A simple reminder: Pray for police

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Every siren should be a reminder that someone is in trouble -- a victim, a perpetrator, an officer who is ready to the the right thing, and an officer who is in danger of doing the wrong thing.Read the rest at the Register.*** photo credit: Governor Haley signs body camera legislation via photopin (license) … [Read more...]

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Has Etsy banned the sale of sacramentals?

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To a casual onlooker, it really does seem like Catholics believe that if you die with a scapular, God has to let you into heaven; that if you stick a St. Christopher medal to your dashboard, you can drive like a maniac and walk away unscathed; that if you pray on a rosary blessed by an especially good Pope, or sneak a relic of your favorite saint underneath some sinner's mattress, then whatever you wish will come true. This is not what Catholics believe. We do not believe in magic, and we do n … [Read more...]

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Discernment: What It Does and Doesn’t Mean

One example of the wrong way to discern God's will in your life

PIC wizard watching chickenIt does mean: The Holy Spirit works kind of like MSG, enhancing and heightening the "flavor" of the virtues that you've already worked to develop -- virtues like self-control, prudence, mercy, and self-sacrifice.  After you pray for guidance, you're probably not going to find yourself doing something utterly foreign to your normal nature or inclinations; but you may find that you have deeper reserves of patience than you expected, for instance, or a temporary abili … [Read more...]

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I have a job for you, baby.

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  Not the little guy who just kicked me for the first time, that I could feel, just yesterday (yay!). I mean the other one, the one I lost. I wrote about how hard it was not to have a body to bury. You want to be able to take care of your children with your own hands, but I couldn't do that, and it hurt.Now, as the months have gone by and the pain of loss has receded, I still find myself bewildered about what to do with the baby's soul.When I found out I was pregnant … [Read more...]

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At the Register: What does the Church teach about suicide?

The modern Church understands that depression and other psychological disturbances that might lead a person to suicide are true illnesses, which can significantly mitigate both a person's understanding and free will. Moreover, even if a person's death seems quick, with no time to repent before the end, we have no way of knowing what happens between their soul and a merciful God, who wants to bring all of His children home to Himself.Read the rest at the Register.  … [Read more...]

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Great article about Catholics and depression

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Michael J. Lichens contributes a guest post to The Catholic Gentleman: Black Dog Days: How to Deal With Depression.  It's sympathetic but not squishy, practical, realistic, and humble. Great read for anyone who is suffering through depression.  An excerpt: Prayer is very hard when you are depressed. I, for one, have nagging doubts when I go through my black dog days. God seems silent and I wonder where He is and what He’s doing. All the same, I do pray, and peace eventually comes. In one case, i … [Read more...]

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At the Register: Worry, and Other Unappealing Temptations

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 PIC snake eating itself  When we are tempted to fall into chronic worry, free-falling anxiety, brooding, endless guilt, and despair, we are falling for a lie. We are turning our hearts over to a false lover, an abuser who wants to control us and make us whimper, make us pay.There are things to worry about. There are reasons to fear, reasons to dread. These things are true, and there’s no point in telling myself, “There is nothing to be upset about.”  There is plenty to be … [Read more...]

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