Why Mention 5,000 Men, and Slight Those Women and Children?

As I mentioned the other week, Sr. Simone Campbell has shown herself to be a dreadful sexist (and a bit of an atheist) in her reflection on the Gospel accounts of the feeding of the 5,000 men.  The question she posed, however, is a good one.What she wanted to know is: Why do the Scriptures give a counting of the men present so specifically?  We can't even say the authors were using the term "men" in a generic way to mean "mankind" or "people."  The Bible clearly states that the estimated at … [Read more...]

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What Kind of Place was Nazareth?

Jimmy Akin has a good review of this past Sunday's Gospel reading up at the Register.  Meanwhile, something to think about:When Philip asks, "Can anything good from Nazareth?" the intensity of the question is lost on us.  When we hear other references to Jesus being from that town, there's no real significance.  It's just this place.  A little town like any other.We tend, then, to dismiss the rejection of Jesus in his hometown as just one of those things -- people won't let you out of you … [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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Prayer Time – For a Dad in ICU, and others

Yesterday was my sister's birthday, and since I'd lost her phone number (again!) I dropped her a note online to wish her many happy returns of the day.We chatted a bit, and then she asked that I unleash you prayer warriors on behalf of Casey Colvin, a young father who went in to the hospital for routine shoulder surgery and failed to come out due to cardiac arrest.  So in your charity, please remember Casey and his family in your prayers.She didn't ask, but if you'd lift up my sister as … [Read more...]

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The Beautiful Magazine for Sane Women – It’s Out!!!

I am so stinking proud of Elizabeth Scalia for launching Aleteia's new magazine For Her.  I worked for Elizabeth during her tenure here at Patheos and she was a superlative editor -- smart, insightful, hardworking, compassionate, and loads of fun.  But wow, I had no idea she was about to go do something this fabulously amazingly awesomely cool.It's a dream-come-true quality magazine launch: Finally we've got a real women's magazine with the fashion spreads and the beautiful stuff, only with a … [Read more...]

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Chapel Veils and the End of Choice

It's the day of prayer and penance for the unborn, and not only am I not marching, I'm not even out teaching -- home with a cold and watching a child with a cold, while other people carry on doing responsible things.  As a result, I've tweeted a fair number of abortion-themed posts from this morning's reading, but this bit from a Fr. Z. reader about chapel veils sums it all up better than anything.The reader, a Catholic high school student (female), writes to Fr. Z. asking advice about … [Read more...]

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Hashtags, Prayers, and Progressive Fundamentalists: A Lesson from Sister Simone

Please welcome guest blogger Timothy Scott Reeves.   Scott is a philosophy student, father of six, and all around good guy.  He's Anglican in the CS Lewis and early-GKC tradition, and circulates comfortably in the meat-world orthocathosphere.  I always find his comments insightful and was pleased when he offered to write a guest post for this blog.  Enjoy!   Hashtags, Prayers, and Progressive Fundamentalists: A Lesson from Sister Simone What have fundamentalists to do with prayer? Ever … [Read more...]

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