Last Month In Life# 8-Weeks 31-35

Last Month In Life# 8-Weeks 31-35 September 4, 2023

Usually I write my ‘Last Week In Life‘ post detailing what happened in history and the  current news the previous week. August was  a tad bit busy, having gone on a vacation to Colorado. I didn’t want to delay my week in review a few weeks while I was busy whitewater rafting and horseback riding, so I thought I would gather all my history for the whole month of August and the few days surrounding it and compile  it in This Month in Life at the beginning of last month. And now I present to you at the end of the month a look back  at the news and quotes that that happened…

Last Month In Life.

Note: This post is subject to change and updates.

Week 31

World Youth Week

Monday July 31, 2023

Day 212: In Persona Christi — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube
Saint Ignatius of Loyola, priest – Memorial

National Avocado Day

Ignatius had to become both spiritually and physically poor before Christ would make him rich in holiness. Through tremendous personal sacrifice, he became a saint and spiritual master. Christ used Ignatius’ gifts on behalf of the reform and renewal of the Church. Soon a community had formed around Ignatius—a community we know today as the Society of Jesus—the Jesuits.

The Jesuits were on the front lines of the reform and renewal of the Church. It was due in large part to their efforts that the vision of the Council of Trent became a concrete reality. Jesuit missionaries carried the faith throughout the world, and their efforts at bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the faithful of Europe revitalized the Church.-The Bold Witness of St. Ignatius of Loyola – Word on Fire

On The Way To World Youth Day

Bishop Robert Reed �@BpRobertReed (Jul 31, 2023)
Take Lord, receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. You have given all to me. To You, O Lord, I return it.

Give me only Your love and Your grace, this is sufficient for me.

– St. Ignatius Loyola

The Roman Puntiff@ThePuntiff (July 31, 2023)
Pun of the Day: The Twitter addict left his wife because he was so in love with his x.

A Catholic Adventurer@forthequeenbvm (July 31, 2023)
If posting on Twitter was called tweeting, is posting on X called crossing?
What’s it called now?

Owl! at the Library ��‍♀️@SketchesbyBoze (July 31, 2023)
Agatha Christie had a habit of studying things so intensely that she accidentally became an expert. One time she asked an archeologist, “Who is the world’s leading authority on Mesopotamian pottery? I need to ask them a question.”

The archeologist said, “YOU are.”

In 1976, a one-year-old girl in London was suffering from a mysterious illness. The nurses, who had read Agatha’s novel The Pale Horse, quickly discerned that she was suffering from thallium poisoning. The book’s descriptions of the poison saved the girl’s life.

Melody Lyons@melodymlyons (July 31, 2023)
At my judgment, I won’t be able to bring theologians, doctors, or popes with me. Alone, my conscience will be laid bare to the depths, exposed to pure Goodness. And I will be held to account.⁣

Mark Brumley@mabrumley (July 31, 2023)
My inside insider inside sources have revealed the inside of the insider insides. They’re not pretty. Infiltrating infiltrators secretly infiltrating inside. They’re undercover under deep cover below the covers. Layers on down. Secrets inside secrets with inside secrets.

August: Month 8

Tuesday August 1, 2023

Day 213: Bishops and the Episcopacy — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube
Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, bishop and doctor of the Church – Memorial

National Girlfriend Day

World Youth Day: Day 1

This is also the WYD with participation from the greatest number of nationalities in history. “There are pilgrims enrolled from every single country of the world, except the Maldives,” said Messias, quipping immediately afterwards, “If you know anyone from the Maldives who might be interested, please tell us and we will fetch them!”

The organizers of WYD Lisbon have also mentioned repeatedly how this is the largest gathering ever organized by Portugal. Even as a small country, Portugal is no stranger to hosting international events. In 1998, Portugal hosted an international exposition, and in 2004, the 12th UEFA European Championship.

The scope and dimension of this WYD gathering is, however, unprecedented in this country. Taking into consideration solely the number of currently registered pilgrims, the number of WYD attendees is equivalent to 3% of Portugal’s population. If the projection of one million pilgrims holds true, then approximately one out of ten people in Portuguese territory will be concentrated at the closing Mass with Pope Francis. WYD 2023: The Size of the Crowds – Where Peter Is

 Global warming: The world’s oceans reach a new record high temperature of 20.96 °C, exceeding the previous record in 2016. July is also confirmed as having been the hottest month on record for globally averaged surface air temperatures by a considerable margin (0.3 °C).

lulas �✨@REINADCORAZ0NES (August 1, 2023)
the fact i spent most of my childhood watching peewee’s playhouse dubbed in spanish makes me sad.
. n most of my silliness n personality traits come from his silliness:( rip to that legend

Wednesday August 2, 2023

Day 214: Priests and the Presbyterate — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube
Saint Eusebius of Vercelli, bishop; or Saint Peter Julian Eymard, priest – Optional Memorial

National Coloring Book Day
National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

World Youth Day: Day 2

These Rise Up Encounters are organized by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, and are scheduled to be held in the mornings of August 2, 3, and 4. Each encounter takes place with the presence of a bishop, though “the youth are the protagonists of these reflections,” said Fr. Amador.

250+ Talks, 31 Languages

Today, the first day of these Rise Up Encounters, the WYD App listed more than 250 events, spread throughout the city of Lisbon, but also in Fatima, Tomar, and Porto. Each encounter was held in one of 31 languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.Intense Catechesis at World Youth Day – Where Peter Is

EWTN Vatican@EWTNVatican (August 2, 2023) From Lisbon, Pope Francis reflected on the urgency of resuming “the prayer of adoration” before the Tabernacle.
He assured that “only before the Lord do we regain the taste and passion for evangelization.” #WYD2023 #WYDLisbon

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem  Premieres in Cinemas

Gavin Ortlund@gavinortlund (August 2, 2023) It helps in online interactions to remember there is a spike of mental health issues right now. You might experience hostility but never see the depression, anxiety, or disorder behind it. It doesn’t justify wrong but it does widen your categories and your compassion.
Sam Rocha@SamRochadotcom (, 2023) The love of enemies often seems to arouse their hatred.
The enemy loves to be hated and resents being loved which moves them to hate more deeply in response to love from an enemy.

Thursday August 3, 2023

Day 215: Deacons and the Diaconate — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube
Singer Tony Bennett‘s (August 3, 1926 – July 21, 2023) birthday.

World Youth Day: Day 3

Where Peter Is@Where_Peter_is (Aug 3, 2023) “There’s room in the Church for all, no one is a remnant.
All, all, all. Repeat after me: all, all, all. The Church is the mother of all.”

Fr. Dwight Longenecker@dlongenecker1 (Aug 3, 2023)  Tens of thousands of young people from around the world gather to celebrate and proclaim their Catholic faith.
Mainstream media: ignore this. Cath-trads: “They used plastic dishes!!!”

‘Preach the real Christ,’ Bishop Barron tells thousands of U.S. youth at WYD – Catholic World Report

Father Jim Sichko@JimSichko (August 3, 2023) Do not go about hurling accusations – telling people, “this is a sin” or “this is not a sin”. Let everyone come, we can talk later, but first they should hear the invitation of Jesus; repentance comes later, closeness to Jesus comes later. Please, do not turn the Church into a customs house: there the righteous, peoples whose lives are in order, those properly married, can enter, while everyone else remains outside. No. That is not the Church

Aarón Torres@AaronTorres_(August 3, 2023) NEW: Two people were found dead Wednesday near the border buoys along Rio Grande in Texas.
The 2nd body is reportedly a Honduran child, per the Mexican consulate and an official at a migrant shelter in Piedras Negras.

Sr. Helena Raphael Burns, fsp@SrHelenaBurns we feel the slight bite
of Fall and know we did right
to prepare our site
#haiku #HaikuYourSummer version 1.0

we feel the slight bite
of Fall and know we did right
to prepare our flight
#haiku #HaikuYourSummer version 2.0

Friday August 4, 2023

Day 216: Who Receives Holy Orders — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube
Saint Jean Vianney (the Curé of Ars), priest – Memorial

Fr. Goyo@FrGoyo (August 4, 2023)
I heard a story about St. John Vianney that the people of Ars didn’t want him so they started collecting signatures. It so happened that the papers landed in his house and so he signed it too. His humility was beyond.
Praying for all my brother priests

World Youth Day: Day 4

Fr. Paul ❤️‍�@BackwardsFeet (August 4, 2023)
At WYD Is there a special Pope line for confessions? Or do you just get in line, walk to the confessional, and all of a sudden there’s Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church Servant of the Servants of God

Movies Opening

Meg 2: The Trench

Rev. Benjamin Cremer@Brcremer (August 4, 2023)

Imagine if our Christian view of the End Times was:

centered on preparing for Christ rather than an antichrist.

centered on the mark of the lamb rather than the beast.

centered on preparing for redeeming the earth rather than escaping it.

centered on hope rather than fear.

Saturday August 5, 2023 

Day 217: The Effects of Holy Orders — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube
Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major– Optional Memorial

World Youth Day: Day 5

Chris Stefanick@ChrisStefanick (August 5, 2023)
If initial estimates are correct, there are more young people here than were at Woodstock & the entire US Army combined.

LISBON, August 5, 2023 — Pope Francis met yesterday with 17 other religious leaders at Portugal’s Apostolic Nunciature. “We know this is a goal of Pope Francis’ pontificate, this interreligious dialogue,” said Timóteo Cabral, President of the Evangelical Alliance of Portugal, “We all came out of that meeting with the feeling that we had an encounter, not an audience or a reception. It was an encounter. An encounter among friends, a fraternal encounter, grounded on common values.”Interreligious dialogue and fraternity are non-negotiables – Where Peter Is

Vatican News@VaticanNews (August 5, 2023) Pope Francis and 1.5 million young pilgrims prayed together before the Blessed Sacrament on Saturday night in Lisbon, Portugal. At the #WYDLisbon vigil, he invited young people to follow Mary’s example of caring for others out of selfless love.  Pope Francis at WYD Vigil: Joy is missionary and requires training – Vatican News

David@StyliteLight (August 5, 2023) To those who object to the Catholic Church’s teachings on social justice: Don’t let your ideological priority blind you to Christ’s call to love and mercy. Being good stewards of the environment is a good. So is welcoming the stranger, or caring for the poor and ill. People of good will can differ on the policies which further the kingdom of God, but telling the Church to only baptize, marry and bury is not Christ’s way. You who are comfortable should be discomforted.

Sunday August 6, 2023

Day 218: Summary of Holy Orders — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Transfiguration of the Lord– Feast

World Youth Day: Day 6

Pedro Gabriel Writer@pedrogabwriter (August 6, 2023)
1,500,000 young people at the final WYD Mass! Above the median of attendance for all WYDs

Brian Fraga �� �� ��@BrianFragaNCR (August 13, 2023)
@cwwhiteNCR reports: “After driving home a message to young people for several days in a row that the church is open to everyone, Pope Francis on Aug. 6 reiterated that such a message includes LGBTQ people and all marginalized group.”  National Catholic Reporter (

Despite the heat and the long hours of the last several months and days, the volunteers excitedly cheered the WYD shout used since the days of Pope John Paul II: “
These are the young people of the pope!” adding: “Long live Pope Francis!”

Owl! at the Library ��‍♀️@SketchesbyBoze (August 7, 2023)  The success of Barbenheimer is encouraging because it suggests that people are eager to see complex, intelligent stories. A movie doesn’t need endless easter eggs and explosions to get people’s attention. There’s a market for cinema that respects its audience.

Week 32

Monday August 7, 2023

Day 219: Marriage in God’s Plan — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Saint Sixtus II, pope, and companions, martyrs; or Saint Cajetan, priest – Optional Memorial

William Friedkin, director of ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘The French Connection,’ dead at 87 The Oscar winner’s other credits include To Live and Die in L.A.CruisingRules of Engagement and a TV remake of the classic play and Sidney Lumet movie 12 Angry Men.

Mark Brumley@mabrumley (, 2023)
Forgive me, Lord, for the many times I behaved as a jerk as a young man.
You know that as an older man I still sometimes behave like a jerk.
I like to think it’s much less often but it may just be my memory is failing.

Tuesday August 8, 2023

Day 220: Marriage in the New Covenant — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Saint Dominic, priest – Memorial
Saint Mary MacKillop (January  15, 1842 –  August 8, 1909)
Saint André of Montreal (August 9, 1845 – January 6, 1937)

DJ Casper, creator of the iconic and ubiquitous ‘Cha Cha Slide,’ has died at 58 The Chicago native, born Willie Perry Jr., wrote the song as an exercise track for his nephew in the late 1990s before it exploded in popularity and became a worldwide hit.

August 8 – 2023 Hawaii wildfires: 17,000 acres of land are burned and at least 115 people are killed, with nearly 400 missing, when a series of wildfires break out on the island of Maui in Hawaii.

Jeremy Zipple@jzipple (,2023)
1.5 million young Catholics at Adoration & Mass w the Holy Father,
& instead of gratitude to the Almighty, the timeline is a litany of complaints.
Reminds me of some St. Ignatius Loyola,
“Ingratitude is the origin, beginning, & source of all sins & evils in this world.”

Fr Sean Gough@FrSeanDGough (August 8, 2023)
1.5 million youngsters, 24 hrs crammed into open fields, 35C heatwave, slept on the bare rocky soil…

All to attend adoration and Holy Mass!

That’s love for the Eucharist!

Apparently, they shouldn’t’ve received communion though because Jesus was transported in wrong box �

In early August 2023, a series of wildfires broke out in the U.S. state of Hawaii, predominantly on the island of Maui. The wind-driven fires prompted evacuations, caused widespread damage, killing at least 115 people and leaving 388 others missing  in the town of Lāhainā. The proliferation of the wildfires was attributed to dry, gusty conditions created by a strong high-pressure area north of Hawaii and Hurricane Dora to the south. Wikipedia 

Fr Matthew P. Schneider, LC@FrMatthewLC (August 8, 2023)
If you have the time to insult people online, I sure hope you dedicate twice as much time to prayer & twice as much time to works of mercy.
Chris Stefanick@ChrisStefanick (August 8, 2023)
The hard left and hard right consider themselves so different from one another but both suffer from the same spiritual disease.
A reductionist worldview that only lets them see the worst element in the person/place/event they take issue with.
Joseph Fox@foxlink38 (August 8, 2023)
Of course the moon landing was faked. You cant take off on the moon. The cheese would have melted and they would have gotten stuck!
Elwë Singollo ���‍♀️@Strangeland_Elf (Aug 8, 2023)
You’re not a real man if you don’t have a favourite type of tree.

Wednesday August 9, 2023

 Day 221: The Celebration of Marriage — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), virgin and martyr – Optional Memorial

Matt Swaim@mattswaim (Aug 9, 2023)
Happy feast of St. Edith Stein, AKA St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross!

I have no idea who the next formally declared Doctor of the Church will be, but just for the record, here’s me guessing at 3 possibilities:

-John Henry Newman
-Ignatius of Loyola

But I am not in charge

Church prays for release of kidnapped priest and seminarian in Nigeria (Aug 9, 2023)
Father Paul Sanogo and seminarian Melkiori Dominick Mahinini were kidnapped early in the morning of Aug. 3 in Niger state.

Pope Francis@Pontifex (Aug 9, 2023)
#WYD in #Lisbon was considered by all to be a gift of God, whoonce again set in motion the hearts and the steps of the young people to go to meet other young people and to encounter Jesus.

Thursday August 10, 2023

Day 222: Matrimonial Consent — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyr – Feast

San Francisco has lots of self-driving cars. They’re driving first responders nuts  (

It’s hard to miss self-driving cars and their rooftop sensors in San Francisco.
But now they’re facing unexpected resistance from the city’s police and fire departments.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker@dlongenecker1 (August 10, 2023)
Married priests are often asked (sometimes a bit edgily) “If you have a wife and family how can you be available 24/7 the way our celibate priests are?” In case anybody is interested it is my wife who sometimes gives me a kick to respond to that phone call at 3 am to get up and go to the hospital.

Friday August 11, 2023

Day 223: Differences in Religion in Marriage — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Saint Clare, virgin – Memorial
Charlene Richard (January 13, 1947 – August 11, 1959: Aged 12)

Thinkwert@Thinkwert (Aug 11, 2023) Abraham Lincoln did not write the Gettysburg Address on the back of an envelope. Lincoln wrote his famed speech 11 days beforehand on a iPhone 4 using his Notes app. He took a screenshot of it right before he spoke.

A Dan for All Seasons@ZJoyfulCatholic (Aug 11, 2023)
If you put cucumbers in a line on a conveyor belt to be processed, does that make them queue cumbers?

Saturday August 12, 2023

Day 224: The Grace of the Sacrament of Marriage — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, religious – Optional Memorial

Kings and queens gathered for ‘Hip Hop 50 Live’ at Yankee Stadium
An eight-hour concert Friday night was a procession of generations of hip-hop royalty, from the Sugar Hill Gang to current stars like Lil Wayne. Run-DMC gave what was billed as their last performance.

The story of the miraculous healing of a young Catholic pilgrim on August 5 in Fatima during the World Youth Day festivities has recently been circulating widely in Catholic media. According to several news sources, the young teenaged Spanish pilgrim named Jimena, who lost 95% of her vision two years ago, had her sight miraculously restored while praying in the pews after receiving Holy Communion. Jimena has attributed this healing to Our Lady of the Snows, whose feast day is commemorated on the day she had her sight restored. According to Aleteia, she said that this grace was received after she had just completed a Novena in honor of Our Lady of the Snows. It is interesting that this particular event has been invoked in this instance, because Pope Francis has promoted this Marian devotion since the very beginning of his pontificate.
A Fatima miracle, the Pope, and Our Lady of the Snows – Where Peter Is

Trent Horn@Trent_Horn (August 12, 2023) I refuse to acknowledge the canonical existence of the following sequels: Star Wars 7-9, Indiana Jones 4-5, Speed 2, Caddyshack 2, Rocky 5, Robocop 2-3, Rambo 3, Space Jam 2, Independence Day 2, Grease 2, Wonder Woman 2, Blues Brothers 2(000), Toy Story 4 (and 5 if it happens).

Sunday August 13, 2023

Day 225: Total Fidelity in Marriage — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Saints Pontian, pope, and Hippolytus, priest, martyrs – Optional Memorial

Death toll from Maui fire climbs to 93, becoming deadliest in modern U.S. history

Rescue teams continue to search for survivors on the Hawaiian island after wildfires destroyed much of the historic town of Lahaina.

Father Jim Sichko@JimSichko (August 13, 2023) This morning someone told me that I was ugly. I started to feel super sad and then gave them a hug, because it must be horrible to be visually impaired.

Week 33

Monday August 14, 2023

Day 226: The Supreme Gift of Marriage — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe, priest and martyr – Memorial

Despite the Hollywood strike, some movies are still in production. Here’s why

Hollywood actors are on strike, but the union is allowing some productions to continue. That’s created some disagreement in the rank and file.

August 14 – August 16 – The death toll from fighting in Tripoli between the 444 brigade and the RADA Special Deterrence Force increases to 55 people, with 146 more injured. The fight ended after the release of a commander.

Owl! at the Library ��‍♀️@SketchesbyBoze: (Aug 14, 2023)
We can spend our lives just watching the movies everyone else watches and reading the books everyone else reads or we can relentlessly seek out nuggets of weirdness, growing ever more niche and feral and strange like Gollum in the Misty Mountains.
in the words of Roger Ebert, “We are put on this planet only once, and to limit ourselves to the familiar is a crime against our minds.”


Tuesday August 15, 2023

Day 227: Summary of the Sacrament of Matrimony — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary– Solemnity (Holy Day of Obligation)
Blessed Isidore Bakanja (c. 1887 – August 15,  1909: Aged 21-22)

Fr. Paul @BackwardsFeet (

Meg Hunter-Kilmer@MegHunterKilmer (August 15, 2023)
Friends, I have an exciting accomplishment to share: Today I put together a bag of clothes to donate and stuck it in my car. And then on this VERY SAME DAY I took them to Goodwill and donated them! I did not drive them around for several months. I just did it!

Wednesday August 16, 2023

 Day 228: Blessings, Sacramentals and Popular Piety — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Saint Stephen of Hungary– Optional Memorial

R Bratten Weiss@Prof_RBW (Aug 16, 2023)
If Christians could learn to be wary of the kind of “charismatic” spiritual leaders who are obsessed with ideas about Satan and demons and supernatural locutions, we might take one little step toward being better and more sensible as a culture.

Colorado Day 1: Plan lands safely in Illinois and then Colorado Springs. We visit the Ghost Town Museum after going to St. Mary’s Cathedral. Then we go out with two girls from Texas, one who had never meet someone from Rhode island before.

Thursday August 17, 2023

Day 229: Christian Funerals — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Servant of God Eileen Rosaline O’Connor  

Pope Francis@Pontifex (
Those who love do not stand around doing nothing. Those who love serve. They hurry to reach others to serve in the name of Jesus. We love through our deeds and love makes us happy!
Colorado Day 2: Morning Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. We visit the Glen Eyrie castle and go horseback riding in the Garden of the Gods.


Friday August 18, 2023

Day 230: A New Heart — The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Pope Francis@Pontifex  (Aug 18, 2023)
To be children of the Father and to build a fraternal world, the real challenge is to learn how to love everyone, even our enemies. Concretely, this means choosing not to have enemies, seeing in others not an obstacle to be overcome, but a brother or sister to be loved.

Colorado Day 3: We drive an hour to Canon city where we go whitewater rafting. We then go to the Royal Gorge Bridge and go ziplining over the gorge. We then go to the museum of Colorado prisons and then to mass at a chapel in a mall.

Saturday August  19, 2023

Day 231: The Valley of Dry Bones — The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Saint John Eudes, priest – Optional Memorial

Steven D. Greydanus@DecentFilms (, 2023)

Sunday August 20, 2023

Day 230: How We Live (Part 3 Introduction with Dr. Mary Healy) – YouTube

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, abbot and doctor of the Church – Memorial

Mark Brumley@mabrumley (Aug 20, 2023)
Jesus’ engagement with the Canaanite woman is a favorite gospel account. He causes her to “work for it”, to come with deeper faith still, despite initial pushback. And he shows to his disciples and his people a non-Israelite’s willingness to believe and receive from the Lord.

Colorado Day 5: We visit Magic Town museum. We go on the Manitou Springs Mineral Springs Walking Tour. We then end the night at Jack Quinn’s Irish pub where we eat Lamb Stew and listen to Irish music.

Week 34

Monday August 21, 2023

Day 231: Our Calling — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Saint Pius X, pope – Memorial

Chris Stefanick@ChrisStefanick (Aug 21, 2023)
Replying to@catholicthing
Lee fought for the legal right to own other human beings.
He was conquered, and his position, honors, and power were stripped by better men, and the world is better for it.

Colorado Day 6: We go to Cave of the Winds Ghost Lantern Tour. We do the obstacle course they have and another zip line. We make a stop by Garden of the Gods and then we head to the Flying Ranch where we see Big Horn sheep, see some Native Americans dance, eat a chuck wagon style dinner and see the Flying W. Wranglers sing their western music.

Tuesday August 22, 2023

Day 232: Man Is Made in the Image of God — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Queenship of Blessed Virgin Mary– Memorial

Pope Francis@Pontifex (, 2023)

Wednesday August 23, 2023

Day 233: The Beatitudes — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Saint Rose of Lima, virgin – Optional Memorial

Ambrose Little@software_dad (Aug 23, 2023)
This line from The Princess Bride.. “In studying, you must have learned that man is mortal.” �

Colorado Day 8: After going to Our Lady of Guadalupe we go to a book shop then to a Waffle House then to the airport.

Thursday August 24, 2023

Day 235: Human Freedom in Salvation — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Saint Bartholomew the Apostle– Feast

Jess Piper@piper4missouri (Aug 24, 2023)
I see a lot of folks saying that minimum wage jobs are just intended for students.

I wonder who they think makes their egg McMuffin at 8am or their chicken McNuggets at lunch?

Folks who work a full-time job should be able to afford housing and food. It’s not that hard.

Friday August 25, 2023

 Day 236: The Morality of Human Acts — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Saint Louis or Saint Joseph of Calasanz, priest – Optional Memorial

Kristin (The Carmelite) Wilson’s and Kathleen Nealon’s 49th Birthday

�David Mathers Нет войне. Слава Україні!�@DavidMathers4 (Aug 25, 2023)
Pius XII was a lot cooler than many realize.

Saturday August 26, 2023

 Day 237: The Morality of the Passions — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Pope John Paul 1 October 17, 1912 – September 28,1978)
Blessed Ceferino Namuncurá (August 26, 1886 – May 11, 1905: Aged 18)

Peter T Chattaway@ptchat (Aug 26, 2023)
Rewatched 2008’s The Passion yesterday — the one with James Nesbitt’s very Irish Pontius Pilate — and found myself wondering if anyone has written about the accents actors use when playing biblical characters in English-language movies.

Sunday August 27, 2023

Day 239: The Formation of Conscience — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Saint Monica– Memorial

Trent Horn@Trent_Horn (Aug 27, 2023)
I have a hard time taking certain “left-Caths” and “rad-trads” seriously if they think Bishop Barron and Scott Hahn are poor witnesses of the Catholic faith. These men aren’t perfect, but if more Catholics acted like them the Church would be in a much better place.

Week 35

Monday August 28, 2023

Day 240: Erroneous Judgment of Conscience — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Saint Augustine of Hippo, bishop and doctor of the Church – Memorial


Eric Hoke@erichoke (Aug 28, 2023)
What happened to fast food being cheap?

My family of 5 went to Chick-fil-A.

Bill was $64.

It’s fried chicken, not wagyu.

�️ Jolz@Jolz_Aust (Aug 28, 2023)
The division within the Church is sickening.

Tuesday August 29, 2023

Day 241: The Cardinal Virtues — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, martyr – Memorial

I went out to see Blue Beetle on $5 movie night. Pitch Meeting sums up my feelings on the movie pretty well.

Thy Geekdom Come��@ThyGeekdomCome (Aug 29, 2023)
The Magic School Bus is about science, but relies on magic.


FrSteveGrunow@FrSteveGrunow (Aug 29, 2023)
Calumny, detraction, and rash judgement are all grave sins and as such there is a dilemma for Catholics regarding social media as all three are, it seems, pathways to success in terms of social media engagement.

Wednesday August 30, 2023

Day 242: The Virtue of Faith — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Saint Jeanne Jugan(October 25, 1792 – August 29, 1879)

Fr. Tom Bombadil@calix517 (Aug 30, 2023)
“I used to rule the world. Seas would rise when I gave the word. Now in the morning, I sleep alone. Sweep the streets I used to own.” -St. Ignatius of Loyola

Thursday August 31, 2023 

Day 243: The Virtue of Hope — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Atticus@Ardoramdonua (August 31, 2023)
Why is it whenever a Mormon says something stupid on this app, there is an army of Mormons backing them up and liking the tweet; but whenever I say something stupid on here, there’s no army of Catholics liking my tweet?

I feel cheated.

September: Month 9

Friday September 1, 2023

Day 244: The Virtue of Charity — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

The Associated Press@AP (September 1, 2023)
Pope Francis has praised Mongolia’s tradition of religious freedom dating to the times of its founder, Genghis Khan. He opened the first-ever papal visit to the Asian nation with a plea for peace and an end to the “insidious threat of corruption.”

Dawn Eden Goldstein, JCL, SThD ❤️‍�@DawnofMercy (Sep 1, 2023)
Today is the 125th anniversary of the birth of Father Edward Dowling, SJ. I am so grateful to have written the definitive biography of this great man who was a light to alcoholics & to anyone with a problem.
@jesuitnews has an excerpt & a podcast with me: The Day Fr. Ed Dowling, SJ, Brought AA’s Bill Wilson to Meet the St. Louis Jesuits –

Our Sunday Visitor@OSV  (Sep 1, 2023)
Discover why you should revisit the classic Catholic story about workers rights’ this Labor Day by watching On the Waterfront: Gritty and gripping, ‘On the Waterfront’ still speaks a Godly truth (

The Catholic Linguist ☕️ � � �@FilologLX_X (Sep 1, 2023)
Here’s what so many miss about eating of the apple…

In the Near East, worship took place through a meal. People ate with their god.

Therefore, eating of the tree is not just a transgression of God’s command-it’s tantamount to satanic worship, with all the elements inverted.

Kevin Ahern@kevin_ahern (Sep 1, 2023)
The hatred towards Pope Francis by many American Catholics is so deep and insidious that when he calls them out they both deny it and disparage him at the same time. It’s enough to make one’s head spin.

Saturday September 2, 2023

 Day 245: Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Save the Manatee@savethemanateeb (September 2, 2023)
Russell Moore@drmoore (September 2, 2023)
Jimmy Buffett dies on the 50th anniversary of the death of J.R.R. Tolkien. I feel like all my childhood worlds (Middle-earth and Margaritaville?) are colliding. Grateful for songs and stories, hobbits and pirates.
A Dan for All Seasons@ZJoyfulCatholic (September 2, 2023)
It’s rather ironic that I find bananas to be *unappealing,* wouldn’t you say?

Sunday September 3, 2023

 Day 246: Mercy and the Mystery of Sin — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube

Saint Gregory the Great, pope and doctor of the Church – Memorial

� Katherine Brodsky@mysteriouskat (September 3, 2023)
I find aging a strange thing. My face changes, but not much. So it’s hard to believe I’m older. My body feels about the same. So it’s hard to believe it’s changed and is likely more fragile. Our metabolism slows down as we age, but I still blame myself for any weight gain. The things that hurt me as adolescent and child are still with me, but more faded, more sorted out. Still, I don’t feel older. And I don’t know if I’m really wiser, just a bit more experienced at matters of life. Less certain about everything.

When I was 20 (and even before that), I knew exactly what I wanted. I no longer do.
And the assumptions I’ve had about my future, are gone.

Yes, aging is funny business.

And I feel the same. But different.

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