What to do about refugees?

Pray. Pray! Maybe you don't need a reminder, but I do. Almost none of us are in a position to do anything else. We can vote, we can argue, we can maybe collect money or baby carriers or signatures or other signatures or bug-out bags -- but if you believe in God, then doing any of these things without praying is like shopping for furniture when you're homeless. Prayer is where we ought to live, where we ought to start our day from and where we come home to at night. Prayer is the foundation under … [Read more...]

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Why does the Church make things so complicated?

If a dumb sheep starts nibbling on the medicine spoon, rather than drinking the medicine, that doesn't mean that vets aren't necessary. It means the sheep needs to be redirected to the goal, which is being healed.Read the rest at the Register.***sheep image courtesy of Pixabay … [Read more...]

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St. Bernard, pray for . . . wha?

   Speaking of distraction from prayer, that narthex is where parents of small children often find themselves when they're fulfilling their Sunday obligation in the most basic way: by being bodily inside the walls, even if we can't catch more than a second or two of actual prayer time. Our parish is pretty kid-friendly, but it's only courteous to take a truly bonkers kid out of earshot until he calms down, so the narthex is the place to be; and that is where St. Bernard stands, t … [Read more...]

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A simple reminder: Pray for police

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?

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

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.

  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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