For Corpus Christi: “God in the Streets of New York”

That’s the title of this short, beautiful film produced by Grassroots Films, following a Eucharistic procession through the streets of New York.  Take four minutes and watch. This is Corpus Christi: the Body of Christ. [Read more...]

The way we were: June 8, 1968

One of many heart-rending images captured by photographer Paul Fusco from a window on RFK’s funeral train.  See the gallery here. And check out the full collection of pictures at Magnum Photos. Were we ever that young and innocent? [Read more...]

Transcendent

That’s the only way to describe this stunning picture, from the recent ordination of deacons in Hartford: [Read more...]

Crystal Cathedral’s new name: Christ Cathedral

  Well, that’s simple to remember, isn’t it? Details: The Crystal Cathedral received a new name Saturday: Christ Cathedral. The name for the anticipated central worship space for Orange County’s Catholics came from more than 4,100 submissions, and received the Vatican’s approval in April. The diocese plans to move into its new cathedral next June, [Read More...]

Want to see a deacon ordination?

Behold, the delayed stream of today’s ordination of deacons in Orlando. (FWIW: The processional is one of my favorites: “Out of Darkness,” which I selected for my Mass of Thanksgiving following my own ordination five years ago…) N.B.: The video will only be available for viewing until 11 pm EST on 9 June. I hope [Read More...]

Remembering St. Ephrem, the “Harp of the Holy Spirit”

Today is this great deacon saint’s feast.  I rather like the icon of him, shown above.  Those of us who spend a lot of our time poised over pages of words — or screens of text — can relate.  He has three desks, and too many words to keep track of! A little background on [Read More...]

Texas teen carrying cross to Washington

    The story: Junior Garcia was carrying a 12-foot cross along Interstate-30 in Fort Worth and Arlington on Thursday afternoon. He was hard to miss. “This is my way of showing them Jesus Christ wants a personal relationship with every single one of them,” Garcia said. The idea came to him last July, when [Read More...]

Homily for June 10, 2012: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ — UPDATED WITH AUDIO

[Click here for readings] For audio of this homily, from the 11:30 am Mass, click the green arrow below. Last week, we marked the anniversary of D-Day, the invasion that began the end of World War II.  If you go on the Internet, you can find some remarkable stories of Catholic priests who ministered to [Read More...]

“You’re not special”: the ultimate commencement speech

From English teacher David McCullough, who offered these gems to the Wellesley High School graduating class in Boston: Your ceremonial costume… shapeless, uniform, one-size-fits-all. Whether male or female, tall or short, scholar or slacker, spray-tanned prom queen or intergalactic X-Box assassin, each of you is dressed, you’ll notice, exactly the same. And your diploma… but [Read More...]

The theology of “The Avengers”

Those who enjoyed this movie (count me in!) might also enjoy Fr. Michael Denk’s theological ruminations on it in Crisis: The Hulk, as compellingly played by Mark Ruffalo, is a man at war with himself.  In one scene where mass destruction is evident Captain America says to Bruce Banner (Hulk’s alter-ego): “Doc… I think now [Read More...]

Anyone miss the comments?

Well, then, here.   A grateful h/t to Joanne McPortland, who always knows how to crack me up. [Read more...]

Just in time to celebrate St. Ephrem the deacon…

…four men will be ordained deacons on his feast, 9 June, in Sioux City. Pictured above, from a recent retreat: Dan Carney, Holy Trinity Parish, Fort Dodge; John Rudd, St. Patrick’s Parish, Estherville; Father Brent Lingle; Jorge Fernandez, Cathedral of Epiphany Parish; and Paul Kestel, St. Mary’s Parish, Storm Lake. Soon-to-be Deacon John Rudd dropped [Read More...]

Is the “Fortnight for Freedom” a “Fortnight to Defeat Obama”?

One observer thinks so: The Catholic Church practically invented politics, so it may be asking too much to expect American bishops to steer completely clear of affairs of state. There are times when they couldn’t if they wanted to and they feel this is one of those times. The upcoming “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign to [Read More...]

Benedict celebrates Corpus Christi

You can read his homily for the occasion here.  And see him in action below. [Read more...]

Pelosian Theology

“I do my religion on Sundays, in church, and I try to go other days of the week; I don’t do it at this press conference.” – Nancy Pelosi, when asked her views regarding Catholic teaching on contraception. [Read more...]

Ordination update: 13 new deacons for Philadelphia

From the Philadelphia Standard & Times: The June 2 ordination ceremony for Philadelphia’s newest permanent deacons was strikingly similar to the May 19 ordination ceremony for its newest priests. One noticeable difference was that the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul was much more crowded for the deacons, which is reasonable because there were [Read More...]

First same-sex religious “commitment” ceremony performed by Army chaplain

Details from CNN: A same-sex ceremony between an enlisted woman and a civilian woman on a U.S. Army post last month drew protests from lawmakers Thursday. The “private religious ceremony” took place at Fort Polk in Louisiana in May, post spokesman Scott Stearns said, but he would confirm few other details. Rep. John Fleming, a [Read More...]

Inspiration: one teen’s journey from homeless to Harvard

This just makes you sit up and go “Wow.”  Read on: Dawn Loggins returned from a prestigious academic camp last summer and discovered her parents had abandoned her. So she did the only thing she knew. She adjusted. She went to live with a friend’s mother. She took a part-time job as the custodian at [Read More...]


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