16 Father's Day Thoughts You'll Never Find in a Greeting Card

Thoughts From a Saint, Popes, and a Servant of God

06/20/2015 Comments (2)

– "Saint Joseph and the Christ Child", Guido Reni [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons

            Father’s Day, like Mother’s Day, should be celebrated every day, not just once a year.

          While a greeting card is thoughtful, and the sentiment might be right or maybe very short on real thought and meaning, standout members of our Church have given fathers — including grandfathers and godfathers — much to consider and to follow along what fatherhood should be or not be.

            Here are a few thoughts from them for Father’s Day every day.

         “Love for his wife as mother of their children and love for the children themselves are for the man the natural way of understanding and fulfilling his own fatherhood…efforts must be made to restore socially the...READ MORE

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A New Podcast for Christian Women: Good Things Radio

06/20/2015 Comment

When I first heard that Jennifer Willits from The Catholics Next Door was going to start a new podcast with her friend and former morning show personality Brooke Taylor, I was pretty excited, even though I don't have much time to listen to podcasts anymore.

The show, which is up to 15 episodes, is called "Good Things Radio." The idea behind it: two friends in the trenches of parenthood sharing the conversation with other women. It's professionally done, as you would expect from two former media experts, and it's entertaining in ways that few podcasts I've listened to are able to achieve.

Jennifer shared, "Throughout the years of my friendship with Brooke, I often joked about the idea of...READ MORE

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Why You Should Give Mass Cards to Protestants

06/19/2015 Comments (16)
By Jim Capaldi from Springfield, USA (Sacred Heart, 2009-09-24 21:53) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

– By Jim Capaldi from Springfield, USA (Sacred Heart, 2009-09-24 21:53) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Put this body anywhere! Don't trouble yourselves about it!
I simply ask you to remember me at the Lord's altar wherever you are.

St. Monica

When I was working full-time as an oncology and hospice nurse, I’d go to funerals pretty regularly. It wasn’t a required part of the job, but you grow pretty close to patients and their families when you provide that kind of care. After accompanying them on the final, often tumultuous stages of living and dying, it only seemed fitting to be a part of the final leave-taking whenever possible. 

Yet, my presence as a healthcare provider could be a troubling reminder of what might’ve been a painful, agonizing process, so I always liked to keep a very low...READ MORE

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Inside Out, Jurassic World, Spy, San Andreas: in 60 seconds!

06/19/2015 Comments (2)

As you know if you saw my new review, I’m super-excited about this weekend’s release of Pixar’s Inside Out — and looking forward to discussing it tonight on hour 1 of “Catholic Answers Live” at 6:00 PM Eastern (listen live).

Of course we’ll be talking about lots of other things too, including Jurassic World and themes linking Pixar’s Wall-E with Pope Francis’ new eco-encyclical Laudatum Si’.

You can also watch David and me review Inside Out and Love and Mercy on “Reel Faith” tonight at 8:00 PM (when and where to catch “Reel Faith”), followed by an encore of last week’s episode, when we reviewed Jurassic World, San Andreas and Spy.

And you can also see my 60-second reviews for those last...READ MORE

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My Spiritual Director Uses the Enneagram. What's Wrong with That?

06/19/2015 Comments (32)

Can you trust a spiritual director who uses an enneagram? Here's my answer to a reader's question.

Dear Dan,

I recently began a new relationship with a spiritual director who claimed to be committed to the teachings of the Church. She is a local Benedictine sister who is very nice and seems to be sincere. However, in our second session she asked if I would be interested in using an ancient tool of spiritual wisdom known as the enneagram to help me in my spiritual progress. I recall reading about this tool in a Vatican document called “Jesus Christ - Bearer of the Water of Life.” That document says that the use of the enneagram “introduces an ambiguity in the doctrine and the life of the...READ MORE

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Paul the Convert

06/19/2015 Comments (11)

St. Paul’s place in the Church has been a bone of contention ever since he was knocked off his horse by our Lord on the way to Damascus.

He was a mass of paradoxes that seemed (to those who did not understand him) a mass of foolish contradictions.

  • He loved Christ above all and was not infrequently named an enemy of God.
  • He was all things to all and yet had a determined circle of enemies who regarded him as a two-faced phony.
  • He labored to present the truth to wildly different audiences in terms they could understand, only to be suspected of compromising the truth.
  • He declared those who received circumcision after baptism to be under a curse and he had one of his own...READ MORE

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Pope Francis’s Environmental Encyclical: 13 Things to Know and Share

06/18/2015 Comments (71)

Here are 13 things to know and share about Pope Francis's new encyclical on the environment

Pope Francis’s highly anticipated encyclical—Laudato Si’—is now out.

Here are 13 things to know and share . . .


1) What are the basic facts about this encyclical?

An encyclical is a teaching document issued by the pope. Encyclicals are among the more solemn and thus more authoritative papal documents.

This one is called Laudato Si’ (“Be praised” or “Praise be to you”)—a line from the Canticle of the Sun by St. Francis of Assisi.

It is Pope Francis’s second encyclical. His first was Lumen Fidei, which was largely drafted by his predecessor, Benedict XVI. Laudato Si’ is thus the first encyclical prepared entirely at Pope Francis’s initiative.

It is devoted to ecology and related...READ MORE

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Should You Read Laudato Si? A Quiz

06/18/2015 Comments (32)

Laudato Si is here, and not a moment too soon. Any day now, all the pundits and politicians and armchair theologians were going to start feeling ashamed for going so berserk over an encyclical that hadn't been released yet. Any day, I'm sure of it!. 

Now that it's here, should you read it? It is kind of long, and there aren't any pictures or gifs to break it up. Here's a short quiz to help you determine whether or not you should invest the time and effort. The more points you get, the more urgent it is that you read the encyclical.


Are you a faithful Catholic who feels drawn toward stewardship of the natural world, and who wishes the Church would give us some guidance about...READ MORE

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