Francis and Autism and Worship: All May Be One?

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Ever since October's Synod on the Family issued its final relatio -- which managed to pay one line of lip-service to single parents, Katrina Fernandez has been feeling all-too-keenly aware of how detrimental it can be for a church to label-and-divide the flock for tailored worship and social events. When the news broke that Pope Francis would be meeting with families living with autism, she sounded a well-pitched note of concern:I’m glad the families in the video above are finally able to h … [Read more...]

Butter Cookies Made With 8 Hard Boiled Eggs

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Growing up, I knew a lady who seemed ancient when I was little, and who finally died about two years ago, a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday. She was from Germany, and a stern lady with ram-rod straight posture, who never smiled or laughed in all the years I knew her, and yet she was never unkind or ungenerous. Some people just aren't into levity, I think.Anyway, anytime I crossed her line of vision she would feed me, rather like an Italian mom. She made heavenly ham/butter/mayo … [Read more...]

Saving Thanksgiving: Chili and Brandy Alexander Pie! UPDATE

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As everyone should know by now, I have "issues" with Thanksgiving that are in great measure about my family's utter inflexibility on the menu:The year I declared “NO PASTA” and served them a spinach/eggdrop soup, they sat around the table like it was a funeral. They kept asking me if this was how Germans eat Thanksgiving, and wondering why the soup couldn’t have little macaronis and meatballs in it.When I asked my mother-in-law if, these year, she was still including pasta in the gut-b … [Read more...]

Christ: the King Who Ravishes and Gives us All

Head of Christ Crowned with Thorns Lucas The Younger

He became incarnate so he might share our lot with us, and he died in order to redeem us. In Co-Workers of the Truth, Pope Benedict XVI, then Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, put it this way:It is obvious that God did not intend Israel to have a kingdom. The kingdom was, in fact, a result of Israel’s rebellion against God and against his prophets, a defection from the original will of God. The law was to be Israel’s king, and through the law, God himself . . . But Israel was jealous of the nei … [Read more...]

Praying for those who pray for us…

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As our friends in Summit are reminding us, Pope Francis says today, November 21, is a day to thank God for cloistered religious: At the end of today’s general audience, Pope Francis noted that this Friday, Nov. 21, is the liturgical Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.Noting the Church will celebrate the Day pro Orantibus, dedicated to cloistered religious communities, he said, “It is an opportune occasion to thank the Lord for the gift of so many persons that, in mon … [Read more...]

Lisa Hendey, the Accidental Innovator

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You might call her an "accidental innovator". When Lisa Hendey tried to digitally explore better ways to be a Catholic while raising a family, she couldn't find what she needed. So she created it. As she writes in her new book, The Grace of Yes, "I went looking for answers, and when I didn't find them online, I bought a domain name and some of those For Dummies books about the Internet and launched Catholicmom.com."The rest, as the saying goes, is history. Since its inception, … [Read more...]

6* Questions for Jennifer Fulwiler

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Jennifer Fulwiler is one of those people I can't keep up with. I blink and she's got a successful blog. I blink again and she's got a reality show.I come back from retreat and she has another baby, and an annual woman's conference.I get momentarily distracted and she's released a bestselling memoir; I take a little nap and awake to discover that she's got a radio show on Sirus!Seriously? I can't even get through my email, and she's getting through a half-dozen lifetimes! And … [Read more...]

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Addresses Humanum Conference – UPDATED

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The Humanum conference has ended, and I am very interested in reading more about it, particularly based on this tweet by Austen Ivereigh:Can't help feeling this is something tectonic: the creation of an ecological narrative about marriage. This could fly. #Humanum— Austen Ivereigh (@austeni) November 19, 2014Here is an excellent -- thoughtful and wonderfully accessible -- talk by Rabbi Sacks. It is full of truth. Watch the whole thing, because it ends with a … [Read more...]

On Being Distracted While at Prayer

St. Teresa of Avila's Breviary

Tom McDonald came across some very unhelpful advice on how to deal with distraction while at prayer. He turns to some of our Catholic prayer masters for better instruction, and you should go read it, because it's great, helpful stuff we don't read enough.But I also couldn't help remembering Sister Alice McConville, rc, who long ago gave me the sanest and simplest advice on dealing with a wandering mind at prayer. I wrote about it in Strange Gods:“To pray is to love,” she said, “and that i … [Read more...]

A GeekShirt Feminists Can Get Behind? – UPDATED

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So, this geeky shirt, made by a woman, insults women and makes them flee from studying hard sciences, because they feel "unwelcome."Seriously, if your commitment to science can so easily come unhinged, you are probably meant to study something else -- something that takes ordinary griping and social-policing and brushes it with a patina of academic study that will ultimately leave you broke and bitter.What about this shirt, which just popped up in my twitter feed, and I find really … [Read more...]


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