Immaculate Mary for a Protestant

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OK, so I’m just a poor convert right, who even after sixteen years being a Catholic am still struggling to understand some things. I was prompted a week or so ago to begin my day as soon as I wake up to say the Morning Offering…which goes, “O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary [Read More...]

The Eternal Mass

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Am I getting older or is the news getting worse? All around the world seems to be disintegrating. What was considered immorality by everyone is now championed as good and progressive. The Christian church in America — Catholics included–seem to be swept along by the crass materialism, commercial mentality and all the complacency and desires [Read More...]

Understanding Infallibility

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There’s a delicious scene in Brideshead Re-visited where the spiritually illiterate Rex Mottram is being instructed in the Catholic faith and the priest asks, “If it were raining and the Holy Father said it was sunny, how would you then explain papal infallibility?” Rex ponders for a moment and says, “I suppose I would say [Read More...]

Snake Handlers and the Holy Father

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Who are the “snake handlers” and where do they come from? “Snake handlers” are a small group of Pentecostal Christians–started in Appalachia during the Holiness revival movements and still operating today. They get all worked up and get “the anointing” which means they enter a trance like state through hyper emotionalism then they pass around [Read More...]

Help! There’s a Mennonite in Me

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You have to understand that I have a Mennonite in me. I can’t help it. He lurks there in his black hat and chin beard watching me and nodding knowingly. He’s one of my ancestors. They were all Mennonites and Amish and various sorts of Pennsylvania Protestants. Go to Pennsylvania Dutch country today and see [Read More...]

I Wannabe a Superhero

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I tell the boys in school that they should be a priest because every boy wants to wear a cape and a cool hat and do amazing things, and what other profession is there today in which you can wear a cape (except being a French policeman) So capes and hats and feats of derring [Read More...]


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