Good luck? In the arms of Jesus!

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Hopefully everyone can see this, because it's kind of adorable. Suor Cristina Scuccia gets the Italian version of "Break a Leg" and she charmingly says, "In braccio a Gesù!" -- it (or she) is in the arms of Jesus.And then she laughs like a bride.She says she expects to renew her vows next month, in anticipation of her final vows, and that her priorities are "Jesus and prayer." I believe her. … [Read more...]

Interviewing Brandon Vogt on Catholicism: New Evangelization

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When, in 2011, Father Robert Barron's Word on Fire Ministries released the first part of its "Catholicism Project", the book-and-video series Catholicism, a Journey to the Heart of Faith, I called it "a course in revolution". Major blocs of the beautifully-wrought video were picked up and aired by PBS and the book is a stand-alone modern classic that I still frequently give as a gift because it is such a readable and thoughtful overview of the faith.The second part of the Catholicism … [Read more...]

The Worker is Worth his Wages. And Perhaps Retirement, Too – UPDATED

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"Oh, God, no...."When I saw the title of this piece by Father Dwight, those were my groaning sentiments. I've been trying to focus on a book project all week, and as soon as I saw it, I knew...there goes another day where I won't get it done.This is one of those crappy issues I hate to comment on, because it's ridiculous and small, and also because in eight years of blogging I have made a point of not speaking of other bloggers/new media folk unless I could do so positively. I'm not … [Read more...]

The Quiet Menace: Fixating on Francis, Missing the Point – UPDATED

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Having just gone to confession after mass this morning, it was not my intention to get into a little tiff with a media outlet on Twitter, but being who I am, I couldn't let it go when I saw one of those lazy, thoughtless sneers cross my timeline, to the effect that Pope Francis (good guy) was refusing to stay in (bad guy) "Pope Benedict's luxurious apartments."I needed to disabuse the writer of the notion that Pope Benedict owned anything, including a "luxurious apartment" but that the papal … [Read more...]

All In: the Deep Evangelization of Pope Francis -UPDATED

Sadly, my phone is not letting me have the picture I took today, for this piece, but honestly, I didn't get any really good shots, anyway. I am a bad photographer, and too short to get much more than pictures of taller people getting better shots. Such is life. This pic above is from 2011.So, my recovery continues apace, and this morning I was able to be part of Pope Francis' audience with the press. Unfortunately, his Italian was too much for mine, so I had to wait for the translated … [Read more...]

Who does Fr. Robert Barron call the “greatest evangelist in the church today”?

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And what makes him great?If I told you that would be cheating.Make your best guess and then head on over to our Catholic landing page to find out who Barron is referencing by watching the second part of our three-part exclusive preview of Word on Fire's The New Evangelization.You can find the first trailer here. … [Read more...]

An Exclusive Look at a new Word on Fire Project!

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Do you remember how I sang the praises of (and gave near-constant recommendations for) Father Robert Barron's book, Catholicism; A Journey to the Heart of the Faith, and his Catholicism Series?Do you remember how much you loved the book, and then the DVD series, which was so beautifully shot and so richly informative that PBS eventually picked it up?Do you remember how much you wished the project would keep going, because it fed the faith intelligently and brightly, but in an accessible … [Read more...]

Effective Evangelization Ought to Persuade, not Provoke

A few weeks ago Deacon Greg posted this video, and people are still visiting it and many of them are sending it on to me, believing I must not have seen it, and wondering what I think about the "tolerance double standard" it reveals.Well, here's my response to that, over at First Things:There is no denying that the notion of “tolerance” has become somewhat fluid in the United States over the last decade, or that double standards apply to its application. Just last week, the Boston Globe … [Read more...]

Stop the New Movements, I Wanna Get off!

Let me begin by sayingt that, if Fruit of the Loom put John Allen, Jr.'s face on Underoos, I'd be first in line for a pair -- and where I live, nighttime temperatures get up into the nineties, so that's really saying something. The man is the Man, the undisputed mack daddy, prince and heavyweight champeen of all Catholic journalists.In National Catholic Reporter, he advises us to "keep an eye on" Cardinal Angelo Scola who is currently presiding as Patriarch of Venice.First, he has enormous … [Read more...]


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