The Deacon's Bench
February 2009 Archives

And we’re not talking about the liturgical color here — we’re talking about how observing Lent can help to reduce our carbon footprint. Really. As we mark the first Friday of this season, take a look at this: It’s a […]

The latest wrinkle in the SSPX/Richard Williamson melodrama: he says he’s sorry. From Reuters: A Roman Catholic bishop who caused an uproar by denying the scale of the Holocaust has apologised for his views in statements carried on a Catholic […]

Those who are monitoring the presence of God in the public square might want to take a look at this: When Barack Obama’s presidential campaign contacted Ryan Culp last year to ask him to deliver a prayer at an Obama […]

I missed this when it ran the other day, but this Times piece on Archbishop Dolan zeroes in on part of his appeal — and why he just might be very good news for vocations: The big recruiters talk about […]

As many people know, New York is one of the archdioceses that has been feeling the pain of parish closings. And some parishioners aren’t taking it sitting down (or even kneeling). From the New York Times: The closing of their […]

Vice President Joe Biden attending an event in Washington yesterday. PHOTO: by Getty Images/Win McNamee

If you are looking for a way to kick-start your Lent, I can think of no better person to turn to than The Anchoress, who is offering this day a rich roundup of thoughtful material. Among other things, she’s offering […]

A true story: a few years ago, I was serving as a Eucharistic Minister on Ash Wednesday, and I stood over there during communion, holding the chalice filled with the Precious Blood. A man came up to me, and I […]

A priest (and homiletics instructor) sent this my way, and it’s well worth pondering — one man’s reflections on the art of preaching: Listening to sermons at Mass, one often thinks, like the professor in the Narnia Chronicles, “What do […]

Another reader, reacting to this post about a perceived slight by the new Archbishop of New York, dropped me a line, with a great story about Archbishop Dolan: [I’m] discerning a vocation to the permanent diaconate in a diocese that […]