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Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue, Teach Me How to Pray

Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue, Teach Me How to Pray

Dec 7 17 • 0 comments

This title is from the first lines of a poem/prayer I first heard from my Mom as a little boy. This is more an invitation than an article for readers. Please speak your thoughts in comments below about how Mary, today, would teach us how to pray. Imagine if it were possible – Our Lady […]

To Whom Do We Belong?

To Whom Do We Belong?

Dec 1 17 • 0 comments

In general, people are born into certain groups based on their personal, social, and cultural surroundings. They also voluntarily join groups based on shared occupations, beliefs, or interests. Membership in these groups influences how people think of themselves and how others think of them. (Science for All Americans, pp. 91–93). We do not choose our […]

Is Thanksgiving a Time to Evangelize?

Is Thanksgiving a Time to Evangelize?

Nov 23 17 • 0 comments

One of the most intriguing aspects of Thanksgiving is that we give thanks around a table of food with people, typically family members, we may not care for. Though this point may be denied by some, it is fact of life that not everyone gets along. Sin, by our own free will can lead us […]

<em>The Man Who Invented Christmas</em>: Fiction and Reality Overlap to Tell Dickens' Tale

The Man Who Invented Christmas: Fiction and Reality Overlap to Tell Dickens’ Tale

Christmas is the birth of Jesus. And right behind that is Charles Dickens story, A Christmas Carol. For me, anyway. One is the reason for the season and the other is the spirit of the season. The movie The Man Who Invented Christmas, opening in theaters, Friday, November 22, chronicles the story behind the classic […]

They're All With Us

They’re All With Us

Nov 15 17 • 1 comment

We as Catholics believe that at death our material bodies are temporarily separated from our non-material souls until the end of time. We believe that at the end of time our bodies will be resurrected and re-united with our souls for eternity. For those who lived righteous lives their reunited bodies and souls will be […]

If God Went Weed Whacking

If God Went Weed Whacking

Nov 9 17 • 2 comments

We can all relate to Jonah at times. We want people to get what is coming to them, good or bad- mostly bad- especially if they have hurt us. In this case Jonah wanted Nineveh to fry for the ill-treatment of his people. We’re told in Scripture that “Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry […]

Praying for the Holy Souls: The Soul You Help May Be Your Own

Praying for the Holy Souls: The Soul You Help May Be Your Own

Nov 2 17 • 8 comments

“It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.”  2 Macc. 12:46 “There shall not enter into it anything defiled…” Apoc. 21:27 I lost my Dad in 1999.  He was a wonderful father and certainly considered by all to be a good man.  He […]

20,000 Leagues Under the Holy See? Why Multi-Denominationalism Doesn’t Work

20,000 Leagues Under the Holy See? Why Multi-Denominationalism Doesn’t Work

Oct 31 17 • 0 comments

We’ve all heard it before: As long as you believe in Jesus, it doesn’t matter which church you belong to. This commonly-held sentiment makes us feel good, as if we were being friendly and welcoming. It demonstrates a striving for unity, but it is a unity accomplished at the price of truth. Actually, it’s not […]

<em>Same Kind of Different As Me</em>: a Reminder of the Healing Power of Forgiveness

Same Kind of Different As Me: a Reminder of the Healing Power of Forgiveness

Forgiveness leads to happiness and the beauty of renewed relationships. It also led to the new movie, Same Kind of Different as Me. Studies show that the happiest people are the ones that can forgive. This movie shows what it looks like to forgive what many consider the unforgivable—an extramarital affair. Based on the New […]

The Hands of Mary

The Hands of Mary

Our hands do many things throughout the course of the day.  Mine may type emails, clean a toilet, make cookies, and embroider a dish towel within a 17-hour period (with proper hygienic measures followed, of course). The other afternoon, I had stopped home to our convent to finish up some last minute details; my hands […]

Federal Debt Interest 2017

Still a Bottomless Pit IV

Oct 15 17 • 0 comments

Why isn’t this figure newsworthy?

Movie Review: <em>Goodbye Christopher Robin</em>

Movie Review: Goodbye Christopher Robin

Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh are unique among the most widely loved storybook characters of all time. They were actually real. Until I previewed the movie Goodbye Christopher Robin, I did not know that the Winnie-the-Pooh stories by A.A. Milne were based on a real person. And the assortment of animals such as Piglet, Eyore, Tigger, […]

You Can Take The Buildings,  I’ll Keep The Faith

You Can Take The Buildings, I’ll Keep The Faith

Oct 9 17 • 0 comments

They have the buildings, We, the handful, have the Faith. They have the media, We have The Light. They have the pulpits, We have The Word. They have heresy, We have The Truth. They have our money, We have our souls. They have themselves, We have The Lord. They have the offices, We have The […]

Norman Rockwell's "Girl At Mirror" (March 6, 1954) © SEPS

Who Are We?

Oct 9 17 • 0 comments

From an anthropological, genetic or physical perspective we are able to determine with a fair degree of accuracy that we have evolved into what we call “Homo Sapiens,” the highest order of development in the animal kingdom. This mostly agrees with Darwin, who theorized that we are animals merely in degree, through evolution. Darwin correctly […]

Teaching Children About the Angels

Teaching Children About the Angels

Oct 2 17 • 2 comments

Fall is here and my mind turns to the angels.  As the leaves drop and remind us of our earthly transience, our thoughts settle on the spiritual world which is usually hidden from our senses, the world of Heaven, in which dwell the saints and angels.  And so, we celebrate the feasts of the Archangels […]

What Puts the “Arch” in Archangel?

What Puts the “Arch” in Archangel?

Sep 29 17 • 3 comments

Today is the Feast of the Archangels, specifically Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, whose proper names are divinely revealed in the Sacred Scriptures. Happy Feast! Angels are beautiful. They are “spiritual, non-corporeal beings” whose existence is “a truth of faith” (CCC #328). They “have intelligence and will: they are personal and immortal creatures, surpassing in perfection […]

Selfless

Selfless

Sep 29 17 • 1 comment

The word selfless appears to be an oxymoron at first glance, a contradiction if you will. We are encouraged through Scripture in both the New and Old Testaments on numerous occasions that, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love yourself too much, and risk being an egomaniac and your neighbor is literally invisible much […]

Grab Your Rosaries and Candles For This Fatima Event

Grab Your Rosaries and Candles For This Fatima Event

The spate of natural disasters has opposing sides arguing: Global warming! No…chastisements! Is it the final battle where the earth rises up in a heated rage or one where God says enough and shows us that he means it? I am not interested in that debate. Both sides agree that we have messed up. Our […]

Poem: "The World State"

Poem: “The World State”

Sep 25 17 • 0 comments

The World State Oh, how I love Humanity, With love so pure and pringlish, And how I hate the horrid French, Who never will be English! The International Idea, The largest and the clearest, Is welding all the nations now, Except the one that’s nearest. This compromise has long been known, This scheme of partial […]

The Saint Children of Fatima Bring Their Message To Washington, D.C.

The Saint Children of Fatima Bring Their Message To Washington, D.C.

The first-ever visit of the UN Pilgrim Statue of Fatima to the U.S. capital last week reminded Washingtonians that politics demands principles, and principled leaders. The United Nations Pilgrim Statue of Fatima spent two days at the Shrine of St. John Paul II, accompanied by the relics of two of the visionary children, newly canonized […]

Pope to Visit Colombia at Crucial Moment in Country’s History

Pope to Visit Colombia at Crucial Moment in Country’s History

Sep 4 17 • 1 comment

THE NUNCIO in Colombia described the Pope’s Sept. 6-10, 2017 trip to Colombia as “the visit of a friend.” That means, explained Archbishop Ettore Balestrero, that the Pope, “like all friends of the Colombians, will ask some searching questions: What are you doing with your life? Are you really happy? What is the meaning of […]

In Aleppo’s St. Louis Hospital, Wounds are Healing

In Aleppo’s St. Louis Hospital, Wounds are Healing

Sep 1 17 • 0 comments

By Josue Villalón St. LOUIS HOSPITAL, run by the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition, is located in the city district of Ismailie, in the western part of Aleppo. It is one of the few medical facilities that was left standing in the northern Syrian metropolis after bomb attacks on the city came to […]

Poem:"The Logical Vegetarian"

Poem:”The Logical Vegetarian”

Aug 25 17 • 0 comments

The Logical Vegetarian “Why shouldn’t I have a purely vegetarian drink? Why shouldn’t I take vegetables in their highest form, so to speak? The modest vegetarians ought to stick to wine or beer, plain vegetable drinks, instead of filling their goblets with the blood of bulls and elephants, as all conventional meat-eaters do, I suppose”–Dalroy. […]

Solemnity of the Assumption

Solemnity of the Assumption

I once asked a college theology class if anyone could explain the doctrine of the Assumption.  A student replied, “Yeah, that’s the teaching whereby the Catholic Church ‘assumes’ that Mary is in heaven.” There’s a bit more to it than that.  The Church does not just “assume” that any canonized saint in is in heaven.  […]

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