the virtue of Halloween…

Let the emotional scarring begin!

... A huge part of why I took to Catholicism like a fish to water was that Papists love to party. We have a feast almost daily, and if you're bi-ritual or pre-Vatican II you'll have multiple calendars to induce ecclesiastical schizophrenia. Catholics also have an amazing knack of taking regional traditions and making them their own; just ask those ungrateful pagans.I've lived in various parts of the Bible Belt and have encountered just about every reaction one can have to Halloween, the … [Read more...]

a solution for OWS protesters…

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... "Would you like to join a worldwide movement that lives a life that publicly subverts the establishment and endorses freedom from corruption, greed, violence and negativity of all sorts?Would you like to grow a beard, wear sandals, put on cool, but trashy clothes and 'relate' to the poor?"Fr. Longenecker has the perfect solution for your angst.The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.So as not to be considered sexist, I offer the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal. … [Read more...]

no girls allowed…

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... It takes an almost monumental amount of effort to help my son secure a place in his life where he can just be boy. I realize that as I single mother I can not replace the absence of his father and fatherly influences so I don't even try.Instead, I actively seek opportunities and organizations that cater to young men and, more specifically, are led by positive masculine role models. This is no small task. In schools the majority of instructors are female... and liberal. Deadly … [Read more...]

Nun gazing…

I think this is a photo from China's 'Religious Games'. … [Read more...]

Happy St. Crispin’s Day…

Oh, wait. What? … [Read more...]

coping with Monday…

... Telemarketers often call our company and I don't mind it so much because then I can practice my televangelist routine and tell them all about Je-sus.Eh. Sometimes you have to get creative to break up the monotony.  … [Read more...]

The Way…

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... For weeks now I anxiously awaited the Charlotte release of The Way, a movie about the Camino de Santiago written and directed by Emilio Estevez. My patience was finally rewarded when it began showing locally Friday the 21st.For a few months now I have been preparing to make my own Camino, after my amazing alcohol fueled revelation, with a group of friends and was very excited to learn about this independent movie project of Estevez's and his father, Martin Sheen.The Way was filmed … [Read more...]

there’s a hermit in our hills…

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... and he's cold; very cold. Having camped in the Blue Ridge mountains area and their foot hills late into the month of November, I can attest to the frigid tempatures in the evenings.  It's 45 degrees here in Charlotte tonight and a teeth chattering 35 at Fr. George's Holy Souls Hermitage. And the temperature is only going to drop lower as fall turns into winter. Before that happens, Fr. George is hoping God will provide him with $1,500.00 for a warm stove and stove pipe. Too humble to request … [Read more...]

what does that even mean…

... I often hear people profess to not believe in marriage. How does that even work? It's not like marriage is Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. … [Read more...]


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