About #Biking4Vocations? Even I Managed 45 Minutes!

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So, these 2 Catholic priests and 3 seminarians are "biking for Priestly vocations." They're doing a a 29-day,1,400-mile bike pilgrimage from Saint Augustine, Florida to Rockville Centre, Long Island. My very own diocese!Several of us have been challenged by Father Michael Duffy -- a young priest of the diocese -- to participate, either by biking (or otherwise exercising) or praying for 45 minutes. OurUnfortunately, this is not retroactive, so I can't offer up my prayer time from last … [Read more...]

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Ashley Bridges Still Lives, but in Hospice

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You recall this post from six months ago, concerning Ashley Bridges -- the young mother who was ten weeks pregnant with her daughter, Paisley, when she diagnosed with an aggressive bone cancer.Her daughter Paisley will be a year old in July, and Ashley has been told she will probably not be alive to see it, but she is a fighter:“I am really pushing for Paisley’s first birthday. This is what I do. I do October, OK, I just got to make it to Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving comes around — OK, let … [Read more...]

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Why I Remain a Catholic, Pew Studies Be Damned!

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At a time when Pew studies suggest a vast exodus from Catholicism (although Sherry Weddell's antenna is up on some of the numbers) Tod Worner has written a terrific piece on why he is NOT leaving the church:I am NOT leaving the Catholic Church because I believe that the Catholic Faith is true.The edifice of Catholicism is Jesus Christ. Countless times, a good friend of mine has “flipped pages”. What he means when he says this is that he has read the Gospel of Mark. Again. And again. … [Read more...]

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Bakhita’s Gaze of Striking Serenity

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"One day I unwittingly made a mistake that incensed the master's son. He became furious, snatched me violently from my hiding place, and began to strike me ferociously with the lash and his feet. Finally he left me half dead, completely unconscious. Some slaves carried me away and lay me on a straw mat, where I remained for over a month. A woman skilled in this cruel art [tattooing] came to the general's house...our mistress stood behind us, whip in hand. The woman had a dish of white flour, a … [Read more...]

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The Art of the Painless Coup

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On Twitter, Ron Fournier post his latest piece, here, with a glum, "We can't trust Hillary. Her team is convinced trust doesn't matter to voters!"To which I replied: "[They] Might be right; a majority contentedly distracted w/Kardashians and zeitgeist can be brought along; we get "leaders" we deserve."Fournier suggested that people can watch the Kardashians and The Bachelorette and still be well-informed, but I have my doubts; I suggested that a "Kardashian Distracshian" is precisely … [Read more...]

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Pray Litany of Sacred Heart of Jesus With Me Thru June!

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Photo courtesy of shutterstock.comJune is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.It's one of my favorite litanies. If you'd like, let's pray it together with my podcast!:*after each invocation, respond with “have mercy on us.”Lord, have mercy Christ, have mercy Lord, have mercy Christ, hear us Christ, graciously hear us.God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us* God, the Holy Spi … [Read more...]

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For Chesterton’s Birthday, a 30-Quote Salute!

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1) Our Civilization has decided, and very justly decided, that determining the guilt or innocence of men is a thing too important to be trusted to trained men. It wishes for light upon that awful matter, it asks men to know no more law than I know, but who can feel the thing that I felt in the jury box. When it wants a library catalogued, or the solar system discovered, or any trifle of that kind, it uses up its specialists. But when it wishes anything done which is really serious, it collects … [Read more...]

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85 Years Ago, Chesterton nailed the Boomers

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“A generation is now growing old, which never had anything to say for itself except that it was young. It was the first progressive generation - the first generation that believed in progress and nothing else…. [They believed] simply that the new thing is always better than the old thing; that the young man is always right and the old wrong. And now that they are old men themselves, they have naturally nothing whatever to say or do. Their only business in life was to be the rising generation kno … [Read more...]

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Finally, a Video Game I Might Actually Play

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Because, as you all know...I'm Batman.And also because that CGI is so awesome, even I am impressed.My son and my husband are slack-jawed and speechless to hear me say it, but Batman: Arkham Knight looks like a video game even a techno-challenged non-player like me might want to take on.Related: DC Comics Introduces The Anchoress Batman vs The Anchoress … [Read more...]

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Why I Wear the World’s Tiniest Hair Shirt

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My husband noticed a brown cord peeking out from the neckline of my shirt and asked, “What is that?”Oops. Busted. “It’s a brown scapular,” I admitted.“That’s pretty hard-core, isn’t it?” he asked. “When did you take that up?”As prejudiced as the question sounds, he was only being curious. My husband is a tolerant sort; if someone wants to practice devotions that he doesn’t feel particularly called to, that’s all right by him. In this case, however, I sensed a tinge of leeriness. After … [Read more...]

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Hillary’s Press-Protection Pass Slowly Being Revoked

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Pondering, in my last post, issues of silencing, and protective passes, I must admit is interesting -- actually fascinating and disturbing -- to watch the press as it starts signaling to the Silent Hillary Clinton that her protective pass is being revoked, and slowly pulled from her hands.The press is finally beginning to publish stories it has loyally kept aside until now, and the headlines are terrible for Hillary, for Bill, and even for the unliked Chelsea, whose boring mediocrity the … [Read more...]

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Sexist Dalai Lama Gets a Pass; Kirsten Powers Doesn’t

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Can you imagine the uproar, on campuses and in the press, if the Pope, or any bishop, cardinal or priest had been so blatantly "lookist" and "sexist"?The Dalai Lama could be reincarnated as a blond woman in his next life, he quipped in a recent interview from his home.But not just any blonde.She should be “mischievous” and “her face must be very attractive [or] nobody [will] pay much attention,” the monk said in an interview on Friday, according to The Sunday Times of London.Got t … [Read more...]

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Martin O’Malley Putin: Chesty McCheesecake Presidencies

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I'm supposed to be shutting down and going on radio silence until this manuscript is done, but I saw this and thought, "Oh, for crying out loud!"Then I thought? Martin O'Putin? When does he get photo-shopped riding a lion?As usual, I blame Barack Obama, and his Cheesecake-y romps in the surf, or on the b-ball court, during his first presidential run. Well, not really. I actually blame the press who fetish-ized the pecs.The press corp mostly sneered at Bush’s commitment to e … [Read more...]

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Snowflake Students: “We’re Too Fragile To Be Educated!”

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I'm out of here for the day -- back to transcribing my book -- but wanted to leave this here because it's just horrific. Indoctrinating professors aside, can real teachers even dare to teach, anymore, with all of these little snowflakes melting around them and incapable of handling anything without being "triggered"? Do they know that life itself is one giant trigger after another, if you indulge yourself?I have a great fear that if this mindset is permitted to continue, we will find … [Read more...]

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