The Rebuilding Year—A Miraculous True Story

Sunday, February 20, 2011 9:45 PM Comments (31)

In sports, it’s called a rebuilding year. It’s when everything’s gone wrong, but there’s still hope for the future.

In life it’s called faith.

Everything went wrong a year and a day ago when 15 year old Lenny Martelli fell off his snowboard in Schwenksville Pennsylvania. His friends gathered round him as he lay in the snow and they heard the words nobody wanted to hear.

“I can’t move,” Lenny said.

This is a story about a year when reason allowed no reason to hope. It’s a story about a miracle that culminated on the basketball court at St. Joseph’s University—under the glare of television cameras from news networks and ESPN. Thousands in the stands cheered Lenny’s name, but there was no...READ MORE

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Is Deception Always Wrong? I'm Not Convinced

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 9:13 PM Comments (134)

Ever since the release of the Lila Rose - Live Action videos that exposed Planned Parenthood for their illegal practices (beyond the obvious immoral practices,) I have been following the debate over the sinfulness of subterfuge with much interest.

My esteemed colleague Mark Shea has treated on the subject twice in the last week (here and here.)

I have to admit that after reading Mark’s comments, the articles that he links to, and the catechism, the case seems cut and dry.  And yet, I suspect that it is not.  There remain some questions that I believe are unanswered.

I wish to be clear here before I continue; I am posing questions here, not making pronouncements.  I am not making a...READ MORE

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I Am In Awe of Such Faith

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 1:40 AM Comments (56)

An Afghanistan Christian and father of six, is imprisoned and scheduled to die. His crime? He believes Christ is his Savior. And he is scheduled to die because of it. No defense lawyer will take his case for fear of retribution. And he has been told that if he renounces Christ things would go easier. But he doesn’t. He won’t.

Said Musa, who lost his leg from a landmine in the 1990’s and has worked since then as a medical worker for the Red Cross fitting children with prosthetics, has been in jail for eight months. According to a public letter written by him and addressed to our President and the world community, he has been brutally tortured and abused in every way possible, both by guards...READ MORE

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For The Love Of God - Shut Up!

Monday, February 14, 2011 12:20 PM Comments (92)

Of the many things that have been lost during the last forty years in the name of the council, I miss one the most.  Silence.

Noise is my life.  With five children ages ten and under, I know from noise.  My ten year old daughter screaming at my nine year old son “You are SOOOOO rude!” while he bangs on the bathroom door laughing.  The seven year old and the five year old are playing Mario on Wii with the volume up to 147, and my three year old daughter is running around in a princess dress with a light sabre yelling “I’m Apunzel!  Daddy, I’m Apunzel, see?” Noise is my life. 

But these same children who are an endless source of decibels know, the moment we open the doors of the Church,...READ MORE

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Most Common Big Family Fracases (and Solutions!!!)

Thursday, February 10, 2011 3:31 AM Comments (40)

New parents will often ask me questions about how to raise children because I have five children, none of whom are (currently) in jail.

Asking me for parenting advice is a bad idea but I understand what it’s like to have many children and not know what you’re doing. The Bible tells us to be fruitful and multiply but after that the Bible kinda’ hangs us out to dry. Well, that’s where I step in, I guess. I decided I’d like to help other parents by offering the beginnings of a database of fracas’ they’ll eventually encounter after they’ve been fruitful.

Most Common Fracases:

“You’re in my spot!”- There’s going to be a spot on the couch that becomes THE most coveted spot by children in the...READ MORE

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7 Reasons I Stink at Praying

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 2:01 AM Comments (30)

I Am…

Awesomely Humble. Sometimes, no sooner do I hit my knees when I start thinking about how wonderful I am to take time out of my day to pray. I’m like a short chubby St. Teresa of Avila, bursting with humility. And then because I’m so wonderful at being humble I start fretting about all those other bad people who are not as wonderfully humble as me and aren’t praying this very minute. I am so glad I am not them, the poor Hell-bound dears.

Lazy. Even though I know that the time I spend in prayer is a source of strength that I can draw on so that I can do well in all the other facets of my life, I tend to schedule it as catch when can. In between blogging, watching Phineas & Ferb, and...READ MORE

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The Priest Voice

Why do some priests speak like Mr. Rogers?

Sunday, February 06, 2011 11:52 PM Comments (58)

I know well and have known many priests during my earthly span and I hope to be around long enough to get to know even more.

And so, over the years, I have had many conversations, discussions, and even friendly arguments with priests, and most of them are normal guys.  They have opinions and many of them even have short tempers, not unlike me.  Talking to them about various subjects is like talking to most other men.  So it always surprises me when I hear it.  You know what I am talking about.

The Priest Voice.

The priest voice is that cloying sing-songy version of the Mr. Rogers voice which is often heard at the back of the Church or on the front steps as the priest greets parishioners...READ MORE

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Personalities Of The Catholic Combox

You know who you are!

Thursday, February 03, 2011 2:38 AM Comments (65)

The comment box in the blogosphere, or combox, is the wild wild west of the internet.  In the combox you can and will meet all kinds of strange and wondrous characters.

The combox in the Catholic interwebs has its own cast of characters.  I suspect that your average Catholic blog reader probably has never, or very rarely, left a comment on a post.  They read what you have to say and if you are really, really lucky, they might think about it for a moment. Those are the readers.  Commenters are a different ball of wax.  Commenters, and you know who you are, have opinions and they…well they have opinions.

Having been around the Catholic blogging game for a few years now, certain easily...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.