I Am a Miracle Man

Tuesday, February 09, 2010 1:32 PM Comments (5)

I’ve often read that the scientific mind and the musical mind are similarly wired. I believe it because I have not been blessed with an understanding of either. I simply don’t speak music or science. I hear music. I enjoy it. But music is background to my life. Ambiance.

The musical mind can deconstruct a piece and understand it as if it were language. It’s the same with the scientific mind, I would guess. They see something and must investigate what makes it work. I feel no need to deconstruct things or examine the gears of the world. I’m not a science guy. I’m a man very comfortable with miracles.

Some say the word “miracle” is overused. Not me. I don’t think it’s used enough. Not...READ MORE

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Why Big Families Might Be Easier

Thursday, February 04, 2010 11:29 AM Comments (83)

A woman said to me recently that my five children were very well behaved. It’s one of the best things I can hear so I thanked her. Then she asked me “how do you do it with so many?”

I told her that I don’t think I’d be a very good parent of one child or two. She didn’t believe my answer but honest to goodness, I sometimes think that having many children is easier than just one.

Why big families are easier:

Patience. I never have to teach patience. My children know that I can’t drop everything for them if I have a baby in my arms.

Work Ethic. My children have learned to work because there are always chores to do in a small house packed with little messy lunatics. And they all learn...READ MORE

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Us vs. The Slow Motion Suicide Pact

Tuesday, February 02, 2010 2:02 PM Comments (20)

What is the image of the counter-culture to you? It’s not a marijuana joint in the mouth of a raging hippie anymore. It’s a pacifier in the mouth of a screaming baby.

Counter-cultural is no longer the Harley roaring down on an open stretch of highway at 90 mph. It’s the van parked in a church parking lot. Now, that’s counter-cultural.

As evidence I’ll bet you see a lot more hippies on television than you will families with 5,6,or 7 children. Let’s face it, Catholicism is the true counter to the pervading culture of death.

But one motto of the hippie counterculture still rings true. When Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young implored people to “teach your children well,” the counterculture of...READ MORE

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Apostolic Visitation II: Nunjas!!!

This Time We Are Not Taking No For An Answer

Thursday, January 28, 2010 12:23 PM Comments (38)

The Apostolic Visitation started last year with reports of concerns, irregularities about a secular mentality or even a feminist spirit pervading America’s female religious. A letter from the Vatican followed. A simple request and a questionnaire to help the sisters and to respond to concerns for their welfare.
And then things got ugly. Many women religious teamed up and refused to comply. It was like Norma Rae but with off-the-rack gender neutral pantsuits.

But now, in a world where the Vatican’s Apostolic Visitation was rebuffed, many Sisters forgot something. One very important thing. You never ignore Rome.

While many wondered what the Vatican’s response would be, the second wave of...READ MORE

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3 Words That Drive "Progressive" Catholics Crazy

Monday, January 25, 2010 2:55 PM Comments (197)

I’ve been running a Catholic blog for a few years now and have inadvertently come across certain words and phrases that just drive self described “progressive” Catholics crazy. Tweeters have been doing this a while concerning politics but I thought we could have some fun here coming up with 3 word phrases that just unhinge “progressive” Catholics. Take a look at my suggestions and then I encourage you to add your own in the combox.

1) Traditional Anglican Communion
2) The Catechism states…
3) Abortion is murder
4) Communion on Tongue
5) Scott Hahn said…
6) “Caritas in Veritate”
7) Archbishop Raymond Burke
8) Latin Mass Society
9)Ineffable. Ineffable. Ineffable.
10)Three letters C. D. F....READ MORE

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Atheists Love You. They Just Don't Know Why.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 1:00 PM Comments (213)

Richard Dawkins has started up a charity called “Non Believers Giving Aid” so atheists can give to relief efforts in Haiti in a way which promulgates their atheism. Because as I’m sure you know when Haitians receive relief they’re very interested in whether it came from a believer or a non-believer.

Dawkins, who has been saying for years that religion is the “root of all evil,” is now oddly intent on proving that atheists can be as good as Christians. Recently, atheists seem intent on proving they can be good without God.

I always get a kick out of evangelizing atheists and how they’re so desperate to prove that they’re as good (and usually better) than us religious types. Dawkins writes...READ MORE

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Call Me Mr. Archbold!

Thursday, January 14, 2010 11:30 AM Comments (16)

Doesn’t anyone want to be a grown-up anymore?

When I was a child I wanted to grow up to be an adult. But now it seems so many of the adults I meet seemingly want to be children.

I met an old friend recently and had my five kids in tow. I introduced him as Mr. So-and-so. And right away he interrupts me and says to my kids, “Oh, just call me Ed. Mr. So-and-so was my father.”

So my children look nervously between me and “Ed,” and they opt for quick hellos and avert their eyes.

What is it with people?

I know he meant it as a way to connect with my children, but isn’t it really an obstacle in that it confuses the relationship? My mother has friends who I wouldn’t dream of calling by their...READ MORE

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Restraining Order On Jesus

Sunday, January 10, 2010 8:02 AM Comments (8)

Our society is very protective of children. Certain persons have been deemed too dangerous to be allowed near public schools. Unfortunately, at the top of that list is Jesus. Actually, Jesus has long been banned from schools. But now there’s a growing list of locations where Jesus is not welcome.

With the recent hyperventilation of the pundit class at Brit Hume’s mention of Jesus, I’m thinking it’s time secularists just put a restraining order on Jesus. Why not? It’s getting too confusing to remember where Jesus is allowed and where He’s not. So here’s a list of places where Jesus or any mention of Jesus is definitely verboten. Hospital rooms, doctor’s offices, pharmacies, House of...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.