Showing posts from February, 2010

A Techno-Fast for Lent!

"Hi, my name is Bill, and I'm a technoholic." "Hiiii Biiiill...." I grab my cell phone between 6 and 12 times an hour to send or receive a text, e-mail, update/check Facebook, or to micro-blog through Twitter. I have ten pages of apps on my iPhone, from the Mass readings to the Church Fathers, CNN to Craig's List, and games galore. I listen to music on the way to work, at school, and on occasional walks around campus. At home, Apple TV allows us to stream our music and photos over the television, and surf YouTube as well. I have taken well over 10,000 pictures since I got the iPhone nearly three years ago. I love to blog, and listen to podcasts. And I need to let it go. A man is enslaved to whatever he cannot part with that is less than himself. - George MacDonald Let me say straight away that it is good. The wonders we have created by our hands... amazing! But what is the one thing necessary in this life? What is the summum bonum that the saints and mystics have…

Looking Up

It's exhausting to hear, night after night and day after day, of the countless stories of war, and death, violence, and poverty that circle our globe like a dark cloud. Yet, still, we persist in our efforts to "make the world a better place." Don't we? The human spirit still longs for communion, even when so many things reach in to tear it apart. We yearn for harmony even when so much discord fills our ears. We seek love, even when faced with so much hatred and indifference. So what are we doing wrong? When will we get it right? When will peace become a reality? Will there ever really be "united nations"? In the eyes of our Holy Father, Benedict XVI, the answer is... never. All of our work is in vain.
"Will it ever be possible to obtain this brotherhood by human effort alone? As society becomes ever more globalized, it makes us neighbors but does not make us brothers. Reason, by itself, is capable of grasping the equality between men and of giving sta…

Theology of the Body Retreat - Feb 19-21

I'll be giving a Theology of the Body Retreat from Friday to Sunday, Feb. 19-21, 2010, at the Villa Maria Guadalupe Retreat Center in Stamford, Connecticut. It's a beautifully restored mansion now dedicated for prayer and reflection, hosted by the wonderful Sisters of Life. You can register online here, or contact the Sisters directly for more information: Sisters of Life Villa Maria Guadalupe 159 Sky Meadow Dr. Stamford, CT 06903 203.329.1492 fax: 203.329.1495

The March for Life Cover Up 2010

Every year we see the same thing happen, or should I say don't see? The mass media, for whatever reason, refuses to report on the Annual March for Life in our nation's capital. Estimates approaching half a million people from every faith, every age (though mostly young) and from states across America come to walk, pray, sing, and share their passion for Life and the dignity of all, from womb to tomb. What could be so threatening about that? Why does this lead otherwise respectable newscasters and journalists to present complete distortions and out right lies, or turn their gaze elsewhere while we March for Life? I challenge the news media to objectively report on this March next year. The quotes in this video are from some of the biggest names in the news. They have failed miserably and should publicly apologize for their ridiculous and intentional ignorance. America has spoken, open the window and take a look. His Truth is marching on...

Oprah Meets the Sisters.... of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

Special Media Announcement from Maximus Group Tune in to the Oprah Winfrey Show tomorrow (Check your local listings) for her interview with Four Sisters from the Dominican Sisters of Mary. Tomorrow is the 13th anniversary of the founding of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. The Sisters were asked to participate in a show on religious life to speak about a hidden life that many people might never experience.

National Theology of the Body Congress! Save the Date!

The Theology of the Body Institute announces the National Theology of the Body Congress — the most expansive and comprehensive gathering of Theology of the Body experts and enthusiasts ever assembled. This unprecedented three-day event includes: More than 35 seminars, roundtable discussions, expert panels and keynote addresses featuring leading experts discussing a wide array of Theology of the Body-related themes and topics;Networking with key Theology of the Body leaders, catechists, Church leaders and teachers from around the country;Exposure to an array of Catholic vendors specializing in Theology of the Body-related products and services.Experience the most expansive gathering of Theology of the Body experts and educators in the history of this extraordinary teaching. SPEAKERS INCLUDE:Justin Cardinal Rigali Fr. Brian Bransfield Fr. Thomas Loya Sr. Helena Burns F.S.P. Dr. Janet Smith Katrina Zeno Christopher West Glenn Stanton Dr. Pia de Solenni Fr. Richard Hogan Bill Donaghy Dam…

Getting LOST

It's just fun. You're at the Jersey Shore in August, just a kid, and you're big enough to be out in the surf, and a big 'ole wave rises up, and you see hordes of kids and adults to the right and left jumping up and down, getting ready to ride that thing when it billows and breaks over them. Such a feeling is sweeping the nation right now with the debut of the final season of the television series LOST. What is it about this ridiculously complex show that has captivated so many? I think two things - the Humanity and the Divinity. Let me 'esplain. THE HUMANITY LOST has an unparalleled cast of characters, each of them as unique as the next. The cross-section of humanity in this series is impressive to say the least. It traverses the globe, it splashes a host of colors on its palate, and gives us a taste of as many languages. It makes Gilligan's Island look like vanilla pudding (come to think of it...) LOST is all of us and all of us are LOST. Each of us too seek…

It Ain't Easy Being Green... Or Is It?

Kermit the Frog used to sing, "It ain't easy being green" but today, in our eco-conscious climate, it seems being "green" has never been easier. It's a regular agenda, and not just from the crunchy cons, or the liberal left. Enter Pope Benedict: Contemplating the beauty of creation inspires us to recognize the love of the Creator, that Love which “moves the sun and the other stars”.... It is imperative that mankind renew and strengthen “that covenant between human beings and the environment, which should mirror the creative love of God, from whom we come and towards whom we are journeying.- Pope Benedict XVI A Covenant with Creation? For Catholics, this whole Green Movement isn't just a passing fad. It was part of our marching orders way back in Eden; "Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over all living things." For most of our subsequent story, sadly, that call to stewardship, harmony, fecundity, and dominion,…