The Deacon's Bench
March 2008 Archives

There aren’t many things these days that leave me utterly speechless. But this item did: That triumphal barnburner of an Easter hymn, “Jesus Christ Has Risen Today – Hallelujah,” this morning will rock the walls of Toronto’s West Hill United […]

Over at America’s blog, James Martin is taking a long, hard look at the elephant in the nave, and he poses the (to some) shocking question: is the Easter Vigil just too long? For me and for most Catholics, the […]

Just before Easter, the writer Anne Rice, whose new novel on Christ has just been published, posted an item in the Washington Post’s On Faith section about her own faith journey. An excerpt: Why did faith come back to me? […]

One of the most influential and enduring Catholic writers in America remains Flannery O’Connor. Today is her birthday. And, over at Busted Halo, a writer has taken a pilgrimage to her fabled Georgia homestead Andalusia: You’ll find her along the […]

This is the first glimpse at the design for Yankee Stadium’s papal mass on April 20. You can read more about it via the National Catholic Register right here. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack. I don’t care if […]

Here’s an interesting perspective on life in the pulpit, from several preachers in Pennsylvania. This comes to us from the York Daily Record/Sunday Times: In seminary, Greg Lindsey imagined that sitting at a dying man’s side would be the most […]

Last time I checked, I still had a pulse. Over the last four days, there were times I wasn’t sure that would be the case. But at this late hour on Easter night, I can finally say, with certainty: I […]

Here’s something a lot of us can relate to: being brand new on the job and approaching your first big challenge. In this case, the job is being newly ordained — and the challenge is a little something called Easter. […]

Whether you realize it or not, this evening we are present at creation. First, there was the creation of the world – signified by the fire that burned at the entry to our church, fire that was then blessed and […]

Sixty years ago, the psychiatrist Viktor Frankl wrote a best-selling book about his experiences as a prisoner in Auschwitz. “Man’s Search for Meaning,” is considered to be a classic about the worst nightmare of the last century. Frankl describes how […]