Category Archives: Video

NBC’s ‘A.D.: The Bible Continues’: The Greatest Story Not as Often Told (Video)

If there’s one thing that spouses and producing partners Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (bottom row, center) learned during their hands-on promotional efforts for their History Channel miniseries “The Bible,” and its theatrical spin-off, “Son of God,” is that a lot of people in the modern world, especially media types, may not be especially conversant [...]

The Monks and the Airline — United, in Charity (Video)

From The New York Times comes this tale of a monk traveling abroad, a confused and clueless United, and the monk’s brothers back home, struggling to remain in the charity of Christ in the face of the one of the evils that plague modern mankind — dealing with an airline’s customer-service department. Pray for all travelers, [...]

Novel Is a Dickens of a Christmas Carol (Plus Cartoons!)

As I write this, it’s the evening of Dec. 23, and the Christmas shopping and traveling rush is approaching maximum intensity. If you’re still short one gift, I may have just the thing. Available in paperback and for the Kindle (from Amazon.com) and the Nook (from BN.com), “The First Christmas Carol,” the debut novel from [...]

VIDEO: Saturday Night Live Goes to Mass

A new SNL video is eagerly being shared on Facebook because … it treats “church” like a normal thing. There is no crass joke riffing on the clergy abuse scandals … instead there is the priest who changes speeds during the sung part of the Mass. There is no joke about repressive angry religious people. [...]

Sing We Noel — Let the Christmas Carol Insurgency Continue! (Video)

The word “mob” gets a bad rap, since when large groups of people suddenly coalesce in a public space, unfortunate things often happen. But in the case of a musical or dance or theater flash mob, the result can be lovely. In a world stripped of the sacred and starved for real beauty, the ongoing [...]

Sing ‘Hallelujah!’ — From Silent Monks to Malls to the Airport

One wonderful thing about the Christmas season is hearing songs about Christ and His birth everywhere you go — yeah, in between the odes to Frosty, Santa Claus and chestnuts, there’s always a “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night” or “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” — and singing similar songs in public, getting more smiles [...]

He Who Must Not Be Named: 10 Christmas Jesus Disses

Like it or not, Jesus is coming this Christmas. Many people don’t like it at all. Some call it Christophobia, though that designation recently took a hit. Some call it “the war on Christmas” but Stephen Colbert and others have mocked that into near oblivion. Whatever you want to call it, modern American culture loves [...]

The Catholic St. Paul’s Choir School Celebrates Christmas on CD and PBS

Boston has long been a focal point of the Catholic Church in America, for good and ill. But the Faith endures, and now one of its local institutions has delivered a thing of pure beauty for Christmas. Available now for download and on CD from Universal Music Classics/Decca Records, “Christmas in Harvard Square” is a [...]

‘The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns’ Portrays the ‘Reality’ of Religious Life

Floods of tears; ecstatic, frankly romantic visions of Jesus; low points and high drama — you’re either reading St. Therese’s autobiography “The Story of a Soul” or you’re watching “The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns.” Of course, one of these is a classic work of spirituality by a Doctor of the Church, and the other is a [...]

Tenor Daniel Rodriguez ‘Would Love’ the Pope to Hear His New Christmas CD

When it’s suggested he send a copy of his new self-produced CD, “A Glorious Christmas,” to Pope Francis, tenor Daniel Rodriguez says, “I would love to! Could you send it to the Vatican? Well, you know what, I’ll put one in the mail today. He would love this album.” Unlikely as it is, Rodriguez says [...]


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