Kinship in Christ

My husband and I went out to dinner last night, and at the restaurant, I saw a man who looked very familiar to me. It wasn't someone I had met before. The familiarity was of a different nature, like seeing character traits of my family members manifest in a complete stranger. When we first moved to this town, my aunt told me that we had distant relatives here. She gave me their names, but I had never met them, and had no idea what they looked like.I asked our waitress, who seemed to know … [Read more...]

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A Kind of Catechesis

VIII.I tremble with gratitudefor my children and their childrenwho take pleasure in one another. At our dinners together, the deadenter and pass among usin living love and in memory And so the young are taught.--Wendell Berry    … [Read more...]

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Kicking Catechesis Out of the Classroom

Joanne K McPortland has started a conversation on Catechesis. In her post: What's Really Wrong With Catholic Religious Education? Everything. she fleshes out why parents, not children, should be the focus of religious education. "Catechesis follows evangelization," she writes, "and it has just never worked to catechize children and expect them to evangelize their parents." It's a great post, and should be read in entirety. She hits many key points.The Crescat, however, observes that parents … [Read more...]

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Casting a Wide Net

Pope Francis is on the cover of Rolling Stone. He was Time Magazine's "Person of the Year." He's been the darling of so many liberal media outlets now, we can be certain that his message has been misinterpreted or willfully misheard in order to send a false signal of changing times for the Catholic Church.The media thinks in opposite terms from the Church, after all. It approves of abortion, it thinks marriage is kind of a bad idea for heterosexual couples, but a great idea for gay … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’s Consistent and Boldly Proclaimed Pro-life Message.

News has circulated this week about Pope Francis baptizing 32 infants in Rome. During his homily, he told the infants' mothers to go ahead and feed the babies if they're hungry. Breastfeed them in Church, in the Sistine Chapel even. It was also noted that he baptized the baby of a couple who were in an irregular marriage.Why is any of this news? Why does it matter? Because the Pope has declared anything goes and he really wants to relax the standards at the Vatican?No.It matters … [Read more...]

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Keeping Christ in Christmas

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* Oh, my my. I'm not going to pretend that we're good Catholics who keep the Christmas season rolling out until the Epiphany. There's definitely a sense here that celebration has come and gone, that messes have been made, and the survivors are wandering and trudging knee-deep in the aftermath. Slowly one pile at a time of laundry and toys is carried upstairs, and maybe put away, but more likely dropped in another pile to be addressed on another day.Each child is happy with his loot--so … [Read more...]

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