February 14, 2011

What an amazing story. Meet Deacon Frank Bice, from the Diocese of Rockville Centre, a former seminarian who suffered a debilitating football injury in college but has turned it into an opportunity to minister to people around the world, via the web. Newsday profiles him (subscription required), and notes: “I’m really incredibly lucky,” said Bice, 51. “I really had a pretty good attitude” after the accident. “I really didn’t want to waste time hoping that this didn’t happen or wishing… Read more

February 14, 2011

Turns out, there’s a growing wave of them in Florida — which surprises quite a few non-Catholics: Most of the 300 or so in the room ignored the folding chairs and stood, swaying side to side, hands lifted in praise. They sang the lyrics projected onto a wall above them, “Holy Spirit, come with your fire.” Others prayed aloud their own petitions, many of them in tongues. A few cried, a few danced and one woman proclaimed a prophetic message,… Read more

February 14, 2011

Well, dang. Can something like that actually work? The New York Times investigates: It’s shaping up to be a darn nice Valentine’s Day here in Mobile County. An optimistic band of middle school students hopes that for just one day no one in the county will curse. Perhaps people can substitute “sugar” or “snap.” Or even the powerful “Oh, pickles!” The Mobile County Commission, acting on a request from students who have formed no-cursing clubs at Lott and Semmes Middle… Read more

February 13, 2011

There’s a lot that’s not known about this early saint, but what is known isn’t exactly romantic. From NPR, which peers into Roman history: From Feb. 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain. The Roman romantics “were drunk. They were naked,” says Noel Lenski, a historian at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Young women would… Read more

February 13, 2011

That’s the request from his mother, who is promoting his new movie and talking about her famous son’s Catholic upbringing and faith. From Catholic Online: Stardom came to Bieber when he posted a song for his grandmother on the video Web site YouTube. Mallette says she had no idea that the video of Justin singing would propel him to multi-million music sales. “The video was strictly intended for his grandmother to see in another province,” (his mother Pattie) Mallette says…. Read more

February 13, 2011

When my wife and I were first married, all those years ago, if we were driving around and this song came on the radio, we’d crank up the volume and sing along at the top of our lungs. We’re still singing. Thank you, God, for that beautiful gift. Happy Valentine’s Day.  🙂 Read more

February 12, 2011

Someone took issue with my homily for World Marriage Day, and noted in the comments: *bitterness alert* All well and good, Deacon, but when will the Church celebrate World Single Day? Makes me not want to go to Mass tomorrow ’cause I’ll have to hear about the vocation to marriage – fun times – *eyeroll* Am saddened and frustrated when there are blessings for married people, the moms the dads, the veterans, the sick and us single people get shafted…. Read more

February 12, 2011

Okay.  I know it’s a little early.  But I couldn’t resist.  I discovered this poem the other day and thought it was too good not to pass along in time for World Marriage Day and, of course, Valentine’s Day.  Share it with someone you love.  🙂 Speaking of marvels, I am alive together with you, when I might have been alive with anyone under the sun, when I might have been Abelard’s woman or the whore of a Renaissance pop… Read more

February 12, 2011

We talk a lot in this church about vocations.  Here in the parish, we have the novena to St. Jean Vianney every summer. We host a vocations fair every year, where priests and religious set up tables and talk about their different orders.  And, of course, we pray regularly for an increase in vocations.  We encourage parents to talk to their children about considering life as a priest or brother or a sister. But this Sunday, I’m going to talk… Read more

February 12, 2011

That’s according to Church statistics released just this week. Details, from CNA: There are more than 5,000 more Catholic priests globally in 2009 than there were in 1999, according to official Church statistics. The Vatican’s L’Osservatore Romano newspaper anticipated the news from the soon-to-be released 2009 almanac prepared by the Vatican’s Central Office of Church Statistics. The statistics reveal that there were 410,593 priests in the world in 2009 compared to 405,009 in 1999. The number of diocesan priests among… Read more

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