Good news. In honor of tonight’s airing of The Sound of Music LIVE, we’re giving away a Sound of Music poster, T-shirt, and the soundtrack album featuring Carrie Underwood. All you have to do is two things, and these two things must be done by 11:59pmET TONIGHT. . . . → Read More: The Sound of Music + a Giveaway — two of my favorite things!
We recently signed on with CMG Booking’s speaker circuit thinking, Who’ll ever hire us?! Less than a week later, Joel was requested to speak for the Legatus chapter of the Quad Cities (Iowa/Illinois). That talk is tonight and its theme is, drum roll, please: The bioethical dilemmas for Catholics under the new healthcare laws (i.e, Obamacare). Whoa. Talk about an insanely complex topic. Or as Donald Trump would said, “It’s HUGE!” . . . → Read More: Prayers for Joel, please. Donald says, “It’s HUGE!”
By now, you’ve most likely heard the story of the “Mystery Priest” from the car accident scene in Eastern Missouri. Interestingly, we were at Conception Abbey in Missouri last week for deacon formation. As you might imagine, this was a hot topic of discussion with both the deacon candidates and the monks. One of our professors indicated he might have a clue about the identity of the mystery priest. He believes it may be Servant of God, Father Lukas Etlin, O.S.B., a monk of Conception Abbey, who died in a car accident in 1927. . . . → Read More: Could Fr. Lukas Etlin be the Missouri “Mystery Priest”?
Women deacons. It’s in the news again thanks to comments a German Bishop recently made about the potential of a new “diaconal” role for women in the Church. Given this topic is one that’s generating conversation and Joel is currently in deacon formation, we felt called weigh in on the issue over at Catholic Stand. . . . → Read More: So You Want to be a Deaconess?
If you’ve been following along with my A to Z posts, you might have noticed I skipped right over the letter K. Here’s the thing. I was ready to publish a post about kenosis and kerygma (sounds like a barn burner, no?), but I just couldn’t shake a different K-word. Kermit, as in Kermit Gosnell, the doctor currently on trial in Philadelphia for first and third-degree murders. . . . → Read More: The K-Word I Just Can’t Shake
If you’ve been following along, you know my mom is having quite the time in Rome this week. Here was her “view from the pew” as Papa Francesco passed by in the popemobile at his Inauguration Mass. . . . → Read More: Wordless Wednesday: Papal Drive-By
Today’s blog bits include some great photos of my mom with Timothy Cardinal Dolan over in Rome. Meanwhile back in Des Moines, we experienced a most festive and celebratory proclamation at Mass for our new Holy Father Pope Francis. How about you? What did you hear or see at Mass regarding the selection of our new Holy Father? . . . → Read More: Sunday Blog Bits
I had fun yesterday with my Twitter buddies trying to get the phrase “Love Him Already” trending on Twitter. By him, we’re talking about our new Holy Father Pope Francis. Given I had so much fun learning about then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, I wanted to collect my thoughts here, too. Why do I #lovehimalready? I present a few reasons here and would love to hear why you #lovehimalready too. . . . → Read More: #LoveHimAlready
This is what happens when my eyes are glued to the conclave chimney/Twitter/Facebook/Vatican live feed/EWTN/NBC while my ears are tuned to SiriusXM’s The Catholic Channel waiting for history to unfold. Sorry kid! . . . → Read More: Life May Now Resume as Normal
Today’s all-things Conclave/who’s the next pope/Rome/Catholic media craziness must-read of the day —> how a guy who leads Catholic pilgrimages named Mountain slipped past security with only an iPhone and no press credentials during Cardinal Dolan’s last presser before the Conclave. Not only that, Mountain spoke to Cardinal Dolan and asked his Eminence to greet the pilgrims traveling with him. And the good cardinal did just that. And this is why we will only travel on pilgrimage with The Catholic Traveler! . . . → Read More: Up Close in Rome with Cardinal Dolan