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Here’s a bonus hymn on this Feast of the Annunciation. If it seems too “Christmasy”, tough. That’s the way it works with incarnation. Emmanuel gets right up into your Lent-face.

Coffee as a health beverage

Coffee is my vice, so I’m always glad to read about how it’s good for me. As Wired reports: Even though several studies have found a cup-a-day habit imparts health benefits such as decreased...

The Annunciation

Last spring I went to Italy. While exploring churches, I happened across artist’s models for new doors a church was getting. This one is called The Annunciation, and I saw it at Santa Maria...

Mary in a bag?

I really enjoy Canon Reid’s blog from St. Clement’s, Philadelphia. For me, it’s a perfect blend of learning, faith, devotion, and humor. In a recent installment, he explains the strange confluence of fixed and...

Why your salad costs more than a Big Mac

I grew up in Iowa, so I know most of the arguments in favor of agricultural subsidies. It’s time to rethink the whole system. Our current scheme is bad for the planet and bad...

Presente!

On this date 30 years ago, Óscar Romero was gunned down. He became a modern martyr for the Gospel: the Gospel of justice, liberation, and truth. Let us all give thanks for his witness...

Fun facts about Republicans

The level of discourse, if you can call it that, in our nation is increasingly shrill. I tend to think the right has been slightly less open in its approach to thorny issues, but...

It’s time to vote again!

My blogging colleague Fr. Tim Schenck is nearing the final stretches of his Lent Madness. This is, as you will recall, a saintly smackdown among a field of 32 holy women and holy men...