Day 4 of the Tin Cup Rattle

Greetings and thank you so much for your generosity to us Sheas. I won’t take up a bunch of your time but I will just say what I have said before: if you appreciate what you get here, then please help keep an emphatically lower middle class family’s nose above water. Click on the PayPal [Read More...]

Good News from Korea and Some Reflections on Bums

A reader writes: I just thought I’d send you a quick note.  I’m in Korea on a week long business trip, and yesterday I went to 11:00 mass at a local parish.  What a wonderful experience.  The mass was beautifully and reverently celebrated. The folks were friendly and inviting.  The parish was vigorous, full of [Read More...]

Lizzie Scalia (aka “The Anchoress, aka “Fearless Leader of the Patheos Catholic Channel”)…

…gets interviewed over at America.  The Hardest Working Woman in Catholic Media acquits herself very well methinks.  I’ve always loved Lizzie. [Read more...]

If you are a parent of a child with special needs

…this book will be of real service to you and your child: [Read more...]

Prayer Request

A reader writes: A friend’s girlfriend’s daughter is going to surgery tomorrow and may not survive. Please pray for her. Also please pray for another friend who was recently diagnosed with cancer, and for a relative who recently passed away from it. Father, hear our prayer for this girl, for the person with cancer, and [Read More...]

Prayer Request

A reader who wrote a few days ago about a young woman in a crisis pregnancy writes: Thought I’d let you know where things stand regarding my prayer request. After an ultrasound, the mother decided to keep the baby.  Praise God!!  Now the two of them are figuring out where they’re headed in terms of [Read More...]

Good Morning! It’s Day 3 of the Tin Cup Rattle

In the past couple days, you got to discuss stuff you can’t hardly discuss anywhere else, cuz there aren’t too many blogs with this mix of Catholic theology and daffy pop culture cogitations. Tomorrow, who knows? I might find just about anything, or blather about anything else, as well as peruse other fun stuff that [Read More...]

Getting to the Heart of Francis

Austin Ivereigh takes a look at what makes Francis tick over at OSV. Russell Shaw adds his perspective too. [Read more...]

Patrick Coffin and Fr. Leo Patalinghug are going to Spain

and you can join them if you click on the image below: [Read more...]

Altaration: The Mystery of the Mass Revealed

Check it out! The series is geared towards awakening teens to the transforming experience of the Mass. It provides a satisfying answer to to the question, “How can the Church engage teens in the beauty and depth of the Mass with competition like social media and smartphones?” It’s really unlike anything ever done before. It’s [Read More...]

Prayer requests

A reader writes: I would like to ask your prayers for an elderly priest I know who was taken to the emergency room last night. I don’t know anything beyond that at this point, but please pray for a quick recovery from whatever ails him. Father, hear our prayer for his complete healing in body, soul, [Read More...]

Eye of the Tiber Kills Me

US Bishops Petition Holy See to Mandate Hand Squeeze Following Doxology I’m just praying they will really step up and mandate audible breast-beating during the Penitential Rite. [Read more...]

It’s Day 2 of the CAEI Tin Cup Rattle

This is one of the moments where I ask for some small support for my efforts to provide you with the sort of Catholic content, newsiness, fun, and so forth that is this blog. We Sheas live in narrow financial straits. For those who have joined the blog since last quarter, I am a writer [Read More...]

Why Do I Love Peter Kreeft?

Well, in addition to his quirky sense of humor, Thomist common sense, way with words, giant purple hippo anecdotes, gracious help to me and Sherry Weddell as we were finding our way into the Church, and willingness to let me give him bunny ears …Dr. Kreeft is the only philosopher  I know who has written a [Read More...]

Why Tithe?

A look at the Church’s teaching on this touchy subject. [Read more...]

A question about body, soul, and spirit

A reader writes: i like your articles… a quick question. how do we distinguish soul from spirit? is “and with your spirit” the same as “and with your soul?” idk, i don’t think so, but idk. thanks for any explanations. Paul writes: “May the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit [Read More...]

End Human Sacrifice

Here’s a petition to stop one pointless exercise in vengeful bloodlust scheduled for this evening. Is there any greater stupidity than the argument than “the death penalty helps the criminal focus on repentance” followed by “Kill her anyway!” when the criminal repents? A reading from the gospel of Christians for the Death Penalty: Jesus looked [Read More...]

Day 1 of the Tin Cup Rattle

If you like my work, please help keep an emphatically lower middle class writer with a dead 98 Ford Escort, a dying computer, an imminent income, self-employment, property, and quarterly tax bill, two kids in college and a savings account on fumes remain solvent so he can keep bringing you the weird combination of offbeat [Read More...]

Pewsitter Insults Pope and Jesus

There is a story told about St. Lawrence: At the beginning of August 258, the emperor Valerian issued an edict that all bishops, priests, and deacons should immediately be put to death. Sixtus was captured on 6 August 258, at the cemetery of St. Callixtus while celebrating the liturgy and executed forthwith. After the death [Read More...]

Beautiful Music from Some Wonderful Nuns

If you want to know more, go to DeMontfort Music [Read more...]

Prayer Requests and Works of Mercy

A loving mother asks that I pass this along: B, Our Beloved 2nd son of six children is 27yrs old (12/16/1987) he checked himself into a rehab to begin once again his journey of sobriety. We moved to Atlanta in 1996, from Angola, SW Africa. We began going to St Catherine’s daily MASS, and he began [Read More...]