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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

  • 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, 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 -
  • Yes, but what is Mercy?
    We make a mistake if we attempt to read Pope Francis as a philosopher in the manner of Pope Saint John Paul the Great, and likewise err if we attempt to read him as a theologian in the manner of Pope Benedict XVI. However, we similarly make a mis…
    - 23 May 16, 2:22pm -

Standing On My Head

  • newMystery of the Magi Book Giveaway
    You may have heard of my latest book project called The Mystery of the Magi- the Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men. I’m really excited by this book. It has been so interesting to investigate the historicity of the Magi story. One of the reasons…
    - 21 hours ago25 May 17, 3:48pm -
  • On Popes and Presidents
    One remembers the day when a good, strong pope and a good, strong president--both having survived assassination attempts-- got together with a sense of mission.
    - 2 days ago24 May 17, 12:33pm -
  • In Manchester Still Falls the Rain
    Why is there such madness, hatred and meaningless violence?
    - 3 days ago23 May 17, 4:46pm -
  • Renewal in the Church: Send My Roots Rain
    I remember as an Anglican priest Archbishop George Carey launched a big initiative called “The Decade of Evangelism.” It was more like “The Decay of Evangelism.” It was a big flop. From time to time in every church the leaders feel they must…
    - 3 days ago23 May 17, 2:44pm -
  • Church of Nice or Church of Nasty?
    Maybe we should change terminology and talk about a church that is Tough and Tender.
    - 9 days ago17 May 17, 12:28pm -
  • God in the Details
    The Catholic Church will sometimes seem to you to be full of human failure, incompetence, futility, fighting and frailty. But there is great treasure hidden in that muddy field.
    - 10 days ago16 May 17, 2:59pm -
  • When is Apostolic Succession Valid?
    Apostolic succession is more than the paperwork.
    - 15 days ago11 May 17, 5:38pm -

Society of Saints

  • 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…
    - 2 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…
    - 7 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…
    - 21 days ago5 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.…
    - 37 days ago19 Apr 17, 2:40pm -
  • A history of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal
    The 50th anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) was celebrated on Saturday 18 February 2017, and all of 2017 is considered to be a year of jubilee. #ccrgoldrenjubilee2017 should help you find some of those celebrations. As with any spe…
    - 70 days ago17 Mar 17, 1:07pm -
  • Deep is calling on deep...Are you prepared for what God wants to do?
    The 18th of February 2017 was the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. #ccrgoldenjubilee2017 : It is what happened when students from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh came together with some of their teachers for a weekend retreat a…
    - 76 days ago11 Mar 17, 1:32pm -
  • A bishop's perspective on the work of the Holy Spirit and the charismatic renewal in the life of the Church
    This talk was given by Archbishop Christopher Prowse at Seven Hills, NSW on Saturday 18 February 2017, the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. #ccrgoldenjubilee2017 (As usual, this is only the edited gist of the Archbishop's talk.…
    - 77 days ago10 Mar 17, 9:32am -

Ordinary Time

  • newI had seen childbirth on television growing up. My mother was training to be a nurse and dinner was (Click the link to read more)
    I had seen childbirth on television growing up.  My mother was training to be a nurse and dinner was often interspersed with videos of surgeries, deliveries, and many other things that didn’t go well with spaghetti sauce or hot dogs.  It was an i…
    - 1 hour ago26 May 17, 12:04pm -
  • Time seems to move at a much faster rate these days than in my youth.
    Time seems to move at a much faster rate these days than in my youth.  I can remember as a young man wishing the school year would go by faster so that we could get to summer.   Or ticking off the days till Christmas, vacation, or some other event…
    - 1 day ago25 May 17, 11:33am -
  • We have to meet them where they are.
    Today at Mass we heard one of my favorite stories.   Saint Paul and Silas who have been traveling around witnessing to the Gospel of Jesus Christ have now arrived in Athens.   As they journeyed around the city they have seen so many amazing sites.…
    - 2 days ago25 May 17, 12:26am -
  • The Trial of a Lifetime
    I used to love watching shows like Matlock and Law and Order.   There was something so fascinating about the legal process in our country.   The most beautiful part of our system is everyone is entitled to representation, even if they cannot afford…
    - 3 days ago23 May 17, 11:05am -
  • Come stay with me a while.
    The past few weeks we have followed the early Church as it grew from a community in Jerusalem into one which extended to the limits of the known world.  We have watched as Paul and Barnabas were successful in some places, and yet in others, they wer…
    - 4 days ago22 May 17, 11:34am -
  • The love of a Father
    A few years ago my daughters were having some trouble with one of the other children at the bus stop.   I don’t remember the details.   What I do remember is at one point I made them write an apology out and take it to her in front of her paren…
    - 5 days ago21 May 17, 11:30pm -
  • To Compromise? or not to Compromise?
    I was reading a recent article in which Val Kilmer talks about his faith.   He is a Christian Scientist.  In that article, he does an interesting and somewhat disturbing comparison.   He compares picketing and shouting at a planned parenthood en…
    - 7 days ago19 May 17, 11:13am -

Share Catholic

  • Today is Precious, forget yesterday
    Forget yesterday. It has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow. You haven’t ever met. Instead, open your eyes, and your heart to a truly precious gift; today.The post Today is Precious, forget yesterday appeared first on Share Catholic - S…
    - 75 days ago12 Mar 17, 2:00pm -
  • Forgiveness is the best form of love
    “Holding a grudge doesn’t make you strong; it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn’t make you weak; it sets you free.”The post Forgiveness is the best form of love appeared first on Share Catholic - Sharing God's Love.
    - 76 days ago11 Mar 17, 3:00pm -
  • The Second Station – Jesus carries his cross
    Up to this point, dear Jesus, I have done nothing but fashion crosses by disobeying your holy law and asserting my own selfish desires. Grant that I may make you no more crosses, but henceforth may place the bar of my will alongside the bar of your w…
    - 78 days ago9 Mar 17, 9:00pm -
  • The First Station – Jesus is Condemned to Death
    Reflection on the Stations of the Cross – The First Station – Jesus is Condemned to Death Pilate asked the mob to choose between the two: ‘ Whom do you want me to release to you, Barabbas or Jesus? How would I have answered that question?The…
    - 78 days ago9 Mar 17, 5:00pm -
  • Prayer to Saint Valentine
    O glorious advocate and protector, St. Valentine,Look with pity upon our wants, hear our prayers,relieve by your intercession the miseries under which we labor,and obtain for us the divine blessing, that we may be found worthy to join you in praising…
    - 14 Feb 17, 3:16pm -
  • St. John Bosco (Feast Day – Jan 31)
    St. John Bosco, popularly known as Don Bosco was an Italian Roman Catholic priest of the Latin Church, educator and writer of the 19th century. He dedicated his life to the betterment and education of street children, juvenile delinquents, and other…
    - 31 Jan 17, 6:00am -
  • Saint M. Faustina Kowalska ( Feast day- October 5th)
    Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska of the Blessed Sacrament was born as Helena Kowalska, in Glogowiec, Leczyca County, north-west of Lódz in Poland on August 25, 1905. In 1924, Faustina experienced her first vision of Jesus. While at a dance with her sis…
    - 5 Oct 16, 1:48pm -

Meeting Christ in the Liturgy

  • June 26: S. Cleti et Marcellini Summorum Pontificum et Martyrum ~
    Cletus was a Roman, and ruled the Church in the time of the Emperors Vespasian and Titus. In accordance with the precept of the Prince of the Apostles he ordained twenty-five priests for the City. He was the first Pope who made use in his letters of…
    - 30 days ago26 Apr 17, 2:44pm -
  • Holy Saturday: "Something strange is happening today... a great silence ..."
    From an ancient homily for Holy SaturdayThe Lord's descent into the underworldSomething strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The ea…
    - 41 days ago15 Apr 17, 2:36pm -
  • Not "fake news": Jesus reads the conscience of the Samaritan woman at the well
    Third Sunday of Lent Year AJesus and the Samaritan woman at the well: Not fake news.What is news?What is fake news?We are often played between people on both sides of the spectrum, but no matter what happens we have to do what is best for ourselves a…
    - 68 days ago19 Mar 17, 11:28am -
  • Saturday, first week of Lent: "Love your enemies"
    "But I say to you, love your enemies,and pray for those who persecute you,that you may be children of your Heavenly Father"Matthew 5"Christ died out of love for us, while we were still 'enemies.' The Lord asks us to love as he does, even our enemies…
    - 76 days ago11 Mar 17, 1:06pm -
  • Tuesday, Lent I: "If you forgive men's sins"
    "This is how you are to pray:"Our Father who art in heaven,hallowed be thy name,thy Kingdom come,thy will be done,on earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread;and forgive us our trespasses,as we forgive those who trespass against us;a…
    - 80 days ago7 Mar 17, 11:45am -
  • 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time A: "But seek first the kingdom of God ..."
    "... and his righteousness,and all these things will be given you besides.""The virtue of solidarity goes beyond material goods. In spreading the spiritual goods of the faith, the Church has promoted, and…
    - 90 days ago25 Feb 17, 1:26pm -
  • Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: "Be holy"
    "... for I, the LORD, your God, am holy.In spite of the holy Law that again and again their Holy God gives them - "You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy" - and although the Lord shows patience for the sake of his name, the people turn aw…
    - 97 days ago18 Feb 17, 7:22pm -

Veils and Vocations

  • Beauty Tuesday: A Link-up
     I decided to add a new tradition to Veils and Vocations.  Each Tuesday, we will be having a link up party where you can share your latest post about the beauty of the world, the Church, your life, etc. We are bombarded with darkness everywher…
    - 3 days ago23 May 17, 7:30am -
  • #7QT Big Doings
    Linking up with Kelly to bring you some coming attractions and, as my mother would have said, "Big doings!"  here at Veils and Vocations.1I have reopened my etsy shop and am stocking it to the brim!  In honor of my grand re-opening, I am offering f…
    - 7 days ago19 May 17, 4:48pm -
  • #7QT My New Veil- A Review
    So, if you have been following my blog at all, you know that I am terribly behind in posts due to a particularly beautiful, Little Lady.  I am finally getting to write a review for a veil that was gifted to me in November.  I'm not receiving any pa…
    - 7 days ago19 May 17, 4:35pm -
  • Homeschool Tips in #7QT
    School is almost out over here at the Academy of St Therese for the Glories of God.  It has me thinking quite a bit about next year.  There is so much I want to do, but only so many hours in a day and these kids are growing like weeds!  Here are s…
    - 14 days ago12 May 17, 6:53pm -
  • Holy Week in #7QT
    Hi all, how's your Holy Week going?  Are you anxious for Easter to come and Lent to end?  Or do you still feel like there is too much Lent left to accomplish for Easter to be so soon?  I'm in the latter camp.  I'm linking up with Kelly to have a…
    - 35 days ago21 Apr 17, 12:59pm -
  • I Am Loved Retreat: I Created You!
    I'm getting ready to have our annual Holy Thursday liturgical tea before heading to Mass, but wanted to post the next talk for our retreat.  This talk was inspired by this song.  Blessed Holy Thursday to all!  I created you! As we have mentioned…
    - 43 days ago13 Apr 17, 8:41pm -
  • I Am Loved Retreat: The Gift of Love
    Yay, I'm posting, again!  Maybe I will finish this series this week. There are so many things I want to write about.  Thanks for stopping by.  The Gift of LoveWe have already talked about how much God loves you.  He loves you more than you can e…
    - 44 days ago12 Apr 17, 11:02pm -

Plot Line and SInker

  • newGoodreads Giveaway – Rightfully Ours by Carolyn Astfalk
    FQ Publishing is hosting a giveaway for three paperback copies of Rightfully Ours. Enter here to win a copy! Young Adult Religious Fiction. A coming-of-age story of first love, buried treasure, and discovering some things are worth the wait. Sixteen-…
    - 21 hours ago25 May 17, 4:08pm -
  • Prominent Catholic Writers to Speak at Catholic Writers Conference in Schaumburg, Illinois
    Contact: Ann Lewis, Catholic Writers Guild, 317-755-2693 Schaumburg, Illinois– Several prominent Catholic writers will speak at the ninth annual Catholic Writers Conference LIVE taking place July 18-21 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center…
    - 16 days ago10 May 17, 2:54pm -
  • An Open Book – May 2017 #openbook
    I’m also joining with Carolyn Astfalk and Catholic Mom for An Open Book. Here’s what I’ve been reading: St. Faustina Prayer Book for the Conversion of Sinners by Susan Tassone Amazon Synopsis: “Today bring to Me all mankind, especially all si…
    - 23 days ago3 May 17, 11:00am -
  • Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the World
    Today I’m hosting Jean Heimann’s Virtual Book Tour for her new book, Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the World. My review:  This is a wonderful book about the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, just in time for the 100th anniversary of Our L…
    - 24 days ago2 May 17, 10:00am -
  • In Name Only #FREE on Kindle
    My gold-medal winning novel, In Name Only, is FREE today through Thursday (April 18-20) on Amazon Kindle. In Name Only is a Catholic historical romance, and is not a formulaic or Harlequin-type romance. It is the first in the O’Donovan Family Serie…
    - 38 days ago18 Apr 17, 12:00pm -
  • Happy Easter!
    A Blessed Easter!  Alleluia!  He is Risen!We have had a very busy Triduum with my husband as Cantor as all the Masses and me as Lector. We have had a very busy Triduum with my husband as Cantor as all the Masses and me as Lector. Easter is somewhat…
    - 41 days ago16 Apr 17, 12:00am -
  • Interview with Carolyn Astfalk, Author of Rightfully Ours
    Special thanks to Carolyn Astfalk, author of FQP’s young adult novel, Rightfully Ours, for answering these interview questions! Rightfully Ours is a coming-of-age story of first love, buried treasure, and discovering some things are worth the wait.…
    - 44 days ago12 Apr 17, 9:00am -