Will the Vatican Banking Scandal Change the Way You Give?

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For some reason, my parish is a few weeks behind on the annual “Peter’s Pence” collection. We had the envelopes in this pews this weekend and will take up the collection to aid the Pope’s efforts next week. Per the USCCB website: The purpose of the Peter’s Pence Collection is to provide the Holy Father [Read More...]

Sweet Tweet Roundup for 7/12/13 – Full of Joy


Has your week gone by as quickly as mine has? I can’t believe how busy it was, which is why I’m so grateful to a special thanks to my good friend John Clem, the Director and Media Minister at Catholic Web Services (http://catholicws.com/) for compiling the follow list of “not to be missed” stories from this past week (July [Read More...]

Zimmerman Case: Does “Trial by TV” Benefit the Public Good?

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Here’s a little confession: I have a “sleep ritual” that helps me to cope with the crazy life I lead. I’m married to an ER doctor who comes home at weird hours of the night and turns on Sports Center. I parent a teen who seems to sleep during the 3 am to 11 am [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets Roundup for 7/5/13 – What Fireworks Did You Miss This Week?

Sweet Tweets for 7/5/13

A happy 5th of July to all of you and a special thanks to my good friend John Clem, the Director and Media Minister at Catholic Web Services (http://catholicws.com/) who has complied the follow list of “not to be missed” stories from this past week (June 29th to July 5th): Papal Tweet: “Jesus is more than a friend. [Read More...]

Lumen Fidei – Light of Faith

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I awoke this morning to the release of Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith). While I’m not awake yet to have read the document in full (or truthfully even in part), you can find the full encyclical on the Vatican’s website in PDF or e-reader. I will read it over the weekend and [Read More...]

“An Encyclical Written with Four Hands”


New out from Catholic News Service, this video on the writing of the anticipated first papal encyclical from Pope Francis: In it, we find CNS Rome bureau chief Francis X. Rocca discussing the authorship of Lumen Fidei – “The Light of Faith” – which will be released on Friday. More on the encyclical: News.va Catholic [Read More...]

What’s the “Pallium”?


You’ve probably seen it, but perhaps you didn’t even know what it was called: the “pallium”. Per Catholic Encyclopedia, a definition: The modern pallium is a circular band about two inches wide, worn about the neck, breast, and shoulders, and having two pendants, one hanging down in front and one behind. The pendants are about [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets Roundup for 6/28/13

John Clem, Catholic Web Services

I have so many amazing online friends who inspire and edify me each week to be a better, more tuned in and faith-filled Catholics. One of those friends is John Clem, the Director and Media Minister at Catholic Web Services (http://catholicws.com/). John has been doing a weekly roundup of the best faith-related tweets of the week, [Read More...]

Pope Francis to “Staycation”


Perhaps it should come as no surprise that Pope Francis will be “staycationing” this summer: video link From the Vatican comes the official announcement: In a note released today, the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household announced that, during the summer period, all private and special audiences will be suspended. The Wednesday general audiences of 3,10, [Read More...]

A Grad with a Bright Future

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The story of Liberty High School graduate Roy Costner IV is making the rounds, today hitting the Washington Times. Roy is the Valedictorian who let his beliefs guide his actions when he made the decision to rip up his pre-approved valedictory, to thank his parents for his Christian upbringing, and to recite the Lord’s Prayer in [Read More...]