Archives for October 2012

Happy Halloween…

…from me and Johann Sebastian Bach. Bela Lugosi says have a safe one too. [Read more…]

A Conference for Young Adult Ministers to Meet at Disney World…


There seems to be a huge gap in the Church in America. It can be measured in the 18 to 39 year old age demographic. Have you noticed that in many cases, once children receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, or graduate high school, we seem to let them slip off our pastoral radar scopes? What are we thinking? [Read more…]

Words in the Catechism that Joe Six-Pack Would Change, #57

Here it is, Day 17 of Flocknotes’ Read the Catechism in a Year and I have to say I’m pretty happy with the program. It’s been a great way to nibble away at the 688 pages of the international bestseller of Catholic doctrine.

One quibble though. Reading the passages, I was struck how often I need to head to the dictionary to look up a word that, quite frankly, I’ve never heard of. Like today’s word, [Read more…]

Proof That Bright Ideas are a Double-Edged Sword During Electoral Combat

It’s what makes the last two weeks of an election a marvel of psychological warfare to behold.

The above brought to us by the creative geniuses at Pro Life Artists Unite. Sounds like a pretty neat outfit.

Idea:  Go like them at once!

In case you missed what this is in response to, check out the Crass Roots Campaign post.

Christian Bale Speaks His Mind, Presents an Award to Chen Guangcheng

“What I really wanted to do was shake the man’s hand and say ‘thank you,’ and tell him what an inspiration he is.”

That’s what actor Christian Bale said about the blind, imprisoned, pro-life activist named Chen Guangcheng last December when he unsuccessfully tried to visit him. Red tape, ahem, got in the way. [Read more…]

Obama and the Crass Roots Campaign

I thought the above was over the top. And then I saw this.

Our President approves of the following message… [Read more…]

Does Your Parish Have A Columbarium Yet?

The “Skull” Chapel in Czermna, Poland

If it doesn’t, it probably will soon. Five parishes in the Diocese of Knoxville have them now.

What is a columbarium? It’s a consecrated resting place for the ashes of cremated parishioners.

But Frank, isn’t cremation not allowed by the Catholic Church? Evidently that’s not the case, dear reader. [Read more…]

A Prayer About Fatherhood Answered Through the Veil of a Homework Assignment

Once upon a time, I wrote a letter to St. Joseph. His feast day rolled around, and I was writing him because as a father, I was feeling a bit like Sisyphus. You know, the king the gods punished by being forced to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this action forever.

Being a father is like that sometimes, isn’t it? In my note to St. Joseph I made an observation, [Read more…]

When it Comes to the World, Be Like a Mouse to the Cheese

The Eucharist: the source and summit of the Christian life. Read all about it. :)

A Message About Religious Freedom From Citizens Next Door

 

and around the corner. Folks of every creed, every color, and every political persuasion. Folks who recognize when their government has overstepped its boundary, and overreached.

See if you approve of this message too. [Read more…]