Helping You Get Enthused…

...because that's what I do!I know you know October is dedicated to the Rosary, and that is why I have directed you here and here over the past weeks. So, today, let Pat Gohn dispel any idea you might have that the rosary is the prayer of blue-haired old ladies:I have an aversion to being called a "Rosary rattler." But to those who know me, this isn't news.That was the name the local hipsters dubbed the so-called blue-hairs kneeling before Mass petitioning the Blessed Virgin … [Read more...]

Catholic Portal: WTC, Hooters, Mother Teresa, Dominionism

Never let it be said that the Catholic portal at Patheos is a predictable place. Currently featured in its columns and blogs:We've been anticipating the 9/11 Anniversary for a couple of weeks, by taking the Testimony of Two Towers, pondering the water and ash, remembering her secret heroes both priestly and canine, and we're finding allusions to that terrible day in our own lives.And we're not done with that topic. This week look for pieces on the anniversary by Deacon Greg, Pat Gohn and … [Read more...]

Muldoon and Coffey Honored by CPA

Well, bust my buttons!It seems that while passing out awards recently, the Catholic Press Association singled out two of our Catholic Portal columnists for distinction:Congrats to Boston College's Tim Muldoon, who runs his own page, here and also toils weekly at Culture in the Crossroads, where his recent series on Sex and Christianity has been a popular feature.Of his book, Love One Another, co-edited with Cynthia S. Dobrzynski and honored with a third place prize in the book category … [Read more...]

Great Reads in No Particular Order

I feel like I've been remiss in directing your attention Catholic-Portal-page-wide -- bad of me, as there's some good stuff up!Julie Davis is writing about how she was dragged kicking and screaming into John Steinbeck's East of Eden, and how glad she is to have read it. Now I'm itching to read it, and even more antsy to read this translation and commentary on GenesisMeanwhile, Dr. Pat McNamara, who never fails to bring us something fascinating, takes a look at Ireland's Sisters of Mercy … [Read more...]

The Deep Waters and Gay Marriage

I rarely recommend subscribing to RSS feeds, because I know what it's like to get enough email, but I am going to urge you to subscribe to Theologian (and Patheos columnist) Tim Muldoon -- at least over the summer -- as he continues to plumb the theological depths in consideration of gay marriage.He started out wondering if Christianity was having a Gamaliel moment on the matter.This week, he thinks about what does true violence to the spirit, and whether "facsimiles of love" play into … [Read more...]

Fr. Corapi and the Limits of Tragedy – UPDATED

In an earlier piece, Max Lindenman admitted to spending more time reading internet comboxes than is probably healthy for any human being.In this week's column, he clearly has spent a good deal of time reading the various postings and musings, here at Patheos, and elsewhere, about the ongoing (although not actually progressing) story of the investigation and suspension of Father John Corapi, and all of this has him wondering about both Irony and the limits of Tragedy:I have to confess, I like … [Read more...]

3 Reasons to Marry an Irish Girl

1) We sing like angels2) We smile with our eyes3) We make kick-ass Irish Soda Bread. (See Testimony)I got this recipe, btw, from my Italian mother in law!Maria Lucia‚Äôs Irish Soda Bread4 c sifted flour 1 1/2 tsps baking soda 1 tsp salt 3/4 c sugar 1 c raisins (or cranberries for a nice change) 2 tblspns melted butter 2 eggs, beaten 2 cups buttermilkMix dry ingredients. Mix butter, eggs and buttermilk. Stir into dry ingredients. Use a 2 qt pan (like a pyrex) because it works the b … [Read more...]

What's New in the Catholic Portal? – UPDATED

If you haven't checked in lately at the main landing page for the Catholic Portal here at Patheos, you may have missed a few new faces and developments!First up, please welcome new columnist Julie Davis, better known to all as the Happy Catholic who also manages to run a foodie blog, read classic books to us and then read some more. Did I mention that she has a book coming out soon (I've read it; it's great!).Julie's column is called A Free Mind; she'll be here twice a month, or so, to … [Read more...]

"An Israelite Without Guile"

It has always seemed somehow fitting to me that the apostle Jesus called "An Israelite Without Guile" would suffer a martyrdom that involved being skinned alive. Whether one resolves to live without guile or is simply gifted with its absence, going through life without a bit of craftiness suggests walking around with a degree of naked self-revelation that can go beyond skin deep.So, it's not really surprising that Max Lindenman has chosen to call his new weekly column at Patheos, "An … [Read more...]

Challenges, Rewards of Teaching Deaf Children

Catechist extraordinaire Lisa Mladinich, whose weekly column "Be an Amazing Catechist" has become a first-stop resource for RCIA facilitators and CCD teachers, has for the last two weeks been focusing on the challenges and rewards of serving the Deaf community of faith. Last week, she looked at the great needs within the church - what they are, and how well we are addressing them:In November 2009, Pope Benedict met with 400 deaf and hearing Catholic clergy and lay people, from sixty-five … [Read more...]


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