Sitting on the back porch last weekend on two occasions I was visited briefly by hummingbirds. They both abruptly flew up and hovered about a foot in front of my face then dashed off southward. I noticed too several monarch butterflies fluttering slowly in a southerly direction that same afternoon.
In his regular Wednesday General Audience today, Pope Benedict XVI said something that cannot help but sound like commentary on the sexual abuse crisis in Catholicism, and what's required for the church to recover.
The first decade of this century was marked by a "housing bubble" that saw all sorts of excesses morph into the norm -- homes with enormous ceilings, families piled into enromous vehicles. But New York Times columnist David Brooks says faith fell victim to many of the same forces of overindulgence.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Just days before an official groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for a major new nuclear weapons facility here, the plans for the site received significant local press coverage this weekend.
A grand experiment in independent Catholic journalism is unfolding in Chicago at ChicagoCatholicNews.com. The site provides local coverage of interest to Chicago-area Catholics, without the funding or permission of the Chicago archdiocese.
It was founded by Robert Herguth, a former reporter and editor at the Chicago Sun-Times.
The site has published several good news stories. It's latest deals with "increasing unrest in Chicago-area parishes -- from those in pews and pulpits."
At last, college football has began this past Saturday. Perennial powerhouses Alabama and Ohio State are #1 and #2, respectively, in the AP Rankings and the Coaches Rankings. Catholic stalwarts, Notre Dame and Boston College - both winners this weekend, received honorable mention for the Top 25 rankings.
I was in Canterbury, England, covering the world conference of Anglican bishops when Pope Paul VI died so I left immediately for Rome.
Therefore a lot of people figure I'm up to speed on what it's going to be like for the Pope when he gets to Great Britain.
Ethan Seitzer would have been 10 years old today. But instead of celebrating that milestone, his family--and our whole parish and school--is grieving. Ethan drowned while swimming in Lake Michigan two weeks ago.
I don't know how parents who lose a child go on. A special Mass was offered for Ethan this morning, and many members of the school and the parish adoptive families group were there to support and pray for Ethan's parents and his 3-year-old sister.
It's the least we can do. I'm not sure how else to offer any consolation to his parents; even well-meaning words sound so trite. Instead I just say, "We're here for you" and show up.
A Catholic shrine and center in Chicago offers a "Lost Child Pilgrimage" for those who have lost a child whether through miscarriage or the death of an adult child or any time in between. Organizers hold up Mary as a model of a grieving parent who drew on her faith for hope.