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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, 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

  • How to Be a Catholic Tree Hugger
    The Holy Father Pope Francis exhorted us all to be better stewards of the earth’s resources, and that is not only good Catholicism. Its good common sense. However, has anybody else noticed how Catholics who are keen on Earth Day seem to be taking t…
    - 2 days ago21 Apr 17, 7:50pm -
  • Renewal, Roots and Rain
    “Mine O Thou Lord of Life. Send my roots rain.” wrote G.M.Hopkins in a poignant sonnet that voiced his disappointment with life. It’s here and worth a read. It came to mind when I was pondering from where true renewal comes in the Church. I’m…
    - 2 days ago21 Apr 17, 7:26pm -
  • Reformation or Revolution?
    As we approach the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation there are some voices in the Catholic Church calling us to celebrate this event. I certainly think it is possible, in an irenical spirit to commemorate the event, but w…
    - 2 days ago21 Apr 17, 2:35pm -
  • Fideism R Us
    There is a funny sort of fideism around which is a popular form of a philosophical error. Fideism holds that faith is superior to reason and special knowledge can be had by faith alone which is superior and maybe even contradictory to that knowledge…
    - 5 days ago18 Apr 17, 11:44pm -
  • Free Wil…from Debt
    Did you know that college debt keeps a large number of men and women from pursuing their call to the priesthood and religious life? Most dioceses and religious orders expect their applicants to have a college degree, but that means the young men and…
    - 5 days ago18 Apr 17, 1:11pm -
  • Is Easter the Religion of the Goddess Ishtar?
    The weary old theory that Christianity is just paganism warmed up always circulates around this time of year. Armchair atheists like to point out the similarity between the word “Easter” and the Near Eastern goddess “Ishtar”. The problem is,…
    - 6 days ago17 Apr 17, 7:02pm -
  • Why Christianity is Unique
    It is fashionable to think that all religions are pretty much the same. They teach people to be good and spiritual and make the world a better place right? Wrong. There are basically four types of religion: 1. Paganism 2. Moralism 3. Spirituality…
    - 6 days ago17 Apr 17, 6:04pm -

Society of Saints

  • 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. The website for this is evangeliseaustralia.com bu…
    - 4 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…
    - 37 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…
    - 43 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.…
    - 44 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…
    - 54 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…
    - 79 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…
    - 88 days ago25 Jan 17, 1:04pm -

Ordinary Time

  • Learning to walk..
    As I was meditating on the first reading this morning something jumped out at me.  In the reading, you see Peter and John doing something that reminds us of Jesus.  They approach a man crippled from birth who is sitting begging at the temple.   P…
    - 4 days ago19 Apr 17, 3:42pm -
  • Happy Easter! He has risen!
    This morning's blog is going to be a bit different than what I usually do.  Normally I would write a homily to talk about the readings of today.  I purposely have avoided writing during Holy Friday and last night I went to the Vigil.   After the V…
    - 7 days ago16 Apr 17, 1:03pm -
  • Get in that ditch and dig!
    Many of you know that before my back surgery I was a commercial electrician.   I worked hard for many years and eventually became one of the lead foremen of a decent sized company.   During those years working my way through the ranks I noticed sev…
    - 10 days ago13 Apr 17, 7:12pm -
  • Morning has broken, like the first morning...
    "Morning after morning, he opens my ear that I may hear."  Such a simple line.   It reminds us that every single day is an opportunity to grow.  Our goal as Christians should be to become as much like Christ as we can.   How can we do this if we…
    - 11 days ago12 Apr 17, 11:24am -
  • Marching toward Calvary....
    Life can be confusing at times.  We are on our own journey towards our own calvary.  At funerals, we are often reminded of that simple truth.  That this is all going to end at some point.  The events along the way can seem like they are worthless…
    - 12 days ago11 Apr 17, 11:33am -
  • These are not the droids you're looking for....
    It's Palm Sunday.  If you've ever said that "Catholics don't do the bible" this is one of the Masses that would leave you astounded.   The readings are beautiful and lengthy.  They highlight the reality of our human nature in a way that should mak…
    - 14 days ago9 Apr 17, 10:57am -
  • The Land of the Free. Or is it?
    Freedom.  It is one of the most treasured of ideals of the American peoples.  The right so ingrained in the United States that is enshrouded in the very documents that define our nation.  To many that word means the ability to be able to choose wh…
    - 18 days ago5 Apr 17, 2:50pm -

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…
    - 42 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.
    - 43 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…
    - 45 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…
    - 45 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…
    - 68 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…
    - 82 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 -

Meeting Christ in the Liturgy

  • 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…
    - 8 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…
    - 35 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…
    - 43 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…
    - 47 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."http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/022617.cfm"The virtue of solidarity goes beyond material goods. In spreading the spiritual goods of the faith, the Church has promoted, and…
    - 57 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…
    - 64 days ago18 Feb 17, 7:22pm -
  • Domenica in Septuagesima: "Who indeed is more justly to be likened to an householder than our Maker?"
    "At that time, Jesus spoke to His disciples this parable: The kingdom of heaven is like a householder who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. And having agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his…
    - 72 days ago10 Feb 17, 4:42pm -

Veils and Vocations

  • 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…
    - 2 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…
    - 10 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…
    - 11 days ago12 Apr 17, 11:02pm -
  • I am Loved Retreat: The Royal Treatment
    This is the second in a series of talks that go with the I Am Loved retreat how-to. The Royal TreatmentIn the last talk, we heard about loving and respecting our body.  What does that mean, though?  Our bodies are very special. They were designed…
    - 12 days ago11 Apr 17, 4:04pm -
  • I Am Loved Retreat: The Talks
    I know it has been a terribly long time since I promised to post this but, I promise to work on this this week as we are on spring break.  Hope everyone is having a blessed Holy Week. Have any of you ever wished that you were a princess? (show hand…
    - 13 days ago10 Apr 17, 10:42pm -
  • #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…
    - 44 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…
    - 58 days ago25 Feb 17, 2:32am -

Plot Line and SInker

  • 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…
    - 5 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…
    - 8 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.…
    - 11 days ago12 Apr 17, 9:00am -
  • An Open Book – April 2017 #openbook
    I’m also joining with Carolyn Astfalk and Catholic Mom for An Open Book. Here’s what I’ve been reading: Rightfully Ours by Carolyn Astfalk Amazon Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Paul Porter’s relocation to Pennsylvania is a temporary move during h…
    - 18 days ago5 Apr 17, 10:00am -
  • Rightfully Ours Virtual Book Tour
    I’m pleased to be hosting Carolyn Astfalk on her Virtual Book Tour for Rightfully Ours!  Below find links, blurbs and all kinds of other information about the book! Title: Rightfully Ours Author: Carolyn Astfalk Publisher: Full Quiver Publishing T…
    - 19 days ago5 Apr 17, 12:05am -
  • Rightfully Ours by Carolyn Astfalk Now Available for Pre-Order
    Rightfully Ours, by Carolyn Astfalk, Kindle edition is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com before its release date of April 1, 2017. Sixteen-year-old Paul Porter’s relocation to Pennsylvania is a temporary move during his dad’s deployment.…
    - 27 days ago27 Mar 17, 10:00am -
  • 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…
    - 38 days ago16 Mar 17, 11:00am -