I'll Admit It, I Never Really Liked Michael Phelps

08/15/2016 Comments (11)

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I know I'm probably in the teeny tiny minority but for years I've held a dirty secret. I never really liked Michael Phelps. I mean I still wanted him to win. 'Merica and all. But I didn't like him.

I respected his chase of perfection. He was a man on a mission but he seemed...cocky, I guess. I respected the way he pursued his passion but he didn't seem grateful. He didn't seem joyful. His relationship with his mother seemed loving but it seemed like a closed circle. He didn't seem loving to others around him.

And then we all saw the headlines about the drug use, the drinking, the DUI, and rumored womanizing. I thought it was a shame. And after 2012, it seemed like he was done.


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The Pink Sisters, The Only Way to Restore Public Confidence in Catholic Bishops, and More Links!

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08/15/2016 Comment

Click on The Pink Sisters by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf via Fr. Z’s Blog link to read more.

The Pink Sisters – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

The Only Way to Restore Public Confidence in Catholic Bishops – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

Can America Recover Moral Consensus and Tradition? – Russell Shaw, The Dispatch via The Catholic World Report

Why Do So Many Choir Directors Have “Van Gogh’s Ear for Music”? – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Be a Flame, Evangelize – Pete Socks, Catholic Stand

A Catholic Perspective on a New Attraction: Noah’s Ark Theme Park in Kentucky – Trent Horn, Catholic Answers

“Keeping Our Eyes Fixed On Jesus” – Sister Christine M. Neumann, Catholic Stand

Times Eye of the Tiber’s Satire Wasn’t Satirical Enough to Obviously be Satire – Shaun...READ MORE

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The Assumption of Mary is So Beautiful, I’m Gonna Die!

08/15/2016 Comments (5)

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I’m smitten by the 2010 Illumination Entertainment film, “Despicable Me,” as well as its 2013 sequel, “Despicable Me 2.” 

In the (Gasp! Horrifying!) chance, you’ve not seen either film, the basic premise is that mastermind criminal, Gru, adopts three orphaned little girls (sisters) as a front for one of his evil schemes. In the process, Gru’s heart softens toward the siblings, Margo, Edith, and Agnes.

There’s one scene in particular—aside from every single minion scene—that I love. Gru takes the girls to a carnival, where Agnes sets her huge, irresistible, brown eyes on a large, stuffed unicorn.

Clasping her hands, and staring up at the prize, Agnes, exclaims, “He’s so fluffy, I’m gonna...READ MORE

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Hail Holy Queen Enthroned Above!

08/15/2016 Comment

Mariano Salvador Maella (1739–1819), “The Assumption of Mary”

The Church celebrates the Assumption of Mary, body and soul into heaven, on August 15. In the early Christian Church they referred to it as the “Dormition” or “Falling Asleep” of Mary.

While we don’t know the circumstances of her passing, some speculate that, because she was free of sin, she died peacefully in her sleep. We don’t know for certain. It’s difficult to think about Mary, the mother of Jesus and our Mother in heaven, dying at all, because she is such an important part of our relationship with Jesus. When Jesus was dying on the cross he gave us his mother to be our mother:

When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple whom He loved standing near, he said to His mother, ‘woman,...READ MORE

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What Sort of Story Are We In?

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Joy, said Chesterton, is the small publicity of the pagan, but the gigantic secret of the Christian. This somewhat mysterious remark was brought into sharp clarity for me by, of all things, the memory of a Twilight Zone episode I saw long ago. A two-bit thieving murderer gets gunned down in a back alley after a heist and wakes up in some snazzy place resembling Las Vegas, full of glitter, girls and gold. He is informed by his impeccably dressed host that he has come into his eternal reward, so he proceeds to make it with the ladies, gamble to his heart's content, and generally live the high life. However, he begins to notice something: he's bored. The chicks all swoon for him, the dice all...READ MORE

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Romance Books Adiction: More Women are Addicted Than You Think and Many More Great Links!

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08/14/2016 Comment

Click on Romance Books Adiction: More Women are Addicted Than You Think by Lea Z. Singh of Crisis Magazine link to read more.

Romance Books Adiction: More Women are Addicted Than You Think – Lea Z. Singh, Crisis Magazine

The Myth of the Council of Jamnia and the Origin of the Bible – Brant Pitre Ph.D., The Sacred Page

The Human Need for Sacred Community - David Carlin, The Catholic Thing

A Humane Civil Society Requires an Ecosystem of Religious Freedom - Andrew T. Walker, Public Discourse

Cardinal Sarah’s Speech Marks a Turning Point – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

New Institute to Offer Online Classes in Medieval Theology and Philosophy – Jim Graves, The Catholic World Report

Why Miracles Should Remain a Requirement for Canonization – Shaun McAfee, epicPew

The Problem of Europe’s Weak Christianity: An...READ MORE

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The Assumption of Mary: 12 Things to Know and Share

08/13/2016 Comments (6)

Monday, August 15 is the Assumption of Mary. Here are 12 things to know and share . . .

August 15 is the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary.

In the United States, it is a holy day of obligation (in years when it does not fall on a Monday).

What is the Assumption of Mary, how did it come to be defined, and what relevance does it have for our lives?

Here are 12 things to know and share . . .


1) What is the Assumption of Mary?

The Assumption of Mary is the teaching that:

The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory [Pius XII, Munificentissimus Deus 44].


2) What level of authority does this teaching have?

This teaching was infallibly defined by Pope Pius XII on...READ MORE

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The Vatican Library Is Online, New Website and TV Commercials for Millennial Catholics and More!

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08/13/2016 Comment

Click on The Vatican Library Is Online by Daniel Esparza of Aleteia link to read more.

The Vatican Library Is Online – Daniel Esparza, Aleteia

New Website and Television Commercials Target Millennial Catholics – Catholic News Agency

Evangelical Exodus: The Protestant Seminary that Produced Catholic Converts – Paul Senz, The Catholic World Report

EWTN Has a Neat Game That Teaches Kids the Mass, Church, and the Catholic Life – Daphne Vega, epicPew

Teaching the Faith in a Time of Crisis – Anne Maloney, Crisis Magazine

The Problem of Evil and the Privilege of Listening to Haydn – Mark K. Spencer Ph.D., Reading in Exile

God and the Space Between – Cynthia Millen, Catholic Stand

Wisdom: The Fashioner of All Things – Veronica Arntz, Truth and Charity Forum

Why My Government...READ MORE

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