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Catholics are a distinct minority in Alabama, but a paper there reports on some of the efforts underway to find and bring back lapsed members of the flock: Churches grow and shrink. That’s something that has al­ways happened in the […]

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A very amusing, and very clever, dissection of a part of the mass that is often overlooked. A cheerful h/t to Bosco at The Naked Liturgist.

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When was the last time you went to confession? This author, a college co-ed, has a confession of her own to make: it’s been a while: Gary Stern of the Journal News reported that in the wake of Pope Benedict’s […]

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That was how George Clooney described him today, after learning of Pollack’s death yesterday at 73, from cancer. Everything Sydney Pollack did had intelligence and taste. And he was a terrific actor, as well as a gifted director. For my […]

A few days ago I mentioned some of the debate raging over Ted Kennedy, and the conflicts some are facing when it comes to offering up prayers for him and his family. Now Elizabeth Scalia (a.k.a. The Anchoress) has provided […]

Monday is the feast of St. Philip Neri, famous for his joyful spirit and sprightly sense of humor. “A joyful heart,” he said, “is more easily made perfect than a downcast one.” In tribute to his own unique spirituality, I […]

Is chant making a comeback? Some seem to think so, and this item in the Dallas Morning News, from the Religion News Service, adds up the evidence: It doesn’t have much of a beat, the kids can’t dance to it, […]

What his captain told Private James Ryan, of course, was contained in his dying words: “Earn this.” The beautiful conclusion of “Saving Private Ryan.” Lest we forget.

‘Tis the season. Wedding season, that is. This Sunday, I’ll be assisting at a wedding mass. Below is my wedding homily. I wish I could tell you some words of wisdom from the homily given at my own wedding, 22 […]

Twenty two years ago, on May 24, 1986, Siobhain Marie Meyer, throwing common sense aside, became my wife. Happy Anniversary, to the greatest partner, on the dance floor and in life.