Dear Catholic World: Why do YOU Remain a Catholic?

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So, as I mentioned in this post, our own "Catholic Thinker", Tod Worner -- following the recent Pew report on diminishing Catholic numbers, and the glee that inspired in some corners -- decided to write a post on why he will not be leaving the Catholic church.Tod's piece reminded me of an older piece of mine from NPR, where I also catalogued why I remain a Catholic, and it inspired Monique Ocampo to explain why she remains, as well.And then Dr. Gregory Popcak chimed in, writing so well … [Read more...]

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About #Biking4Vocations? Even I Managed 45 Minutes!

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So, these 2 Catholic priests and 3 seminarians are "biking for Priestly vocations." They're doing a a 29-day,1,400-mile bike pilgrimage from Saint Augustine, Florida to Rockville Centre, Long Island. My very own diocese!Several of us have been challenged by Father Michael Duffy -- a young priest of the diocese -- to participate, either by biking (or otherwise exercising) or praying for 45 minutes. OurUnfortunately, this is not retroactive, so I can't offer up my prayer time from last … [Read more...]

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Ashley Bridges Still Lives, but in Hospice

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You recall this post from six months ago, concerning Ashley Bridges -- the young mother who was ten weeks pregnant with her daughter, Paisley, when she diagnosed with an aggressive bone cancer.Her daughter Paisley will be a year old in July, and Ashley has been told she will probably not be alive to see it, but she is a fighter:“I am really pushing for Paisley’s first birthday. This is what I do. I do October, OK, I just got to make it to Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving comes around — OK, let … [Read more...]

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Why I Remain a Catholic, Pew Studies Be Damned!

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At a time when Pew studies suggest a vast exodus from Catholicism (although Sherry Weddell's antenna is up on some of the numbers) Tod Worner has written a terrific piece on why he is NOT leaving the church:I am NOT leaving the Catholic Church because I believe that the Catholic Faith is true.The edifice of Catholicism is Jesus Christ. Countless times, a good friend of mine has “flipped pages”. What he means when he says this is that he has read the Gospel of Mark. Again. And again. … [Read more...]

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Bakhita’s Gaze of Striking Serenity

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"One day I unwittingly made a mistake that incensed the master's son. He became furious, snatched me violently from my hiding place, and began to strike me ferociously with the lash and his feet. Finally he left me half dead, completely unconscious. Some slaves carried me away and lay me on a straw mat, where I remained for over a month. A woman skilled in this cruel art [tattooing] came to the general's house...our mistress stood behind us, whip in hand. The woman had a dish of white flour, a … [Read more...]

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The Art of the Painless Coup

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On Twitter, Ron Fournier post his latest piece, here, with a glum, "We can't trust Hillary. Her team is convinced trust doesn't matter to voters!"To which I replied: "[They] Might be right; a majority contentedly distracted w/Kardashians and zeitgeist can be brought along; we get "leaders" we deserve."Fournier suggested that people can watch the Kardashians and The Bachelorette and still be well-informed, but I have my doubts; I suggested that a "Kardashian Distracshian" is precisely … [Read more...]

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Pray Litany of Sacred Heart of Jesus With Me Thru June!

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Photo courtesy of shutterstock.comJune is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.It's one of my favorite litanies. If you'd like, let's pray it together with my podcast!:*after each invocation, respond with “have mercy on us.”Lord, have mercy Christ, have mercy Lord, have mercy Christ, hear us Christ, graciously hear us.God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us* God, the Holy Spi … [Read more...]

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For Chesterton’s Birthday, a 30-Quote Salute!

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1) Our Civilization has decided, and very justly decided, that determining the guilt or innocence of men is a thing too important to be trusted to trained men. It wishes for light upon that awful matter, it asks men to know no more law than I know, but who can feel the thing that I felt in the jury box. When it wants a library catalogued, or the solar system discovered, or any trifle of that kind, it uses up its specialists. But when it wishes anything done which is really serious, it collects … [Read more...]

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85 Years Ago, Chesterton nailed the Boomers

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“A generation is now growing old, which never had anything to say for itself except that it was young. It was the first progressive generation - the first generation that believed in progress and nothing else…. [They believed] simply that the new thing is always better than the old thing; that the young man is always right and the old wrong. And now that they are old men themselves, they have naturally nothing whatever to say or do. Their only business in life was to be the rising generation kno … [Read more...]

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Finally, a Video Game I Might Actually Play

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Because, as you all know...I'm Batman.And also because that CGI is so awesome, even I am impressed.My son and my husband are slack-jawed and speechless to hear me say it, but Batman: Arkham Knight looks like a video game even a techno-challenged non-player like me might want to take on.Related: DC Comics Introduces The Anchoress Batman vs The Anchoress … [Read more...]

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