Archives for January 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday (set #84)

7 Quick Takes Friday

This week: New Evangelists Monthly has been launched. A baby literally reaches out from the womb. Planned Parenthood values that baby at $449.15 (average net profit per baby aborted). Cistercian monks build chapel with stones they first used 800 years ago in Spain. Why was Jesus baptized? Loyal pets and their owners’ grave sites. A sweet dog interacts lovingly with a Down syndrome child.

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New Evangelists Monthly

The inaugural issue of New Evangelists Monthly has launched! Over 30 Catholic bloggers have kindly contributed their best posts to the January issue of this new monthly “meta-magazine.”

In this edition: read about “Protestant jeopardy,” respite, tragedy, sola scriptura, faith and children, baptism, immaculate “misconception,” virginity, myths and God’s mercy. There is more! Art, love, poetry, book reviews, family life, reflections, peace and prayer.

New Evangelists Monthly is created fresh every first Saturday. Visit anytime. More information is available here.

This New Evangelization initiative is powered by the same inlinkz technology that powers 7QTF. 7QTF readers will feel right at home!

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Baby Neveah

Baby Neveah (Heaven spelled backwards) was born recently by cesarean section. Just prior to being born however, she stuck her hand out of her mother’s womb and grabbed the finger of the doctor.

Some people still refuse to accept that life begins before birth. CNN has a report and video on the story.

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Planned Parenthood

How much is human life worth? With the announcement of last year’s numbers, Planned Parenthood has empirically determined the amount to be $449.15. That is the net operating profit, on average, for killing a child in the womb.

That may not seem like much, but remember that Planned Parenthood is a VOLUME operation. Multiply that by the record 333,964 children that they killed in 2012 and they walk away with a cool $150,000,000. With our radically pro-abortion president, the future looks very bright (for Planned Parenthood, not so much for unborn children). More info on Planned Parenthood’s record abortions and resulting record profit are at LifeSiteNews.

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In 1190, Cistercian monks lived in a beautiful monastery at Santa Maria de Ovila in Spain. That is, until the Spanish government seized it in 1835 for use as barns. Almost 100 years later the property was acquired by William Randolph Hearst who had the chapter house dismantled and shipped to America. His good intentions were not fulfilled and the stones ended-up at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco for the next 60 years. Finally in 1992 they were returned to the Cistercians for use in a chapel at their Abbey of New Clairvaux.

More information about the stones is on the Sacred Stones website and blog (be sure to see the beautiful pictures in this piece).

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Why was Jesus, the sinless lamb of God, baptized? Jimmy Akin explains:

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Graveside Dog

Miguel Guzman died in 2006 and Captain ran away. Captain, his German Shepherd mix, was gone when the family returned from the funeral. When they later visited the grave site, there was Captain guarding his owner’s grave. He has remained there since, refusing to return home.

Similarly, Iozelli Renzo died in 2011. Toldo, his cat, visits his grave every day bringing little gifts.

Captain’s story is here and Toldo’s is here. This story spotted by my friend Tom.

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God doesn’t make mistakes…

Also spotted by my friend Tom

Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Jen for hosting this project!

New Evangelists Monthly – January 2013, Issue #1

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Announcing: New Evangelists Monthly

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The inaugural issue of New Evangelists Monthly launches tomorrow!

There you will find an eclectic mix of blog posts covering all aspects of Catholicism and Catholic life. Faithful Catholic bloggers are invited to select their “best” post from the prior month (December 2012 in tomorrow’s case) and add a link to it.

Each entry will include a picture and title, with all entries arranged in a grid (Pinterest fans will feel at home). Clicking on an entry will take you directly to the author’s blog for that piece. It is very intuitive.

A new edition of New Evangelists Monthly will be created the first Saturday of every month. New editions will open at noon (12:00pm ET) for bloggers to enter their link. Readers should note that the number of entries will dynamically expand as additional authors contribute their links.

How do you find this “meta-magazine” of the best posts in the Catholic blogging world? One way is to click on the logo you will find on this and other participating Catholic blogs. That logo is shown with this post. Alternatively, simply go to:

More information for readers and bloggers is available here.

Those of you who are familary with blog “linky lists” will recognize this as based on that technology. This offering is a little different than many in that it invites only faithful Catholic bloggers to participate as an expression of the New Evangelism. The intention is to provide an interesting, monthly source of the best faithfully Catholic blog content.

Please stop by and check it out anytime. New editions are available after every first Saturday. It is dynamic, interesting, faithful and free!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year 2013

For I know well the plans I have in mind for you – oracle of the LORD – plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.

I will sprinkle clean water over you to make you clean; from all your impurities and from all your idols I will cleanse you. I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you so that you walk in my statutes, observe my ordinances, and keep them.

Be still before the LORD; wait for him. Do not be provoked by the prosperous, nor by malicious schemers. Refrain from anger; abandon wrath; do not be provoked; it brings only harm. Those who do evil will be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD will inherit the earth.

Brothers, I for my part do not consider myself to have taken possession. Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus.