Anointing – Not Just for the Dying

A few weeks ago Sr. Mary Ann Walsh gave us 10 Good Reasons to Go to Confession (and they were good 'uns, too!).Today Sister gives us a brief ten-point look at what many call the most misunderstood of the sacraments:The Sacrament of the Sick may be the most misunderstood of the seven sacraments, probably because of its informal name from years past, “Last Rites.” When you hear “Last Rites’ you see a movie scene of a somber priest who made it just in time standing beside someone gasping his las … [Read more...]

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Obama Should Hire HIM!

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After Norway: Is Evil Gaining on Us?

Watching the horrendous pictures that came out of Norway, and looking at the daily headlines full of looming chaos, stagnated employment, frustration, divided government, economic uncertainty (is the "debt-ceiling crisis" a true "crisis" or extended misdirection?) and more, it's easy to think that evil is gaining on us -- that it is winning.In her column, A Word in Season, Pat Gohn looks at this season of trepidation and uncertainty and her word is this: do not fall prey to that … [Read more...]

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The Church and Unbelievers

"At the present time, more than in any previous age, we find Catholics turning into unbelievers . . . Catholicism seen from the inside seems to be losing, but seen from the outside, to be gaining. There is a reason for this. Our contemporaries are naturally little disposed to belief, but once they accept religion at all, there is a hidden instinct within them which unconsciously urges them toward Catholicism. Many of the doctrines and customs of the Roman Church astonish them, but they feel a … [Read more...]

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Fast, Delicious Coconut Curry Chicken

Found this recipe in a magazine that I never subscribed to but somehow landed in my mailbox, and made it last night to family raves.It was really, really fast, really easy and really good! I'm only sorry I didn't take a pic to show you, but shredded coconut is pretty enough!3 Tbsp. butter, melted 1 c flaked coconut, unsweetened if you can get it, but sweetened will do 2 tsp. curry powder (I used more because we like curry) 4 boneless chicken breast halves (6 oz, approx) 1/4 tsp salt 1 cup … [Read more...]

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Kathy Coffey at Patheos

Today, a new column debuts in the Catholic Portal with award-winning writer Kathy Coffey's Catholic Being -- and nothing could be better-timed, I think, than her excellent exposition on how the pathway to prayer can be accessed by stress:If we think of prayer as long, uninterrupted stretches in a quiet church or retreat house, we might get more stressed out worrying that we'll never achieve that. Instead, we might want to think of prayer in terms of the different voices heard in John … [Read more...]

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Sex, Sex, Sex!

Now that I have your attention, please direct it thither:The modern form of the Catharsis Hypothesis is a kind of utopianism: "ah, wouldn't it be great if people could have sex without hangups or consequences? How happy we would be! Boo for Christians who hate sex!" The roots of this fictional world are ancient, but an early modern example is that of the artist Paul Gauguin, a bored stockbroker who beat his wife and dreamed of escape from the middle-class ennui of industrial revolution France. … [Read more...]

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Politics Destroys the Soul -UPDATE

I've been suspecting it for a while, but I think Dorothy Day's sentiment sort of makes it very plain."I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least." — Dorothy DayI want to love God with all my heart and all my being.But I can't stand anyone in politics, right now. And I realize, today -- for the millionth time -- that it's not a healthy thing for me, spiritually; my ability to slip into a broad mood of disliking says something about my capacity for loving God, and a … [Read more...]

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Tony Rossi Talks to Julie Davis

We love her book, and we love her blogsite, and we love her columns, but Julie Davis has proven herself to be a very engaging, warm and um, "happy" interview subject, as we saw when she chatted with Pat Gohn, so now we love to listen to Julie being interviewed.Here she is talking to Christopher Close-Up's Tony Rossi!Give a listen!Julie also manages to mention one of the best books ever written … [Read more...]

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Chaput from a Distant Pew – UPDATED

Whenever I see that picture of Archbishop Charles Chaput I think to myself, "great scott, he looks clean as a whistle!"And then I think, "his face is youthful, yet it has an ages-past quality to it," one that reminds me of the faces you would see in a reading primer of the mid-twentieth century -- it's almost too seamlessly innocent; you know there is depth beneath that baby face!Max Lindenman has a very balanced and well-wrought column up considering the Archbishop, who is soon to move to … [Read more...]

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