Behind the Scenes in Catholic Blogging

It is no surprise, given the violence and destruction the enemy is wreaking in the physical world, that the Church would likewise be under vicious attack. I’d like to address some questions readers have about professional Catholic blogging, and before I begin, here’s a passage of Scripture I think sets the right framework for us: 3 Whoever teaches something different and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the religious teaching 4 is conceited, understanding not … [Read more...]

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So You Want to Bring Your Kids Back to the Catholic Church?

I spent this weekend with as fine a portion of the Knights of Columbus and the Columbiettes as you could hope to meet.  Super group, truly a privilege to be among them. Thank you, prayer team, for your support in making this weekend work, you made all the difference.My hosts told me I could use the lunch hour to talk about anything I wanted, so (surprise!) I talked about evangelization.And thus a follow-up, which I've cross-posted over at my personal blog:If you'd like to continue t … [Read more...]

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Easter, Better Late than Never

I would like to tell you something interesting that happened for my Easter present.  It was these two things:My parish did not cancel the regularly-scheduled Sunday evening Mass on Easter. I went to it.The whole story isn't so important, but we must emphasize, concerning #2, that I was not being one of these venerable church-helping souls who ends up at three different Masses on the holiday. Though I be a Triduum-loving girl to the core, and though I certainly did not mean to … [Read more...]

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The John 4 Lenten Faith Check

Every Lent we come around to the reading of the royal official whose son was dying.  It's a study in what it means to have faith in Jesus.   Here are my thoughts on that, which originally ran at CatholicMom.com. ***  Today’s Gospel: John 4:43-54How far would you travel to save your child? If you knew the cure was a two day walk away, would you walk it? Of course you would.The royal official who sets out to find Jesus knows that Jesus can heal his son. If he has any doubts, at t … [Read more...]

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On the Forming of Young Christians

The plan, if all my paperworking comes to fruition, is for 4/4ths of my children to undertake radically different modes of education next year.  Said plan involves one parochial school, one public school, and one homeschool (mine).This is by no means the first time my husband and I have changed tack in our children's formation.  One would hope that my 15-year-old is not receiving the same sort of formal education we started with when he was five (though there are fascinating similarities).   … [Read more...]

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Lent in the School for Evangelization

We Catholics like our programs.  Love our programs.  So here's this program we have starting this month, and the whole Church is enrolled.  It's called "Lent" and it features prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  That's the theory, anyhow.During Lent your parish is likely to take on some kind of other program as a sort of evangelization-thingie.  Small groups (I approve), or a parish mission (ditto), or some other worthy pursuit.  These things are good.  But what if your parish isn't doing one of … [Read more...]

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Doing Something Right, Priest Edition

This past week a priest in our region died, suddenly and unexpectedly.  He was not someone I knew personally, accident of geography.  Friday morning as I opened class in prayer, I completely forgot to include Father in our prayers until one of the moms reminded me.  In the excitement of a morning teaching, that sorrow again slipped from my mind.On the way into Benediction before Mass, I saw an acquaintance in the narthex, the father of one of my daughter's friends.  It was a pleasant sur … [Read more...]

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