Most priests will tell you that they already have enough to do. But in his World Communications Day message, Pope Benedict XVI suggests that they communicate via the “digital marketplace.” For the May 16 observance, the pope writes, “Priests are thus challenged to proclaim the Gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources (images, videos, animated features, blogs, Web sites) which, alongside traditional means, can open up broad new vistas for dialogue, evangelization and catechesis.”    

Sports as religion: No Brett Favre hating here, but I don’t even get enthused about the color purple during Advent and Lent. I sure as heck wasn’t going to cheer when an NFC North rival was wearing it. So yesterday I was cheering for all the Saints. Wait, I feel a hymn coming on.



I had another reason for wanting New Orleans to get a trip to Miami: Drew Brees could become the third former Purdue QB to win a Super Bowl ring. Len Dawson won one; Bob Griese won two. As they say in West Lafayette, “Boiler up!”

Speaking of the Saints, Bishop Shelton Fabre, a native of Baton Rouge and an auxiliary bishop of New Orleans, referenced 1 Corinthians 12:12-30 as he prepared to give the final blessing at the 11 a.m. Mass in St. Louis Cathedral on Sunday. According to Mark Lorando of The Times-Picayune, the bishop told his Saintly congregation:”St. Paul reminded us in the second reading that we are part of the Body of Christ. Today we are also reminded that we are all part of the Who Dat Nation. Let us pray that there is great rejoicing this afternoon.” And so it was. 

A lot is made among minor league baseball players getting “the call,” but Grant Desme, an Oakland A’s minor league outfield prospect, has gotten “The Call.” Desme announced last Friday that he is leaving baseball in order to study for the priesthood.  He is scheduled to begin his studies for the Norbertines in August.