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Hope Springs Eternal
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Hope Springs Eternal

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As a long, hard winter comes to a close, four words can always elevate my spirits: ‘Pitchers and Catchers Report!’  This simple phrase indicates the boys of summer are heading to the sunny paradise of either Florida or Arizona to work out the kinks that settled in during the long winter months.  Pitchers are stretching […]

Gregorian Chant: “Pride of Place”
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Gregorian Chant: “Pride of Place”

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Look up “Gregorian chant” in just about any current dictionary or encyclopedia and you will see a description that says it “is the liturgical chant of the Roman Catholic Church.” Notice that the tense of the verb “to be” is in its present form of “is.” What Should Customarily Be? The definition doesn’t place Gregorian […]

Lent -- Sharing in the Obedience of Jesus
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Lent — Sharing in the Obedience of Jesus

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“Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD?  Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice”  (1 Samuel 15:22).  That’s a truth to keep central as we enter this season of Lent.  It’s possible to make a grandiose resolution and miss the reality at the […]

On Folding Underwear, Running a Marathon and Developing Discipline in Prayer
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On Folding Underwear, Running a Marathon and Developing Discipline in Prayer

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I fold my underwear. That is probably an overshare, so please forgive me. I also fold my socks, but I doubt that makes me unique, because folding socks makes sense, but underwear? What’s the point?! I have often had that discussion in my head and with my wife (especially when we were first married and […]

Baby-phobia Has Reached Epidemic Proportions
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Baby-phobia Has Reached Epidemic Proportions

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Imagine the crushing judicial power of a modern nation coming down upon you, trying you, sentencing you, and then planning your execution – all while the charges against you remain secret.  You might recall that as the plot of Franz Kafka’s paranoiac novel, The Trial, the protagonist of which is a 30-year-old bank clerk. Under […]

Music First!
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Music First!

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My husband and I homeschool our children.  This has changed in the last several years from Mom doing all the schooling with Dad’s support, to a true collaborative family effort.  At this point, both Mom and Dad are working, so the structure of “school” has changed.  Mom manages our middleschooler, who now does most of […]

Do We Allow People to Change?
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Do We Allow People to Change?

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The other night, I had the pleasure of watching You Again, a fun, lighthearted comedy that will appeal to anyone who ever found herself at the bottom of the social ladder in high school. Featuring such stars as Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Kristen Bell, and Betty White, it explores what happens when women are […]

Reflections on Latin and the Catholic Church's Memory and Identity, Part One
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Reflections on Latin and the Catholic Church’s Memory and Identity, Part One

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Part One, Latin and the Catholic Church: Recently I obtained the Latin text of Cardinal Lambertini’s (Pope Benedict XIV) treatise De Servorum Dei Beatificatione Beatorum et Canonizatione (“De Servorum”).  After going over a couple of passages of interest, I reflected upon the treatise itself.  My thoughts revolved around the place of the treatise in Catholic […]

Litany for Japan
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Litany for Japan

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Our Lady of Akita, pray for us. St. Peter Baptist, martyr and patron of Japan, pray for us. St. Francis Xavier, patron of Japan, pray for us. St. Paul Miki, martyr, pray for us. St. Anthony Dainan, martyr, pray for us. St. Anthony Ishida, martyr, pray for us. St. Francis Nagasaki, martyr, pray for us. […]

Quakes and Waves and Psalms
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Quakes and Waves and Psalms

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As someone new to praying the liturgy of the hours, I never before fully understood the place of the psalms in the prayer of the Church.  “In [Christ],” the Catechism says, “the psalms continue to teach us how to pray”, so much so that the Church calls the psalms a “school of prayer” (2587 and […]

Humans Really Are Odd Beings
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Humans Really Are Odd Beings

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Adam and Eve really did have it easy.  They were so comfortable in their human skin.  More to the point, they were comfortable in their human skin which had a spiritual soul.  This did not seem odd or cause them any kind of dilemma, stress, or confusion.  They were created to be perfectly at ease […]

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Understanding the Language of Lent

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If you will, you can keep the commandments, they will save you; if you trust in God, you too shall live; he has set before you fire and water to whichever you choose, stretch forth your hand. Before man are life and death, good and evil, whichever he chooses shall be given him. Immense is […]

Fasting for Body and Soul
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Fasting for Body and Soul

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I long to take just one little bite as I watch the melted cheese slowly ooze out of the golden, toasted bread.  My children wait with eager anticipation for my famous grilled cheese sandwiches.  The clock reads 12:30, and today is Friday.  On my periodic fast days, I make it a priority to not eat […]

The Tea Party vs. NPR
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The Tea Party vs. NPR

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“The current Republican Party, particularly the Tea Party, is fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamental Christian,” said NPR’s Ron Schiller to two undercover reporters. “I wouldn’t even call it Christian; it’s this weird evangelical kind of [movement].” Not knowing he was being videoed, Schiller continued: “The current Republican Party is not really […]

The JP2 Generation Tells Its Story: Part One, Fr. Rich Toohey
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The JP2 Generation Tells Its Story: Part One, Fr. Rich Toohey

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Presented in cooperation with Greg Schlueter and JP2Journey.com: The JP2 Generation Tells Its Story,  remembering World Youth Day 2002 and the impact of Pope John II. Part one, Fr. Rich Toohey It was September 2001.  I was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Erie four days before the horror of 9/11.  I was asked […]

Eric Holder: Deceiver or Deceived?
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Eric Holder: Deceiver or Deceived?

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Attorney General Eric Holder explained the Obama administration’s decision not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) against court challenges by claiming that “a growing consensus accepts that sexual orientation is a characteristic that is immutable.” Gay activists have for years forwarded the notion that same sex attraction (SSA) is immutable — people are […]

What Do You Think: Is Facebook a Place for Priests?
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What Do You Think: Is Facebook a Place for Priests?

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It’s true.  I do not use Facebook.  Now before you jump to any conclusions, I am not Amish and no, I did not grow up in a cave. I do not use Facebook because, quite frankly, I ‘m not sure I should be using it. Like so many things of this world, Facebook is just […]

Lent and Social Media
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Lent and Social Media

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A few years ago, I gave up Facebook for Lent. Sort of. I said I would limit myself to 15 minutes daily. I couldn’t leave for 40 days because Facebook was the means by which I communicated with teen members of 4-H (I’m a 4-H leader), and I wanted to keep an eye on my […]

<i>The Wild Wild West</i>: My Father's Example of Forgiveness
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The Wild Wild West: My Father’s Example of Forgiveness

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My father taught me one of the most amazing lessons I’ve ever learned about forgiveness. It happened when I was a young girl, about eight years of age or so. I was at home with my mother and two sisters just doing things around the house. Suddenly, the atmosphere changed, and there was a flurry […]

Lent, Ashes, and Death to Self
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Lent, Ashes, and Death to Self

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“[F]or dust thou art, and to dust thou shall return” (Gen. 3:19). We are food for worms, and yet our culture, our modernist worldview, pretends that nature can somehow be betrayed. We worship the appearance of youth while we are alive, and when those around us give in to inevitability, we hide the reality of […]

Join Fr. Frank Pavone's Urgent Plea: Release Baby Joseph's Medical Records!
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Join Fr. Frank Pavone’s Urgent Plea: Release Baby Joseph’s Medical Records!

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As I’m sure you know, the now-famous case of Baby Joseph in Canada is becoming critical. He could die in the next couple of weeks if his breathing tube is removed as the hospital and the government intend. Baby Joseph is only 13 months old and often has difficulty breathing on his own. He needs […]

Who Does It Hurt?
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Who Does It Hurt?

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Our then 4-year-old daughter decided that she’d had enough. We’d heard the complaints about a small group of boys in her preschool class and their trucks for a while. I can’t remember now exactly what it was the boys were doing with those trucks, except that they were breaking preschool truck rules in a way […]

Caliphate, Jihad, Sharia: Now What?
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Caliphate, Jihad, Sharia: Now What?

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“You can sit here and talk about jihad from here to doomsday, what will it do? Suppose you prove beyond any shadow of doubt that Islam is constitutionally violent, where do you go from there?” Such was Columbia professor Hamid Dabashi’s response to my assertion that Islamists seek to resurrect the caliphate and wage offensive […]

Spiritually Adopt a Radical Liberal for Lent
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Spiritually Adopt a Radical Liberal for Lent

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The radical liberals are coming for your children.  It’s time to wake up, people.  These extremists have become emboldened by the decaying morals and rising apathy in America and they are now hard at work re-programming your children through our educational system. A recent article  from the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute included several […]

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