And Now, Nicholas Connors will Blow. Your. Mind.


I know nothing at all about this child, except for two things. No, three.1) He has a lithe vocal instrument of remarkable clarity, sweetness, and power.2) His mother appears to know how to support without forgetting to be honest.3) J. J. Watt was is very cool. And I don't actually know who he is.Check out young Nicholas' performance of the National Anthem. That's a rare gift and a natural musicality, there. … [Read more...]

Bishop Finn Resigns: Bishop Accountability Begins


With the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn, "bishop-accountability" begins. Pope Francis will choose his successor.This comes right on the heels of headlines announcing that confirmed abuse allegations against Catholic priests were in the single digits for 2014. One allegation is too many, but clearly the zero-tolerance measures put into place over the last ten-or-so years, and the laicization of hundreds of bad priests under Pope Benedict XVI is having the desired effect.As to the … [Read more...]

Steak & Godly Intimacy: Poverty Plus Personal Perspectives

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In different ways, a few Patheos Catholic bloggers have been talking about poverty, and from a personal point of view, and all unplanned.It started off with Rebecca Lane Frech thinking back on the paradoxical freedoms and intimacies that came with being short of money, when she and her family had to lean on others, who in turn leaned on them:When we were poor, we shared and there was a joy in sharing. I can remember the phone calls to my friend S where I would say “Payday is tomorrow a … [Read more...]

Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George has Passed: Many Updates


“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history” ― Cardinal Francis George, OMIAfter a long bout with cancer, he is gone. It occurs to me, remembering that quote of his (and more on it, here), that we now have an intercessor for our times -- an intercessor on the issue of Christian P … [Read more...]

Foolish Friday Flashback: The Guy with the Gun at Adoration


A bit of a stumble last night, re the post below. Since I feel foolish, seems like a good time to remember another time I was very foolish! This is from 2013. Enjoy!So, I haven't been feeling great these past few weeks -- it's one of the reasons for the scant writing; between the aches and pains and the fuzzy brain, reasoning has been a challenge for me (that is, more of a challenge) and it's difficult to write with coherence when you feel like you are about to die … [Read more...]

Christian Immigrants Being Thrown Overboard?

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Man, I really, really hope this story is not true: Police: Muslims threw Christians overboard during Med voyage:Italy's migration crisis took on a deadly new twist Thursday as police in Sicily reported that Muslim migrants had thrown 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing from Libya, and an aid group said another 41 were feared drowned in a separate incident.Palermo police said they had detained 15 people suspected in the high seas assault, which they learned of while … [Read more...]

Unnecessary Roughness: How Dumb was Britt McHenry?

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Saw people talking about this story on Twitter, and didn't think much about it; some woman had a non-work-related rant and got suspended for a week from her job? I tossed off a joke about "wimmen being kept in line" or something and forgot about it, until I visited Hot Air and actually saw the video.Holy Smokes!Hey, I understand people who are in stressful situations not putting their best self forward -- it happens to all of us. But Britt McHenry is just unnecessarily nasty and personal … [Read more...]

On his 88th Birthday, Some Quotes from Benedict XVI

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It is only when life has been accepted and is perceived as accepted that it becomes also acceptable. Man is that strange creature that needs not just physical birth but also appreciation if he is to subsist . . . If an individual is to accept himself, someone must say to him: “It is good that you exist” – must say it, not with words, but with that act of the entire being that we call love. – Principles of Catholic TheologyPope Francis offered Mass, today, for his predecessor, on the occas … [Read more...]

Hillary on Top: Teetering, and not Due to Sexism

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Once you’ve reached a pinnacle, you can’t keep whining that you’re only teetering because you’re a woman. You’re teetering because the pinnacle is slim, sharp and lonely, and you can only remain there if you belong there, or if you have one hell of a safety belt supporting you. Those that belong there make the pinnacle look easy, the rest impale themselves or fall. Or they loll about in the safety belt, and stagnate.I wrote that a long time ago, back when Katie Couric was complaining that her … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christians Singing in Beirut! What Voices!

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Oh, I do love this!Something for all of my Orthodox friends out there -- a flash mob of Orthodox Christians in Lebanon, sharing the Easter news: "Jesus is Risen"Beautiful! And so wonderful to see in the second week of Easter, when, as Tom Zampino notes, most of the world has finished their chocolate bunnies and moved on. We need to keep our focus, and keep wondering, because we are still in Easter!I do love Orthodox singing! Here is another fave: "Our God is With Us". Something … [Read more...]