My New Book is Out! I Have a New Book!

So...this happened:And seriously? I have no idea what to tell you about it. It's called Little Sins Mean a Lot: Kicking Our Bads Habits Before They Kick Us, and I probably should never have written it.The other day a friend said to me, "I just got your book in the mail; thanks a whole lot, pal! You're a pain in the butt and I happen to like ignoring my little sins, because that leaves me free to fume about the big sins of the world, which feels a hell of a lot better than thinking … [Read more...]

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What Pope Benedict Wrote about the Shroud of Turin

An excerpt from John Thavis' new book, The Vatican Prophesies: Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions, and Miracles in the Modern Age":As one might expect, Pope Benedict, who was often called "the pope of reason," was much more circumspect on the [Shroud, than Pope John Paul II.] He, too, was interested in the Shroud and had stood before it as a cardinal. As pope he ordered the extraordinary exhibition of the Shroud in 2010. Benedict himself flew to Turin to venerate the cloth and … [Read more...]

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A Rare Book Generating Real Discussion Between Generations

Don Michel Remery's Tweeting With God is a book I heartily recommended in my recent Summer Reading Recommends post, where I called it, "a great book if you have a long drive before you and curious, bored teens in the back of the car."It is that, but it's also a great book to keep around the family room, for your kids to pick up and read; it's a great book for the nightstand, when you're looking for something entertaining and informative to read, before calling it a night.In short, … [Read more...]

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Summer Reading List for 2015

With the 4th of July behind us, we are now wholly and fully into summer, and looking for the best reads to take to the beach or, if you're like me, to the front porch. Over at National Review, they've collected some titles for us to peruse, and invited me to include a few ideas.This summer, I am picking up classics: The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey. A mystery novel unlike any I’ve ever read: an injured police detective lies in a hospital bed, from which he attempts to solve a 15th c … [Read more...]

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Gay Outreach and the Stumble into Pastoral Love

In this recent post, I wrote that in welcoming homosexual-headed families into our parish, we would have to teach not only the full catechism but also, "the even-greater catechism of transcendent love."Reader Glenda S. wrote asking me what that meant, exactly. I meant that the catechism gives us the rules and the teachings; the willingness to dare loving all that does not conform to the text, though, can instruct us on how to really live the teachings, beyond simply "following the rules". … [Read more...]

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A Fun Book Meme for the Weekend!

I like this meme, for the weekend, and thought your answers would be fun, too. As Julie says:include up to 3 answers each if you like. We won’t tell. If you’re religious, consider The Bible or other religious texts a gimme, particularly for question #15.Something to talk about with others over the summer BBQ, anyway.1. Most treasured childhood book(s)? Harriet the Spy From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler A Wrinkle in Time Treasure Island (I know that's four but th … [Read more...]

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Read, Pray Softly, and Carry a Great Handbag!

So, once again, I have ended up writing a book in longhand, and so this week will be dedicated to transcription, which I hate. That being the case, I have decided to use this week on the blog to promote some books from a wide variety of authors, but since my time is limited, my promotion will consist of an excerpt, and you can decide whether you like it as much as I do. Some of the books are brand-spanking new, and a few others are books I’ve wanted to review for months amid too hectic a s … [Read more...]

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On his 88th Birthday, Some Quotes from Benedict XVI

It is only when life has been accepted and is perceived as accepted that it becomes also acceptable. Man is that strange creature that needs not just physical birth but also appreciation if he is to subsist . . . If an individual is to accept himself, someone must say to him: “It is good that you exist” – must say it, not with words, but with that act of the entire being that we call love. – Principles of Catholic TheologyPope Francis offered Mass, today, for his predecessor, on the occas … [Read more...]

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My Hoo-erdom Hashed-Out and Explored in a Q&A

It's been an odd couple of months, wherein I have found myself interviewed several times, and via surprising venues. First Tom McDonald got me yapping about prayer.And then America got me going on and on about blogging (which generated tweets from Catholic people who actively hate me in humbling ways I hadn't then-imagined).I had totally forgotten, but around the same time, Patheos' Book Club asked me to discuss why I Don't Want to be a Hoo-er, if I can help it, which surprised me. … [Read more...]

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DEATH comes for Terry Pratchett; Discworld Sees Him Off! RIP

No one but Terry Pratchett could write an appropriate scene for his encounter with Death, but upon hearing of the death of this marvelously inventive and wise writer, my imagination immediately went there. I pictured Pratchett before a fire, with a glass of wine, looking up and seeing the cloak and hood, and the staff, and then looking down, placing the Death of Rats by his SQUEAK!Death: TERRY PRATCHETT! Pratchett: Yes, oh is it you, finally? Death: (Looking at his hourglass) BUT I AM … [Read more...]

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