Norfolk, VA Scouts Hoping to Solve Local Gang Problems…

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... I got such a soft spot in my heart for the Boy Scouts of America. I've been blessed to be part of a wonderful, active troop lead by dedicated and faithful fathers who are really committed to their kids.The BSA has taught my son self reliance, helped him become more independent and confident, and has taught him the virtues of helping others and respecting authority. Stuff I can teach but that really, for boys, needs to be reinforced by adult male role models.When my son needs Scout … [Read more...]

I discovered a new bird today…

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... This morning I saw the most stunning bird sitting in my fig tree. I had never seen anything so perfect looking with such flawless plumage. It almost didn't look real. Then I spent all morning looking online for the bird whose "tips had been dipped in paint", as I described it.Meet the Ceder Waxwing.They've been known to fly in rowdy groups and get drunk off berries.A bird after my own heart. … [Read more...]

The Duet…

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... Hand drawn animation by the incredibly talented Disney artist, Glen Keane.Sometimes it's nice to share beautiful things for no other reason than they make you happy. … [Read more...]

St. Mary Magdalene, The Penitent …

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... Today is the memorial of my patron saint, St. Mary Magdalene.When I was being confirmed some people assumed my choosing her implied we shared a scandalous unseemly past."Oh, you've taken the reformed prostitute as your patron saint, eh? That's, um, interesting."No. I have taken The Penitent as my patron saint.The feast of St. Mary Magdalene is considered one of the most mystical of feasts, and it is said that of all the songs of the saints, that of Mary Magdalene is … [Read more...]

Novena to St. Ann – Days 4, 5, and 6…

... Because I'm a slacker.Also, if you were depending on me to remind you about this novena you've come to the wrong place. This is the right place. From there you can receive daily email reminders, which is the only way I remember. So if you see me in adoration looking at my tablet don't be all judge-y. I'm just reading my daily prayers.Day 4 - The Saint Anne NovenaGlorious Saint Anne, I kneel in confidence at your feet, for you also have tasted the bitterness and sorrow of … [Read more...]

Novena to St. Ann, Day Three…

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... Fine. Maybe I am participating in this particular novena with the intention of finding a husband after all, even though I swore off the idea of getting re-married about two or so years ago. And I was OK with that and never gave it a second thought.But that was before this...Earlier this week I was talking with a work associate when he mentioned his upcoming vacation to celebrate his 10th wedding anniversary. He shared with me the remarkable story of how they met. His wife was … [Read more...]

Friday Funny…

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The Crescat does not endorse the kicking nuns. … [Read more...]

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

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... 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 … [Read more...]

Was it Something I Said…

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... 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, 2014I 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 … [Read more...]


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