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Nuns on the run

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This is really delightful — and on a local news station, no less. Enjoy. H/T The A.

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Jesus gets panned

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Read all about it here.

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Could a guy from Queens be the next American Idol? — UPDATED

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After catching this amazing performance by Michael Lynche last night, I’m starting to think so. Beautiful, haunting, and real. Take a look. mike 16 @ Yahoo! Video UPDATE: For those who are curious, here’s an interesting piece on the story […]

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Maybe he just overdid it on Ash Wednesday

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Something rare and remarkable, from National Geographic: an all-black penguin. As one expert described it: “Well that is astonishing,” he said. “I’ve never ever seen that before. It’s a one in a zillion kind of mutation somewhere. The animal has […]

“This ain’t no place for the weary kind…”

posted by jmcgee

Here’s the haunting, beautiful ballad that just won the Oscar: “The Weary Kind,” by Ryan Bingham and T. Bone Burnett, performed by Bingham.

“War is hell”

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That’s the punchline for the funniest 30 seconds from the classic “Airplane!” TCM was showing this last night. It’s not as good as I remember it; the experience of watching it in your living room is very different from watching […]

“This too shall pass”: genius on display

posted by jmcgee

Some people just have entirely too much time on their hands. But there’s clearly a mad genius at work here. Take a look and marvel at the imagination behind this.  It’s Rube Goldberg on acid. H/T Sullivan

Want to build a Wiccan altar in shop class?

posted by jmcgee

Forget it. (And that evidently goes for any other religious symbol, too.) Just weeks after a Wiccan worship space caused a stir at the Air Force Academy, a teenager’s plan to build an altar in Iowa is causing problems, too: […]

Worth a thousand words

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Anawim in Florida?  Who knew?! H/T to the indispensable Bill Ditewig: deacon with a sharp eye!  (And a handy cell phone…)

“The Sacred Made Real”

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Just in time for Lent, an unusual and dramatic exhibit of religious art has just opened at Washington’s National Gallery, and the Washington Post offers an assessment that, among other things, describes the lengths to which some artists will go […]

Remember: fish on Friday

posted by jmcgee

Does kibble count? I have no idea where this originated — a friend posted it on his Facebook page today — but it’s the perfect antidote for a blizzardy Friday. Enjoy.

Here we snow again

posted by jmcgee

Forest Hills, New York. 10 a.m.  Another.  Really.  Big.  Storm.  Read all about it.

iDo

posted by jmcgee

So this is what we have come to: a couple exchanging wedding vows in the landmark Apple Store in midtown Manhattan. The person officiating is dressed like Steve Jobs, and reading the vows from text on an iPhone. Strangers mull […]

One woman’s “tribute to God”: 2,000 descendents

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Somehow, I missed this eye-popping piece of news when it broke late last week — but it deserves some space here. It tells of a life deeply rooted in faith, tradition and family: When Yitta Schwartz died last month at […]

Inspired: 50 impressions in 50 seconds

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This just cracks me up. Take a minute and laugh along.

Hide the carrots

posted by jmcgee

I’m not sure if this is cute…or creepy. But several weeks before Easter, we have a visit from this massive Thumper: a rabbit from England that weighs a whopping 40 pounds.  Watch CBS News Videos Online

Okay. So what is curling, anyway?

posted by jmcgee

I’m sure you’re probably as baffled by this Olympic sport as I am. We never had curling teams in high school, and nobody that I know ever bought curling season tickets to tournaments at Madison Square Garden. Growing up, the […]

Smile and say “Ashes!”

posted by jmcgee

Now I’ve seen everything. I have a brief break between services on this Ash Wednesday, so I wanted to share this incredible-but-true moment from this afternoon. It was our noon mass. It was, predictably, mobbed. Standing room only. During the […]

A year in the life

posted by jmcgee

A fella by the name of Dan Meyer has put together an “annual report,” detailing how he spent his time in 2009. He then decided to post it online, for the rest of the world to see. As we head […]

Geek alert: robot solves Rubik’s cube in under 12 seconds

posted by jmcgee

You have to see it to believe it. Take a look.

Simple pleasures really ARE the best

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Like laughing yourself silly over…ripped paper? This made my day. Enjoy. H/T Sullivan.

Dust in the wind: a Muppet ballad

posted by jmcgee

Something to warm a long, cold weekend — and to make you smile.

How do you keep a marriage alive?

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Everybody has their own advice on this subject. Now, just in time for Valentine’s Day (and World Marriage Day), the Wall Street Journal asks a few famous people for their ideas.  Sharon Osbourn, says “Never, ever give up.” Her husband […]

Still. Coming. Down.

posted by jmcgee

My sister in suburban Maryland (Howard County) reports that they’re getting hammered. Again. On top of the three feet or so they got last weekend, another foot or more is piling up. She sent me the picture below.  It was […]

One more week ’til Lent

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Ash Wednesday is only a week away, and the purple will come out and the “Alleluias” will be silenced. So for now, enjoy this latest rendition — and a gorgeous one, at that — of a perennial favorite of The […]

Incredible time lapse of “Snowmaggedon”

posted by jmcgee

And to think: more is on the way. 

“Real men love Breesus”

posted by jmcgee

After last night, that phrase is truer than ever — and the cult of the quarterback seems stronger than ever, as the T shirt below indicates. For his part, Drew Brees — a Catholic — seems non-plussed and unimpressed. Check […]

Will the “Faith Bowl” score a touchdown?

posted by jmcgee

While football fans with spend Sunday absorbed in the Biggest Game of the Year (if they aren’t still digging out from that massive storm), fans of faith will be keeping an eye on a different kind of sports program: It’s […]

Praise God, from whom all chickens flow

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The fast food chain Chick-fil-A had a banner year, and decided to give credit where credit is due: Fast-food chain Chick-fil-A celebrated its 42nd year of consecutive sales growth Tuesday with praise to God. “Chick-fil-A has truly been blessed to […]

Meet the Super Bowl chaplains

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Of course, any team named the Saints would have a priest on board. But the Colts? Details: Sunday’s Super Bowl contenders have been well-coached–both in football and in spiritual fitness. The Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints each include a […]

For Groundhog Day

posted by jmcgee

Okay. To mark the occasion, that terrific movie’s recurring, haunting and unbelievably annoying anthem — in what may be its definitive performance. This is a television classic: Sonny & Cher’s reunion on Letterman’s old show in 1987. I remember seeing […]

Looking “Up”: Scenes from a marriage in just four minutes

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I was heartened to see that the wonderful Disney/Pixar film “Up” nabbed an Oscar nomination for Best Picture — and deservedly so.  Trolling around on YouTube I found this lovely scene from the film, which distills the heart and soul […]

“Jesus was a fighter”: religion that packs a punch

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And sometimes a mean left hook: In the back room of a theater on Beale Street, John Renken, 42, a pastor, recently led a group of young men in prayer. “Father, we thank you for tonight,” he said. “We pray […]

U.S. Air Force creates Wiccan worship space

posted by jmcgee

Evidently, Wiccans form the largest non-Christian faith in the Air Force. Now they’ll have a place to call their own: The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado will set aside a worship space for followers of “Earth-centered” religions such as […]

Catholic Church copyrights term “Saints”; football fans shocked!

posted by jmcgee

Well, who knew? This item, from a sports fan site, lays it all out (with tongue planted firmly in cheek): In unrelated events, the following actions and cease and desist orders were served to the National Football League and NFL […]

Ladies and gentlemen: the iPad

posted by jmcgee

As expected, here’s Apple’s latest new toy — and a brief overview.  Will it save the world?  Stay tuned.   You can also visit Apple’s website for the whole picture (or the Gospel According to Steve).  

Gimme five!

posted by jmcgee

This arrived on my Yahoo news feed this morning.   If you look up the word “adorable” in the dictionary, I think this video pops up.  I dare you not to say “Awwwwww.” Baby Boxer Handshake @ Yahoo! Video

Need a laugh? Here.

posted by jmcgee

I was pleased to find this little gem over at YouTube: a Pixar classic short, “For the Birds.” If anyone needs reminding of why the geniuses at Pixar are, in fact, geniuses — or why there are things like whimsy […]

Has Catholic University found a lost Rembrandt?

posted by jmcgee

You never know what you may find when you wander into the bathroom. From the Washington Post: Soon after becoming president of Catholic University, the Very Rev. David M. O’Connell went in search of paper towels in his bathroom cabinet. […]

Pro-God ads to hit NYC subways

posted by jmcgee

After atheists spread around some “No God? No Problem” ads over Christmas, a church in Times Square decided to go on a counter-offensive: Pro-God ads will hit some 1,000 subway cars throughout New York City beginning Friday, announced the New […]

How gay are Catholic priests?

posted by jmcgee

Well, Andrew Sullivan points to this Amazon link as evidence of a lavender underground, but the evidence — like the wafers in question — is thin. From my experience, priests don’t buy communion wafers; sacristans or church secretaries do. And […]

Jesus and Mary in fruit?

posted by jmcgee

So it seems, according to this report out of Buffalo: A Lockport man says he believes an image of Jesus and Mary can be found in an orange he cut open for breakfast Christmas morning. Paul Kulniszewski of Lockport, a […]

All creatures of our God and King

posted by jmcgee

My sister sent this to me. I have no idea where she got it. But it cracked me up.  I think it’s worth posting before the last trees are dragged to the curb, and the final glass balls are returned […]

The real story behind General Tso’s chicken!

posted by jmcgee

This delicacy is a staple for anyone who has ever eaten out of a cardboard carton that was  delivered by an intense young man wearing a baseball cap and a rain poncho and peddling a spindly bicycle with one flat […]

“I’m not the man they think I am at home…”

posted by jmcgee

A friend posted this today on his Facebook page, and it seems an apt musical interlude for the feast of the Epiphany, since it involves a “star trek” of a different kind…and a manifestation of something, um…unusual. It really has […]

It’s your husband’s fault

posted by jmcgee

And now there’s scientific evidence to back it up: It is widely known that women tend to gain weight after giving birth, but now a large study has found evidence that even among childless women, those who live with a […]

A blast from the past: a classic Ray Conniff Christmas medley

posted by jmcgee

Including, for this feast, “We Three Kings.” This brings back memories of my childhood, and my Dad’s Philco television with the rabbit ears, and the boxy wooden stereo in the living room that played endless Christmas LPs. (The Firestone Collection […]

Tim Tebow: no boasting

posted by jmcgee

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast. For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus […]

“Stop the bullets”

posted by jmcgee

A breathtaking video that speaks eloquently about gun violence without uttering a word. H/T to Fran.

Tiny Tim was originally Little Fred??!!

posted by jmcgee

Incredible, but true. The New York Times dispatched a team of readers to pore over the original, hand-scribbled manuscript of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” A key finding: (Declan) Kiely (curator at the Morgan Library) said he was impressed that (reader […]

Merry Christmas from the Muppets

posted by jmcgee

A classic that never grows old…

A Catholic “American Idol”

posted by jmcgee

That’s the spin that’s being put on this intriguing singing competition in Florida: So you think you’ve had a busy few days? Consider Jacqui Urbuteit’s schedule since last Thursday: She took her final exams for college. She worked at an […]

Start popping the popcorn

posted by jmcgee

Looking for a great flick for the holidays? Catholic New World, from the Archdiocese of Chicago, has some terrific suggestions (h/t CNS), and even a few surprises (I’m glad that someone else besides me also appreciates the goofy charms of […]

“The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats”

posted by jmcgee

An alert reader sent this my way.  I don’t know what’s more amazing: that someone actually wrote this (and that it rhymes) or that someone took the time to find pictures and create a video out of it. At any […]

Almost there

posted by jmcgee

A favorite of mine this time of year: “Not That Far From Bethlehem.” The Christian singing trio Point of Grace did the definitive version a few years back, but I like this one, by a group called The Jordans, too.

Worth a thousand words

posted by jmcgee

New York City, early Sunday morning, December 20th, 2009.

Somewhere, John Lennon is smiling

posted by jmcgee

To raise awareness of AIDS in Africa, Starbucks on December 7th staged a simultaneous singing of “All You Need is Love,” featuring representatives from more than 150 nations around the world, all chiming in at once. The result is below. […]

Taking stock tips at faith value

posted by jmcgee

Looking for a little investing advice? How about some moral guidelines for where to place your money?  Have no fear: Big Christian churches buy and sell stocks and bonds for their building and retirement plans. But they sometimes feel bad […]

R.I.P., Jennifer Jones

posted by jmcgee

To generations of Catholics, she will always be Bernadette. Jennifer Jones died yesterday at the age of 90.

Oy to the world: the Jewish composers of Christmas songs

posted by jmcgee

The cabaret singer Michael Feinstein points out something many may not know: some of the best-loved songs about Christmas were written, in fact, by composers who were Jewish: The evolution of Christmas is reflected to a degree in its music. […]

Billboard depicts Mary and Joseph in bed

posted by jmcgee

In New Zealand, a controversial billboard outside a church is sparking anger — and even protest: It was designed to provoke conversation with non-believers. However, a risqué poster depicting the Virgin Mary lying in bed with Joseph – suggesting they […]

If I ever wear this, just shoot me

posted by jmcgee

Because clearly I will be a danger to society. I’m talking about this outfit, from the New York Times today: The Times looks at the return of fashion, at least when it comes to men, and credits (or blames) “Mad […]

“Christ, be our light…”

posted by jmcgee

That was sung on Gaudete Sunday at my parish, and it remains one of my favorites among the newer hymns. (It has one of those endearing, simple, waltzy melodies that you can never shake after you’ve heard it.) Looking around […]

Mythbusters: debunking the “12 Days of Christmas”

posted by jmcgee

I had almost forgotten about this, until the Concord Pastor brought it up. It’s worth noting, once again: the oft-repeated lore about the true meaning of “The 12 Days of Christmas” isn’t true. From Snopes.com: Two very large red flags […]

A Catholic “Robin Hood”? Take a look

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I didn’t catch a glimpse of Friar Tuck, but Russell Crowe does make the sign of the cross at the conclusion of this very effective trailer for the upcoming epic. It appears to owe a lot to “Gladiator” (of course) […]

Madam, you’re Adam

posted by jmcgee

Get a load of this clever mural: Evidently, it’s the brainchild of this company. You can surf their site for more examples of their work. 

The Muppets ring in the season

posted by jmcgee

If you couldn’t get enough of their inspired “Bohemian Rhapsody“, here’s a little holiday chaser for you. H/T to Fr. Austin Murphy.

“Baby, are you down?”

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This is guaranteed to pick you up. A delightful video created by an Oregon hospital to raise awareness about breast cancer.  The e-mail I got with this said: “Our daughter-in-law,  Emily (MacInnes) Somers, created, directed and choreographed this in Portland […]

What’s Advent about?

posted by jmcgee

This terrific video says it all — and beautifully. H/T Mark Shea

Out of great silence: silent monks sing!

posted by jmcgee

An oldie but a goodie: here’s a seasonal favorite, a cleverly devised rendition of the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Enjoy.

Do you hear what I hear?

posted by jmcgee

If this little taste of the holidays wasn’t enough for you, here’s something that is truly — in every sense — special:

SNL takes some swipes at Tiger Woods

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And, I have to say: it’s pretty funny.

Christmas is a-comin’…

posted by jmcgee

…and it’s a-jumpin’, as this ad from France reminds us.  It is, in ever sense, cool. Duck!

The joy of text: lovebirds Twitter their wedding

posted by jmcgee

Spreading the word, instantly, in under 140 characters … Welcome to marriage, in 2009.     

Gotta love these singing nuns

posted by jmcgee

They are the jolly, jubilant, joyful Daughters of St. Paul, who have made music and the media their ministry.   They’ve been doing concert appearances around the country for years, and have released some wonderful CDs, too. They passed through New […]

These kids slay me

posted by jmcgee

To kick-start your Monday: a familiar rock anthem gets a new spin, courtesy the terrific (and justly celebrated) PS22 Chorus. A message of hopeful anticipation for this first Monday of Advent: don’t stop believin’.

Need your heart lifted? Watch this.

posted by jmcgee

Further proof that there are angels among us. A train door separated a three-year-old toddler from his father — and a woman was there to take the child’s hand and wait with him until his dad made it back. Watch […]

How’s this for New Evangelization?

posted by jmcgee

Wherein the medium for evangelizing is an athlete’s face: Tonight is Tim Tebow’s last home game as a Florida Gator, and he is guiding the Gators to a comfortable 37-10 fourth-quarter lead over rival Florida State. His eye blacks contain […]

Savior of iron

posted by jmcgee

Well, if people see Mary all over the place, why not Jesus, too? From the Boston Globe: Until this week, Mary Jo Coady had never given her iron a second thought. Then she saw a likeness of Jesus staring back […]

A good thief

posted by jmcgee

The perp involved in a crime that took place more than half a century ago has evidently had a change of heart: The mystery of a portable radio stolen 54 years ago from a Clarke College teacher’s lounge may never […]

An instant classic: The Muppets “Bohemian Rhapsody”

posted by jmcgee

This is just a hoot. Enjoy. H/T to Fran , who put it up on her Facebook page. I’m still smiling. 

“Thank God for crying babies”

posted by jmcgee

“Don’t worry about the crying child. All of that crying just means that the Catholic Church has a future. If you go into a church that does not have a crying baby, that church is in trouble. It has no […]

Who’s crying now? Not Susan Boyle.

posted by jmcgee

She was up at the crack of dawn to sing for the crowd at the TODAY show. It was a chilly November morning, but this performance could make you melt.  Behold: Susan Boyle’s gorgeous interp of “Cry Me A River.”

Remember when TV was good?

posted by jmcgee

Going through old boxes, I stumbled on a 33 rpm recording of this TV special from way-back-when: “Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall.” I have fond memories of hearing it on my parents’ big boxy wooden stereo in our living […]

The highest form of Flannery

posted by jmcgee

It didn’t get much attention, but news moved yesterday that a beloved prize-winning Catholic author won another prize: Among the National Book Awards winners named on Wednesday night whose names may elude you, one honoree you’ve almost certainly heard of […]

“Faith is no reason”

posted by jmcgee

Sound catchy? A group of atheists thinks so, and gave that phrase a prize: Blasphemy. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. And the T-shirt reads, “Faith is no reason.” The Center for Inquiry (CFI), an international advocacy group based […]

Here’s a stocking stuffer for you…

posted by jmcgee

If this doesn’t give you pause, nothing will: a video game supposedly based on the mass. Judging from this article, some skeptics think it’s a joke. (Well, whether intended or not, it is a scream…) Personally, I have my doubts, but […]

The word of the year: “unfriend”

posted by jmcgee

Facebookers will recognize its meaning. And now it is officially entering the lexicon: “Unfriend” has been named the word of the year by the New Oxford American Dictionary, chosen from a list of finalists with a tech-savvy bent. Unfriend was […]

Lawsuit opposes “In God We Trust”

posted by jmcgee

Those four little words are causing some big problems, again, after they were added to a popular tourist destination: The American Center for Law and Justice has filed a legal response to a lawsuit that opposes religious engravings in the […]

His eye is on the sparrows — all 300,000 of them

posted by jmcgee

Just take a look at this astonishing — and, yes, creepy — video, shot in Denmark, of a massive swarm of starlings. Details here.

A positive sign

posted by jmcgee

I have no idea where this comes from, but a friend posted it on Facebook. We really are Easter people, aren’t we?

Judge bars Christian license plate

posted by jmcgee

A religious license plate won’t be popping up on cars in South Carolina any time soon. From the New York Times: A United States District Judge has struck down a Christian-themed license plate that had been approved by the South […]

Writing about prayer: “It’s tap-dancing on the radio”

posted by jmcgee

The astonishing Mary Karr reflects on prayer and writing: Writing about prayer to a secular audience is tap-dancing on the radio. I want to say “Gee whiz, isn’t this great” and have everyone’s head cocked like the RCA dog. I […]

A holy water font for the swine flu era

posted by jmcgee

Necessity is the mother of invention, of course, and an Italian inventor — sensing a necessity — has invented something that blends the sacred with the sensible: The terracotta dispenser, used in the northern town of Fornaci di Briosco, functions […]

Lest we forget…

posted by jmcgee

In Kabul, a military chaplain prepares for a service in a British cemetery to mark Remembrance Day. Commonwealth countries as well as other countries around the world observe two minutes of silence at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day […]

An early Veteran’s Day gift for you

posted by jmcgee

If this doesn’t make you weep, check your pulse.  It’s brief, and just plain wonderful.       The Return from Iraq – Awesome video clips here H/T New Advent and Creative Minority Report

Marking the “Day of the Dead”

posted by jmcgee

How did you mark All Souls Day? A California paper looks at one local tradition: A sacred parade  That was the scene in the near-ghost town of Hornitos on Monday night as about 250 candle-carrying people made the steep, narrow […]

Send in the clown masses!

posted by jmcgee

Finally, one ministry where the idea of a clown mass is not as far-fetched as it sounds:  A circus ministry team, which includes a Boston priest, is charged with bringing the word of God to circus performers, people who are constantly […]

Novelist Mary Gordon writes about “reading Jesus”

posted by jmcgee

Acclaimed Catholic novelist Mary Gordon has a new book out — and the subject strikes very close to home: it’s all about the gospels.  From Newsweek: The novelist and literary critic Mary Gordon loves the story of the prodigal son, […]

The very model of a modern major catechist

posted by jmcgee

Just in time for All Saints Day (next Sunday), a friend sent along this clever variation on a familiar Gilbert & Sullivan patter song. Enjoy.

Some people have too much time on their hands

posted by jmcgee

But this is awfully impressive.     

Make your own kind of music…

posted by jmcgee

…starting with the stairs. This wonderful little video just made me smile. Enjoy.

Slow day at the office

posted by jmcgee

Sorry, but I just got a big kick out of this. If you have a video camera on your laptop, and you’re bored, what else are you gonna do but create your very own music video? Enjoy.

Sarah Silverman’s “stupid” idea

posted by jmcgee

A comedian’s suggestion to sell the Vatican isn’t going over well with at least one archbishop:  Sell the Vatican to help the poor? U.S. comedian Sarah Silverman might think it’s a great idea, but a Nigerian archbishop called the suggestion […]

Scholar claims God created us, but not the earth

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

And now, a little head-scratcher for a Monday morning.  A leading scholar claims that a botched translation has been misleading us for thousands of years: Professor Ellen van Wolde, a respected Old Testament scholar and author, claims the first sentence […]

Know when to hold ’em: meet the poker-playing priest

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Just when you thought you’d seen it all…along comes this: A South Carolina priest made headlines this week when he starred in a new poker competition on US television this week. Father Andrew Trapp, an assistant pastor at Garden City […]

Who is God? A movie looks for answers.

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

This unusual documentary, “Oh My God,” is hitting movie theaters this fall. The trailer below — featuring, among others, Ringo Starr and Hugh Jackman — gives an intriguing preview.     

Visitors to the Capitol can finally see ‘God’

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

This is the sort of thing that you don’t hear about in the mainstream press, but it’s worth noting:  When the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center opened in December 2008, the national motto, “In God We Trust,” was nowhere to be […]

Who started the fire?

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Turns out, Billy Joel didn’t tell the whole story.  The fire actually began on Pentecost.  So: check out this interp of a classic, courtesy the indispensable New Advent and New Zealand’s Liturgy blog.   For those deacon candidates studying Church […]

The story behind one of the most famous pro-life photos in the world

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Photo: by Michael Clancy Many of us have seen it, but few of us have heard the story behind this iconic photo of a fetus clutching a doctor’s finger. But the man who took the picture wants the story to […]

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