Launching a Lenten Rescue of my Brain

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The other day a friend asked me what I was doing for Lent, and I immediately launched into plans for articles I hoped bloggers here in the Catholic Channel would be undertaking."No," she said. "I meant you, personally, what are you planning for Lent?"That inspired a longish reply full of lugubriously spiritual yearnings all introspect-y and lumbering gracelessly toward what passes for deep thoughts in my plebeian brain, but somewhere in there was an acknowledgement that I'm feeling a … [Read more...]

Sr. Mary Ann Walsh: A Humble Way of Mercy

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A few years ago I happened to be sitting at a conference breakfast next to Sister Mary Ann Walsh, who at that time was serving as director of media relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C. -- a position of weight, responsibility and connections that might be a terrible temptation to ego in another person. Sister Mary Ann managed to wear it lightly, yet powerfully and to great effect. As we munched on sausages and scrambled eggs, I marveled at her energy and … [Read more...]

Strange Gods & Small Groups: A Match Made in…Heaven?

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I'm looking forward to using this book with my students this year. We belong to a very small English speaking group in our parish in Göteborg, Sweden. Two of my students have made their Confirmation already and two of them will be making it in the Spring. I think your book will be a huge asset to me and my class and help further our discussions and our learning. -- Sam E.I am in the process of prepping my annual Suggestions for Lenten Readings, but on the advice of a few friends, I'm … [Read more...]

Patheos Blogger Gives Countercultural Witness to Marriage Vocation

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In celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, today is a particular sort of "open house" day for many religious orders; nuns and brothers and priests are greeting guests in parlors and chapels, showing something of their homes and how they live their lives.Kathryn Jean Lopez got a bit of a jumpstart on the day by sharing tea and laughs with the Summit Dominicans who, when we last left them, were rescuing an older nun from a freezing elevator.Religious tend to be optimistic and … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why Brian Williams Will Not be Hillary’s Veep*

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Rumors are swirling that, as NBC launches an internal investigation into more than one now-suspect autobiographical stories he has told, Brian Williams may step down from his anchor desk, and his role as Managing Editor at NBC News.A source at the network says the atmosphere is muted; it's all heads-down-nose-to-grindstone over there right now, with many wondering why Williams felt the need to embellish a story, when covering a war zone is already brave and praiseworthy work?Was the … [Read more...]

Kate O’Hare is Everywhere; And Now, at Patheos Catholic!

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Perhaps the names seems familiar, but you can't quite place her. If that seems true, you've very likely seen Kate O'Hare actively participating on social media -- she is hard to miss as she draws out new angles in arguments and stories about politics, entertainment, art, technology, sports and religion. She talks about it all, because she has spent her life writing about all of those subjects, in turn.O'Hare is a veteran journalist with a finger on the pulse of the popular culture; she … [Read more...]

3 Reasons Brian Williams’ Non-Apology is Worse Than You Think

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He was an award-winning newswriter for CBS News for over two decades, during which time he amassed a mess of awards, including an Emmy, a Peabody award, Writer's Guild awards and I forget what else, and in three fast steps, Deacon Greg spells out why Brian Williams' non-apology not only fails, but further-damages his credibility:What was wrong with that? Let me count the ways. 1. There’s the deflection in the first sentence. Williams seems to be saying: “I was only trying to do something goo … [Read more...]

10 Things You Now Know About Me

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So, someone commented that he knew "all about" me, based on the fact that Cardinal Dolan seemed to like me. Whether Dolan likes me or not is an open question; we've never met, but we each know that the other exists, and will occasionally give positive nods in each other's directions. Not particularly revealing, I know.I read that comment and thought, "you know 'all about' me? I don't even know all about me! I know I'm not stagnant, but that's about it!" I wanted to challenge him, to say, "oh … [Read more...]

Francis “Endorses Referendum” Denying Gay Marriage, Adoption

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At yesterday's General Audience, Pope Francis -- greeting Slovak pilgirms, and apparently referencing an upcoming vote in Slovakia on same sex marriage and adoption -- encouraged them to work "to continue their efforts in defense of the family, the vital cell of society."I'm not sure anyone -- except the most extreme and unrealistic of Francis' haters and admirers, both of whom seem to believe that he intends to upend church teaching any minute, now -- would expect him to say differently. … [Read more...]

Love Among the Ruins and Lightbulbs Over Our Heads

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Isn't that a most beautiful banner? And it heads up a most beautiful new blog with a most original and surprising concept. The blog is Love Among the Ruins; the focus is "finding the Theology of the Body in unexpected places", and the concept? Well, I'll let Kathryn, the blog's curator, explain:One year ago today, I published a post on my own blog (Through a Glass Brightly) which was titled “Good Clean Fun”: The Theology of the Body in Groundhog Day.. . .Several months later, I learned that … [Read more...]

Candlemas Illuminated: Feast of the Presentation

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And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined to be the rise and the fall of many in Israel, and a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed." The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 2It is odd that this feastday -The Feast of the Presentation of Christ- (which as Deacon Greg explains, is also called … [Read more...]

No Nuns Stuck in Elevators!

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A few months ago, I wrote about the Dominincan Nuns at Our Lady of the Rosary Monastery (aka "the soap nuns"*) running out of room and launching a very necessary capital campaign meant to create enough space for younger women to find their monastic vocations, and older sisters to manage their way around multiple levels.Part of their renovation plans would include a ramp for the less mobile among us, and a better elevator that the antiquated lift that is now in use. Over the weekend, the nuns … [Read more...]

Poverty, Paradoxical Prosperity and the Super Bowl

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Earlier this week I had the pleasure of chatting with Jen Fulwiler on her radio show.We covered a lot of ground in 18 minutes, in particular touching on a topic that deserves some lively thought -- assuming one ever has time to think -- on the paradox of good intentions: we in the church serve the poor and advocate for them. We devise programs and policies meant to lift people out of poverty and into prosperity, and when we are very successful at it, then as a church we suffer.We suffer … [Read more...]

Andrew Sullivan is Done With the Dishes…

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...he's looking for another way to live and work:Why? Two reasons. The first is one I hope anyone can understand: although it has been the most rewarding experience in my writing career, I’ve now been blogging daily for fifteen years straight (well kinda straight). That’s long enough to do any single job. In some ways, it’s as simple as that. There comes a time when you have to move on to new things, shake your world up, or recognize before you crash that burn-out does happen.The second i … [Read more...]


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