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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

  • The Wrath of a Gentle Man
    When I was still a youth my father saidThe hour draws nearto teach you, as my father did, those things all wise men fear.The ocean vast, majestic, calm, the thoughtful heart keeps warm,But wisely clings to safety's shore in tempestand in sto…
    - 21 days ago26 Jul 17, 6:05pm -
  • Myrrh Christmas?
    Merry Christmas! Today is, of course, the 12th day, the Feast of the Three Kings, Epiphany - though it will be celebrated this Sunday by most of us (which, as it was last year is certainly commented on, but decidedly not the point of this post).…
    - 6 Jan 17, 3:27pm -
  • Victory
    So I was talking with my buddies Paul and Matt the other day, and Paul was all,Where, O death, is your sting?Oh man. You have no idea how hard it was for me to not sarcastically retort, "It's in my heart, Paul, where do you think it is?" We…
    - 7 Nov 16, 7:27am -
  • There is Hope, Even in Loss
    This is a pretty brief note, I want to share a new ministry that I've had the honor of being a part of for the last year or so. We have finally launched our website, HopeInLossDSM.com. Hope In Loss DSM is an independent ministry for those grieving…
    - 27 Aug 16, 4:56am -
  • God Has Healed
    Who is like God?God is my strength.God has healed.Before we were even married, the Mrs. and I had chosen these three names for our first three boys. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, the three Archangels named in the bible. On the first of the mo…
    - 8 Jun 16, 5:10am -
  • Perceiving the Essential
    It seems that many people take umbrage with the phrase, "Happy Holidays." (You may take umbrage with me posting about Christmas after Christmas, but 'Tis the Season until the 12th day, so deal with it.) I don't know if that many people are really…
    - 23 May 16, 2:26pm -
  • I Stand Alone?
    "If you believe what you like in the Gospel, and reject what you don't like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself."Recently I was a little more blunt than usual with a friend. We were discussing religion and attending different churches,…
    - 23 May 16, 2:24pm -

Standing On My Head

  • The Parable of the Good Nazi
    Most people don't know that the Parable of the Good Samaritan is really about racial and religious prejudice.
    - 1 day ago15 Aug 17, 6:33pm -
  • What Happened in Charlottesville?
    I’ll tell you what’s happened in Charlottesville this weekend. It is human beings revealing what lies within. It’s real simple and its been happening since Cain killed his brother Abel. It works like this: Human being is unhappy He doesn’t kn…
    - 4 days ago13 Aug 17, 2:27am -
  • Miracles? Nah.
    There has been some interesting talk about miracles resulting from my recent article at Catholic Herald UK on the Shroud of Turin. I am on the side of those who believe in the shroud’s authenticity, and I respect those who shrug their shoulders and…
    - 13 days ago4 Aug 17, 9:50am -
  • David Hume and the Shroud of Turin
    The Scottish philosopher David Hume famously disbelieved in miracles. He used a kind of Occam’s Razor to cut through any suggestion of a miracle. He argued: By definition, a miracle goes against our very regular and extensive experience of how the…
    - 13 days ago3 Aug 17, 6:59pm -
  • Standing “Rad Trad” on its Head
    Over the last few years “rad trad” or “raddy traddy” was Catholic slang for the ultra traditionalist, Latin Mass, take no prisoners traditionalist. I like the rhyme, but I’m for standing this on its head. Let’s take “radical” and “t…
    - 15 days ago1 Aug 17, 3:11pm -
  • 10 Common Cons of Satan
    Satan is the Father of lies. Therefore it follows that one of his favorite tricks is to separate us from reality. He’s like that stage magician who uses distraction to keep you from seeing what is really going on. He pulls a trick to turn our atten…
    - 21 days ago26 Jul 17, 2:41pm -
  • Critiquing Cotton Candy Catholicism
    One of the advantages of being a Catholic is that, if you go to Mass regularly, you will hear so much of Sacred Scripture being read. This is also one of the disadvantages. It is not a disadvantage because you hear Sacred Scripture, but because you h…
    - 23 days ago25 Jul 17, 12:48pm -

Society of Saints

  • Prophetic Intercession
    This is a transcription of the workshop held in Rome on 1 June 2017 with this topic as part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal #ccrgoldenjubilee2017 The speakers were Cyril John and Denise Bergeron, with…
    - 56 days ago21 Jun 17, 2:28pm -
  • A Rant and a Plea, or three
    Some of you may recall that I took the plunge last year and began an Instagram account so that I could follow our young people through their World Youth Day Krakow adventures. This was in addition to our family Facebook and Twitter accounts. Since th…
    - 59 days ago18 Jun 17, 2:07pm -
  • Proclaim 2016 Conference - Saturday 3 September - Discussion Panel
    The final session of Proclaim 2016 was a plenary one, with a Discussion Panel made up of many of the keynote speakers and workshop presenters. The Discussion Panel consisted of:Fr David Ranson, Parish Priest of Wahroonga and Vicar General of Broken B…
    - 66 days ago11 Jun 17, 3:04pm -
  • Novena of Prayer prior to Pentecost
    As we look to this momentous Pentecost, #ccrgoldenjubilee2017 can we do better than pray prayers to the Holy Spirit inspired by the very person God chose to remind the Church of the power and action of the Holy Spirit?The Holy Spirit Chaplet by Bless…
    - 84 days ago24 May 17, 2:29pm -
  • Archbishop Prowse - Homily - 19 Feb 2017
    Homily by Archbishop Christopher Prowse at Our Lady of Lourdes, Seven Hills, Sunday 19 February 2017. This Mass was the final event of a weekend-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal #ccrgoldenj…
    - 89 days ago19 May 17, 2:14pm -
  • Let us Pray 2017
    ​This Pentecost, 4 Jun 2017, is going to be an extraordinary one. Read the long version of why here. The short version is that this year marks 100 years since Fatima, 50 years since the start of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, 120 years since the…
    - 5 May 17, 1:15pm -
  • Proclaim 2016 Conference - Saturday 3 Sep - Workshop 5G - Parishes Proclaiming Jesus Christ
    Workshop 5G – Who do you say I am? Parishes proclaiming Jesus Christ: Opportunities and Challenges.This workshop was led by Shane Dwyer, the new director for the National Centre for Evangelisation. https://www.facebook.com/evangeliseaustralia/Shan…
    - 19 Apr 17, 2:40pm -

Ordinary Time

  • newSaint Michael's Lent. Who is with me?
    August 16, 2017Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 415DT 34:1-12PS 66:1-3A, 5 AND 8, 16-17MT 18:15-20It often seems like we are getting nowhere in this world, especially when it comes to making it a better place.  Our societ…
    - 15 hours ago16 Aug 17, 10:59am -
  • Hail Mary, full of grace (Luke 1:28)
    August 15, 2017Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary -Mass during the DayLectionary: 622RV 11:19A; 12:1-6A, 10ABPS 45:10, 11, 12, 161 COR 15:20-27LK 1:39-56 My grandfather used to stop by our house every day as he came home from his…
    - 2 days ago15 Aug 17, 12:08pm -
  • Whose side are you on?
    August 14, 2017Memorial of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and MartyrLectionary: 413DT 10:12-22PS 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20MT 17:22-27During this time of extreme tension in our world politically and socially, perhaps no other martyr’s feast day could…
    - 2 days ago15 Aug 17, 2:23am -
  • Where Was God in Charlottesville, VA?
    August 13, 2017Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 1151 KGS 19:9A, 11-13APS 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14ROM 9:1-5MT 14:22-33When Moses first encountered God it was in the crackling fire of a burning shrub somewhere in the mountains of the desert.…
    - 3 days ago13 Aug 17, 7:37pm -
  • Those times when you only see one footprint....
    August 11, 2017Memorial of Saint Clare, VirginLectionary: 411DT 4:32-40PS 77:12-13, 14-15, 16 AND 21MT 16:24-28One of the things that drew me towards the Catholic faith, and trust me there were many, many things, was the beauty of the story of Saint…
    - 5 days ago12 Aug 17, 5:15am -
  • Not like this.
    August 10, 2017Feast of Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyrLectionary: 6182 COR 9:6-10PS 112:1-2, 5-6, 7-8, 9JN 12:24-26Yesterday was the anniversary of the dropping of the Fat Man on the Japanese city, Nagasaki.   Estimates as high as 80,000 deaths…
    - 6 days ago10 Aug 17, 7:49pm -
  • The Scraps of the Masters Table

    - 8 days ago9 Aug 17, 1:32pm -

Share Catholic

  • St. Maximilian Kolbe (Feast Day – August 14)
    St. Maximilian Kolbe was born in Poland in 1894 to a poor weaver and his wife. His parents were devout Christians and they had a special devotion to Mary. While he was a boy, he asked Mary, the Mother of God what was to become of him. Mother Mary cam…
    - 3 days ago14 Aug 17, 10:35am -
  • Is Anointing Of The Sick A Substitute For Confession?
    Catholic Answers Senior Apologist Jimmy Akin answers a caller who asks if anointing of the sick can be a substitute for confession. According to the Catechism, “This sacred anointing of the sick was instituted by Christ our Lord as a true and prop…
    - 4 days ago13 Aug 17, 10:00am -
  • St. Clare (Feast Day – August 11)
    St Clare was born in 1194 to a noble and rich family. At the age of 15, she was deeply moved by the preaching of St Francis and wanted to imitate him and serve Jesus. She ran away from home, when she was 18 and wen to a little chapel outside of Assis…
    - 6 days ago11 Aug 17, 1:00pm -
  • St. Lawrence (Feast Day – August 10)
    St. Lawrence was a deacon during the papacy of Pope St. Sixtus. He was in charge of giving help to the poor and the needy. When a persecution broke out, Pope St. Sixtus was condemned to death. As he was being led to his death, St. Lawrence full of so…
    - 7 days ago10 Aug 17, 4:05am -
  • St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross – Feast Day Aug 9
    St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) was born in 1891 in Poland to a Jewish family. She stopped believing in God at the age of 14 until she read the autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila. She was so captivated by the Saint’s life that she…
    - 8 days ago9 Aug 17, 8:40am -
  • Why do we get married in Church and not outdoors?
    Why do we get married in Church as catholics? Have you wondered or ask someone asked, if we can have sacraments outside like baptism, mass, confession or annointing of the sick, why can’t we have marriage outside or on the beach? Fr. Mike Schmitz e…
    - 9 days ago7 Aug 17, 5:27pm -
  • Beautiful Homily on the Feast of the Transfiguration
    Jesus, took with him St. Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, Sts. James and John, and led them to a retired mountain. Tradition assures us that this was Mount Thabor, which is exceedingly high and beautiful, and was anciently covered with green trees…
    - 10 days ago6 Aug 17, 1:59pm -

Meeting Christ in the Liturgy

  • Dominica X post Pentecosten: "Thank God I am not like other men"
    From the Holy Gospel according to LukeLuke 18:9-14At that time: Jesus spoke this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the Temple to pray, the one a Pharisee, and the othe…
    - 4 days ago12 Aug 17, 8:50pm -
  • Sunday 19A: "Why did you doubt?"
    NINETEENTH Sunday1 Kings 19, 9. 11-13; Psalm 85; Romans 9, 1-5;Matthew 14: 22-32Brothers and Sisters in Christ,"Lord, save me!"Peter, frightened by the wind and the waves, cries out desperately for help in the Gospel according to St. Matthew, chapter…
    - 4 days ago12 Aug 17, 6:28pm -
  • Dominica VII post Pentecosten: "Beware of false prophets"
    V. Grant, Lord, a blessing.Benediction. May the Gospel's glorious word Cleansing to our souls afford. Amen. Reading 3From the Holy Gospel according to MatthewMatt 7:15-21At that time, Jesus said unto His disciples: Beware of false prophets, which…
    - 24 days ago23 Jul 17, 2:34pm -
  • Sermon for Dominica V post Pentecosten: "unless your righteousness exceeds that of of the scribes and Pharisees"
    From the Holy Gospel according to MatthewMatt 5:20-24At that time, Jesus said unto His disciples: Unless your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. And so on.H…
    - 38 days ago9 Jul 17, 2:26pm -
  • Sermon for Dominica IV post Pentecosten
    From the Holy Gospel according to LukeLuke 5:1-11At that time: As the people pressed upon Jesus, to hear the word of God, He stood by the lake of Gennesareth. And so on.Homily by St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan.Bk. iv. on Luke v.When the Lord wrought so…
    - 46 days ago2 Jul 17, 12:09pm -
  • Untitled
    THIRTEENTH Sunday2 Kings 4, 8-11.14-16; Psalm 89; Romans 6, 3-4.8-11;Matthew 10: 37-42Brothers and Sisters in Christ,Every vocation is discipleship. All men and women are called to “follow after” Christ the Lord. Married or single, ordained or la…
    - 47 days ago1 Jul 17, 11:34am -
  • "The Living Father sent Me": Celebrating Eucharist and Fathers' Day
    "Honor thy Father”God Himself commands the love and respect we show for our earthly fathers on Father’s Day. On this day we focus in a more intense way on the gratitude and reverence we owe to the men who, committed to marriage and family life, h…
    - 60 days ago17 Jun 17, 4:52pm -

Veils and Vocations

  • #7QT: Let's Get Planning Tips and Curriculum Sale
    Linking up with Kelly for some more getting started tips.1If you are discerning homeschooling or just getting started, you have no doubt seen the big catalogs full of curriculum and asked friends which curriculum you should choose.  Are you experien…
    - 2 days ago15 Aug 17, 3:07am -
  • 7QT: Let's Get Planning Preschool
    Linking up with Kelly to share my plans for next year. Be sure to check out my curriculum sale post if you haven't.1Last year, I shared my Great Books Preschool program for Little Man.  We did enjoy it but never made it through all the books with th…
    - 6 days ago11 Aug 17, 11:06am -
  • Feature Thursday: Carmelite Scapulars
    I have closely been considering what my shop needs and why it exists.  It is part of my business plan to further its development through careful planning.  In the end, it's mission is the same as this blog, to further God's Kingdom through promotio…
    - 6 days ago10 Aug 17, 8:54pm -
  • Feature Thursday: Printable Stationery
    Did you miss Beauty Tuesday?  If so, please check it out.Today is another Feature Thursday where I tell you more about the items in our etsy shop.  Have you seen our new line of printable stationery?  These were designed by Cowgirl. She has been t…
    - 13 days ago3 Aug 17, 2:30pm -
  • Beauty Tuesday: Children in Church
    I'm pretty late getting this up.  To be honest I have been a bit discouraged with the blog.  My time is so short all the time and the whispers of doubt keep making me toy with quitting.  Is there anyone out there that wants me to continue?  If yo…
    - 15 days ago1 Aug 17, 9:05pm -
  • #7QT: Let's Get Planning--the First Steps
    The summer is passing more quickly than I care to admit.  Today, I am actually at an IHM conference.  If any of you plan on stopping by, please find me and say hello. Linking up with Kelly who I wish were going to be at the conference, too!  We ne…
    - 20 days ago28 Jul 17, 10:54am -
  • Thursday Spotlight:European Veils
    Welcome to a new feature here on the blog, Thursday Spotlight.  If you missed Beauty Tuesday, there's still time to link up!I wanted to highlight our European veils because we have two great specials running right now.First, all the European veils a…
    - 20 days ago27 Jul 17, 3:59pm -

Plot Line and SInker