February 26, 2011

A few years ago, a friend gave me a wonderful book: “Why Faith Matters” by Rabbi David J. Wolpe.  He’s a popular author and commentator based in Los Angeles.  In his book, he talks a lot about his own life and lessons he’s drawn from various crises – including a battle with cancer. At one point, he writes about his grandfather, who died when his father was only 11 years old.  The boy, an only child, ended up bearing much… Read more

February 26, 2011

A few years ago, a friend gave me a wonderful book: “Why Faith Matters” by Rabbi David J. Wolpe.  He’s a popular author and commentator based in Los Angeles.  In his book, he talks a lot about his own life and lessons he’s drawn from various crises – including a battle with cancer. At one point, he writes about his grandfather, who died when his father was only 11 years old.  The boy, an only child, ended up bearing much… Read more

February 26, 2011

You probably remember this story from earlier in the week.  Now the billboard in question has officially been removed: New York’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan has a few things to say about all this on his blog: Here in New York, a billboard was recently displayed, that simply stated “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb.” This message was accompanied by a photograph of a young, African-American girl. Is that message unpleasant?  Is it upsetting?  Does it… Read more

February 26, 2011

A classic performance of a classic old hymn. (You can read the story behind it here.) Ladies and gentlemen: Miss Ethel Waters. Read more

February 26, 2011

I think we need this now, more than ever.  I found this on a prayer card they give out at St. John the Evangelist Church in New York City… O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep your priests within the shelter of your sacred heart, where none may touch them. Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch your sacred body. Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with your precious blood. Keep pure and unearthly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark… Read more

February 26, 2011

Nearly four years after the motu proprio that made possible greater access to the Latin mass, John Allen has an interesting interview with Fr. Richard Hilgartner, Executive Director of the Secretariat for Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. A priest of the Baltimore archdiocese, Hilgartner studied liturgical theology at the prestigious Benedictine-run Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm in Rome. From NCR: NCR: What impact has the motu proprio had in the United States? Hilgartner: For many… Read more

February 25, 2011

The highly anticipated French film “Of Gods and Men” opened today in New York. Part of the New York Times review: In the 1990s, Algeria was gripped by a gruesome, protracted civil war between the government — which declared martial law after annulling elections it appeared to have lost — and a ruthless Islamist insurgency. The country foundered in a state of terror, with beheadings, throat-slashings and large-scale massacres an almost daily feature of life. These grim circumstances provide the… Read more

February 25, 2011

Glenn Beck recently sat down with Billy Graham for three hours. The result? “I spoke of a growing darkness and evil,” Beck said of his meeting with Graham. “He spoke of a greater growth of light.” More on the Beck and Billy over at First Things. Read more

February 25, 2011

A friend posted this on his Facebook page, and I’m so glad I was able to find it on YouTube.  This deserves to be seen by a wide audience. It’s the profile of one of the CNN “Heroes” — a chef who gave up his career to feed and care for the homeless of India. Grab a Kleenex.  Then, take three minutes and see the face of God. You can read more of his story, and how he does this… Read more

February 25, 2011

“Faith is not about establishment.  It is about taking the risk of abandoning one’s own security in order to be like the God who did not cling to the trappings of power and authority, but who gave himself totally for our sakes.   This is a message which is difficult to comprehend and realise especially by those of us who have a leadership role in the Church and who are open to the perennial temptations to defend and even to abuse… Read more

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