Making Fun of Dick Clark

01/02/2011 Comments (29)

I received a call on the morning of New Year’s Day from an old friend I hadn’t spoken to in a while, wishing me a Happy New Year. He asked me what I’d done the night before and I told him I was in bed by ten p.m.. He made fun of me and said he knew me when I did anything but sleep on New Year’s Eve.

We laughed. He said he stayed home and watched ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. And then he said something that made the laughter stop. He said in a slurred voice, “I’m Dick Clark and welcome to Time Square. Now back to you Ryan.”

And then he added, “Seriously, they should just retire him or have him talk to a camera that’s not plugged in. He wouldn’t even know the difference. We...READ MORE

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O Come Let Us Adore Him

12 Days of Christmas Songs -- Day 9

01/02/2011 Comments (4)

by Rebecca St. James:

O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

O Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that hear in heaven God’s holy word.
Give to our Father glory in the Highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning,
O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,...READ MORE

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Away In a Manger

12 Days of Christmas Songs -- Day 8

01/01/2011 Comment

by Casting Crowns:

Away in a manger,
No crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus
Laid down His sweet head

The stars in the bright sky
Looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay

The cattle are lowing
The poor Baby wakes
But little Lord Jesus
No crying He makes

I love Thee, Lord Jesus
Look down from the sky
And stay by my side,
‘Til morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus,
I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever
And love me I pray

Bless all the dear children
In Thy tender care
And take us to heaven
To live with Thee there

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2011: The Year of Real Relationships

12/31/2010 Comments (9)

I borrowed this headline from a great post over on CatholicTechTips this morning. It struck me as precisely the thing that I, personally, want this coming year to be about. And I think it’s a message that resonates with many of us who fill the pauses of our days gluttonously trying to suck up every drop of the endless fire hose of bits that spew forth from the internet. Into our computers. Into our pockets. Into our cars. Into our homes. Into our silence.

For some of us it’s news sources and other bits of interesting information. For some of us it’s inspirational messages and newsletters and forwards and readings that pile up in our inboxes (and never get read). For others it’s an overload...READ MORE

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Silent Night

12 Days of Christmas Songs -- Day 7

12/31/2010 Comments (6)

by Sinead O’Connor

Surprisingly, from an anti-Catholic singer comes this is a hauntingly beautiful version.

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth

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File This Beautiful Story Under "Grace is Dark Matter"

12/31/2010 Comments (3)

Recently, physicists have been postulating that most of the universe is made of “dark matter” and that the stuff we can see is only a small fraction of what is actually going on out there.  I think this is a nice image of how God works in the spiritual world as well.

One of the reasons God is able to get so much done under the devil’s nose is because the devil firmly believes in the Big, Loud, and Flashy and does not consider the small, quiet and hidden to be important (except when he’s sneaking around trying to tempt people on the sly).  Pride doesn’t believe in humility and so cannot conceive that God would primarily manifest himself in humble ways.  The great model of this is the...READ MORE

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Christmas Days

12/30/2010 Comments (2)

– Shutterstock

The secular world is over Christmas now. The shopping is over; the presents are unwrapped. The focus is now on New Year’s celebrations.

But we Christians get to really celebrate — for days! (The Christmas season in the Church includes Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord.)

Our User’s Guide to Sunday has some good suggestions.

I am focusing on prayer, spending time with family — and more Christmas music (like Matt Maher’s “Silent Night” and Audrey Assad’s “O Come All Ye Faithful”).

Be sure to head to Danielle Bean’s recent posts about Christmas songs. Upcoming: “O Holy Night” (my favorite).

How are you celebrating?

Happy birthday, Jesus! And merry Christmas!...READ MORE

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MTV's Abortion Special Forgot One Little Thing

12/30/2010 Comments (25)

If abortion is a completely legitimate and moral decision why not televise it? I know it’s a shocking suggestion but I think dragging abortion out of the media imposed darkness is essential to the pro-life cause. So many of the gains made by the pro-life cause have been due to advances in technology in ultrasound and people seeing the unborn with their own eyes. But last night MTV aired their VERY IMPORTANT SPECIAL on abortion. Now, silly me, I actually had some hope that something good might come out of it. I was wrong.

The show “16 and Pregnant” on MTV actually does a good job of showing the real life ups and downs of being a young Mom. In fact, last year a number of feminists were upset...READ MORE

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