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April 2008 Archives

Homily for May 1, 2008, Ascension Thursday

posted by deacon greg kandra

The other day I read the news that Tamar Hennessey had died. Don’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of her. She was an obscure figure to most Catholics, but not insignificant. She was the daughter of Dorothy Day. Long […]

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Archbishop bars prominent priest as canon lawyer

posted by deacon greg kandra

This news will likely be raising some eyebrows, since the man in question is one of the most prominent, outspoken and uncompromising voices working as an advocate for victims of clerical sex abuse: Saying Dominican Fr. Thomas Doyle had “failed […]

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Worth a thousand words

posted by deacon greg kandra

Benedict and the St. Bernard. And I always thought he was a cat person …

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The Rudy-Egan flap: “More like gossip than news”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Some New Yorkers, from the Rockville Center diocese, are now weighing in on the Rudy-Egan flap. Newsday has some reaction: Heading into the noon Mass at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre Tuesday, Anne-Marie Patton said she had no doubts […]

Egan and Rudy, Part Deux

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

The controversy swirling around Rudy Giuliani receiving communion at St. Patrick’s just won’t stop. The latest to weigh in is Phil Lawler at CWN, who notes: In his public rebuke to Rudy Giuliani for improperly receiving Communion during Pope Benedict’s […]

Mel Gibson’s next project

posted by deacon greg kandra

Die-hard Mel Gibson Catholic fans — you know who you are — might be interested in this item from Variety: Mel Gibson has committed to star in “Edge of Darkness,” marking his first starring role in a feature film since […]

Americans rank high in “bible literacy”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Do you know your bible? It turns out, a lot of Americans do — and we’re faring better than people in other countries, according to this report: Americans are among the world’s most ‘Bible-literate’ people and Spaniards, French and Italians […]

In a nutshell

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“Life is hard. After all, it kills you.” — Katharine Hepburn

BULLETIN: Egan “regrets” that Giuliani received communion

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Well, this bit of news is interesting — and it will be even more interesting to see how it plays out over the next few days: Moments ago, Edward Cardinal Egan issued a statement saying he deeply regrets former mayor […]

Say hello to the Cistercians of Ireland

posted by deacon greg kandra

I got a nice e-mail early today from Ireland — where, wonder of wonders, there is a group of Cistercian nuns maintaining their beautiful and holy way of life. And they are tiptoeing into the 21st century. They have a […]

Benedict’s book: “We are known by name to the Lord”

posted by deacon greg kandra

The photograph above shows two pages of the extraordinary book that was presented to Pope Benedict, containing the names of victims of sexual abuse. The Boston Globe has a riveting account of how the book was created, with the story […]

“The great secret for which I was born”

posted by deacon greg kandra

That is how Thomas Merton beautifully described his ordination to the priesthood. Any man receiving the sacrament of Holy Orders would have to agree. And I suspect the fellow below is thinking that, too. He is one of the 29 […]

A Jewish woman covers the pope

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

What’s it like for someone who is not Catholic to be covering the Vicar of Christ for the media? Busted Halo’s radio show is produced by Robyn Gould, and she describes her experience working in the Catholic media and covering […]

Homily for April 27, 2008, 6th Sunday of Easter

posted by deacon greg kandra

Some of you may have heard the news last week: the pope was in town. The deacons and their wives all got tickets to Yankee Stadium. So my wife and I – along with 60-thousand others – were able to […]

“For me, Catholicism is just the right thing”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

A story out of West Virginia this weekend points to something a lot of us cradle Catholics don’t think about much– the powerful and important impact of converts on our faith: Roseann Sodaro French finds it hard to explain exactly […]

John Allen reveals the story behind the story

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

So much has already been written about Pope Benedict’s remarkable meeting with sex abuse victims — but this piece by John Allen tells the story behind the story. It’s just one more reason why Allen remains one of — if […]

Praying for profits from St. Pio

posted by deacon greg kandra

As most have heard by now, Padre Pio’s body went on display yesterday, to mark the 40th anniversary of his death. And the New York Times takes a closer look at what that may mean for the people of his […]

A deacon’s miraculous healing credited to Cardinal Newman

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Could an American deacon play a role in the eventual canonization of Cardinal John Henry Newman? Yep. Looks that way. CNS has the details: The sainthood cause of a 19th-century English cardinal has taken a step forward after the Vatican’s […]

Will Benedict’s visit boost vocations? UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

Well, in New York City, the answer seems to be yes. A reader sent this my way, from the New York Daily News: A clergy-starved Archdiocese of New York was facing a crisis – until Pope Benedict arrived. For the […]

Setting the world ablaze: anticipating World Youth Day

posted by deacon greg kandra

Anyone who thinks of World Youth Day as just a “Catholic Woodstock,” should read this inspiring account from the site of the next WYD, Australia: It was eight years ago in a crowded park on the outskirts of the Vatican […]

Mary and Hillary

posted by deacon greg kandra

Well, ain’t this something: Hillary Clinton is wearing faith on her sleeve. Or her wrist. The American Papist has the scoop. But the pictures speak for themselves. Interestingly — or not — it also appears that Hillary captured the Catholic […]

The victims recall their meeting with the pope

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

If you’re wondering what transpired between the pope and the victimsof sex abuse whom he met during his visit, check out this remarkable story: Olan Horne, 48, a survivor of clerical sex abuse, believes that Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to […]

Benedict, the shepherd who is led

posted by deacon greg kandra

One of the best dissections of the papal visit — and this particular pope — can be found over at Pajamas Media, where The Anchoress has posted this superb insight: After the glamor and punched-up charisma of John Paul II, […]

“There’s something comforting about a stubborn pope”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Even non-Catholics can’t help but admit that this pope is impressive. Take this, for example, from a columnist in Chicago, wrestling with the Church’s stance on abortion: To believe in God’s autonomy over human life, however, is a hard sell. […]

Oops

posted by deacon greg kandra

U.S. News & World Report has a good piece on the priest shortage that’s worth reading. It also has the picture above, which carries this caption: A priest blesses a boy as he prepares to receive communion during the Papal […]

“Papal cheesy”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

MCPF Stephen Colbert turned to another CPF of Your Humble Blogger, Fr. James Martin, SJ last night for some analysis on the pope. And it was delightful. Click and watch and enjoy. These two should go on the road.

Deep in the heart of Texas

posted by deacon greg kandra

While so many of us have been turning East, and focusing on the events in Washington and New York over the last several days, John Allen at NCR took some time to look westward. He’s got a fascinating piece in […]

When Jesus passes by

posted by deacon greg kandra

This is truly something to see: a massive Eucharistic procession held recently at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. It’s an annual event on campus. You can read more about it at the blog link, and see many more pictures, […]

These kids are amazing

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

They’re name is Libera, and they performed as part of the pope’s warm up at Yankee Stadium. They’re really something. This is a song of theirs called “Far Away.” Enjoy.

“Ben-eh-dee-toe! Ben-eh-dee-toe!”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Still hungry for pope stuff? Those who are curious can read my wrap-up of the papal mass over at the CBS Evening News blog, Couric & Co.

Benedict’s impact? “It will be seismic”

posted by deacon greg kandra

People are doing the inevitable Monday morning quarterbacking after the Pope’s visit — but nearly everyone is giving him raves. This piece nicely captures a lot of different voices and perceptions, from USA Today: Benedict XVI celebrated Mass before a […]

What I saw: my day with B-16

posted by deacon greg kandra

I thought it might be interesting to just post a few pictures from today’s mass at Yankee Stadium, to give you a “Deacon’s Bench” glimpse of the day. My wife and I left Forest Hills, in Queens, about 9 a.m. […]

Waving buh bye

posted by deacon greg kandra

One of the better shots I took at Yankee Stadium, if I do say so myself: the Holy Father waving goodbye after the final blessing and preparing to start recessing into the dugout. For the curious: it’s a Pentax K100 […]

No hard line from the pope on communion for pro-abortion pols

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

John Allen over at NCR confirms what I suspected after I spied Rudy Giuliani in the communion line at St. Patrick’s Cathedral: At least three times during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States, a prominent pro-choice Catholic politician […]

Yes, I was there

posted by deacon greg kandra

Here it is: proof that Your Humble Blogger was indeed at Yankee Stadium today for the big papal finale. The fellow on the left is yours truly, from approximately where we sat for the mass. I’ll post more after my […]

Peggy Noonan: “If you didn’t get choked up, you weren’t alive”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Peggy Noonan has taken pen in hand to write about the pope’s visit — and captured this moment in time as only she can: You knew he had arrived by the cheer that welled up from the street. It was […]

Catholics “smitten” by Penecostals

posted by deacon greg kandra

We’ve heard much about the Latino influence on the American Catholic Church — and how the tide of immigrants is replenishing the faith. But not all of those who come to this country Catholic remain in the Church. And the […]

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

So let us lift our gaze upward! And with great humility and confidence, let us ask the Spirit to enable us each day to grow in the holiness that will make us living stones in the temple which he is […]

Anybody else catch this?

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Watching the mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral this morning on EWTN, I got a glimpse of Rudolph Giuliani. In line. For communion. Maybe he just got a blessing. I dunno. He also popped up at the end of the mass […]

College students: “He doesn’t act like a rock star, and that’s okay, too”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Anyone curious about how young people are responding to Pope Benedict just hop over to Inside Catholic, where there’s a terrific piece by Elizabeth Scalia and John-Patrick Mauro on that very subject. They look at the reaction to the pontiff […]

Just in time for the pope, a fresh batch of deacons!

posted by deacon greg kandra

A reader sent me some news several days ago: a new group of deacons was ordained earlier this month in the Diocese of Worcester (Massachusetts). The local Catholic paper had the news: Bishop McManus will ordain seven men into the […]

Because it’s Friday, and this is pretty cute

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

A car commercial to make you smile. Enjoy.

“A joyous time for Catholics, and it wasn’t such a bad week for Methodists, either”

posted by deacon greg kandra

The Leader of the Free World had some warm words today for the Vicar of Christ, at the Catholic Prayer Breakfast: It was a privilege to welcome Benedict XVI to the United States, President George Bush told the crowd at […]

Pope Benedict, “Cultural Catholic”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

The excellent papal commentator and writer David Gibson has zeroed in on an important theme of Benedict’s visit thus far — one that, perhaps, has been overshadowed by all the headlines about the sex abuse crisis. From the Wall Street […]

What do you wear to a papal mass at a stadium?

posted by deacon greg kandra

My wife and I have been wondering the same thing — and so this nifty article in the Washington Post was of particular interest: “So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat? or ‘What are we to […]

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“I don’t go to Mass, but today I went with my mother, and his sermon there and his apology about the sexual abuse blew me away, and I had tears in my eyes that I wasn’t ready to have. It […]

Worth a thousand words

posted by deacon greg kandra

Pope Benedict, at Nationals Stadium, Washington DC. April 17, 2008. Photo from Associated Press/CBS News.

Holy, catholic, apostolic…and indispensable

posted by deacon greg kandra

A Protestant writer is saying what many Catholics should already know: our Church matters. Greatly. Here’s Michael Gerson (former Bush speechwriter), in today’s Washington Post: The occasion of a papal visit is a chance to take stock of the health […]

Want to feel great? Watch this.

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

A beautifully produced video celebrating the Church. UPDATE: For some reason, the video has been pulled. Argh. You can still watch it by going to this link, scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking on the video titled […]

The pope and the abuse victims: how it happened

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

All you have to do is read the lead in the Boston Globe’s exclusive to realize this is a Big Deal: Pope Benedict XVI, in a dramatic move likely to alter forever the image of his pontificate, met this afternoon […]

Who cares about the pope?

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s the question posed by Fr. James Martin at the continuing blog, A Papal Discussion, over at the New York Times, and he’s got some compelling answers: Most Catholics, even those who may disagree with some of the pope’s statements, […]

What did you hear?

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Anyone who saw the papal mass this morning in Washington heard a real melting pot of music and languages, and Catholic News Service has an overview: The liturgical celebration of Pope Benedict XVI’s April 17 Mass in Nationals Park reflected […]

Every pope needs a deacon. Or two.

posted by deacon greg kandra

From vespers at the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, April 16, 2008. Anybody know who those two lucky fellows might be?

Bush to Benny: “Awesome speech!”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

The president is a fan. H/T to Fr. James Martin, SJ from The Good Word, the preaching and scripture blog of America magazine.

Communion confusion

posted by deacon greg kandra

People on both sides of the Great Communion Debate will find much in this story to ponder and quarrel over: Catholic members of Congress who publicly support the right to abortion will trek to Nationals Park Thursday for a Mass […]

Kumbaya, anyone?

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

All poped out yet? Good. Here’s a pretty interesting nugget from today’s Washington Post on the pope and his music — or, rather, the music you will probably be hearing at the papal masses: Catholics don’t argue about abortion or […]

One thriving parish

posted by deacon greg kandra

How can a modern urban parish prosper, when church attendance is down and vocations are lagging and people are fleeing for the suburbs? The New York Times has one intriguing answer: The morning service begins with the swift tap-tap-tap of […]

The Audacity of Pope

posted by deacon greg kandra

Your Humble Blogger has hardly been idle. I just posted a little something over at the CBS News blog “Couric & Co.”: Watching Pope Benedict step out of his limousine this morning and wave to the thousands cheering on the […]

Father What-A-Waste

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

That’s Katie Couric’s cheeky nickname for the dashing and telegenic Fr. Thomas Williams, who played football for the University of Michigan before becoming a priest with the Legionairies of Christ. He’s now a Vatican analyst for CBS News. And here’s […]

Magnificent bloggery, the papal edition

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Over at the New York Times, they have a running blog of various religious observers and experts, discussing the papal visit. Fascinating stuff. Some excerpts: From Fr. James Martin, SJ: “I am deeply ashamed,” Pope Benedict XVI said this morning, […]

Wilkomen!

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

In case you missed it earlier, here he is, stretching his legs at Andrews Air Force Base and saying howdy to the Bush family.

Who Benedict is — and isn’t

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

The ink is starting to flow, and the analysis of the papal visit is going to be thick (and probably inaccurate). But over at Pajamas Media, The Anchoress has placed Pope Benedict in an interesting context. Seems all those nervous […]

Praying for vocations inside New York City’s seminary

posted by deacon greg kandra

One of the stops Pope Benedict will be making this week is at the seminary for the Archdiocese of New York. And the New York Times has a compelling look at how vocations are doing there (hint: not great) and […]

Healing after Virginia Tech: “Purpose and hope – the raw ingredients of happiness”

posted by deacon greg kandra

While much of Catholic America is fixing its gaze on the pontiff, as he speeds his way to the U.S., this remarkable story from today’s New York Times caught my eye. It’s timed to another significant event, tomorrow’s one year […]

But how do you wrap it?

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

What do you give the man who has everything? Some Catholic schools came up with a wonderful idea for the pope’s birthday: Pope Benedict XVI turns 81 on Wednesday during his stop in Washington, D.C., and Catholic school students say […]

Barack Obama’s Catholic “kitchen cabinet”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Everybody wants the Catholic vote, and now Barack Obama has even formed a Catholic advisory committee, according to the blog at America magazine: Here’s Obama’s Catholic Kitchen Cabinet: National Co-Chairs Senator Bob Casey; Representative Patrick Murphy (PA-08); Former Congressman Tim […]

Meet a “classic stumbling, grumbling, trying-to-sort-it-all-out American Catholic”

posted by deacon greg kandra

One of the best writers at the New York Times, Dan Barry, has composed a thoughtful, honest and unfailingly down-to-earth essay this Sunday on his experience as an American Catholic. Some Catholics, I know, will question whether he is really […]

Are Catholics happy campers?

posted by deacon greg kandra

By and large, yes. Days before the pope hits the States, a new survey takes the temperature of his American flock: According to the survey, eight out of 10 people are very satisfied or at least somewhat satisfied with how […]

Singing the praises of deacons

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

It’s not often that you see the diaconate celebrated in the Catholic press, or celebrated by pastors. But — in a convergence that must be unprecedented — both those remarkable phenomena can be found in this week’s St. Louis Review: […]

Wasn’t planning D-Day easier than mass at Yankee Stadium?

posted by deacon greg kandra

Jesus only had to feed 5,000. The pope has to contend with 57,000, or more, at the massive mass planned for next weekend at Yankee Stadium. (Your Humble Blogger, with Spouse, will be there.) How do you pull off something […]

George W. Bush, “closet Catholic”

posted by deacon greg kandra

A pal sent this my way: a fascinating piece on George Bush and Catholicism from the Religion News Service, reprinted in tomorrow’s edition of the Washington Post: Shortly after Pope Benedict XVI’s election in 2005, President Bush met with a […]

Peggy Noonan on “the man at the window”

posted by deacon greg kandra

While most of the world is turning its attention to what Benedict will be up to when he arrives in America next week, Peggy Noonan is poking around the Vatican, and writing about it with characteristic eloquence and verve: You […]

Praying with the pope

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

The Vatican leaves nothing to chance. They’ve released all the prayers, readings, and even the hymns for the pope’s upcoming visit — and you can even download them. From CWN: The Missal covers each of the major public events on […]

The Vatican’s “heartthrob”

posted by deacon greg kandra

That would be the fellow on the right. It was only a matter of time before the media zeroed in on one of the pontiff’s more telegenic employees: his secretary. Time magazine has taken up this difficult journalistic task: When […]

Dwindling Catholic school enrollment: “A slow-moving disaster”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

A new report paints the clearest picture yet of what is happening in Catholic education — and what isn’t. USA Today has a snapshot: For years, parents at St. Joseph School, a tiny Catholic school in Petersburg, Va., have fretted […]

iGod??

posted by deacon greg kandra

Looking for a little inspiration? Look no further than your iPod. Downloadable sermons are becoming all the rage, as USA Today reports: The Rev. Bruce Walker preaches to a congregation of fewer than 100 people in Greenville, S.C., but people […]

“We live it every day”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

In its ongoing run-up to the pope’s visit, the Washington Post is taking a look at how some Catholics live, and has discovered — surprise surprise — that some of them really are Catholic: During an era when two-thirds of […]

DC pulls bobblehead pope ad

posted by deacon greg kandra

Personally, I think this sounds clever and cute. But others, I guess, disagreed. From the AP: The transportation agency for the nation’s capital has pulled a promotional video from YouTube after the Archdiocese of Washington complained about the star: a […]

William F. Buckley remembered as “truly touched by the grace of God”

posted by deacon greg kandra

What can you say about a man who said everything so remarkably well? This, from Catholic News Service: Mourners remembered William F. Buckley Jr. at an April 4 memorial Mass as a man of deep faith and unfailing confidence in […]

Welcome home

posted by deacon greg kandra

How’s this for 21st century evangelization: an enterprising person has created a website geared specifically to wayward Catholics. And it’s having a phenomenal impact. Check out the story, from Catholic News Agency: In less than three weeks, 3,000 Catholics returned […]

From tragedy, a lesson in forgiveness

posted by deacon greg kandra

You read stories like this and you cannot help but stirred by the human capacity to forgive. It’s from the New York Times, with a big fat hat tip to Rod Dreher at Beliefnet: For more than a quarter mile, […]

How cool is this?

posted by deacon greg kandra

This is the graphic appearing on the sides of buses in Washington, DC: h/t to The American Papist.

Mass merchandising for the papal visit

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

I remember going to the Mall in Washington to see Pope John Paul II on his first trip to the United States, nearly 30 years ago. Vendors sold tee shirts saying “I Got A Peek At The Pope.” They’ve gotten […]

The showoffs who have three kids

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

If anyone wants to know what’s wrong with our culture these days, here’s exhibit A. It’s a commentary from the Washington Post. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Read on: My husband and I are getting ready to do what many […]

Hard times ahead for the Big Easy

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Hot on the heels of the news out of Camden, another diocese — in fact, an archdiocese — is bracing for massive “restructuring,” i.e., parish closings and mergers. From the New Orleans Times-Picayune: Archbishop Alfred Hughes on Saturday began asking […]

The faithful few: a snapshot of Catholics in Japan

posted by deacon greg kandra

Here’s a corner of Catholicism we don’t often hear about: Japan. The New York Times reports on how the faith there is surviving, even as churches are dwindling: Fringed with sheer cliffs and the narrowest strips of flat land, covered […]

Pope’s message could be not just what he says, but what he wears

posted by deacon greg kandra

Leave it to a commentator in Los Angeles — where trends begin and fashion queens reign — to understand, better than his counterparts in the East, that some of the pontiff’s most important pronouncements aren’t made with phrases, but with […]

Camden announces largest closing of parishes in the country

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

It may have not made big headlines, but I have no doubt it stunned a good many people in the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey: a massive restructuring of the diocese that will see fully half of the parishes shuttered. […]

Wanted posters for priests

posted by deacon greg kandra

It’s no secret the Church is looking for a few good men. And it’s found some novel ways to recruit them. From the Kansas City Star: On the door of his room at Conception Seminary College in northwest Missouri, Adam […]

“All is gift, all is given”: a four-minute tour of my parish

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

This terrific video was produced by Roger Aguinaldo, one of our parish’s trustees, to plug our Parish Expo next weekend. It’s geared to the theme of stewardship, and the idea that “All is gift, all is given.” It’s a nifty […]

On preaching: “Is it pablum or prophecy?”

posted by deacon greg kandra

At his diocese’s Chrism Mass, Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg, Florida offered some stirring words to his priests and deacons about the importance of preaching. I thought it worth sharing: Without abusing the privilege of preaching, we must reclaim […]

An archdiocese prepares to ordain its first permanent deacons

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Up in Canada, one region that has never had permanent deacons is about to see that change. From the Western Catholic Reporter: Members of the Edmonton Archdiocese’s first class preparing for the permanent diaconate will be ordained July 4 at […]

“To tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world”

posted by deacon greg kandra

It remains, to my thinking, one of the great speeches of the last century. And it deserves attention again today. It’s Robert F. Kennedy’s improvised remarks in Indianpolis, delivered 40 years ago today, announcing the news of the assasination of […]

Study reveals that spirituality makes children happy

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

What helps make kids happy? A Canadian study says it’s the same for them as it is for the rest of us — it’s all about what’s inside, not outside: Spirituality is a major contributor to a child’s overall happiness […]

The deacon in a wheelchair: “If I could change things, I don’t know if I would”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Here is a story to give hope and uplift to anyone who has ever faced problems in life that seemed insurmountable: testimony by people from all walks of life who are living with physical challenges. One of those people: a […]

Meet the deacon who’s building the pope’s altar

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

On a good day, I can hammer a nail straight into a piece of wood. Most days, I might add, are not good days. I have no talent for carpentry. So I was both envious, and impressed, with this wonderful […]

“God is awesome to work for”

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s the sentiment expressed by a vocations director in Florida — and what led him to that conclusion is described in this article from Florida Catholic, describing a unique tour of a nearby seminary: Christina Fischer apologized to her tour […]

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