A Simple Reminder: Pray for Police

07/28/2015 Comments (15)

By Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York (Officer Thomas Choi Funeral Processio) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Whenever we hear a siren, I tell the kids, "Let's pray for whoever is in trouble," figuring that covers anyone who's had an accident, anyone whose house is on fire, anyone who's the victim of a crime, or even anyone who's committed a crime. 

The other day, a police car went by our van, and my husband said, "Let's pray for that police officer." I was ashamed to realize I had never really thought about the police officers being the one in need of prayer -- but they are. When they go to answer a call, they never know what they'll be dealing with: something small, or something really awful and dangerous, or maybe nothing at all. Or it might be the last thing they do on earth. They never know....READ MORE

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What can American parents learn from a doll?

07/23/2015 Comments (25)

As the mother of eight daughters, I know a thing or two about American Girl Dolls (and mostly what I know is that they make wonderful gifts for someone with deep pockets to buy for my eight daughters!).  The dolls themselves are nice enough, if overpriced, but the accompanying books are a great, painless way to sneak some history into your kids' casual reading time. One of the nice things about the AG books is that, as far as I know, they have avoided controversy, and just convey undisputed historical facts without adding shades of interpretation.

Rumor has it that the newest historical doll will be named Maryellen Larkin, and she will be a 1950's girl. I came across a fan board, where one...READ MORE

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Great News for Los Angeles (and Prayers for Uncle Joe)

07/21/2015 Comments (29)

By Nserrano (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Pope has appointed three new auxiliary bishops to serve in the massive archdiocese of Los Angeles. One is Fr. Robert Barron, the wildly popular author, speaker, and founder of Word on Fire ministries. I'm not familiar with the second pick, Msgr. David O’Connell, but I do know the third, Msgr. Joseph Brennan -- "Uncle Joe" to us. He's my husband's uncle, and we are thrilled for Los Angeles.

Fr. Barron will move to LA from Chicago, but O'Connell and Brennan are both already based in Los Angeles, and are both known for their deep attachment to the communities they serve. Brennan declined to move to the cathedral apartments when he was appointed vicar-general, and instead continued...READ MORE

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Watch Planned Parenthood Arranging to Sell Fetal Livers, Brains, and Hearts Over Lunch

07/14/2015 Comments (42)

Over a lunch of salmon and wine, Planned Parenthood's Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, chatted about the various ways to keep fetal organs intact for sale after abortions.

I’d say a lot of people want liver.

Nucatola said to a man and woman from The Center for Medical Progress, who were posing as buyers from a fetal tissue procurement company.

And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps. The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is the calvarium, the head is basically the biggest part. Most of the other stuff can come out intact. It’s very rare to have a patient...READ MORE

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Is Your Facebook Feed the Sea of Galilee or the Dead Sea?

07/09/2015 Comments (11)

– "Place of the Baptism, River Jordan, Holy Land" by Snapshots of the Past [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

Evangelical Christians in Brazil are seeing early popular success with an alternative to Facebook, bearing the delightfully Brazilian name of Faceglória. According to an article in TIME

Faceglória prohibits content that is profane, violent, erotic or features gay couples. More than 600 terms are banned from use on the site, and more than 20 volunteers at a time patrol the site for content that violates the rules.

The network's founder says, 

On Facebook there is a lot of violence and pornography, so thought we’d found a network where we could talk about God, love, and share your word.

The Daily Mail offers a reflexively contemptuous response, describing the site as a "squeaky...READ MORE

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10 Ways to Insult a Catholic Blogger (and Why You Shouldn't Bother)

07/07/2015 Comments (32)

Oh. My. Gosh. I just read the worst blog post ever. I'm going to sit right down and let the author know exactly what I think. That'll show 'em!

Yeah, maybe not. Something tells me the author has heard it all before, and the only reason you don't get a personal response is because the writer you think you're demolishing is either bored to death, or just went to confession because of being a jerk on the internet, and doesn't want to bore the priest to death. 

But just in case you're wondering, here are ten of the most common criticisms Catholic authors hear -- and the responses that the author is almost certainly thinking.

1. You're just trying to get attention with this! Oh...READ MORE

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In Defense of Deploring Poor Taste

07/02/2015 Comments (34)

What ever happened to avoiding things simply because they were in poor taste? Not because they're crimes, not because they're immoral, but just because they leave a bad taste in the mouth. Even if you could build a logical defense of them, they make us cringe and avert our eyes. Do people even consider whether something is tasteless or not? Does it matter?

Like anything else, the pursuit of living tastefully can be overdone. I'm reading The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, set in 1870's upper class New York, where tasteful behavior is the highest good. Adultery and fraud can be forgiven, if they are handled in the proper way -- but wearing the wrong color of gown to the...READ MORE

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Knock knock! Who's there? A Catholic.

06/25/2015 Comments (22)

Between my adequate-ish knowledge of scripture and our 175-pound mastiff, I think we've seen the last of this particular Jehovah's Witness. 

The woman who came to our door this morning had been here before (back when the dog was smaller and less ... avid), but I think she's finally chalked us up as a lost cause. She said that she had been raised Catholic -- that her own mother is a Eucharistic Minister in my parish. I hate to think what her catechesis was like! She was under the impression that Catholics don't read the Bible or think about what it means. I was able to persuade her otherwise, just by quoting a few lines of the Gospel that I've heard a thousand times at Mass; so at least...READ MORE

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Simcha Fisher, author of The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning writes for several publications and blogs daily at Aleteia. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and ten children. Without supernatural aid, she would hardly be a human being.