July 18, 2019

A priest in Salt Lake City, Father Martin Diaz, speaks for a lot of us in this piece for Intermountain Catholic:  Scheduling can be the most difficult part of preparing a couple for their wedding. Often, when the couple finds a reception site they like, they book a date and then call the parish to book the church. If the church is not available they go back to the reception site, only to find that the day the church is… Read more

July 17, 2019

God love him. What a life. Thanks to Deacon Jim Miles in the Diocese of Lansing for sending this along. The obit:   Louis Urban Weitzel, 99, passed away July 15, 2019. He was born on May 18, 1920, in Delphi, Indiana to John and Mary (Schmitter) Weitzel. Louis married the love of his life Kathleen McCarthy on March 14, 1943 in Casper, Wyoming. He served in the Canadian Royal Air Force and then transferred to the U.S. Air Force serving honorably… Read more

July 17, 2019

This story in The New York Times utilizes some superb reporting and great multimedia interactive material to help tell the story of what happened the night Notre-Dame burned —and recounts, in dramatic detail, how close the world came to losing this icon forever: What happened over four hours that night changed Paris. The cathedral — a soaring medieval structure that has captured the hearts of believer and nonbeliever alike for 850 years — was ravaged. Today three jagged openings mar… Read more

July 17, 2019

In the fall of 2018, the United States Catholic bishops issued a document entitled “Open Wide Our Hearts” which looks at the issue of racism in the wake of the tragedy in Charlottesville. And it begins with a definition of the sin of racism: Racism arises when—either consciously or unconsciously—a person holds that his or her own race or ethnicity is superior, and therefore judges persons of other races or ethnicities as inferior and unworthy of equal regard. When this… Read more

July 16, 2019

These ladies are walking the walk:   The heat index in McAllen, Texas was 125 degrees on Saturday, but that did not stop members of the pro-life movement from delivering a semi-truck full of supplies and thousands of dollars in aid to respite centers at the border of the United States and Mexico. The #BottlestotheBorder campaign, launched by New Wave Feminists in partnership with And Then There Were None (ATTWN), collected more than $120,000 worth of supplies and donated more than… Read more

July 16, 2019

From Pew:  Pew Research Center just published its 10th annual report analyzing restrictions on religion (by both governments and individuals or groups in society) around the world. This year’s report differs from past reports because it focuses on changes that have occurred over the course of a decade, covering 2007 to 2017, rather than emphasizing year-to-year variations. Here are key findings from the report: Government restrictions on religion have increased globally between 2007 and 2017 in all four categories studied: favoritism of religious… Read more

July 15, 2019

This video from Nashville is sweeping the interwebs, but it has a backstory:  A video showing customers inside the Rivergate Chick-Fil-A bursting into song is making the rounds on social media. It shows dozens of people giving an acappella rendition of “Lean On Me”. The video was originally posted by Jake Jones on Facebook. He says his group started the song because they were training at the Acappella Company’s Worship Leader Institute. You can check it out below. But this… Read more

July 15, 2019

Sunday’s Gospel parable on The Good Samaritan offered a lesson in shared humanity, compassion and mercy. Here’s another lesson, which started circulating on social media over the weekend, via the Facebook page Spotlight:  At U2 concerts in the early 90’s, a regular part of the show featured criticism of George H.W. Bush. In fact, frontman Bono used to call the White House in the middle of the concert to try to get a chance to speak to the 41st President…. Read more

July 15, 2019

Part of his message for World Migration Day, 1996: The Church considers the problem of illegal migrants from the standpoint of Christ, who died to gather together the dispersed children of God (cf. Jn 11:52), to rehabilitate the marginalized and to bring close those who are distant, in order to integrate all within a communion that is not based on ethnic, cultural or social membership, but on the common desire to accept God’s word and to seek justice. “God shows… Read more

July 15, 2019

Some surprising and challenging advice: The papal vicar for Rome has asked every pastor in the diocese to form a “pastoral team” of about a dozen “courageous explorers” to help launch a new neighborhood missionary outreach. “Don’t go looking for those who have shown they are prudent, measured and detail-oriented,” Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, the papal vicar, wrote in a letter to pastors July 11. Instead, he said, the team should be made up of “people who draw outside the… Read more

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