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April 29, 2013

It may be the devil, or it may be the Lord,
but you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

 — Bob Dylan

Let’s play a little game. I’ll give you four news items and you tell me what they have in common. Please answer in complete sentences, fill in ovals completely with a No. 2 pencil, and show your work.

1. Belgian archbishop Andre Leonard...

April 29, 2013

Last week while I was working at my computer, my phone chimed with an incoming text. I decided to go with the distraction, so I picked up the phone to read:

I need to miss adoration tonight. Are you going to be there? If not, I'll make it.

The text was from my partner in eucharistic adoration. We fill the same late-night slot at a local parish that offers perpetual adoration. I quickly responded, "No worries, I'll be there."

The brief...

April 28, 2013

My mother recently sent me an email from a friend who was being challenged by an Evangelical to re-consider her Catholicism. He claimed the Catholic Church had perniciously omitted what he referred to as the second commandment—“You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth” (Exodus 20:4)—in order to keep the Catholic faithful in darkness as to the truth...

April 26, 2013

"What if God was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home"

These lyrics came to mind earlier this week as I learned about a new ad campaign that was recently launched by my home Diocese of Brooklyn. The ad depicts an image of the bottom half of a person (presumably Jesus) clad in a robe and wearing a pair of scuffed Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers. The ad simply reads: THE ORIGINAL...

April 26, 2013

Even if you never read Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass (you should, by the way; G. K. Chesterton insisted it is adults and not children who should read Carroll), you probably at least have heard of Alice’s exchange with Humpty Dumpty about the meaning of wordsor, more accurately, about control of the meaning of words. In this case, the word glory.

“I don't know what you mean by ‘glory,’” Alice said.

Humpty Dumpty...