February 8, 2011

A thrilling new video, from the wizards at Grassroots Films, who gave us “Fishers of Men.” A quarter century in two minutes.  And it’s just great. Read more

February 8, 2011

It comes from the Diocese of Rome … From Catholic News Service: Published in seven languages, the site — www.karol-wojtyla.org — offers news updates and background information on the late pope and his sainthood cause, as well as a live webcam of his tomb in the grotto of St. Peter’s Basilica. The website also announced that the beatification ceremony in St. Peter’s Square May 1, Divine Mercy Sunday, will be open to the public and no tickets will be required… Read more

February 8, 2011

Probably not, according to Fr. Dwight Longenecker — and he makes some good points: Mass isn’t reverent simply because you start using lofty language that ‘sounds religious’. True reverence is the fruit of a condition of heart. Reverence in worship is a by product of a certain type of Catholic mindset. It is not the automatic product of a particular form of words. This is why I am not that optimistic about the new translation making Catholic worship more reverent…. Read more

February 8, 2011

Shocking but true. Details: An Afghan physiotherapist will be executed within three days for converting to Christianity. Said Musa, 45, has been held for eight months in a Kabul prison were he claims he has been tortured and sexually abused by inmates and guards. Mr Musa, who lost his left leg in a landmine explosion in the 1990s, has worked for the Red Cross for 15 years and helps to treat fellow amputees. He was arrested in May last year… Read more

February 8, 2011

Really.  I’m fine. One of my email accounts was hacked, and now every person I’ve ever e-mailed about anything is receiving a message from me, with a desperate plea for money. Ignore.  It’s a scam. I’ve changed the password and am using another account now. Sigh. Read more

February 7, 2011

“The root of our current vocation problem is a lack of discipleship. Of course, a disciple is one who encounters Jesus, repents, experiences conversion and then follows Jesus. All too often those of us in positions of Church leadership presume that all the folks in the pews on Sundays, all the children in our grade schools, high schools and PSR programs, all the kids in our youth groups, all the men in our Men’s Clubs and all the women in… Read more

February 7, 2011

That’s the conclusion, at least, offered by Michael Gerson in the Washington Post: When Nancy Mitford asked novelist Evelyn Waugh how he could behave so atrociously while claiming to be a practicing Catholic, he responded, “You have no idea how much nastier I would be if I was not a Catholic.” In Congress, we are about to test the ameliorative effects of Catholicism in practical ways, particularly among Republicans. Before the November election, there were 97 Catholic Democrats in the… Read more

February 7, 2011

A practice many might consider taboo is available in one western town — and it’s believed to be the only place in the U.S. to do so. Details: Belinda Ellis’ farewell went as she wanted. One by one, her family placed juniper boughs and logs about her body, covered in red cloth atop a rectangular steel grate inside a brick-lined hearth. With a torch, her husband lit the fire that consumed her, sending billows of smoke into the blue-gray sky… Read more

February 7, 2011

After first declaring that it was out of bounds because it contained “religious doctrine,” FOX relented and aired the ad last night. Details: Millions of Super Bowl viewers got a dose of Scripture Sunday night when a Christian group’s John 3:16 commercial was unexpectedly aired. Just before the fourth quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers game, the 30-second biblical spot popped up to the surprise of football fans. In that hour, the Look Up 316 website that… Read more

February 7, 2011

What’s it like for a non-Catholic? One answer, from a man who visited a Benedictine abbey, comes from the Huffington Post: Contemplation is assumed. The basilica is capacious, but so is the liturgy; room to think, room to pray, room to simply be. Every cough, sneeze or rattle reverberates throughout this place. Sounds live longer lives in a room like this, fading slowly. We sit and await the next moment, awaiting our Lord, awaiting ourselves. Our posture is one of… Read more

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