A Treasure Trove of Gems

Priceless insights about our Blessed Mother appear in a new book.

09/19/2014 Comment
courtesy Marians of the Immaculate Conception

– courtesy Marians of the Immaculate Conception

The September feasts of our Blessed Mother — the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Most Holy Name of Mary and Our Lady of Sorrows — are Marian gems of the liturgical kind.

They reminded me of other kinds of Marian gems, specifically those in a recent book called Marian Gems.

The book’s subtitle — Daily Wisdom on Our Lady — sets the opening scene and reason for this great gem by Father Donald Calloway of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. It shines and sparkles with beauty and wisdom.

Father Calloway has written several books on Mary, including the exceptionally inspiring Under the Mantle: Marian Thoughts From a 21st-Century Priest.

In that book, he included what he called...READ MORE

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Pray Like a Cheerleader

09/19/2014 Comments (14)

The story begins in fairly typical fashion. But it ends differently that most.

A high school in Tennessee was told they were no longer allowed to have a prayer said over the loudspeaker at football games. You know that part of the story well. It looked like the usual cast of ACLU lawyers, scared administrators, and people too busy to care too much. But something different happened at Oneida High School in Tennessee, according to WBIR. Some people cared.

Kevin Acres, the voice behind the loudspeaker for many years, was told that instead of leading the crowd in a pre-game prayer as had been done for close to eighty years he was instructed to initiate a moment of silence.

When Oneida's...READ MORE

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The Pickle of Private Judgment

09/18/2014 Comments (79)

My pal (we'll call him "Hal") is nothing if not a Christian of deep convictions. Hal believes the Bible is the sole source of revelation. He thinks the Spirit guides each believer to individually discover truth for himself (so who needs the Church to tell us what to believe?) He believes that Jesus is his savior because "though he is God, he had a sinful human nature like mine and so was able to be truly human, only he never obeyed that nature." He believes Mormons are heretics for adding to scripture and are therefore "accursed" according to Galatians 1:8 ("But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him eternally condemned!")....READ MORE

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Tantrum Ergo Sacramentum

09/18/2014 Comments (18)

It's a whole year away, but I'm starting to get excited about World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia! There are going to be tons of fantastic speakers, and best of all, there will be a Papal Mass. 

Imagine, if you will, how much preparation goes into a huge, complicated event like this:  the scheduling, the promotion, the legal issues, even just making sure there are enough bathrooms. And how about the music? Which hymns would be appropriate for a Mass which culminates a celebration of all things pertaining to family life? Here are a few suggestions, from someone who's spent the last 17 years drowning in rejoicing in Catholic family living:

  • Recalling the importance of preparing...READ MORE

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The Humiliation Of Cardinal Burke (The No Spin Zone)

09/18/2014 Comments (342)

By now, most people have heard the rumor from multiple sources that Cardinal Raymond Burke will be removed from the Apostolic Signatura where he serves as Prefect.  This comes after being already removed from the Congregation for Bishops by Pope Francis.

Further, it is rumored that Cardinal Burke will be appointed "Cardinal Patron" of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a largely symbolic position.  This decision is said to be in response to a book to which Cardinal Burke contributed, to be published soon by Ignatius Press, in which the propositions proffered by Cardinal Kasper in his keynote speech in preparation for the Synod on the Family are systematically dismantled.  The book...READ MORE

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The Fire Challenge, A Parental Challenge

09/17/2014 Comments (9)
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– Tony Alter/ Wikipedia

For weeks I’ve been unable to rid my mind of those gruesome images on the news of teens engulfed in flames.  Earth-shattering screams of horror and pain in the chaos that ensues amidst torture and human sacrifice.

I was not exposed to these images while watching coverage of the Middle East. I didn’t see ISIS soldiers sacrificing teens in the name of Allah. Nor was this some extreme form of riotous protest ignited by the fuel of hatred over recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. 

Believe it or not, these were videos posted in fun on social media for the world to see, as part of a craze known as The Fire Challenge

I watched the news, aghast, as teens made merry, pouring alcohol or lighter...READ MORE

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Books for the Fatherly and Momnipotent Among Us

09/17/2014 Comments (2)

In the last few months, I’ve had two great books cross my desk, and I’d be remiss not to rave about them here.

The first, Catholic Dad: Mostly Funny Stories of Faith, Family, and Fatherhood to Encourage and Inspire, by Jake Frost, is utterly delightful from start to finish. You have the option of reading it in a “pick and choose” sort of way, diving in where you want, because the essays are all stand-alone.

I read it the way I read most things: cover to cover. I walked away from it with a clear picture of just who Jake Frost is and just how he got to be that way. He’s the kind of guy I want my son to grow up to be: proud of his Catholicness, laughing about the foibles of life, and...READ MORE

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More Nunsense From ‘Time,’ HuffPost and ‘U.S. News’

09/16/2014 Comments (30)

Articles and columns about the Vatican-mandated reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) are popping up all over the media these days, even in secular outlets like Time, Huffington Post and U.S. News and World Report.

At first glance, one might wonder why these secular outlets are so interested in a group of 1,400 sisters and their differences with the institution they have pledged to serve and obey. One obvious answer is that the media loves criticism of the Catholic Church, especially when that criticism comes from the Church’s own members.

Another answer becomes very clear in reading this material, for most of these pieces seem to be cheerleading for the LCWR...READ MORE

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