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Social media does not breed perfect idiots

A clash of recent news stories suggests the ambivalent power of social media. First came the CBS Philly report that “a study looking at college students from 1989 to 2016 found that the personality traits that label someone a ‘perfectionist’ have risen dramatically in recent years.’ Then came the national news story about the poisonous […]

Building the “Beloved Community” in 2018

As we gather to reflect on the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we recognize that there are many sad divisions which continue to persist in our country. If we are honest with ourselves, we might say that since the last time we commemorated Dr. King’s birthday, these divisions have only become […]

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Raging against the holiday

The headline hurts:  “Hate Christmas?” The sub-title offers a response:  “There’s a ‘rage room’ to let out holiday stress.” Utterly ridiculous?!  Or might it be perfectly logical? For just one day (last Monday), Londoners got to experience “Rudolph’s Rage Room.” There, for just $25 (more rage), they could go underground to vent their frustrations at […]

Want to change the world? Make your bed!

OK, OK!  If you’re a seminarian from Saint Charles Seminary reading this post, you’re saying to yourself, “OK, Deacon Brandon… what gives?!  We’ve heard this when Father Dailey preached during Forty Hours!”  Yes, it’s true.  HOWEVER, on the recommendation of Father Redcay, the pastor at my diaconate assignment, I picked up a copy of Admiral […]

The cupola of St. Peter's Basilica and the top of the Vatican Christmas tree are seen following a lighting ceremony in St. Peter's Square Dec. 13. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Dec. 13, 2013) See POPE-TREE Dec. 13, 2013.

These days of our lives

‘Tis the season!  The countdown to Christmas has begun, with a string of consecutive days to which we’ve given new names – and hashtags!  All except the middle one. #Thanksgiving – it needs no reference to the day of the week.  It’s always the fourth Thursday of November.  Legally, that designation comes by way of […]


Digital signs of devotion

Yesterday, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced an innovative way to bring devotion into the digital world – the Religious Signs for Families app.  Touted as “a delightful and engaging way to learn ASL (American Sign Language),” the mobile tool offers everything “from signs for religious words and actions to everyday words and prayers.” The app […]