Simcha Fisher’s Mother is a Hamster…

…and her father smelt of elderberries! [Read more...]

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Another followup on Kreed

His family really need our help: Kreed just had a CAT scan, his lungs have edema and the sacs aren’t filling with air properly and he’ll be in the PICU for at least two weeks, probably inpatient for all of three weeks. And I’ve just been told that the state he just moved to has [Read More...]

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Prayer Requests

A reader writes: please brother, ask your prayer warriors for intercession on my and my wife’s behalf. we are disintegrating. God knows what we need. please. Father, hear our prayer for the complete healing of this marriage through your Son Jesus Christ.  St. Joseph and Mother Mary, pray for them. Another reader writes: If I [Read More...]

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Laudato Si’s Light Yoke

One of the remarkable things about the encyclical is the tininess of the concrete steps it asks ordinary people to take.  There was much cow-having in the rightwingosphere over the trivial example Francis made of using air conditioning a little less and fans a little more.  Likewise, among the secularists many pants were wetted over [Read More...]

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More Podcast Fun with Tom McDonald and Dale Ahlquist

Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s Connecting the Dots shows are here! Now things are gonna start happening! Featuring Vulcans, Theology, Prayer, Diseased Tom, Fr. Robert Barron, and the New Testament! Dale Ahlquist shares insights from his recent trip to Italy – including The Holy House of Loreto, the Monks of Norcia, and more! We have a lot [Read More...]

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Catholic/American Phrasebook, Part 3

…is now out over at Our Sunday Visitor. The previous two installments are here and here. [Read more...]

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Check out Nethereal

It’s a new space opera and first-time novel from reader Brian Niemeier: [Read more...]

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Updated Prayer for Kreed

A reader writes: Can you post one more updated prayer request for Kreed? He was released from the hospital over the weekend but had to go back into the PICU after only a couple of days. For some reason, possibly his severe sleep apenea, his oxygen levels are extremely low and he has to be [Read More...]

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A word of thanks to all who respond to prayer requests

I started running prayer requests several years ago for a simple reason: I’m terrible at prayer.  I cleverly decided that since I’m so lousy at it, I would post the prayers I got from various folks in the hope and trust that *some*body out in my readership actually had charisms of intercession.  Result: tons more [Read More...]

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Today’s work of mercy

A reader writes: I rarely do this (like NEVER) but I need your help. A friend of mine has fallen on the kind of hard times that is described by the old adage “If not for bad luck, I would have no luck at all”. I am asking all those who treat themselves to a [Read More...]

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Laudato Si’s Prayer for our Earth

Notably, it’s “our” not “the”, expressing both the fact that God has entrusted it to us in Genesis, and also the fact that the encyclical is addressed to everybody in the world since this is our “common home”: A prayer for our earth All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the [Read More...]

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Laudato Si Reminds Me of Dante

IX. BEYOND THE SUN 243. At the end, we will find ourselves face to face with the infinite beauty of God (cf. 1 Cor 13:12), and be able to read with admiration and happiness the mystery of the universe, which with us will share in unending plenitude. Even now we are journeying towards the sabbath of eternity, [Read More...]

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Roe, We Were Told, Legalized Abortion to Protect Women from Back Alley Abortionists

Now the Supreme Court comes full circle and legalizes back alley abortions to protect abortionists. Abortion:  Corrupting everything it touches since 1973! [Read more...]

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Well done, Linda Chavez!

National Review contributor counters the filthy racism of Donald Trump with facts and calls conservatives, including the editor of NR, to stop lending an ear to and defending this junk. There should be no place for this stuff in the minds and hearts of Catholics. None. The popularity–spiking because of, not in spite of his [Read More...]

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Laudato Si: Mary = Ora and…

St. Joseph = Labora: 242. At her side in the Holy Family of Nazareth, stands the figure of Saint Joseph. Through his work and generous presence, he cared for and defended Mary and Jesus, delivering them from the violence of the unjust by bringing them to Egypt. The Gospel presents Joseph as a just man, [Read More...]

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Laudato Si reverences not Gaia, but Mary

The very typical patristic combination of worship of the Trinity, veneration for Mary, and respect for God’s work in Creation and Redemption is on full display in this encyclical: 241. Mary, the Mother who cared for Jesus, now cares with maternal affection and pain for this wounded world. Just as her pierced heart mourned the [Read More...]

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What Happens When Real Life Radio Contributors Have a Conference Call

So we did this yesterday, which was pretty fun: Also, Simcha Fisher and I had a lot of fun on the air: You can listen in live here at 5 PM Eastern. Today’s unindicted co-conspirator: Tom McDonald. And there’s a boatload of other shows now available in podcast form here. [Read more...]

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Laudato Si on All Things Pointing to the Trinity

This is not just a Christian document but an intensely Christian one: 239. For Christians, believing in one God who is trinitarian communion suggests that the Trinity has left its mark on all creation. Saint Bonaventure went so far as to say that human beings, before sin, were able to see how each creature “testifies [Read More...]

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Laudato Si on the Joy of the Little Way

St. Therese totally gets this: 222. Christian spirituality proposes an alternative understanding of the quality of life, and encourages a prophetic and contemplative lifestyle, one capable of deep enjoyment free of the obsession with consumption. We need to take up an ancient lesson, found in different religious traditions and also in the Bible. It is [Read More...]

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Laudato Si on the sacrament of Nature leading to the Sacraments of Christ

Just a lovely passage: 234. Saint John of the Cross taught that all the goodness present in the realities and experiences of this world “is present in God eminently and infinitely, or more properly, in each of these sublime realities is God”.[161]This is not because the finite things of this world are really divine, but [Read More...]

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Saints: Our Unseen Prayer Partners

…are under discussion over at the Register. [Read more...]

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