The Horror of PP vs an Invitation to Absolute Beauty & Healing

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In just a few hours, you and I -- from wherever we are, on the planet -- have the opportunity to meet each other in the Holy Eucharist, and to together plead before the most Merciful Christ Jesus, for all of those who have been touched by the Culture of Death, throughout the world.This is a privilege of spirit and mystery. In her capacity as a member of the cardinal's pro-life commission, Kathryn Jean Lopez has managed to very quickly organize a special Holy Hour of Reparation, Healing and … [Read more...]

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The Early Loneliness by which a Martha is Formed

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My Mother in Law -- bless her, she's a living saint -- is a Martha. She can't sit still; she's happier when she is bustling about, cooking, cleaning, sending food to a neighbor who is feeling unwell, putting out "coffee and a little something."Me? I'm a Mary; I'm happy to be hospitable, but while my MIL's kitchen and household run like clockwork mine is, we might say, a bit more laid back. I'm okay, for instance, with letting the dishes sit while we chat a while between a meal and the … [Read more...]

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“Masques Off! Masques Off!” Cried America

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Honestly, it's beginning to feel like "The Masque of the Red Death", around here.Here is Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit, a man who can recognize a Potemkin village, when he sees one:A DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVE, MASQUERADING AS A COMEDIAN: Jon Stewart’s secret White House visits.UPDATE: Jon Stewart Secretly Met with Obama, Worked ‘In Concert’ with White House. Potemkin Village? We’ve got a whole freakin’ Potemkin Culture.Indeed. This line popped out at me, in the Mediaite report: Accor … [Read more...]

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Barron on “Death of God & Loss of Human Dignity”

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[This piece was written before today's release of a third, very graphic video - Admin]by Bishop-elect Robert BarronI am sure by now that many of you have seen the appalling hidden-camera videos of two Planned Parenthood physicians bantering cheerfully with interlocutors posing as prospective buyers of the body parts of aborted infants. While they slurp wine in elegant restaurants, the good doctors -- both women -- blandly talk about what price they would expect for providing … [Read more...]

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Of Christ, Monasticism and Radio Astronomy

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[I stumbled upon this post in my archives, and upon re-reading it, realized that there is more to say, and that -- if my email is any indicator -- reposting this might be helpful for many. Originally from July 13, 2012 - ES]Alright, after a couple of politically-flavored posts, I'm going to have mercy on everyone and give you a gift for the weekend, and it comes to us in two parts via an excellent site within the Evangelical Portal, Good Letters, where guest contributor and writer/poet … [Read more...]

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The Crescat Needs Your Urgent Prayers – UPDATE

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UPDATE: Katrina is home after receiving her stent, and while she is not yet set to blog, she sounds like she is getting back into form, as she declares on Facebook that casseroles are welcome. Thanks be to God. Please pray for her swift recovery!Our talented Crescat, Katrina R. Fernandez, has been hospitalized after suffering what she described as "crushing chest pains." After evaluation, she is being moved to another hospital where she will be outfitted with a stent to treat a blockage and … [Read more...]

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Conflicted: My Cuba, My People, My Distrust, My Hope

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(Many thanks to María Morera Johnson, who has responded to my request to share her thoughts on our re-established ties to Cuba, with this beautifully honest, and wrenching, guest-post.) A Daughter of Cuba Experiences an Emotional Tug-of-War By María Morera Johnson, "Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer." [Rom. 12:12]When the news that Pope Francis had a hand in talks between the U.S. and Cuba came to light, I received an emoji of “Dead Fidel” on my phone: a beard … [Read more...]

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“My Little Cracker”: a Donald Trump Story

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Seriously, I don't pay a lot of attention to Donald Trump. I got my hair cut a few weeks ago, and the stylist asked me what I thought of him, and I said, "I don't, basically." Talk around the salon was all for him, and women were surprised when I said I did not consider him a serious candidate, nor believed that he thought himself one, either; "he's a showman, and he's bored, and he's having fun making mischief", I said, "but he is not a serious presidential contender."I was roundly talked … [Read more...]

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PatheosCatholic Congratulates Father Robert Barron

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Pope Francis has named Father Robert Barron to be one of three new auxiliary bishops to Los Angeles, and we here at Patheos Catholic could not be happier for him, and for the honor this does to all of our friends at Word on Fire Ministries. Father Barron's group has embraced new media and helped define it as a tool of infinite evangelical possibilities. The original programming and videos they produce are smart, energetic and just plain beautiful to look at. They are very much this era's answer … [Read more...]

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Trending Stress-Relief Therapy: Adult Coloring Books

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Many of you readers have such generous natures that, when you are looking to purchase something from Amazon, you come over here and click on the Strange Gods image, which both takes you to Amazon and benefits me with a small gratuity, for which I am exceedingly grateful. Last month's clicks bought me this super-comfy pair of sandals -- yes, you, my good readers, have finally gotten me out of my crocs!The thing is, I only found the sandals because they showed up on an orders report, and I … [Read more...]

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