The Scandal of "Preachy Prayers"

03/06/2016 Comments (13)

Have you ever felt someone was trying to manipulate you by what they were praying on your behalf?

Have you ever felt someone was preaching at you under the guise of praying to God?

Did it turn you off?

Make you feel manipulated?

You were right.


That We May What?

Many dioceses are currently conducting their annual Catholic appeal for various diocesan needs.

Fine. They need to do that.

But the way this works out at the parish level can leave something to be desired.

For example, at St. Nameless the Ambiguous’s Parish they’ve been having an entry in the prayers of the faithful which goes like this:

Petition: That we may respond generously to the annual Catholic appeal . . .

Response: Lord, hear our prayer.

I cringe when I hear this—and other prayers like it


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Jennifer Garner's Latest Role Brings a Resurgence in Faith

03/06/2016 Comments (5)

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Most folks in Hollywood don't talk much about religion. Jennifer Garner, star of the upcoming film “Miracles from Heaven,” admits that she, too, had gotten away from her faith and no longer attended church services on Sunday. “While I've always gone to church in West Virginia,” she said at a recent roundtable discussion in Dallas, “I really got away from it after I moved to Los Angeles. There, people of faith are often regarded as outsiders.”

But then Garner got the starring role in the upcoming film “Miracles from Heaven.” Garner played Christy Beam, a Texas mother whose daughter Annabel suffered from pseudo-obstruction motility disorder, a debilitating disease that made it impossible to...READ MORE

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You Lied to Us, Gloria Steinem; Catalan Romanesque Painting and Church Furniture; and Much More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/06/2016 Comments (1)

Click on You Lied to Us, Gloria Steinem by Cynthia Millen of Catholic Stand link to read.

You Lied to Us, Gloria Steinem – Cynthia Millen, Catholic Stand

Catalan Romanesque Painting and Church Furniture in Museo Nacional (Montjuïc) – Matthew Alderman, New Liturgical Movement

Au Revoir: Looking Back Over Three Years – Fr. Edward Looney, Ignitum Today

God Wants You to Get Help – Liz Schleicher, Catholic Lane

Filling Our Hearts with the Greatest Good – Travis C. Headley, Forty Something Faith

Dante’s Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise (Catholic Courses) – Stuart Dunn, Stuart’s Study

Risen Movie Review: A Jerusalem X-File – Sarah Duggan, Ignitum Today

Henri de Lubac: Soldier, Scholar and Saintly Hero – Joanna Bogle, Catholic Herald

Modern Atheism: Dragging Plato Along...READ MORE

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4th Sunday of Lent: Remember That Every Soul Matters

03/05/2016 Comment


“While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20) 

We define “big deal” in all the wrong ways. We think we’re not big deals unless we get a million likes on an Instagram post. We think the work God calls us to is not a big deal unless it’s on a big stage. We confuse things that are widely noticed with things that are very important because we measure things with man’s ruler rather than God’s. The “size” of our impact isn’t important. People are important! The one lost sheep is all that matters to the shepherd. The prodigal son is all that matters in the world to the father....READ MORE

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The Labouré Society: Building the Church One Vocation at a Time; Truth and Courage; and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/05/2016 Comment

Click on The Labouré Society: Building the Church One Vocation at a Time by Jeffrey A. Mirus, Ph.D., of Catholic Culture link to read.

The Almighty Has His Own Purposes – Donald R. McClarey J.D., Catholic Stand

The Labouré Society: Building the Church One Vocation at a Time – Jeffrey A. Mirus Ph.D., Catholic Culture

Risen: A Day Without Death (Film Review) – Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic

Dressing for Mass Like Mark Bavaro – David Mills, Aleteia

Book Review: The Apostasy That Wasn’t – Mary Kochan, Catholic Lane

Catholic School Students in Athletics Harmed by Embracing Gender Ideology – Adam Cassandra, Catholic Education Daily

Why Natural Law Is a Superior Guide to Life – James Kalb, Crisis Magazine

‘Preferred Name and Gender Policy’ Passed at DePaul University – Kimberly Scharfenberger, Catholic...READ MORE

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God is Infinitely More Powerful Than Satan

03/05/2016 Comments (2)

Recently there has been much talk about a Demonic house in Indiana being demolished and many are intensely interested in the supernatural happenings that were reported. While that is not initially a bad thing, there is a great risk involved if we become too engrossed in the activity of the devil. Father Vincent Lampert, exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, warned the public that “fascination with evil can create serious danger… ‘Instead of being fascinated with evil… we should all be fascinated with God.’”

The reason being that we can start to believe that Satan has more control over the world than God does.

Even C.S. Lewis, who wrote The Screwtape Lettersrealized that his book...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Condemns 'Diabolic' Attack on Missionaries of Charity in Yemen

03/05/2016 Comments (5)

– Wikipedia

Pope Francis was “shocked and profoundly saddened” by the murder of four Missionaries of Charity and twelve other people at a home for the elderly in Aden, Yemen. Gunmen entered the building on Friday and went room-to-room, handcuffing victims before shooting them in the head.

A message signed by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said the Holy Father “sends the assurance of his prayers for the dead and his spiritual closeness to their families and to all affected from this act of senseless and diabolical violence.”

The message said Pope Francis “prays that this pointless slaughter will awaken consciences, lead to a change of heart, and inspire all parties to lay...READ MORE

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Pope Francis on Mercy and Justice: A Short Primer; Understanding the Missionaries of Mercy and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/05/2016 Comment

Click on Pope Francis on Mercy and Justice: A Short Primer by Eduardo Echeverria of The Dispatch link to read.

Answering the Call to Work – Dawn Carpenter, Catholic Stand

Pope Francis on Mercy and Justice: A Short Primer – Eduardo Echeverria, The Dispatch

Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica Comes to Google Street View – Catholic News Agency

Another Way of Understanding the Missionaries of Mercy – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

After Civilians Die in Bombings in Syria, Apostolic Vicar Appeals for Cease Fire – Carl E. Olson, The Catholic World Report

Two ‘Lost’ Tolkien Poems Found at School in Abingdon – Catholic Herald

Coming Out Christian – Guy McClung J.D. Ph.D., Catholic Lane

On Wrath and Anger – Fr. James V. Schall S.J., The Catholic Thing

Why Don’t Some Americans Trust the Homosexual Rights...READ MORE

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