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Fine Art Friday…

... Alexei Alexeivich Harlamoff, The Flower Seller. … [Read More...]

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How To Make Prayer Fun and Less Chore Like for Kids…

... Dear Catholic Parent, You can't. Next question. Seriously, why do we give our kids chores? Because we are sadistic and enjoy their misery? Free child labor? We find their whines pleasing to the ear? OK, maybe a little. No, we give our kids chores because it teaches them responsibility. It teaches them that they are functioning members of a family and they serve a purpose. So get rid of the notion that chores are bad. Another trend I notice is that parents like to make prayer fun so it holds their child's interest. This sends the wrong message - that only entertaining or interesting things are things worth doing. Also, that prayer's is only … [Read More...]

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Was it Something I Said…

... I got some constructive and very interesting feedback on my Hate Mail post. My favorite was this tweet. @PatheosCatholic @the_crescat One thing I do is look at my own actions/words to see if I said something or in such a way to prompt the hate.— Franciscan Poet (@FranciscanPoet) July 6, 2014 I recommended when we encounter anger and hatred online we should pray - pray for the person lashing out and pray for the anger in our own lives. Franciscan Poet suggests we also stop and take a profound look at our words and reexamine them, especially if the predominant reaction they elicit is negative and hostile. I am guilty of combativeness. My patience is … [Read More...]

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Pro-Abortion Politician Writes Self Appeasing Rubbish About Her Excommunication…

... Someone once asked me if I struggled with any of the Church's teachings? My reply was plain. If I did you wouldn't know about it. But what if your struggle could help others who were working through the same issues? Not even then. Maybe if I had reached a satisfactory understanding and wanted to share with someone the misconceptions I was under and how it was resolved. Maybe. But really. If I am struggling with anything contrary to what the Church teaches I will not share them here or even with a close friend. Those doubts and questions are left best to God and a wise spiritual director. Because getting any more voices than necessary involved complicates … [Read More...]

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Encountering Hate Online…

... Hate mail is a funny thing. Whenever I receive it, like this morning, I always wonder two things. One - Does the sender actually think hate filled words from a total stranger are supposed to mean something to me? And two - what emotional sickness fuels a person to take the time to write another human being they've never met and wish them harm? What inner darkness stirs such an action? Most hate mail I simply dismiss. You're free to write me and bless me out all the live long day if it's going to make you feel better to get it all out, but know, I rarely reply. The few times I've actually responded where when I got a sense the sender actually wanted to … [Read More...]

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First Annual Holy Land Festival at D.C. Monastery…

... The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, DC will host it's first annual Holy Land Festival. The first annual Holy Land Festival will kick off at the Monastery on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 11 a.m. and will run until 5 p.m. The Festival It will celebrate and highlight the lives and culture of Christians in the Holy Land with exhibits, vendors, Mediterranean food, speakers, videos and tours of the Holy Land shrines. There will be display tables and vendors featuring olive oil, olive wood carvings and other items from the Holy Land. The Holy Land Festival is just one of the many stops on “Faith Quest.“ The closing Mass, with Bishop Barry … [Read More...]

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The Digital Catacombs…

... What's driving bloggers into silence? From Fr. Ray Blake, The reign of Benedict produced a real flourish of 'citizen journalists', the net was alive with discussion on what the Pope was saying or doing and how it affected the life of our own local Church. Looking at some of my old posts they invariably began with quote or picture followed by a comment, Benedict stimulated thought, reflection and dialogue, an open and free intellectual environment. There was a solidity and certainty in Benedict's teaching which made discussion possible and stimulated intellectual honesty, one knew where the Church and the Pope stood. Today we are in less certain times, the intellectual … [Read More...]

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The Pursuit of Happiness…

... Today, as we light up our grills and load up the beer coolers or head to the beach and make ourselves picnic ready, let's us reflect a moment on these words from the Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. And we typically stop reading there. Because the pursuit of happiness sounds like a mighty fine thing. It's our unalienable right to pursue happiness, by God and Country, and how dare anyone try and impede that happiness or my right to it. God bless, 'Murica! … [Read More...]

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WYD 2016 Logo Just Released…

... This is supposed to be a Catholic logo for a Catholic event, right? The World Youth Day 2016 logo has just been released! #wyd #krakow #krakow2016 #wydusa pic.twitter.com/iiYaFDs44K— World Youth Day USA (@WYDUSA) July 3, 2014 Yay, Poland. Boo, Logo. It's ghastly. It looks like something that should be hot glued onto a felt banner. And has a generic protestant-y look to it. It's not like the Catholic Church isn't swimming in rich symbolism and heraldry to pick from. Why this? And it's Poland, for goodness sake... the most Catholic country in Europe. Why couldn't the logo be, I don't know, a little more appropriate. There. I fixed it. … [Read More...]

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Using Gay People as a Commodity…

... Stephanie Richer, the Digital Hairshirt, asks a very interesting question. Seriously, does anyone think marketing fast food based on sexual orientation is appropriate? If you are gay, do you feel that lately you have become less of a person and more of a brand, or commodity? Just stick a rainbow on it and call it Pride and sell it to gays, who judging from their reactions in this video, actually believe that Burger King - a corporation - cares about them. For what? To sell hamburger meat? Do you find being emotionally manipulated and exploited based on your sexual orientation just to sell second rate fast food insulting? And if not, why? Also, why is it OK … [Read More...]


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