Let me tell ya a little story about novenas…

... They scare me to death. Maybe that's why I've never finished one. Ever. It just seems like every time I start one things start to happen.Things like your internet inexplicably dying for three days and losing your cell phone and the check engine light that keeps coming back on. Oh, and thinking your son has Lyme Disease.Talk about a crazy past three days. At the rate I'm going I'm afraid to see what next week has in store for me.The Boy doesn't have Lyme Disease, by the way. He … [Read more...]

Mary, Undoer of Knots DAY THREE…

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Click here to subscribe for daily email reminders.Daily Opening Prayers:Begin each day of the Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots, with the Sign of the Cross.Make an Act of Contrition. You can use any form; simply ask God to pardon your sins and make a firm purpose of amendment not to commit them again.Optional, but recommended: Pray the first three decades of the Rosary, with the appropriate mysteries for the day: Joyful (Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays of Advent, and Sundays from … [Read more...]

Mary, Undoer of Knots DAY TWO…

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Click here to subscribe for daily email reminders.Daily Opening Prayers:Begin each day of the Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots, with the Sign of the Cross.Make an Act of Contrition. You can use any form; simply ask God to pardon your sins and make a firm purpose of amendment not to commit them again.Optional, but recommended: Pray the first three decades of the Rosary, with the appropriate mysteries for the day: Joyful (Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays of Advent, and Sundays from … [Read more...]

Mary, Undoer of Knots DAY ONE…

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... A couple of bloggers here on the Catholic channel are participating in this novena and I thought, how wonderful. This exact same novena is what a priest once prescribed to overcome a particularly poisonous spiritual problem I was having. Am having. Because yeah, I have never finished a novena. Ever.When I die they can canonize me patron saint of the failed novena.So this is my effort to finally finish a novena in full and a chance to share with you readers this devotion made … [Read more...]

Shamelessly Blegging Our Way to Summer Camp…

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... Sadly, I wonder if I should make this an annual fund raising campaign each summer. I'm embarrassed to admit that I did this very same thing last year, but I do so love my son and I'll do anything for him.And that anything means swallowing my pride every twelve months to ask you guys for a little help to get my son to summer camp.You see, last year he had such a fantastic time at Scout camp that he's dying to return this summer. He did all the marvelous, filthy things I completely … [Read more...]

From Johnny Rotten to Johnny Reverent in One Easy Step …

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... Does your son fidget and act unruly during mass? Or does he get bored and sit there like a listless lump zoning out?Do you wish he'd be more attentive, prayerful, or respectful and listen to the homily for stinkin' once?!?Now you too can have a new improved, wonderfully well behaved son accompanying you to mass each week with Altar Boy 2.0*!Here's how it works in one easy step.Step 1 -- Make your son be an altar server.I don't care if he wails and kicks and says … [Read more...]

Being Vegan makes you better than most people…

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... Because this made me totally laugh, and why should I have all the fun.Submitted on a rental application --Have you or anyone to be living in this property been arrested and/or convicted for any criminal offense? Yes/No (Circle one) EXPLAIN FULLY:Yes, in April of 2010 I was stopped at a DUI checkpoint and blew a .10, not my proudest moment but I have used this experience as a catalyst to turn my life around and am a better person. I am now a cyclist and a vegan. … [Read more...]

Reader Poll — Attending Mass When Camping …

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... Reader poll at bottom of post.Am I completely off base to expect a Boy Scout Troop, affiliated with and sponsored by a Catholic Church and made up predominately of Catholic boys and leaders, to plan mass attendance into camping trips?My feelings are, as a Catholic troop, the boys should automatically include going to mass in the itinerary when they plan these trips.Photo SourceTake for example this past weekend.They could have very easily planned Saturday vigil mass … [Read more...]

More Confession, Please…

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... Here's my take away from last week's discussion on Confession on Demand -- we need more access to the sacrament. Period.When did one hour a week per parish become the norm anyway?If your parish is tiny than I suppose this would suffice, but I've been to huge parishes with thousands of families and still the congregation is offered one hour a week. My own parish offers confession twice weekly; however, that is not typical of the diocese.Obviously we need more priests. … [Read more...]


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