January 19, 2017

What Louis CK knows about the art of speaking (that many homilists don't)

“Some people think they can be good preachers because they know what ought to be said, but they pay no attention to how it should be said, that is, the concrete way of constructing a sermon. They complain when people do not listen to or appreciate them, but perhaps they have never taken the trouble to find the proper way of presenting their message.” —Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium (156)

January 13, 2017

Twin sisters, separated at birth, meet each other again for the first time

Two sisters, each adopted from China by different American families, meet in person for the first time.

These Greek shepherds can whistle an entire conversation

Whistles let shepherds communicate between distant hillsides because a whistled sound wave travels farther than spoken words.

January 12, 2017

9 fun science tricks you can do with just static electricity

All of these tricks take advantage of static electricity. In general, the lower the humidity, the better these tricks will work.

January 6, 2017

‘My parents haven't spoken in 25 years’: A must-watch parable about sin and prayer

“Prayer should not be taken for granted. It is necessary to learn how to pray, as it were acquiring this art ever anew; even those who are very advanced in spiritual life always feel the need to learn from Jesus, to learn how to pray authentically. We receive the first lesson from the Lord by his example. The Gospels describe Jesus to us in intimate and constant conversation with the Father: it is a profound communion of the One who came into the world not to do his will but that of the Father who sent him for the salvation of man.” —Pope Benedict XVI

January 4, 2017

10 things you didn't know the use for

Narrated by Darren Marlar.

Pope's Wednesday Audience: “The tears of Mary have generated hope and new life”

From Vatican Radio:

Below, please find the full text of the official English-language summary of Pope Francis’ catechesis for 4 January 2017:

Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our continuing catechesis on Christian hope, we now turn to the figure of Rachel, the wife of Jacob, who died giving birth to her second child. The prophet Jeremiah evokes Rachel’s tears – the tears of a mother who weeps for her children and would not be consoled – to describe the sorrow of the Chosen People at the time of the Exile. Anyone familiar with the grief of a mother who has lost a child knows the power of this image. In response to Rachel’s tears, God offers a word of consolation by promising new life in the return of the exiles (cf. Jer 31:15-17). In this Christmas season, we read Jeremiah’s prophecy on the feast of the Holy Innocents. In the Gospel for that day, Saint Matthew also evokes Rachel’s tears to describe the grief of those mothers who saw their children killed before their eyes, victims of a tyranny that despises and destroys life. Yet it is in Mary, standing at the foot of the cross, that the prophecy is truly fulfilled. Our Lady’s tears for the death of her Son bear fruit in new hope and new life for all those who, through faith, become her children in the body of the Risen Christ, which is the Church.

See also the summary from Catholic News Agency...

December 29, 2016

Video: The world's highest bridge just opened — and it's like driving on a 200-story building

The world's highest bridge, rising nearly 570 meters above a valley, opened in southwest China on Thursday.