10 Important Things to Be Happy About Today

08/04/2015 Comments (11)

Bad news? There's plenty. There's also plenty to be happy about today. Here are ten good things in the news right now:

1. Today is the feast day of John Vianney, the Curé of Ars. He tended not to notice how ratty his clothes were getting, because he was so busy taking care of his flock, hearing confessions for eleven hours a day, spending his free time with orphans and at adoration.  He often had supernatural knowledge of the private state of people's souls. But my favorite story is when some disgruntled parishioners circulated a petition to the bishop to have him removed as pastor for being " incompetent, lazy, ineffective, [and] driving people away."

So . . . he signed the petition....READ MORE

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Pro-Lifers Should Offer Help and Hope Along with Undercover Videos

07/30/2015 Comments (27)

Planned Parenthood treats women's wombs like factories producing parts. A fourth video demonstrating their hellish disregard for human life and dignity is out today from the Center for Medical Progress.

The third video has been suppressed by a court order after StemExpress won a temporary restraining order. StemExpress is a fetal tissue procurement agency that touted "financial profits" (pdf of StemExpress flyer here) for companies like Planned Parenthood who work with them. The videographer, David Daleiden, says that he made sure to break no laws, so it is likely that the restraining order will be lifted, and the third video will be released. There are another eight videos still to come....READ MORE

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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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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.