Hollywood, Jesus and the Monks of Mount Athos

When I asked Jonathan why he thanked the monks of Mount Athos while accepting his Daytime Emmy, he explained that he’d never been to “the Holy Mountain,” as it’s called in Greece. Yet he saw documentaries about it and was impressed by the fact that the monks in all the monasteries there have been praying around the clock for 1,000 years: “These people [are] dedicating their lives to prayer, and not just praying for themselves, but truly praying for all of us. And then the thought kind of crossed my mind: with all the destruction, chaos and insanity that goes on in this world, if their prayers weren’t happening, what would this world be like?

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Editor’s note: Let’s not forget the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is being continually offered up, 24/7 and 365, in virtually every country on the planet, just as it has been for many hundreds of years.

Swiss Fransciscan Order Looking For Few Good Men (Monks).


Roman Catholic monks in Switzerland have placed a job advert in a newspaper as part of a recruitment drive.

The Capuchin order says it is looking for professional single men like bankers or lawyers aged 22 to 35 to join their dwindling ranks.

The order, which has 200 members with an average age of 70, hopes the ad will help recruit 10 to 20 men.

Adverts for craftsmen, technicians and men in social professions are to follow, a spokesman for the order said.

The Capuchin order – one of the Franciscan orders – is calling for young Catholic “bankers, journalists, teachers, theologians, tradesmen, lawyers, communication specialists” to consider joining the order.

Applicants should be independent yet capable of communal living, curious and show initiative, the ad says.

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How Do Christians Behave in Tough Times?

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How Do Christians Behave in Tough Times?

Charles Colson

Across America, hundreds of thousands are walking away from their homes-unable to make mortgage payments. Defaults and foreclosures are skyrocketing, as housing prices continue to decline. As a result of the sub-prime mortgage crisis, the economy is being hammered, credit markets around the world shaken. Before it is over, sub-prime defaults may reach two to three hundred billion dollars, and trillions may be taken out of the economy.

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