The Kids Are Alright…

bishop1

... You'll have to excuse me for a minute. I am just going to shamelessly brag on my diocese, the Diocese of Charlotte, for a bit.And to think, I sort of fell into this particular diocese by accident. Not knowing anything about Catholicism in the South when I moved here, I consider it a gift of divine providence that I made Charlotte my home.People often talk about the future of the Church and complain about the youths these days, tutting and shaking their heads, but I have to say … [Read more...]

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Easter Liturgies Behaving Badly – Berkeley, CA …

Oooooooo Holy now

... I really enjoyed Joseph Susanka's Lenten Music series. I hope he follows it up with an Easter Music Series. The Catholic Church really has so much sensory beauty to enjoy - art, music, architecture etc.Hmm. This gives me the idea to start an Easter series of my own, beginning with yesterday's post, titled "Easter Liturgies Behaving Badly."I keep going back to the 1:55 mark to watch that one guy prance across the frame. It's so magical and fills me with hearty laughter. … [Read more...]

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Happy Easter y’all…

get it out of my eyes and ears

... My Easter gift to you all. Because I am a giver.There was a time when I seriously considered moving to Seattle. Emphasis on was.I know, I know. Easter mass is long, and crowded, and you have to park miles away and get there an hour early to camp out in the pews because of the Chreasters. But just know, somewhere in Seattle someone suffered infinitely more.They should be giving out golden tickets to heaven for making it through that liturgy. … [Read more...]

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How to Tell You’re Dating a Loser…

what is wrong with you

... There doesn't seem to be an official Catholic version of a shadchanit, so let me play the un-official version on the internet.Crescat, at your service.Today I had an interesting conversation with a young lady that just confirmed I was right in my belief that all single woman should be using a personal match-maker or a least a sane, unbiased third party (be it family or close friend) to help them make sound relationship decisions.A young woman came to me looking for a house to … [Read more...]

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9 Out of 10 Miserable Feminists Hate the New Cinderella…

winter is coming cindercrescat

... What exactly is it about the new Cinderella remake, starring Cate Blanchett, Lily James, and Richard Madden, that has so many self described feminists in an uproar?Tiny waists, oppressive fashion, and handsome Princes.Is outrage!I mean there really was so much to love about the re-make, that I can't imagine missing it for all the indignation.Instead of seeing a beautifully done film with stunning visual imagery, they saw corseted waists and beat their breasts. … [Read more...]

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Catholic Funeral Arrangements and Preparing for a Happy Death…

still not dead

... Hey, guess what. You're going to die. I'm going to die. Everybody dies. And yet so many of us go on about our lives acting as if death is something that happens to other people.Maybe that's why so many of us are unprepared for death when it inevitably comes. As Catholics, though, we should embrace death, prepare for it, and face it head on.With the passing of my Abuela a few things come to mind.Never assume your family is going to know or understand the sacraments and … [Read more...]

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The New Ride…

Christine_the_Killer_

... Meet Christine.The vehicle that changed my mind about driving.I always said that if I ever won the lottery the first thing I would do was hire a chauffeur and never drive again for the rest of my life. That was how much I hated driving. Turns out, it's not driving I really hate. I was just driving the wrong vehicle.Enter Christine, the TARDIS blue Jeep Patriot who replaced my crawling at death's door Honda last week. Christine, named after the Stephen King novel for the … [Read more...]

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Dolce and Gabbana’s Designer Babies…

designer baby

... So a couple of famous homosexuals made a stink this week by declaring they were against gay marriage and for the traditional model of the family. And suddenly all the right was in love with them, and they were embraced by Catholic media. But...Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, founders of the eponymous fashion house, have come out strongly against gay marriage, the notion of gay families, and the use of surrogacy to procreate.The billionaire pair, who used to be romantically … [Read more...]

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An Update, Responses, Clarifications, and Reactions to My “Denied Communion on the Tongue” Post…

... Let me take a moment to respond.My previous post about being refused reception of the Eucharist on the tongue during my grandmother's funeral has received quite a bit of attention and with over 570 comments and an inbox overflowing with emails I have found it impossible to respond to each one individually.For the sake of efficiency I decided to break down the responses by category and respond here. Before I do, this must be said.I received a very gracious response from the … [Read more...]

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