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 (293)

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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I'd Kill Myself if I Had That Many Kids

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 9:38 AM Comments (108)

My wife and I recently attended a sports banquet for one of our kids' sports teams at a local restaurant. It was one of those events that I wanted to go to about as much as I wanted to get three teeth pulled. But my wife assured me it would be fun. I didn't believe her but I came anyway.

We've gone to so many of these things as my five kids are all on at least three sports teams. All the kids sat together at a very long table and all the parents sat at another table with the coaches. I have a theory about sports teams, the worse a team is the more coaches it has. And this team had lots of coaches.

We were seated with about eight coaches and some parents we didn't really know.

So what's...READ MORE

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Wrap The Clap! Time To End Clapping At Mass

And Flamenco dancing, of course.

Monday, July 28, 2014 12:20 PM Comments (128)

You know how Sharia law calls for the hands of theives to be chopped off? Yeah, well my kids know that a similar penalty will be lovingly applied by their father if I ever catch them clapping at Mass.

I have seen clapping too many times to count.  Most of you probably have as well.  Years ago I had a priest who, post communion, would ask for a round of applause for everybody from the ushers, to the altar persons, to the singers, to the groundskeepers.

Applause in Church is the thing that makes my eyes twitch and my brow furrow, forcing me to harshly pinch the skin on my leg so as to maintain control and not shout as loud as I can, "FOR HEAVEN"S SAKE!! STOP!!"

For me, applause at mass it...READ MORE

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NFP and Too Much of a Good Thing

Friday, July 25, 2014 9:02 AM Comments (76)

Let me start out by saying that Natural Family Planning can be a good thing. In my marriage, my wife and I have utilized it for some time and other times we did not.

This post is not about any of the usual controversial teapot tempests that rise up on the internet from time to time about NFP and its proper use and marketing. Nope, this post not about any of that stuff.

This post is about the phenomenon that causes otherwise rational people to say loopy things in promotion of NFP.

Case in point, I read a post the other day by Dr. Gregory Popcak that made my puzzler sore. In his support and promotion of NFP, Dr. Popcak writes a post about how NFP really isn't a thing, but an approach....READ MORE

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Why Prophecy?

Monday, July 21, 2014 10:37 AM Comments (23)

"Despise not prophecies. But prove all things; hold fast that which is good." --1 Thessalonians 5:20

From time to time on a Catholic blog or Facebook post someone will make reference to the prophetic utterance or alleged message from some saint, seer, or sage.

Almost always in discussions about prophecy, whether old or new, somebody will correctly state that even approved private revelation is not binding on us and nobody is ever obligated to believe in it.

So the question is, why bother with it at all?

In order to answer the question, I think it is important to understand its purpose. Why does God provide for such heavenly communication? Why bother telling us such things about the...READ MORE

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What Did The Pope Just Say? Zero Things To Know And Share

Monday, July 14, 2014 1:05 AM Comments (77)

The internet is once again abuzz with the second-hand hearsay of an unrecorded Papal interview.

Pope Francis once again (the third time by my estimation) has given an unrecorded interview to known atheist Eugenio Scalfari in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. And once again we have "shocking" quotes from the Pope that are impossible to substantiate.

And once again we have Vatican Spokesman stating that the 'non-interview' interview authentically "captures the spirit of the conversation," but that the interviewer in the non-interview is a scheming to "manipulate some naïve readers" with inaccurate quotes in his accurate interview.

So let's bottom line this.  The interview is accurate,...READ MORE

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I'm Making the Jump to Homeschooling

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:46 PM Comments (110)

I'm making the big jump to homeschooling. If you'd have told me five years ago that I'd be teaching my children at home I'd have asked for a drug test. For you and me.

But it's come to it. And I'm nervous and anxious. AND COMPLETELY IGNORANT!!!! I'm used to being ignorant but nervous and anxious are new to me.

So here's me tale of woe. My kids went to our local parish school and we loved it. The faith formation in that school was excellent; so excellent that I was willing to overlook the fact that sometimes the teachers weren't the best and I had to do some of the heavy lifting at home. I really was fine with it.

But then we were regionalized. (Cue the impending doom music.)...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.