David Mills Comes to Patheos

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Early in his career, Bob Newhart won several Grammy awards (including "Album of the Year") for his his debut comedy album, "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart".Something about David Mills' new blog at Patheos reminds me of that album. It's look is deliberately buttoned-down and unfussy. There are no extraneous photos, and nothing is presented to you but the Mind of David Mills.Whether you think that mind buttoned-down or not is of course a matter of perspective. Some may remember Mills … [Read more...]

Not Firing Anyone: Kiss Hands Before Round 2

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Sadly, while I did indeed bring everyone's intentions with me to the Holy Land, I was not able to pray in the holiest of places. I was denied Jerusalem thanks to a case of pneumonia that sent me home and then quickly to hospital. But know I did pray, and even in a hospital bed, gasping for breath, I offered it up for your intentions. It was the best I could do.I will write about Israel later, when I am well and stronger. Right now, I am forced to use this puny amount of energy I possess in … [Read more...]

Heard About Brouhaha at Harvard? Thank the Blogs UPDATED

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Does Catholic blogging matter? Does it make a difference? That's more or less the question being debated at the Catholic Herald, UK, in light of the "Protect the Pope Blog" brouhaha, and I was pleased to be able to contribute to the conversation:Particularly in matters of evangelisation, the Church trusts that any field seeded for love of Christ and in service to others will – through the patient, expedient promptings of the Holy Spirit – bear good fruit at the time appropriate to God’s purp … [Read more...]

“Gain a world of followers and lose your own soul…”

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Pope Benedict XVI famously urged Catholic clergy, religious and laity to get on to the web, learn how to use it and then "give the internet a soul", and it's certainly gratifying to see the many fervent Catholic folk who have taken his words to heart, here at Patheos and elsewhere.But working, even catechizing, online comes with its own spiritual dangers -- sins so easily fallen into that they almost don't seem like sins at all; they become "just a thing that happens on the 'net." Sort of … [Read more...]

The Catholic Book Blogger comes to Patheos!

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Back when Strange Gods was first released, I got an email from a friendly fellow named Pete Socks whose site, The Catholic Book Blogger, was about six months old.He gave my book a spanking review and also shot me some fun and interesting questions for an interview, and I began to follow Pete's work. I was impressed with his energy, his willingness to read and read when the books sometimes flow in more quickly than most of us can manage them, and to conduct lively give-aways. Along with … [Read more...]

Margaret Rose Realy Nominated for a Frankie!

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This happened while I was on vacation, so I'm a little late to it, but it's terrific news, and not too late to vote for her! The Catholic Spirituality Blogs Network has nominated Margaret, along with other great Catholic writers, for a Frankie Award honoring some of the year's best blog posts.Margaret is nominated for her brief but well-wrought post, "The Perils of Digging Potatoes".I wasn’t one to dig potatoes using a spading fork; I found I did more harm to the tubers by using it. With … [Read more...]

Evangelii Gaudium and My Joyful Grouse Rome-ward

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Well, the little I've managed to read of it today, I've loved, and you will likely love it, too, because in my skimming, I'm finding it gorgeous.In my skimming, my eyes landed on this bit, which is rather glorious, and a true challenge to all of us. It more or less explains what Pope Francis meant when he called proselytism "solemn nonsense":Loving others is a spiritual force drawing us to union with God; indeed, one who does not love others “walks in the darkness” (1 Jn 2:11), “remains … [Read more...]

Patheos Welcomes Billy Kangas and The Orant

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Up until now, Leah Libresco -- who was baptized and received into the faith just about a year ago -- was our "youngest" Catholic both chronologically and religiously. She's still the youngest among us but she's almost an old-lady Catholic compared to Billy Kangas, who was received into the church last Easter, and has been making a lot of Catholic noise since even before then, and seems therefore a swell fit for PatheosCatholic.If you're not familiar with Billy, he lives in DC, where he is … [Read more...]

Cry Woof! Welcoming Will Duquette to Patheos

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Image courtesy of shutterstock.comWill Duquette has been hanging around Patheos for a while, as one of several splendid folks helping Julie Davis review books, books and more books over at the Happy Catholic Bookshelf, and he did some blogging on his own, as well, but it was kind of discreet, in manner and form.Well, we've brought the rest of Will Duquette, not just his book reviews, over here to Patheos, and it's a lot less discreet, all around. I am actually very tardy in introducing … [Read more...]

Talking “Strange Gods” with Brandon Vogt

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One of my favorite people on the planet is Brandon Vogt, a young man of considerable energy and imagination, but also great faith and astounding generosity. No one could have faulted him, had he sought to profit from his first book, The Church and New Media, but Brandon donated 100% of the book's proceeds to establish school computer labs throughout the Archdiocese of Mombasa, Kenya.Kathy Schiffer has mentioned meeting Brandon in Rome in 2011, for the beatification of Pope John Paul II and … [Read more...]


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