Should we smile, smile, smile?

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What's the difference between feigned joy that cult members are required to display, and a suffering saint's determination to smile at everyone she meets; and what does it have to do with the awful client with the beautiful blue eyes?Read the rest at the Register.***image: By Robert Pérez Palou (http://www.robertperezpalou.com/) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons … [Read more...]

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Is Your Facebook Feed the Sea of Galilee or the Dead Sea?

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I don't have non-Catholic and secular Facebook friends merely because I want to proselytize them (although I try to answer any questions they have about my faith, and I'm delighted when I hear that they have learned something about the Church through me!). Instead, I have non-Catholic and secular Facebook friends because I like them, and find them interesting -- and yes, I learn from them. Of course I do.Read the rest at the Register. P.S.:  I heartily recommend the book I mention, Peter … [Read more...]

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Knock knock! Who’s there? A Catholic.

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As an evangelist, I'm laboring under a triple whammy: I'm a New Englander, I'm shy, and I'm a Catholic. (Also I was in my pajamas, but so is half the country.) All three together mean that I'm entirely focused on closing the door as quickly as I can and getting back to my comfortable, private living room. I have almost zero inclination to tell a stranger, "Hey, have you heard about this magnificent truth which will transform you life? Let me tell you .  .  ." But that is what the Pope (and all t … [Read more...]

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Artist of the Month: Matt Clark’s Amphibians, Minotaurs, and other Christian Art

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Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Religion and Visual Art. Read other perspectives here. ****Matt Clark, 39, is a teacher, print maker, and freelance illustrator who lives in Florida with his wife and growing family (they are expecting baby #7 in a matter of weeks). This interview is one of a series with religious artists. My questions are in bold. ****You are Anglican, and make secular and overtly religious art; but on your website, you say, "I don … [Read more...]

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New Evanglization WIN: A Cosmological Proof for the Existence of God . . . in comic book form

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Got a few minutes? Take your teenagers , or your skeptical, meme-educated internet friend, or yourself through this simple, graphic explanation for why it's perfectly reasonable to think that God must exist, and what kind of being we mean when we say "God": Why God Exists: A Rational proof in graphic art form. It makes a heavy topic clear, and is written by a fellow who is thoroughly familiar with the dark alleys and dead ends that pass for logic on the internet. Here's a little excerpt, where … [Read more...]

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#Free the Word! An apology, and explanation, and an appeal by Brandon Vogt

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Brandon Vogt covers everything you need to know about the copyright issues surrounding the distribution of Lumen Fidei and other magisterial works. He explains what the problem is with the current system and what a better solution would look like; and he apologizes for his error and (unnecessarily, in my opinion) for his initial reaction to the response he got from the USCCB.He answers tons of common questions about this issue, and he has opened his comment box as a petition to t … [Read more...]

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