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The Stages of A Praying Single Person…

... Single people are bombarded with advice on how to fix their situation constantly. This advice is always given in stages. When one fails we're encouraged to move on to the next. Below are the stages of prayer advice, in order, that we most often hear.1) Novenas.Someone always has a story to tell you about the time they prayed this novena or that and implored the intercession of a saint and then BAM, they meet their future spouse the very next day. Like Bigfoot sightings, I doubt the authenticity of these accounts.2) Catholic Dating WebsitesThis one is tricky and deceiving because it works. Sometimes. In fact I can name a handful of married couples who … [Read More...]

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When prayer seems pointless…

The most frustrating thing I find about praying is it's lack of immediate results. Or rather, what I perceive as a lack of results. I've gotten so accustomed to instantaneous feedback that when I don't see the fruits of prayer right away I become frustrated.Then there is praying for your enemies.In most cases "enemies" are just your typical run of the mill jerk faces one encounters on any given day. They are the difficult people we are forced to interact with and who we'd rather drink poison than pray for.But we pray for them anyway. We pray that Baby Jesus makes them nicer or that whatever it is causing them to behave like jerk-faces ceases to be a factor … [Read More...]

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Sweet Baby Cheeses…

... A truly craptastic, yet utterly creative, nativity scene. … [Read More...]

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Santa Claus versus St. Nick…

... Every now and again I hear someone refer to Santa Claus as St. Nick.Santa and St. Nick are two very different individuals. Here, let me help you distinguish between the two.St. Nick aka St. Nicholas of Myra1) An actual real live person 2) Celebrated and recognized saint in Catholicism and Orthodoxy 3) Known for kicking ass and taking names4) Actually gave to the poor 5) Imprisoned for his faithSanta Claus1) Totally fictional character of dubious pagan and *gasp* Protestant origin that never existed and reportedly watches children sleep, has an eating disorder, and runs a labor factory filled with midget slaves. To reiterate, one … [Read More...]

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A Coke and a Smile…

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Cthulhu Nativity…

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Craptastic Nativity Scenes…

... One for every day in December. Because I am a giver.For anyone who has every played with their nativity sets,I give you this Doctor Who Nativity.Glorious. … [Read More...]

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A Thanksgiving Miracle…

... An amazing thing happened this Thanksgiving.I didn't make it back to Virginia to see my family. I missed out on My Big Fat Puerto Rican Thanksgiving, an event I look forward to every year.But that's not the amazing part.The amazing part was instead of feeling depressed and sorry for myself, I felt incredibly grateful - grateful to have family that misses me when I am not there.And not only that, I had multiple invitations to spend Thanksgiving with various friends. I was not only not alone over the holiday, but very much wanted.That right there is enough to help chase away any long-standing funk.I suppose that's a start. … [Read More...]

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A Christmas Tradition is born out of Shopping Rage …

... In 2002 a Christmas tradition was born. It all started one evening in a Target store.There I was, a new mom anticipating her first Christmas with a new born son, a son who was due to arrive any day now.Bedridden for the past couple of months due to pregnancy complications, I was in a joyfully festive mood and happy to be out of the house. I remember it wasn't a crazy Black Friday kind of day, just a normal December weekend. The second weekend of December to be exact.And that's when it happened. The beginning of a tradition.As my hand reached for a plushy stuffed Christmas bear a woman slammed her shopping cart into my very visibly eight month pregnant … [Read More...]

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Pope Francis, Autism, and More Separate Masses…

Post by Autism Speaks.I've been to parishes where special needs children fidgeted and made noise all through mass and no one bats an eye.I've also been to parishes where everyone within ear shot turned around and gave the parents dirty looks til they moved to the cry room... where they got more dirty looks.In fact, the first ever Catholic church I went to with any regularity was in downtown Nashville. The pews were filled to the brim with every type of person imaginable; homeless people that talked to themselves, nuns, families with wailing kids, old folks, young folks, richly and sloppily dressed. And the mass went on.I'm glad the families in the video above are … [Read More...]


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