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

July 14, 2019

Yes, he Went There:  From a reader… QUAERITUR: The Roman Catechism (Trent) says that a couple should abstain from the marital act at least three days before receiving Holy Communion. I have read that this, though still advisable, is not required under current law. Please advise? Thanks and Jesus and Mary be with you. In a section concerning the ends of marriage, the Roman Catechism – intended to improve the preaching of priests in parishes – temporary abstinence from the marital act… Read more

July 14, 2019

From USA TODAY:  Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A, made the decision when he started the fast-food company in 1946 that it would not be open on Sundays. He believed that the first day of the week should be for employees to have “one day to rest and worship if they choose.” The decision, based on deeply held principles, is even more extraordinary given what Chick-fil-A gives up financially. Chick-fil-A had revenue of more than $10 billion in 2018, according to the company’s… Read more

July 14, 2019

“We defend the right of the nation to make sure its borders are secure, but we also defend the right of people to be treated honestly, justly, and fairly as children of God.” NPR talks with one parish priest in Baltimore, Father Bruce Lewandowski, who describes the atmosphere in his community:  LEWANDOWSKI: On Sunday morning, I open up the church. This particular Sunday was a couple of weeks ago. I opened up the church, and there was a van of… Read more

July 13, 2019

“Who is my neighbor?” We look around this morning and see those around us in the pews, and we know them. We see them on the street. We pass them in the grocery store. We wait with them in line in the bank. Maybe they live in our building, or we see them every morning on the subway. We recognize them. These, we tell ourselves, are our neighbors. But the message of this Gospel parable tells us something shocking. It… Read more

July 12, 2019

Well, this is pretty cool, from CNS:  Catholics hear hymns in church, but hardly ever on the radio. Now they can augment their weekly diet of hymnody through a new audio web streaming service called Great Catholic Music. The service launched March 1, just before Lent, and plays a mix of pre-and post-Vatican II hymns and liturgical music all day, every day. “The response so far has been absolutely amazing,” said program director Michael Roberts in an interview with Catholic… Read more

July 12, 2019

A parishioner at Detroit’s Assumption Grotto (and longtime Friend of the Bench) Diane Korzeniewski posted on Facebook this morning her response to the removal from ministry of Father Eduard Perrone earlier this week. I reprint it below with her permission: I’m still trying to wrap my head around the Archdiocese of Detroit irreparably destroying Fr. Perrone’s reputation, at an international level, in less than 24 hours by feeding his name to the wolves well before it would have been necessary…. Read more

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