Life Hack Tips Number 1 and 2 from the Anchoress

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I have decided, since it's so easy to do and the internet can't get enough of it, that I am going into the advice-giving business:Life Hack tip #1:Buy a pack of spearmint gum that you will never use because it sticks to your bridgework. Tear it open, but not all the way, so the gum stays inside the packaging, and then leave it in your handbag.Whenever you open your purse, you will get a nice big whiff of freshness, and this is really the only good and practical use for chewing gum … [Read more...]

Scary John the Baptist – UPDATED

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A favorite priest calls him "Scary John the Baptist", and there are my notes on what makes him scary, culled from one great homily:John’s scariness; he embodies faith at its most primitive; he seems unsophisticated and a little exotic. He is the wild man, of wild places; he is not civilized.There is in him no facade of civilization or society. He delivers a unfiltered message, one undistracted by the worldly things or the niceties. He disgusts the Sadducees and Pharisees who see t … [Read more...]

Dear Chelsea Clinton: Stop. Just…Stop it

Colin Farrell, Petra Nemcova, Trudie Styler, Mickey Sumner, America Ferrera, Bono, Chelsea Clinton and Helena Christensen attend the Edun fashion show during New York Fashion Week Fall 2014 at Skylight Modern on February 9, 2014 in New York City. Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Sometimes you read a piece like this and you want to be nice, but it takes all you got. All you got. Then you say, "Lord, save me from myself..."And sometimes, the Lord says, "got my hands full over here in the Third World with real issues, so just be a dude and abide! In me."And you really try, but then you read another version of the piece, and realize that no, you cannot abide.I cannot abide this nonsense a moment longer. I thought the IRS telling us that Lois Lerner's hard drive … [Read more...]

A culture of priestly vocation on campus

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Dr. Timothy Muldoon is an award-winning author and Catholic theologian. He is a researcher in Catholic higher education in the Division of University Mission and Ministry at Boston College, and a frequent lecturer, speaker, and retreat leader in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is also a contributing writer here at Patheos. He writes with some very heartening news as Boston College and CARA release a newly-commissioned study on College Experience and the Priesthood. For further … [Read more...]

A Value of a Sickly Pope and 5 Other Thoughts

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1) Over at his new blog, David Mills (who appears to be having quite a jolly time of it, over here, and we had him first!) responds to Marc Barnes' notion that Popes should resign more often.Writes Mills:I agree with everything he says, with one qualification: It would also be a good thing, a thing in the proper order, for a pope to continue as pope till he died, even if he suffers years of declining ability. . . His public endurance of suffering might be a needed witness, or the … [Read more...]

Patheos Writers and Friends Honored by CPA! UPDATED

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Last night, in Charlotte, where Team Patheos rocked a panel on digital media, the Catholic Press Association presented awards in a numerous categories, and a number of our Patheos writers (and our good friends) were recognized for their excellent work!Part of a seemingly unstoppable Jesuit Juggernaut that included Fr. Antonio Spadaro's world-stopping interview with His Holiness Pope Francis, and a number of awards for America Magazine (who just shamed the Associated Press into actually … [Read more...]

Cordileone’s “March for Marriage” Response a Gem

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I shouldn't say it because, well, this guy has good reasons why I oughtn't (H/T) but recovery from pneumonia (and now bronchitis) has made me busier than I want to be, as I try to catch up with work that has fallen behind. I barely have time to read all the Patheos writers, much less off-site pieces.Because I must read those, though, I was happily prompted, first by David Mills's excerpt, and then by Deacon Greg, to read San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's outstandingly pastoral … [Read more...]

Mrs. Obama is ProChoice, Except for Schools, Lunches — UPDATED

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Look, I am not a big detractor of Michelle Obama. I mostly like her fashion choices, and I think her mission to encourage garden growing and healthy food choices is, on its face, an excellent focus for a First Lady, and something I can really get behind.And yet, for a woman who possesses (as she often notes) degrees from Princeton and Harvard Law, Mrs. Obama's arguments for her cause are clumsily executed, specious, and (one hopes) unintentionally insulting. Her school lunch program needs an … [Read more...]

“Why be singular when you can participate in heaven?”

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My latest column at The Catholic Answer is called "Our Professors, Who Art in Heaven" and touches on the question that comes up again and again, particularly with those concerned about idolatry: why do Catholics show such reverence for saints?The Communion of Saints must seem strange to outsiders who wonder why Catholics and Orthodox Christians bother taking side roads in their orisons when a prayer to Jesus seems like a faster, more direct route. As a religious sister from my childhood put … [Read more...]

Hearing Pope Francis With the Ear of the Heart

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Over at The Crescat, Katrina Fernandez is puzzling out Pope Francis and the way people react to him.A lot of people have expressed to me the almost schizophrenic spiritual state Pope Francis puts them in. Admittedly, I too have felt this same bit of anxiousness at times. I’ve even heard comments suggesting the Pope is to blame for the divisive polarizing atmosphere between the “traddies” and “trendies”. They feel like he is constantly criticizing while we try and decipher who specifically he … [Read more...]

On Cantor: Dems Rang Pavlov’s Bell, Conservatives Barked

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Well, Eric Cantor has lost his re-election bid to a fellow who seems exquisitely unready for prime time, and the questions are flying: did the Immigration issue sink Cantor? Is Immigration reform dead for this session? Will John Boehner "surrender" on "amnesty" and then run from office?I've said this before, multiple times. The immigration question is never going to be settled, because no one wants it settled. The GOP is too afraid of its base to do anything, and the Democrats love that … [Read more...]

“The Eye of a Samurai Knows No Tear”

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The cruelest, most violent Samurai in Japan decides he wants to become enlightened. He bursts into the home of an esteemed Zen Master and demands that the Master teach him how to become enlightened.The Zen Master looks deeply into his eyes and says, “No. You are a dirty, vicious Samurai. I will not teach you.”Enraged, the Samurai yanks out his sword and places it right at the Zen Master’s neck. He hollers, “Do you have any idea who I am? I am the cruelest Samurai in the world. I c … [Read more...]

Good luck? In the arms of Jesus!

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Hopefully everyone can see this, because it's kind of adorable. Suor Cristina Scuccia gets the Italian version of "Break a Leg" and she charmingly says, "In braccio a Gesù!" -- it (or she) is in the arms of Jesus.And then she laughs like a bride.She says she expects to renew her vows next month, in anticipation of her final vows, and that her priorities are "Jesus and prayer." I believe her. … [Read more...]

David Mills Comes to Patheos

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Early in his career, Bob Newhart won several Grammy awards (including "Album of the Year") for his his debut comedy album, "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart".Something about David Mills' new blog at Patheos reminds me of that album. It's look is deliberately buttoned-down and unfussy. There are no extraneous photos, and nothing is presented to you but the Mind of David Mills.Whether you think that mind buttoned-down or not is of course a matter of perspective. Some may remember Mills … [Read more...]


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