10 Things Christian Kids Need to Prepare for an Uncertain Future

In a private conversation Elizabeth Scalia posed a question, and I'm going to paraphrase it wildly: If you are the parent of young children, are you afraid for what the future holds for them?It's a question people are answering this week whether it's been asked or not: What does the future hold for faithful Christians in a culture that despises our faith?My answer is, very bluntly, is that whenever I've had my head on straight, I've always been terrified and I mean that in a good … [Read more...]

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Gay Marriage, Slack Parents, and Religious Ceremonies: An Even Simpler Solution

The usually sensible Fr. Longenecker proposes that the Catholic Church get out of the civil marriage business as a way to avoid being forced to officiate at same-sex ceremonies.There is a much simpler solution: We could decline to offer Catholic wedding ceremonies to couples unless at least one of the two is a practicing Catholic.We already try to do this, witness the massive hoops that Catholic couples are forced to jump through in order to get a church wedding as it stands.  We attempt … [Read more...]

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Six Months ‘Till Christmas: Feast of John the Baptist

I had this long rocky relationship with the Liturgy of the Hours, which finally came to a peaceful resolution when the breviary and I admitted that really what I want is the Office of Readings.  Turns out it doesn't matter how many helpful people suggest Morning, Evening, or Night prayer as the ideal place for beginners to start, what I need is the Geek Hour.  Some people use their feelings to stir up their intellect, I use my intellect to stir up my feelings.  I'm backwards that way.So last … [Read more...]

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Communal Life in the Parish and Making Time for Our Evangelical Mission

Josh Canning lays down the challenge here: How do we make time for evangelization in our lives?Half the battle is wanting to, of course.  That requires conversion and discipleship.But suppose you've experienced the conversion, and given your life over to a relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and do in fact want to answer that call of the baptized to go and preach the good news and make disciples of all nations?  Why is it so dang difficult?When I read this post at … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’s Puzzling Comments on Guns and War: The Clue to Understanding Laudato Si’

H/T to Kate O'Hare, who linked to these initially puzzling comments from Pope Francis on weapons manufacturing and just warfare: It makes me think one thing: people, leaders, entrepreneurs that call themselves Christians, and produce arms! This gives some mistrust: they call themselves Christians! “No, no, Father, I don’t produce them, no, no .... I only have my savings, my investments in arms factories.” Ah! And why? “Because the interest is somewhat higher ...” And a double face is also a curr … [Read more...]

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Why It’s Worth Bothering About the Fortnight for Freedom

Some years ago my grandparents had a chance to fulfill a lifelong dream of visiting Ireland, where some of the ancestors come from.  They had a wonderful time, and brought back gifts and enthusiasm, but also this comment: "There's just nothing like the good old USA."  Rightly so.  Three-quarters* of my grandparents are buried in national cemeteries; they took this freedom business seriously.Father's Day I had the privilege of attending the interment of a beloved father and husband, departed w … [Read more...]

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Something Beautiful: A Short Guide to Praying as a Family

In my mailbox this month: A Short Guide to Praying as a Family, recently released by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia.  I haven't had a chance to read the entire thing yet, but what I've seen thus far is spectacular.  Beautiful and useful both.You can read a review here.You can preview the book here.You can order it directly from the sisters here, or from the Catholic Company here.Excellent potential as a discussion-starter for a parents' discipleship group this fall.  Cat … [Read more...]

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