Catholics who care about social justice have lost a marvelous, dedicated friend and ally. On Jan. 2, Smith Bagley died from the complications of a stroke at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. He was 74.
Today is the feast of St. Raymond of Peñafort, 1175-1275, who became Third Master General of the Order of Preachers, following St. Dominic de Guzman and Blessed Jordan of Saxony.
Marquette University's Institute for Natural Family Planning (NFP) is looking for couples interested in preventing pregnancy. They're needed to participate in a study involving two Web-based methods of natural family planning.
Those of you who liked Tom Robert's latest offering in his "In Search of the Emerging Church" offerings, which was titled "The 'new monasticism,' " may like this report from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, "Old kibbutz pins hopes for revival on Conservative Judaism."
The objectives of the kibbutz's new cohort are as diverse as their reasons for relocating there. Some have come to escape urban life, others for the chance to shape a tight-knit community from the ground up. Still others have come because the religious offerings elsewhere in Israel were seen as inadequate. ...
Today is the Feast of the Epiphany. Another epiphany that occurred in January -- January 1, 1925 -- is celebrated and explored in a recently published book I'm reading now. Until that date, we humans didn't know exactly where we were. That day astronomers learned conclusively that the universe extends at least a million light years or more and faint clouds of light observed by the world’s largest telescope at the time twinkled from distant galaxies. Essentially, the date marked the universe’s discovery, science writer Marcia Bartusiak argues in her newly published history of early 20th century astronomy, The Day We Found the Universe, published by Pantheon Books.
I wrote a column last month about the important night sky light -- that of the Andromeda galaxy -- that enabled Edwin Hubble to make his important discovery that was formally announced on Jan. 1 in 1925, that our Milky Way home galaxy is just one of billions.
'Avatar,' like all good sci-fi films, asks, 'What does it mean to be human?'
Randall Terry is at it again. The anti-abortion extremist has indulged in racist street theater directed at the President and his interview with Archbishop Raymond Burke last year raised eyebrows before eliciting a semi-apology from Burke for his criticism of brother bishops. Now, he is planning to participate in a training session held at the John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. the weekend after the March for Life according to a report at Alternet.org. A spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Washington said that the event was being organized not by Terry but by Missy Smith, who is affiliated with Insurrecta Nex, the renamed version of Terry’s Operation Rescue.
Terry is more than a nuisance. He undermines the credibility of the pro-life movement. In one video he released, he brings the body of an aborted fetus in front of the cameras, reducing a human tragedy to the status of a prop, exploiting the dignity of human life that he purports to champion.
We celebrate a day that is made holy by three miracles: today the star led the Magi to the manger; today the water was turned into wine at the wedding feast; today Christ chose to be baptized by John in the Jordan, for our salvation. Alleluia.
--Antiphon for Vespers
iFeliz Dia de Reyes!