Work It

I’m a sucker for Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs With Mike Rowe. If there’s a marathon playing on some rainy Saturday, clear my day. I’m not going anywhere. Watching the eager and beleaguered host descend into a landfill or ascend from a septic facility, covered in filth, is just good television. Some...

Feeding the Body, Feeding the Soul

“Surely he could have sold it and given money to the soup kitchen instead,” was my first involuntary reaction when I saw this oddball story in the Catholic News Service listings: VATICAN CITY (CNS)—Thanks to Pope Benedict XVI, some of Rome’s poor will enjoy a gourmet meal flavored with...

A Cinematic Feast for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has been the theme of a number of challenging and entertaining films in recent years. Woody Allen’s Broadway Danny Rose, tells the story of a New York theatrical agent whose clients are mostly what society—and the entertainment business—considers losers. The film ends with a touching...

Giving Thanks, Finding Peace

The days before Thanksgiving always make me reflect on the year that is ending and the year that lies ahead. Looking back at this year’s headlines there is much that seems like bad news—high unemployment, economic hard times for so many, terror threats, and as I write this, passenger outrage over airport...

Pets and Prayer

It dawned on me quite some time ago that I have a Catholic cat. (I know, I know.) Seriously, though: She’s got a built-in “prayer radar.” Without fail, when I begin praying (no matter where she is in the house), she stops what she’s doing, runs over to me and plops down either on top of me or next to...

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