Ways & Means: Planned Parenthood Vids a Salvific Good

Guest Post By Erin Brownback Last Thursday, after a lengthy Twitter conversation with an ardent supporter of abortion, I posted this tweet.Since then, it has been redistributed in a variety of contexts, and most recently has been used to make the case that to lie to expose the truth of evil is to say, “I will try by any means that is not sinful or illegal to DESTROY you.”I’d like to be clear.We are called to love, respect, and show kindness to all people because they are each ma … [Read more...]

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For the Reality of the Personal Vocation, Let us Pray!

We are all created for and called to a specific role; consider your calling by Russell Shaw In the prayer of the faithful said at Mass in my parish day after day we regularly ask God for “an increase of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.” Sometimes “lay ministry” gets added to the list.When we pray for these things, I’m happy to join in the response -- “Lord, hear our prayer” -- because I share the hope that they increase. At the same, though, I feel a twinge of regret. Not f … [Read more...]

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Strange Gods at the Seminary!

If you are on Long Island on September 13, consider swinging by the beautiful Seminary of the Immaculate Conception -- which gave us Father Michael Duffy -- and saying "hi!" I will be there discussing Strange Gods, Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life (now with study guide!) and sharing some ideas, and chatting.If time allows, I might also do a first-ever reading of an excerpt of my new book, Little Sins Mean a Lot, which comes out next spring.Immaculate Conception Seminary was part of … [Read more...]

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Adoration Changed Everything For Me

I like this piece by Mary DeTurris Poust, on the effect of Adoration on parishes and individuals:Despite the mystery — or maybe precisely because of it — adoration is growing in popularity and practice among American Catholics. Perhaps that’s because daily life, for so many, has become chaotic that there is a desperate search for a place and practice that can become the calm amid the storm: Eucharistic adoration can become that place.Too right! I also like what this fellow says, further d … [Read more...]

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Nun News Late Summer Vocation Round-up – UPDATE

UPDATE: As we wait to discover the name of St. Joseph Monastery's newest Novice, (Sister Frances Marie of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus) here is a report from the Diocese of Fort Wayne, Indiana, where they witnessed the ancient rite of the Consecration of a Virgin.I usually do my big annual round-up in the Autumn, but they are piling up, so here goes:Do you recall, last year, reading here at Patheos a father's admission that "Sure, we need nuns, but not my daughter!". He chronicled … [Read more...]

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As I Lay Like Broccoli: A Personal Prayer Request

Regular readers know I rarely ask for prayers for myself, but I find that I need all I can get as I deal with a stubborn infection and a physician's command to remain "flat on your back, leg elevated over your heart."My head says, "yay, bedrest, I can catch up on my reading." Somehow, I can't seem to concentrate on that very much, though, and I end up alternately binge-watching "Bob's Burgers", reading my Magnificat and dozing off in the middle of the rosaries I keep beginning, for the … [Read more...]

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Patheos Catholic Picks Up 2 Powerful Apologists

It is always a happy day when we can announce a new blogger to our extensive roster of exceptional Catholic blogs, so when we can introduce two new writers at once -- both of them strong apologists -- we become downright giddy. Please make welcome two very gentlemanly (and prolific) new contributors, Dave Armstrong of Biblical Evidence for Catholicism and Albert Little of The Cordial Catholic.So, who is Dave Armstrong and why should you read him?? Having written, edited, or contributed to … [Read more...]

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What Sarah Palin and Starbucks CEO Schultz Have in Common

Are you, like me, just sick of it, yet?I am so blastedly sick of the mindset that says, "because this person doesn't agree with my thoughts on this issue and that issue, absolutely nothing he/she has to say can possibly be worth hearing; nothing this person says could possibly be credible, legitimate or valuable, or speak to any part of my world, or the world of any reasonable person."That's the sort of reaction I am seeing in social media, in response to this statement by Starbucks … [Read more...]

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Our Death Can Happen Many Times

Found this scrawled, uncharacteristically for me, in the back of a book* --When we meet God face-to-face, it is always a moment of grace, but too it is a moment of judgment for us. Judgment day, then, can be any day, any time, any particular moment of an hour. And so our death can happen many times, a process of conversion, a process of turning to. We die to ourselves, die to a particular sin or attachment, and begin again, turning toward. We no sooner die to one thing that we … [Read more...]

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With Regards to Iran Deal, There are No Sure Things

By Russell Shaw (Guest post) It’s an accident of history that the present debate on the six-nation nuclear agreement with Iran overlaps the 70th anniversary of the first uses of atomic weapons in war. Religious believers rightly consider ‘accidents’ like this to be just as much elements of God’s providential plan as anything else (they also concede that it’s foolish to claim to read God’s plan with certainty in the flux of contemporary events).Granting the truth of all that, however, the coi … [Read more...]

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“The Pope is Not an American Politician”

That's what I told Konrad Aderer when he interviewed me via Skype for Currents NY Nightly News program, which is part of the extensive programming via the Diocese of Brooklyn.The taping was a little early for me; with only one cup of coffee in me, I had some trouble finding the word "ideologies". Also proselytizing. I have to remember to keep to one-syllable words when it's in the A.M.Anyway, you can watch the rest here: … [Read more...]

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The Horror of PP vs an Invitation to Absolute Beauty & Healing

In just a few hours, you and I -- from wherever we are, on the planet -- have the opportunity to meet each other in the Holy Eucharist, and to together plead before the most Merciful Christ Jesus, for all of those who have been touched by the Culture of Death, throughout the world.This is a privilege of spirit and mystery. In her capacity as a member of the cardinal's pro-life commission, Kathryn Jean Lopez has managed to very quickly organize a special Holy Hour of Reparation, Healing and … [Read more...]

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The Early Loneliness by which a Martha is Formed

My Mother in Law -- bless her, she's a living saint -- is a Martha. She can't sit still; she's happier when she is bustling about, cooking, cleaning, sending food to a neighbor who is feeling unwell, putting out "coffee and a little something."Me? I'm a Mary; I'm happy to be hospitable, but while my MIL's kitchen and household run like clockwork mine is, we might say, a bit more laid back. I'm okay, for instance, with letting the dishes sit while we chat a while between a meal and the … [Read more...]

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“Masques Off! Masques Off!” Cried America

Honestly, it's beginning to feel like "The Masque of the Red Death", around here.Here is Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit, a man who can recognize a Potemkin village, when he sees one:A DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVE, MASQUERADING AS A COMEDIAN: Jon Stewart’s secret White House visits.UPDATE: Jon Stewart Secretly Met with Obama, Worked ‘In Concert’ with White House. Potemkin Village? We’ve got a whole freakin’ Potemkin Culture.Indeed. This line popped out at me, in the Mediaite report: Accor … [Read more...]

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