This Quote from Saint John Paul II is a Must Read for Every Father

Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:10 AM Comments (4)

In our world today, the role of fatherhood has become less clear. Some even question whether fathers are necessary at all. With five kids I've been wondering recently if I do enough or more accurately am I raising my children correctly.

I recently read this quote from Saint John Paul II about how his father, in part, inspired him to heed his vocation to the priesthood.

He reportedly said:

"Day after day I was able to observe the austere way in which he lived. By profession he was a soldier and, after my mother's death, his life became one of constant prayer. Sometimes I would wake up during the night and find my father on his knees, just as I would always see him kneeling in the parish...READ MORE

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Student Suspended for Saying "Bless You" After Classmate Sneezed

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 9:01 PM Comments (42)

This is just straight up nuts.

A public school teacher who outlawed students saying "bless you" in class suspended a young girl for breaking the rule after a classmate sneezed. Seriously.

CBS in Charlotte reports: Kendra Turner, a senior at Dyer County High School, said bless you to her classmate who sneezed and the teacher told her that the term was for church.

“She said that we’re not going to have godly speaking in her class and that’s when I said we have a constitutional right,” Turner told WMC.

When she defended her actions, the teacher told Turner to see an administrator. The student said that she had to finish the class period in in-school suspension.

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New Fatima Revelation?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 6:05 AM Comments (63)

On the site liberoquotidiano.it, Italian journalist Antonio Socci reveals some new text reportedly written by Sister Lucia of Fatima.

Socci is the Italian journalist who in 2006 published the book, "The Fourth Secret of Fatima" which contends that there is an additional text composed by Sister Lucia and sent to the Vatican which has never been revealed.

In this most recent article, Socci relays additional information reportedly from an unpublished diary of Sister Lucia, the provenance of which he reports is "contained in an official publication of the Carmel of Coimbra, the one where she lived and died (in 2005) Sister Lucia dos Santos, the last seer. Entitled "A caminho sob or olhar de...READ MORE

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The Real Cost of Raising Children

Monday, August 18, 2014 10:56 PM Comments (7)

A new report states that children are expensive. Thank goodness for experts, right? Who would've known it without them? The Associated Press called it "sticker shock." Seriously. Sticker shock for a human being. Nice, huh?

In particular, the report states that a child born to a middle class family will cost their parents almost a quarter million dollars. And that's just up until they're 18. So that doesn't even include college. When adjusting for projected inflation, a child born in 2013 could cost a family over $300,000.

I'm not sure how they figured all that out because I've got five children and I don't have that much money and none of them seem to be starving. But let's take what the...READ MORE

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Ten Awesome and Terrifying Sounding Catholic Words That May Not Mean What You Think

Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:56 PM Comments (21)

The Catholic faith can be confusing. Hey, with two thousand years of vocabulary it's bound to get a little difficult, isn't it? So there are many words that sound kinda' awesome and terrifying that don't actually mean what you might think they mean. So here's a little primer:

Monstrance. It's sounds kinda' terrifying, right? It's the vessel used to hold the Eucharist.

Missal. It's not a weapon (Well, sometimes if a liturgist is involved). Unless it's in the hands of a two year old in the pew who's mad at her brother.

Primate - Referring to an archbishop as a primate sometimes isn't necessarily bad. It all depends on your tone, I guess.

The Abomination of Desolation -OK I'll admit it....READ MORE

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7 Things To Restore Sense of Sacred Your Pastor Could Do Tomorrow

Monday, August 11, 2014 2:22 PM Comments (117)

When it comes to the liturgy of the Roman rite, some would have you believe that you have two choices, the progressive Novus Ordo mass at St. Banal of Boringham parish or the Traditional Latin Mass at the Parish of Quo Primum on the corner of Lunatic and Fringe.

They would also have you believe that never the twain shall meet, that until the Pope of Future Past arrives to reform the Novus Ordo, that any chance of recovering what was traditionally considered sacred and reverential in the Novus Ordo is impossible, regardless of whether you consider that a feature or a bug.

But this is simply not true. There are many things that Pastors and Priests could do tomorrow to help restore a sense...READ MORE

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God Works in Mysterious Ways. Sometimes.

Thursday, August 07, 2014 11:52 AM Comments (11)

It is often said that God sometimes works in mysterious ways. Sometimes, however, He doesn’t. Sometimes the answer is so much simpler than anyone thought. But amazing nonetheless.
Father Steve Mattson of the Church of the Resurrection parish can recall praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet in front of Lansing Michigan’s last free standing abortion clinic. He recalls praying fervently for the closing of the clinic. He didn’t know how it could happen but he prayed nonetheless.

Fr. Mattson prays for many things including helping out his local Catholic schools by attracting a group of Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, to teach in them. He knew they received requests from all over...READ MORE

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Ditch The Sign of Peace or "Take your stinking paws off me you darn dirty ape!"

Friday, August 01, 2014 9:00 AM Comments (292)

I note with no small sense of irony the The Congregation for Divine Worship's recent circular letter announcing that the placement of the sign of peace within Mass will not change, though it  could be performed with greater dignity, lesser dignity being unavailable, of course.

CNA Reports:

“The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments … pronounced in favor of maintaining the 'rite' and 'sign' of peace in the place it has now in the Ordinary of the Mass,” Fr. Jose Maria Gil Tamayo, secretary general of the Spanish bishops' conference, related in a July 28 memo.

He noted that this was done out of consideration of the placement of the rite of peace as “a...READ MORE

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Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph's University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.

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Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company. Patrick, his wife Terri, and their five children reside in Long Island, N.Y.