Archives for April 2015

7 Quick Takes Friday (set #167)

7 Quick Takes Friday

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. The new Cinderella movies gets high marks from Father Barron. Typical, trashy dolls get a make-over into something desirable and appropriate. The Easter transformation of St. John Cantius in half-a-minute. The self-authored obituary of Emily Phillips. Science proves (and glorifies and exalts) God. Lutheran Satire pokes at atheistic arguments to the contrary.

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New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #28, April 2015, of New Evangelists Monthly is ready for your enjoyment! Scores of faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from March. Contributing authors this month include: Virginia Lieto, Brantly Millegan, Monica McConkey, Birgit Jones, Rick Becker, Tracy Smith, Carolyn Astfalk, Ellen Kolb, Ellen Gable Hrkach, Nancy Shuman, Mike Landry, David Torkington, Adam Crawford, Matt Nelson, Ruth Curcuru, John Donaghy, George Sipe, Nancy Ward, Timothy McCormick, Michael Seagriff, Rakhi McCormick, Jenn Tatum, Anthony Layne, Robert Collins, Ebeth Weidner, Elizabeth Reardon, John Schroeder, David Wong, Matthew Plese, Lisa Ponchak, Rich Maffeo, Fr. Ben Hadrich, Larry Peterson, Sr. Margaret Obrovac, MC, Connie Rossini, Sarah Thèrése, Leslie Klinger, Drusilla, Tony Agnesi, Tom Perna, Fr. Chori Jonathin Seraiah, Chris Capolino, Dn. Scott Dodge, Ruth Ann Pilney, Shannon Vandaveer, Lyn Mettler, Blythe Kaufman, Melissa Overmyer, Jamie Jo, Rita Buettner, Elena, Melanie Jean Juneau, Lawrence and Susan Fox, Sr. Maresa Lilley, Jessica and Manny Archuleta, Debbie Gaudino, Larry T, Roxane Salonen, Fr. Tucker Cordani, Sara Boyle, Christian LeBlanc, Joe LaCombe, RJ, Gregory Watson, Barbara Hosbach, Joseph Shaw, Shannon Evans, Margaret Felice, Rose O’Donnell, Katie O’Keefe, Carolyn Smith, Lisa Laverty, Laura Pearl, Matt McCormick, Philip Kosloski, Bonnie Way, Jennifer Cerino, Jennifer Hansen, Heidi Knofczynski, Justin Soutar, Nicole Ernest, Dave Wanat, Barbara Szyszkiewicz, Emily Davis, Mallory Hoffman, Reese Cumming, Rick Rice, Cindy Hurla, Bartimaeus Timeo, Allen Hebert, Molly Oshatz, Amanda Rose, Rebecca LaBriola, Fr. Errol Fernandes, Msgr. Charles Pope, Shannon Ball and Fr. Adrian Danker.

This monthly “meta-magazine” showcases faithful Catholicism from theology to family life and “everything in between.” Enjoy it now at

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Father Barron finds many classic Christian themes in the new Cinderella movie. It sounds like a perfect movie for the whole family.

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Unlike Cinderella, not everything is suitable for the whole family. Or even the targeted demographic – little girls. I am speaking of the trashy dolls manufacturers make. One lady began “fixing” them and the floodgates of demand have opened. Hopefully manufacturers will notice.

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A transformation of the sanctuary must take place after Good Friday in preparation for Easter. Here St. John Cantius in Chicago collapses one such effort to about 30 seconds:

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Emily Phillips

Emily Phillips has died. Beyond friends and family, few knew her. Many more know her now through her obituary – which she wrote.

It begins “It pains me to admit it, but apparently, I have passed away. Everyone told me it would happen one day but that’s simply not something I wanted to hear, much less experience.”

This is an excellent piece of writing, informative and funny. Read it HERE.

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We Catholics do not see any conflict between science and God. Eric Metaxas, speaking for Prager University, quite correctly sees science speaking FOR God:

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Speaking on the other side, we have atheists like Richard Dawkins. Here, the wacky dudes and dudettes at Lutheran Satire have fun with his poor arguments:

Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was begun by Jennifer Fulwiler and is now continued by Kelly Mantoan. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Kelly for hosting this project!



O God, who on this day,
through your Only Begotten Son,
have conquered death
and unlocked for us the path to eternity,
grant, we pray, that we who keep
the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection
may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit,
rise up in the light of life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

New Evangelists Monthly – April 2015, Issue #28

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Good Friday

Good Friday

At noon darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Some of the bystanders who heard it said, “Look, he is calling Elijah.” One of them ran, soaked a sponge with wine, put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to take him down.” Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. When the centurion who stood facing him saw how he breathed his last he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

There were also women looking on from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of the younger James and of Joses, and Salome. These women had followed him when he was in Galilee and ministered to him. There were also many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.