This is really delightful — and on a local news station, no less. Enjoy. H/T The A.
This is really delightful — and on a local news station, no less. Enjoy. H/T The A.
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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 […]
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 […]
Here’s the haunting, beautiful ballad that just won the Oscar: “The Weary Kind,” by Ryan Bingham and T. Bone Burnett, performed by Bingham.
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 […]
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
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: […]
Anawim in Florida? Who knew?! H/T to the indispensable Bill Ditewig: deacon with a sharp eye! (And a handy cell phone…)
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 […]
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.
Forest Hills, New York. 10 a.m. Another. Really. Big. Storm. Read all about it.
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 […]
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 […]
This just cracks me up. Take a minute and laugh along.
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
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 […]
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 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 […]
You have to see it to believe it. Take a look.
Like laughing yourself silly over…ripped paper? This made my day. Enjoy. H/T Sullivan.
Something to warm a long, cold weekend — and to make you smile.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
And to think: more is on the way.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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).
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
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
A breathtaking video that speaks eloquently about gun violence without uttering a word. H/T to Fran.
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 […]
A classic that never grows old…
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
New York City, early Sunday morning, December 20th, 2009.
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. […]
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 […]
To generations of Catholics, she will always be Bernadette. Jennifer Jones died yesterday at the age of 90.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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) […]
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.
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.
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 […]
This terrific video says it all — and beautifully. H/T Mark Shea
An oldie but a goodie: here’s a seasonal favorite, a cleverly devised rendition of the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Enjoy.
If this little taste of the holidays wasn’t enough for you, here’s something that is truly — in every sense — special:
And, I have to say: it’s pretty funny.
…and it’s a-jumpin’, as this ad from France reminds us. It is, in ever sense, cool. Duck!
Spreading the word, instantly, in under 140 characters … Welcome to marriage, in 2009.
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 […]
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’.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
This is just a hoot. Enjoy. H/T to Fran , who put it up on her Facebook page. I’m still smiling.
“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 […]
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.”
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Just take a look at this astonishing — and, yes, creepy — video, shot in Denmark, of a massive swarm of starlings. Details here.
I have no idea where this comes from, but a friend posted it on Facebook. We really are Easter people, aren’t we?
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
Just in time for All Saints Day (next Sunday), a friend sent along this clever variation on a familiar Gilbert & Sullivan patter song. Enjoy.
But this is awfully impressive.
…starting with the stairs. This wonderful little video just made me smile. Enjoy.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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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