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The Amazing Rhythm of Catholic Life!

The Amazing Rhythm of Catholic Life!

Many Catholics today believe we no longer do actions of self-denial on Fridays throughout the year. The reality is that this continues to be strongly encouraged as a regular practice for Catholics, while it is no longer “binding under the pain of sin.” From the USCCB: “Friday itself remains a special day of penitential observance […]

Free To Be You!

Free To Be You!

This is kinda personal, and you might think I am a little crazy, but I pray all day. And, God has a way, at times, of being hysterically funny. Like this morning (and here could be the crazy part) … I got a cramp in my leg, and I bounded out of bed saying (in […]

THE FRUITS OF AD ORIENTEM WORSHIP

THE FRUITS OF AD ORIENTEM WORSHIP

This is a letter I just sent to a priest friend. I wrote it because I don’t believe we priests should be frightened anymore. I agree with a recent post that said, while we take our time, souls are being lost. We all know, in our bones, that God wants this … let’s simply obey […]

More Kwik Trip Evangelization

More Kwik Trip Evangelization

A few days ago, I wrote about encouraging the pest control guy, and then later the checkout guy at Kwik Trip, to check out Mass on Sunday morning (read here).  Well, a little over a week later, I’m walking into a different Kwik Trip, and a man rushes up to me to ask if I […]

Go Weapons H.O.T.

Go Weapons H.O.T.

“Go Weapons Hot” is a military command that means to make whatever preparations are necessary so that when you pull the trigger, something happens. In spiritual terms, are we using live ammunition or are we firing blanks? In other words, are we making the preparations necessary to ensure that our efforts to combat evil and […]

THE DEVIL'S BIG THREE

THE DEVIL’S BIG THREE

INTERESTING INSIGHT – I find it interesting that there are three topics that seem so off limits – “taboo” – that one receives such a visceral response from their defenders that one risks having one’s reputation destroyed by those who will resort to utter cruelty to, seemingly, punish those who attempt to throw light on […]

THE NEW EVANGELIZATION: FIRST THINGS FIRST

THE NEW EVANGELIZATION: FIRST THINGS FIRST

AKA – A Catholic Priest’s New Awakening! A few days ago, I encouraged the pest control guy (while he was setting traps in my house) to come and check out the Mass on Sunday morning. Just yesterday, I said the same thing to the checkout guy at Kwik Trip. Both of these guys had admitted […]

Five Myths About Worship in the Early Church

Five Myths About Worship in the Early Church

From Crisis Magazine: As the forthcoming new translation of the Roman Missal debunks the myth that liturgical language must be so banal that even the muppets on Sesame Street can understand it, it’s a good time to examine five other untruths that have been wreaking havoc on the Church’s worship in recent decades. 1. Mass facing […]

Why Millennials Long for Liturgy

Why Millennials Long for Liturgy

From the American Conservative: America’s youth are leaving churches in droves. One in four young adults choose “unaffiliated” when asked about their religion, according to a 2012 Public Religion Research Institute poll, and 55 percent of those unaffiliated youth once had a religious identification when they were younger. Yet amidst this exodus, some church leaders […]

"Who am I to judge?"

“Who am I to judge?”

From Fr. Longenecker: If any off the cuff remark is ever destined to haunt the undisciplined public figure who let it fly it will be Pope Francis’ now famous comment about a homosexual–”Who am I to judge?” So an American state legislator quotes the pope to argue for same sex marriage, and now Catholic high […]