Treating Those We Love Like Strangers

08/25/2013 Comments (16)

I was at the bookstore recently with my kids. The little ones were checking out the Legos while the older girls were lounging like hippies on beanbag chairs reading books we hadn’t bought.

I noticed a mother was sitting nearby in the crowded café with her daughter, who seemed about thirteen or fourteen years old. The mother seemed a bit upset and after an intensely whispered conversation the girl walked off past me to go find a book she needed for school, obviously upset.

There was a young woman about 19 sitting at an adjacent table who asked out loud to everybody in particular if they were having trouble connecting to the wi-fi. The mother of the thirteen year old got up and showed...READ MORE

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Maybe If Egypt Promised U.S. Aid Won't Go Towards Killing People

08/15/2013 Comments (8)

The United States federal government is continuing to send over a billion dollars in aid to Egypt even as the government kills its own people. That aid reportedly includes jet fighters.

Some are concerned that U.S. money is going towards killing innocent civilians.

Even The Atlantic, a reliable presidential ally, ran a piece calling for the U.S. to cut off aid in light of the slaughter. "An U.S.-funded "ally" has carried out one of the largest massacres of protesters in a decade," wrote David Rohde. "It is time for Obama to cut off U.S. aid to Egypt."

But isn't there perhaps a middle way. Congress could act now to prevent U.S. taxpayer money from going towards the killing of...READ MORE

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You Might Be a Bad Parent If…

08/11/2013 Comments (44)

You just can’t trust children to tell you you’re being a bad parent.

Case in point: I knew I’d been fooled last week when the kids all started thanking me right after I paid the supermarket cashier. They’d waited until money exchanged hands and the deal was done. Then they all started jumping up and down excitedly, thanking me.

The six year old said effusively, “Dad, you’re a much better shopper than Mom.”

The cashier looked up at me. She knew I'd been had. She looked at all the stuff I’d bought and then at me.

Suddenly I saw before me the list of things being stuffed into bags that Mom never lets them eat like:

Cocoa Puffs and Apple Jacks.

Hershey’s Chocolate for their milk...READ MORE

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The 12 Most Popular Catholic Buts

07/31/2013 Comments (107)

For many, being a Catholic nowadays is like saying you're a Star Trek fan. They feel the need to immediately caveat it with a denial that they're a "trekkie." I hear so many people talk of their Catholicism in a similar way.

Here's some of the more popular sentence I've heard start with "I'm a Catholic but..."

...I don't get crazy about it.

...I believe in science and think it was totally wrong that the Church burned Galileo at the stake.

...I think all religions are true.

...not in a religious way.

...I'm pro-choice because I don't think I can push my belief on others.

...I'm letting my children choose their own religion.

...I don't need an intermediary between God and me...READ MORE

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The Threat of Radical Christianity

07/24/2013 Comments (30)

Here's two stories that I saw this morning and couldn't help but see a link. The Catholic News Agency reports:

The Spanish daily argued that the Moroccan government took advantage of the international chaos to deport the missionaries who worked with the poor because they “perturbed the mentality of the good Muslim.” In his interview with the Spanish daily, Fr. di Giacomo asserted that the expulsion was a consequence of the “fatwa promulgated by 7,300 Moroccan Muslim doctors who recently declared that Christian charity ought to be considered religious terrorism.”

So you see, Christian charity is terrorism and a threat. Hmmm...that reminds me of a story I saw at Jill Stanek's place...READ MORE

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You Might Be In a Liberal Parish If…

07/17/2013 Comments (202)

You might be in a liberal parish if...

...your family has to split up to find the tabernacle.

...the pastor wears an Izod shirt and introduces himself as "Steve."

...there's maraca's in the band.

...your pastor's last name starts with "Pf".

...there's a bin in the narthex with old copies of Commonweal.

...there's more than three rainbow decals in the parking lot which actually match the pastor's vestments.

...the intentions are about "treating our natural resources with respect" and no mention of the sacredness of life.

...they removed the candles for ozone reasons.

...there's a statue of Fr. Richard McBrien.

..."Steve" quotes Hans Kung in his sermon.

...There's more...READ MORE

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Priest Saves Baby with Desperate Facebook Plea

07/10/2013 Comments (37)

This is one of those stories that'll make you feel good about humanity. So if you don't want to restore your faith in your fellow man you should stop reading now.

Fr. Thomas Vander Woude of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville, Va was talking to a few people who knew a couple who were planning to abort their unborn child because the child had been diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

Fr. Vander Woude told me he did something he’d never thought of before. He responded by getting a promise from the couple that if he could find a family that would adopt their child they would allow the child to live. But he had a very small window to act. The mother was quickly approaching the last days...READ MORE

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We Want Christianity Without the Cross

07/09/2013 Comments (26)

If there were a Nazarene yearbook 2,000 years ago, Jesus would not have been voted most popular. Maybe "most likely to be tortured and crucified" but definitely not most popular.

He didn't seem to care all that much about being popular because he knew that if being popular is your goal you may very well achieve it but at what cost? As Jesus said, we cannot serve two masters.

When Jesus said, "I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world," it freaked a number of his disciples out. In fact, it freaked them out enough that they bolted.

Now, as they abandoned him, Jesus...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.