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 … [Read more...]

Oh, you’re still single. Let me fix that …


... Thanksgiving is next week. You know what that means.Single ladies, brace yourselves. Annoyingly intrusive questions about your personal life are coming to a Thanksgiving dinner table near you.You can grimly smile and nod through another holiday get together or you can proactively shut them up once and for all.Introducing... Rent an ex-felon boyfriend.It's Thanksgiving. Want to skip that long, insulting conversation about how you're still single? About how your … [Read more...]

Advent Simplicity… with wine.


... I have long accepted the reality that I suck at Advent. In fact, I suck at most liturgically related crafts and projects. If it's going to require more than a glass of wine and a trip to confession, fuggedaboutit.I finally embraced this liturgical deficiency the year I almost burned down the house, not to be confused with the time I set the lawn on fire.See also - ideas on how not to set your Advent wreath of fire.Everyone loves a roaring Christmas fire.This year … [Read more...]

Sunday’s a Day of Rest…


... and I'm all like, rest on Sunday?The Gospel according to The Crescat1 The Lord worked all week. On the sixth day He slept in for an extra 30 minutes and saw that was good.2 On the seventh day He got up even earlier than the sixth day and made breakfast, got the family to mass, drove home after mass, but not before stopping off at the store to pick up a few things for dinner and ended up getting an entire week's worth of groceries, because who knows when He'll have time to … [Read more...]

Viral Christmas Advert Inspired by WWI Christmas Truce…


... Have you seen this incredible commercial for Sainsbury’s, a large supermarket chain in the U.K., based on the true events that happened Christmas Eve 1914?The commercial reminded me of a favorite movie, Joyeux Noel.From the History Channel...It was a miraculous event, a true shining moment in humankind and one that is unlikely to repeat itself since our current enemies do not believe in mercy or the love of Christ. We can hope and we can pray, but the past h … [Read more...]

Rage Against the Status Quo…

Priest Punk

... So you don't want to be a cliche. You want to be counter cultural. Different from everyone else.I used to say "Be Catholic." But that was before the whole "who am I to judge" phenomenon, when saying you're Catholic at least implied a certain level of anti-secularism.I still maintain there is nothing more hardcore than orthodox, devout Catholicism or Orthodoxy. You want to rage against the established order -- the established order that measures your human worth by productivity … [Read more...]

Women having a terrible time at parties in Western art…


... because Fine Art Friday."If she plays another f*cking organ recital I will literally die right f*cking here."But wait, there's more. … [Read more...]

Upcoming Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats and Finding Foregiveness…


... Rachel's Vineyard is a fantastic organization that offers post abortive counseling for women and men dealing with the aftereffects of abortion.They have an upcoming retreat here in Charlotte this month, November 21st-23rd. If you're interested in going please contact Maggi Fitzpatrick Nadol (704-370-3229, MNadol@CharlotteDiocese.org) or Deacon Tom Rasmussen (828-495-7234, deacontom@centurylink.net).For a full directory of retreats in the US click here, outside the US click here. … [Read more...]

Stay at home moms, stop saying you don’t work…


... If there is one thing that totally grates my nerves, it's women who stay at home to take care of their families apologetically refer to themselves as someone who "doesn't work."Just this week I met a beautiful woman who just had a baby. She told me that as soon as she was able to go back to work she'd feel more like she was contributing to the family - as if caring for her child was somehow not contributing.Momma, you work! Trust me, you work.Whether you're a mom who labors … [Read more...]