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Several years ago my wife and I went on vacation to Arlington, Vermont. We stayed at a bed and breakfast, and one afternoon paid a visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum. Rockwell spent part of his life in Arlington, and […]

As a nearly deaf baby who has just received a cochlear implant hears, for the first time, his mother’s voice.

This strikes me as pretty on-target. From the National Catholic Register (H/T New Advent): Blog comments are like the graffiti of the untamed digital continent. Some are helpful, like the spray paint on the fence that says “beware of dog.” […]

These are the general guidelines for comments at The Deacon’s Bench. Violators will be deleted. I regret that I can’t monitor comments 24/7, and my work frequently calls me away from my computer during the day. For the most part, […]

A special event tomorrow at the Vatican will shine a spotlight on eucharistic adoration — and reparation for sex abuse. From CNS: The Vatican is hosting two hours of eucharistic adoration “in reparation for abuses committed by priests and for […]

That’s the idea that kicks off this compelling look at priests serving as high school chaplains in Arizona. It’s a message more and more young people need to hear. Take a look: Holiness is possible. That’s the message Jesuit Father […]

The ad below is the first one for abortion services in Great Britain — and it’s set off a firestorm of controversy: The outfit behind it, Marie Stopes International, is one of the biggest abortion providers in the UK. It […]

Above, Archbishop Jose Gomez, the future Archbishop of Los Angeles, embraces Cardinal Roger Mahony, the present Archbishop, at Gomez’s Mass of Welcome at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on May 26, 2010. My favorite moment, from the […]

He passed away today at the ripe age of 97. People of a certain age can’t help but feel the loss. He had a way about him that was endearing, heartfelt and funny — and unfailingly kind. He had more […]

Those kindly folks who help take up the collection can cause trouble, it seems: Police responded to Mary, Mother of God Roman Catholic Church on Sunday for a report of a fight in the parking lot between an usher and […]