Now This Is How A Church Should Be Renovated

Over at the Deacon’s Bench: See below… and read the story behind it here. Love it or hate it, you have to admit: it’s a dramatic difference.  I’m reminded of something Fr. George Rutler said a couple years ago, when  I had the privilege of meeting him and serving as a deacon at his gorgeous…

North Koreans Punished for Insufficient Grief

Oh my… Authorities in North Korea are reportedly punishing citizens – six months of hard labour – who didn’t mourn hard enough over the death of “eternal leader” Kim Jong-il. Anyone who didn’t attend the histrionic mass gatherings in Kim’s honour, or who did attend “but didn’t cry and didn’t seem genuine,” could be subjected…

Children are Being Abandoned on Greece’s Streets

Children ‘dumped in streets by Greek parents who can’t afford to look after them any more’ Shocking! Children are being abandoned on Greece’s streets by their poverty-stricken families who cannot afford to look after them any more. Youngsters are being dumped by their parents who are struggling to make ends meet in what is fast…

A Complete Ignatius Catholic Study Bible in 2014 / 2015

It would seem as if an entire Ignatius Catholic Study Bible will be completed by 2014 or 2015. I already have the New Testament and it really is good. I do hope they hurry along… HT:  Timothy who notes: The beginning of this interview I found most helpful, where Hahn essentially compares the ICSB to the NIV Study…

Clothing Matters: What We Wear to Church

The so-called “worship wars” of recent years may have produced a winner. Many congregations remain divided between traditional and contemporary styles, but in most places the contemporary appears to have gained the upper hand. What’s more, our worship services have become increasingly relaxed and informal affairs. You can see it in what we wear. Church…

You Never Marry the Right Person

How our culture misunderstands compatibility. In generations past, there was far less talk about “compatibility” and finding the ideal soul-mate. Today we are looking for someone who accepts us as we are and fulfills our desires, and this creates an unrealistic set of expectations that frustrates both the searchers and the searched for. In John…