“Everyone *wants* to be Catholic, they just don’t know it”: The Relics Edition

From the BBC: The crypt in which Elvis Presley was first buried has been withdrawn from a Los Angeles auction after protests it should be kept as a shrine. … Fans argued on the Elvis Matters website: “Can you imagine visiting the crypt and spend a few moments of silence, while an unknown is buried there? If the crypt is still accessible for fans, that is.” Other items up for auc... More

Local TV Shows Move-In Day for St. Paul’s Largest Seminarian Class in 30 Years

Signs and stories of hope: From the University of St. Thomas: When seminarians from the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas gather for their annual group photo at the start of the school year on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 7, it will be the largest such gathering since 1980. The seminary is welcoming 30 new graduate-level seminarians this fall, bringing the tot... More

Photos: Astounding Subterranean Salt Cathedral in Poland

Think the age of the catacomb churches has come to a close? Think again: Via Kuriositas: Deep underground in Poland lies something remarkable but little known outside Eastern Europe. For centuries, miners have extracted salt there, but left behind things quite startling and unique. Take a look at the most unusual salt mine in the world. From the outside, Wieliczka Salt Mine doesn’t look extr... More

Fun Video: Dominican Novices Hold Jazz Jam Session In Priory Garage

It’s almost the weekend — time for a post that’s just fun! A reader writes: What happens when six Dominican Novices go to the garage of St. Gertrude Priory in Cincinnati, OH? Jazz music! Notice the statue of St. Dominic keeps vigil as the friars play (it is being restored by one of the novices). Watch for yourself…. There are many young dominicans who are also incredib... More

Offbeat: Man vows to fast on beer during Lent!

I know, I know: it sounds like a headline for The Onion. But it’s actually by Anna Arco of the UK Catholic Herald, who relays to us a (slightly) tongue-in-cheek story to make us smile on this dreary day of fasting and abstaining: An American blogger has pledged to live only off beer during Lent. Following the ancient tradition of Bavarian monks who brewed stronger beer during the Lenten f... More
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Beauty: Herald of the Divine

A magnificent column over at Patheos crossed my Twitter feed the other day courtesy of Elizabeth Scalia (@TheAnchoress). Magnificent, because just reading the column made my heart swell with the remembrance of beautiful places and sounds. Katrina R. Fernandez wrote of the power and indispensability of beauty for the soul, the heart, the mind. “Beauty makes the soul soar,” she notes, co... More

FOX Sports turns down adultery ad

Via TheRedZone.org. Kudos to FOX Sports for refusing to air an advertisement during the Super Bowl for an online dating service that specializes in setting up adulterous relationships.* (They also turned down an ad that would have promoted John 3:!6, but I can accept that.) The annual GoDaddy.com lust for Danica Patrick ads are quite enough. _____ *of course I’m not going to name them or lin... More

Breaking: Video Shows Judge Roll Saving Rep. Giffords’ District Director

I and others have suggested that Judge John Roll, one of the Arizona shooting victims, was an exemplary Catholic.  I’ve even personally contended that Judge Roll modeled heroic virtue in the ordinary, saint-making sense of living Christian virtue to a high degree of excellence in his daily life. Reports this morning suggest that Judge Roll lived heroism in the extraordinary sense as ... More

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