Catholicism and Nationalism Do Not Really Mix – UPDATED

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The neighborhood where I grew up was a block of "mutts", and my own family boasted Irish-Italian-English-Scots-German muttage, but if you asked any of us "what are you?" the answer, our answer would have been "Catholic" and our Catholicism precluded all of our other labels, including "American." Our culture was American, yes, but it was first-and-foremost "Catholic". We didn't have a flag hanging out the door, but we had a Saint Jude on the doorstep, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the kitchen. … [Read more...]

What the hell is WRONG with these people? – UPDATE

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If you ever doubted that there is a battle going on all around us -- a true battle -- between good and evil, and that that battle engages every single one of us whether we are aware of it or not, the events of the past week really ought to clarify that point for everyone.In the face of the unspeakable evil of the slaughter of children, good broke through, and the stories are legion -- good people of all faiths and of no faith at all have moved with generosity and concern to do whatever … [Read more...]

“Flight into Egypt” Forever Stamp and the Holy Spirit

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So, I'm taking a quick flip through my Facebook timeline and I see that Patrick Madrid has posted this image.It stopped me in my tracks.The stamp had blipped through my awareness earlier this week when both Kathy Schiffer and our human news aggregator, Deacon Greg had mentioned it, but this morning the simple silhouettes against the fiery sky, and the inviting brilliance of the Light, just seemed to pull me in, and it brought on a renewed bout of astonished appreciation for the workings … [Read more...]

Lisa Hendey Comes to Patheos!

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During this Year of Faith, our Catholic Channel at Patheos continues to be blessed with an influx of talented, creative and interesting writers. About ten days ago we welcomed Sam Rocha and Margaret Rose Realy -- two writers who could not be more disparate in their approaches to faith and yet worship in commonality -- and today we are thrilled to add the astonishingly busy founder, editor, writer, speaker, and Catholic publishing entrepreneur Lisa Hendey to the mix with her new blog, which she … [Read more...]

In the Year of Faith, I promised you Poetry!

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When I wrote about our dedicated Year of Faith page last week, I mentioned that you should keep checking back to it every day (or, okay, a couple times a week) to see what new voices were contributing, and I also promised (or threatened) poetry!And today, we have the poet and essayist Sally Thomas musing -- briefly but effectively -- on something we all could stand to do more of -- a habit we might especially try to adopt most particularly and consciously, in this Year of Faith! Check it … [Read more...]

A Year of Faith! A Year of Discussion!

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Here at Patheos, we like to say we are "hosting the discussion on faith", and we try to live up to it.To that end, and as the Holy Father today declares open a dedicated "Year of Faith", we at Patheos are today launching a dedicated Year of Faith Page.Every week throughout the Year of Faith that page will be showcasing Catholic voices from around the world, featuring people of all stripes and callings – women and men, and Catholic youth; bishops, religious, deacons and priests – all … [Read more...]

It’s October: Do you know where your Rosary beads are?

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About 20 hours from the time of this writing, The Year of Faith will be officially launched from Rome!Here at Patheos, we have something special planned -- and a Facebook page to keep you up-to-date on everything new, but more about that later.For now, a quick question: Do you know where your Rosary Beads are?Deacon Greg wants to know;I still have my first set. Do you?It was given to me as a first communion gift: simple black beads with a plain plastic cross. They're … [Read more...]

Plenary Indulgence for Year of Faith? What IS That?

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Yeah, I know, indulgences have gotten a bad rap, thanks to past-abuse in our history, and myths do abound, but an indulgence is a good thing, and something that helps Catholics pursue active devotions and grow in understanding and piety. I'm really happy to read that the Vatican has decreed a plenary indugence for the Year of Faith:During the whole span of the Year of Faith, proclaimed from October 11, 2012 to the whole of November 24, 2013, all individual faithful truly repentant, duly … [Read more...]

Get Your Magnificat Year of Faith Companion!

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So in demand is this beautifully-wrought aid for the celebration of the Year of Faith that the thing is in its third printing and on back-order until October.But even if you will not get your copy until late October, after the year is officially "begun", I urge you to order this book. It's inexpensive ($6.95) and at 445 pages, it's absolutely loaded with fine material -- profiles of the holy men and women of the bible, devotions, poems, meditations, reflections on scripture, explanations re … [Read more...]

Fearless Pat Gohn: “Do You Want to Pray About It?”

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About a year ago, Pat Gohn and I were chatting via skype about work-related issues, when the subject came around to our kids. I mentioned that my older son was, that very day (and after a discouraging two year search) interviewing for a job that seemed perfect for him.Although I felt strongly that the Holy Spirit was at work, and that the job was "meant" for him, I suppose my voice still betrayed some tension; Pat picked up on it and said, "would you like to pray about it right now? We can … [Read more...]


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