anyone who is interested in using the tools of technology in the New Evangelization. Here’s the blueprint from Ave Maria Press: A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that over 90% of American adults use [Read More...]

Church Leaders Confront “Virtual Reality”

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Following on the heels of last week’s plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, a variety of familiar faces including Msgr. Tighe, Greg Erlandson and Fr. Thomas Rosica address the challenges faced by an incarnational Church coexisting in a digital world in this video from Catholic News Service. [Read more...]

Video: Pope Francis on Social Communications

A follow up to yesterday’s post on Pope Francis’ address to the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications: Video Link [Read more...]

Presider vs. Photog Smackdown: Every Bride’s Nightmare

I ran across this video today and had a little flashback to my own wedding, which was quite simple by today’s standards. You’ve got to watch this drama unfold: Popular opinion seems to be that the “priest” (which I don’t think he’s a Catholic priest, because of the collar and the fact that they wedding [Read More...]


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