Recent Reading: “The Perfect Blindside”, “Iota”, and “Lord of the Worl

08/23/2016 Comment

Reading fiction is a particular passion of mine, and I've come to appreciate what a dear friend told me long ago about his own reading habits. He shared that he alternated the novels he read with nonfiction. "Otherwise," he said, "I would never read anything else."

I completely agree.

There's something about telling a story well in a world of your own construct. The same is true for nonfiction, I know, but I remain rooted in my love of fiction.

So it's with joy that I can admit to having finished three decent novels recently, all of them published by Catholic publishers. That doesn't, though, make them any less than their secular counterparts (I have a house full of avid readers, and we...READ MORE

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8 Reasons Jim Gaffigan Shouldn't Quit His Show

08/23/2016 Comments (11)

Dear Jim Gaffigan,

I am writing this heartfelt post to convince you, Jim Gaffigan, to continue with your show, The Jim Gaffigan Show, on TV Land. Recently, you announced that there won't be a Season 3 to your wonderful show because you want to focus on raising your five children. (Helicopter parent much?! Sheesh.) This plea of mine might seem ironic to some in that I was a journalist who left his job at a newspaper to raise his five children but I'm a complex man. OK, not that complex. But I watch a lot of television and your show is one of my favorites. So that should be enough right there. But apparently it's not.

So here's eight good quality reasons that you, Jim Gaffigan, should...READ MORE

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This Young Postulant Says ‘Don’t be Afraid’ of God’s Calling and Many Links!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/23/2016 Comment

Click on This Young Postulant Says ‘Don’t be Afraid’ of God’s Calling by Elise Harris of Catholic News Agency link to read more.

This Young Postulant Says ‘Don’t be Afraid’ of God’s Calling - Elise Harris, Catholic News Agency

3 Tips for Dealing with After-School Satanist Kids Clubs – Trent Horn, Catholic Answers

World Youth Day Shows Poland Can Help the West Rediscover Its Roots – Filip Mazurczak, The Catholic World Report

Patron Saint of Missing Socks, Pray For Us – Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand

Everyday Life in France, AD 2016 – Robert de Saint Jacques, The Catholic Thing

Mystical Contemplation Is for All – David Torkington, Catholic Stand

Never Understood Why We Pray The Luminous Mysteries, Until Now! – Scott Eric Alt, epicPew

Fr. Mike Discusses “Bedtime”, and It’s More Relevant than You Might Think...READ MORE

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Misreading Pope Francis, Famous Athletes Who Were/Are Outspoken About Their Catholic Faith and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/23/2016 Comment

Click on Misreading Pope Francis by Gene Van Son of Catholic Stand link to read more.

Misreading Pope Francis – Gene Van Son, Catholic Stand

Famous Athletes Who Were/Are Outspoken About Their Catholic Faith – Matt Vander Vennet, epicPew

Priest/Former Dorm Rector at the University of Notre Dame: Dorm Must Foster Moral Development – Adam Wilson, The Catholic Newman Society

Navigating the Tiber: One of the Most Important Catholic Books You can Buy – Shaun McAfee, epicPew

Diligence, a Divine Intimacy Meditation – Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Why Are Catholics Cheapskates Regarding Giving? – Dom Cingoranelli, Catholic Stand

Wandering Around, Replacing the Crucifix: Priests Need to Respect Rubrics – Fr. Mat. Pittam, Catholic Herald

Martyr of the First Commandment...READ MORE

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St. Thibaut Loved God and Loved Mary, “His Good Mother”

08/23/2016 Comment

I'm what you'd call a Catholic geek. I love reading saints' hagiographies. I just can't get enough of them.

Each one I read is better, more heroic, humbler, more loving, kinder, etc. than the last. And as there are at least 17,000 saints, 200,000 beati and 45 million martyrs, I suspect God will call me right in the middle of reading the account of one of His illuminous followers.

The other day, I came across one which startled me. It had everything―jousting knights, angelic manifestations, inexplicable miracles, profound piety, wise Medieval monks, kings and queens, religious conversions and the renunciation of wealth and title.

They don’t make saints like they used to.

St. Thibaut of...READ MORE

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The Role of Discipline in Christian Life

08/22/2016 Comments (1)

(Photo credit: “Fagata”, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

On Sunday, Catholics worldwide heard about the importance of discipline. We were reminded that “all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.” We were admonished that God “scourges every son he acknowledges,” as a father disciplines his son out of love.

Likewise, Christ told an unnamed questioner, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.”

On the one hand, these readings make sense. Work hard, be disciplined – about prayer, chastity, attendance of Mass, charity, etc. – and God may grant you the grace of getting through...READ MORE

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The Ninevites Believed Jonah and Repented; Can America Do Likewise?

08/22/2016 Comments (16)

Gustave Doré (1832-1883), “Jonah Preaching to the Ninevites”

An abortion clinic is opening two blocks from the parish where I go to encounter the Risen Lord in the Holy Eucharist.

Parents will drive the children who attend our parish school past the abortion clinic on their way to class. I will drive past the abortion clinic on my way to Mass, as will most of my fellow parishioners. Our parish priests will sleep in a rectory that is a stone’s throw from a place where children die horribly and in great numbers.

This, like just about everything else in the larger world, is all fresh news to me. Everything that was happening in the outside my circle of illness slipped past me in the long period when I was underwater with cancer and its treatment. I...READ MORE

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It's True: St. Anthony Totally Rocks

08/22/2016 Comments (4)

Arnold Böcklin, “St. Anthony Preaching to the Fishes” (1892)

I had a conversation with my daughter Laura the other day that made me pause and think. She was expressing concern over misplacing her iPod, which is essential to her because it has the music she needs to teach ballet classes. She called to see if it had fallen out of her purse in my car. She said that she had been saying prayers to St. Anthony all morning. Suddenly, in the middle of the conversation, she remembered placing it in her duffel bag. I could almost see her jump for joy. She shouted, “Oh thank God, I found it! St. Anthony totally rocks, Mom!”

This statement spoke volumes to me. I had a flashback to when I was diagnosed with cancer and she led the cause to say Rosaries for my...READ MORE

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