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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).…
    - 79 days ago6 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 -
  • 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

  • The Circles of Sin – 2 – The Wrathful
    I am recording my homilies for Lent–a series on sin based on Dante’s Inferno. The first week (which you can find here) was on the Vestibule of Hell–where we find the lazy and indifferent. They didn’t do anything terribly wrong, but neither di…
    - 13 days ago13 Mar 17, 4:06pm -
  • Ten Things to Remember About Married Catholic Priests
    Pope Francis has said that he may consider the ordination of some married men. There is lots of room for confusion here. So here are ten things to remember about this matter: Celibacy for priests is a discipline not a doctrine – The Pope can’t ch…
    - 16 days ago10 Mar 17, 8:51pm -
  • Are Married Priests the Magic Bullet?
    People have asked my opinion about Pope Francis’ suggestion that maybe ordaining older married men would help. Really. I’ve written about the topic of married priests so much already. Go here and here and here and here and here and here and…
    - 16 days ago10 Mar 17, 5:45pm -
  • Is Eternity Forever?
    Someone wondered the other day why hell had to last for all eternity. Wasn’t that extra cruel of God? Why couldn’t the damned simply be eliminated, crushed, annihilated? Another person commented that he didn’t think heaven was such an attractiv…
    - 17 days ago9 Mar 17, 3:15pm -
  • Slubgrip on Individualism
    My Lent book, Slubgrip Instructs is laid out with one reading per day from Shrove Tuesday through Easter Monday. In it the demon Slubgrip is teaching Popular Culture 101 (known in the slang of Bowelbages University as Pop Cult 101) For a taster, he…
    - 18 days ago8 Mar 17, 3:15pm -
  • Catholic Schools and Dante’s Deep Divide
    C.S.Lewis’ friend Dorothy Sayers was one of the great translators of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Her version includes excellent notes and a memorable map of hell. Sayers’ map of the nine circles of hell makes visual one of the most important teac…
    - 18 days ago8 Mar 17, 2:40pm -
  • Jiminy Cricket Theology
    The other day I had a conversation with an intelligent, well educated young woman who was questioning the Catholic Church’s moral teaching. She said about the church’s teaching on same sex attraction, “But I don’t know if I really accept that…
    - 19 days ago7 Mar 17, 8:11pm -

Society of Saints

  • 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…
    - 9 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…
    - 15 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.…
    - 16 days ago10 Mar 17, 9:32am -
  • Proclaim 2016 Conference - Saturday 3 Sep - Keynote - Bishop Nicholas Hudson
    Before the keynote address began, conference participants were introduced to the new National Director for the National Centre for Evangelisation, a new entity bringing together the former Catholic Enquiry Centre and the National Office for Evangelis…
    - 26 days ago28 Feb 17, 10:25am -
  • Spiritual but not religious
    Over the Christmas and school holiday season many of us had conversations with friends and family who call themselves spiritual but not religious. What do they mean by this? How can we get through to them? If they mean, 'I still pray mostly, read my…
    - 51 days ago3 Feb 17, 8:49pm -
  • Proclaim 2016 Conference - Saturday 3 Sep - Homily - Cardinal Donald Wuerl 
    The principal celebrant for this Mass at Our Lady of Dolours, Chatswood, was Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington. The readings were mostly taken from Saturday Week 22 Ordinary Time Year II, with the Proper for the feast day of St Gregory…
    - 60 days ago25 Jan 17, 1:04pm -
  • Homily for the Closing Mass at Paterson Summer School 2017
    The Summer School for Evangelisation (#sse17 #sse17pat) takes place for a week in January, one is held in Bathurst, others in Melbourne and Perth, and one in Paterson NSW (actually Tocal, a few kms north of Maitland). For the closing Mass at Summer S…
    - 63 days ago22 Jan 17, 12:29pm -

Ordinary Time

  • Let it be done according to thy Word.
    The Lord loves each and every one of us completely.  He knows us intimately, and is the only one who can see the depths of our heart and soul.   So much so that there is no created thing which can come close to knowing the real us.  Jeremiah says…
    - 1 day ago25 Mar 17, 12:05pm -
  • Behold the Power of God!
    Getting closer to God is a scary thing at times.  It often leaves us confused and wary.  Paradox.   Yesterday in our bible study we talked about that word.   We often say things in our common vernacular that don't make sense.   "I'm nobody."  "…
    - 2 days ago24 Mar 17, 12:05pm -
  • A Stiff Necked People.
    This morning I shared with one of our teenage daughters the first reading from today's Mass.   I asked her, without telling her the answer, when do you think this was written?  She said, "I don't know.  It could have been yesterday."   She's righ…
    - 3 days ago23 Mar 17, 11:18pm -
  • Not Abolished... but Fulfilled.
    As many of you know, I began my walk in life not as a Catholic but as a Baptist.  During those early years as a Christian I went through several different churches.   All along I would call myself baptist, but I attended a Church of God, a Pentecos…
    - 4 days ago22 Mar 17, 11:21am -
  • The Song of Azariah
    This mornings first reading is an ancient canticle of praise and hope for God's mercy.  As a young man growing up in a protestant church I had never been aware of these songs.  That is simply because they are no longer in most protestant bibles.  …
    - 5 days ago21 Mar 17, 11:18am -
  • The Strong, Silent type
    I can remember going out to my grandfather's house and walking around in the wood working shop with my dad, uncle, and granddad.   There were so many interesting machines with all these different blades, knobs, and pulleys.  The smell of fresh varn…
    - 6 days ago20 Mar 17, 11:17am -
  • You can't squeeze water from a rock... but God can!
    There is this strange thing about us humans, probably because of our concupiscence, that makes us always be unsatisfied with just about everything.   We see someone else getting something we want, or doing something we normally would do, and we crit…
    - 7 days ago19 Mar 17, 3:07pm -

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…
    - 14 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.
    - 15 days ago11 Mar 17, 3:00pm -
  • 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…
    - 40 days ago14 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…
    - 54 days ago31 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 -
  • St. Vincent de Paul (Feast Day: Sept 27)
    St. Vincent was born of poor parents in the village of Pouy in Gascony, France, about 1580. In 1596, he went to the University of Toulouse for theological studies, and there he was ordained priest in 1600. In 1605, on a voyage by sea from Marseilles…
    - 27 Sep 16, 2:00pm -
  • The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    The prophecy of Simeon. (St. Luke 2:34, 35)The flight into Egypt. (St. Matthew 2:13, 14)The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple. (St. Luke 2: 43-45) The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross. The Crucifixion. The taking down of the Body…
    - 15 Sep 16, 4:00pm -

Meeting Christ in the Liturgy

Veils and Vocations

  • #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…
    - 16 days ago10 Mar 17, 9:36pm -
  • SQT: First 12 Days of Nineveh 90
    I am linking up with Kelly, a bit late, to share in seven VERY quick takes how the Nineveh 90 is going so far.1I needed this!! I really did.  With the crazy year of a new baby and Hubby's employment changes, life has been so busy that my prayer life…
    - 30 days ago25 Feb 17, 2:32am -
  • The Nineveh 90 for Kids
    I have found that the surest way to not get to post something is to put in a previous post when I will be publishing.  It happens every time.  Sorry about that!The Nineveh 90 began on on Monday.  It may be four days in, but it is never too late to…
    - 37 days ago17 Feb 17, 1:54pm -
  • Happy St Valentine's Day!!
    I am jumping on here quickly to wish everyone a happy St Valentine's Day.  Little Lady is asleep in her swing and I have lots to do but, I wanted to give you a peak at our annual tea. A simple one this year because of time and money constraints but…
    - 40 days ago14 Feb 17, 6:03pm -
  • Little Lady's Baptism in #7QT
    So, it's been awhile, huh?  I never planned on taking such a long break but such is life.  I really wanted to share these last week, but missed the link-up.  I'm linking up with Kelly, who has some fantastic news, for #7QT1 This little lady was b…
    - 51 days ago3 Feb 17, 5:06pm -
  • SQT: Our Little Christmas Present
    This post has only taken 11 days to write, I don't think it is a record or anything but I thought I would be honest.  Linking up with Kelly this Friday.1My last post I highlighted all the activities we had going on this advent.  I kept joking that…
    - 86 days ago30 Dec 16, 4:56pm -
  • SQT: Advent Highlights
    Linking up with Kelly to bring you some highlights of what we have been up to the past three weeks.1So, I'm a day late and a dollar short (but that's a different post) with my SQT.  I have a good reason though. If you keep reading, you will see wher…
    - 99 days ago17 Dec 16, 4:54pm -

Plot Line and SInker

  • Catholic Writers Retreat October 2017
    Are you a Catholic writer?  Do you need time away to work on a writing project? The Catholic Writers Guild is offering its biennial retreat October 8-12, 2017 at St. Francis Retreat Center in Dewitt, Michigan, five minutes north of Lansing. Your Wor…
    - 10 days ago16 Mar 17, 11:00am -
  • Rightfully Ours Cover Reveal
    FQP’s new young adult novel, Rightfully Ours by Carolyn Astfalk, will be released on April 1st on Kindle and later in April for the paperback edition.  Special thanks to cover models Paul and Sydney.
    - 16 days ago10 Mar 17, 1:00pm -
  • Peggy’s Car
    The following story was written by Michelle Kreidler, a good friend of my Aunt Peggy’s.  Aunt Peggy (my father’s sister) has been gone since 2003, but her memories and her sharp sense of humor remain. Peggy’s Car by Michelle Kreidler The first…
    - 20 days ago6 Mar 17, 1:00pm -
  • Strengthen Your Lenten Journey Through Fasting
    When you hear the word “fasting,” do you automatically cringe? Do you dread Ash Wednesday or Good Friday? Or do you embrace the self-denial of fasting on those days? If you’re like most people, you might not look forward to Ash Wednesday or Goo…
    - 23 days ago3 Mar 17, 10:00am -
  • An Open Book – March 2017 #openbook
    I’m also joining with Carolyn Astfalk and Catholic Mom for An Open Book. Here’s what I’ve been reading:   A Midwife’s Tale by Delia Parr From Amazon: Martha Cade comes from a long line of midwives who have served the families of Trinity, Pen…
    - 25 days ago1 Mar 17, 1:00pm -
  • Ash Wednesday #ashtag
    Today begins the Holy Season of Lent! This is a joyful season, a positive time for new life to appear, bad habits to disappear, a time of preparing with our minds and hearts renewed. Pope Francis in this year’s Lenten message, “The Word is a…
    - 25 days ago1 Mar 17, 9:00am -
  • Building a Long-Term, Successful Joy-Filled Marriage
    My recent article at Catholic Mom: Recently, when we were at a restaurant celebrating Valentine’s Day, we asked our waitress to guess how long we’ve been married. She guessed 20 years. I responded, “35 years.” “Wow! How is that possible in…
    - 27 days ago27 Feb 17, 10:48pm -