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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 […]

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 […]

Exorcism Blessing for Water and Salt

Exorcism Blessing for Water and Salt

From Father Richard Heilman Today I was blessing water.  It takes a lot longer and is more work, but I now only do the traditional blessing of water.  For years I would just make the sign of the cross over the water and that was it.  Then I got “The Roman Ritual” and I was shocked by the […]

How to Become  An Annoying Catholic (In Eight Easy Steps)

How to Become An Annoying Catholic (In Eight Easy Steps)

From Catholic Vote: If you were paying attention last week, you’ll recall from  my newsy little post on Friday, that Pope Francis has charged Catholics with asking the Holy Spirit for “the grace to be annoying.” His words. Not mine. “Today we can ask the Holy Spirit to give us all this Apostolic fervor and to give us […]

Combat Rosary Giveaway!

Combat Rosary Giveaway!

From Catholic Gentleman: “The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you’ll be amazed at the results.”  –St. Josemaria Escriva The Church has named October the month of the Holy Rosary, and countless saints, popes, and holy men and women have encouraged the use of this powerful prayer. To celebrate the power […]

Veiling the Sacred

Veiling the Sacred

Among the many different ways in which the sense of the sacred is brought out during the liturgy, the use of veils is perhaps the most obvious one. Whatever contains or is meant to contain the Blessed Sacrament is usually veiled: the tabernacle, the chalice, the ciborium, the monstrance. And even when the veil is […]

Papal Teaching Warns Against Excessive Government

Papal Teaching Warns Against Excessive Government

From Crisis Magazine: We are familiar enough with left-of-center Catholics, like Catholics United and the professors who publicly opposed House Speaker John Boehner’s honorary degree from The Catholic University of America in 2011, beating the drum for governmental—especially federal government—“solutions” to problems. We also witness it, however, from some Catholics known for being committed to the […]