Archives for November 2016

From the archive (set #22)


This Saturday is time for New Evangelists Monthly to begin a new edition. Today, I would like to bring to your attention 3 original, brief essays that you may have missed. If you don’t have time to read all three, I especially recommend the first one — The truth matters.

The truth matters

This may be hard for many, particularly with politicians, actors, athletes and family members telling people otherwise. The Church understands, but can only teach God’s truth – not change it. We are flawed too, working always for continued conversion and holiness. The truth is here and in genuine charity, it is shared so that all may say “yes” to salvation. Our destiny is heaven and for that, the truth matters.

…read it all:   The truth matters

Catholic from the beginning

The early Church Fathers believed in the real presence in the Eucharist, our form of liturgical worship in the Mass, the Communion of Saints, veneration of Mary the Mother of God, Sacred Tradition, apostolic succession, the offices of deacon / priest / bishop, the primacy of Peter, sacraments, opposition to abortion and homosexuality, marriage for life and much, much more all remain in the Catholic Church today. Whereas in the various Protestant communities, supposedly (and ironically) founded to remove corruption, many of these ancient beliefs are gone.

…read it all:   Catholic from the beginning

A Catholic quiz

Are you Catholic? If so, test your knowledge on my handy Catholic Faith Checkup. Read each statement and simply decide if is true or false. The answer key and how to interpret the results follow.

…read it all:   A Catholic quiz

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2013

Father, all of Creation rightly owes you thanks and praise. Your justice, love and mercy abound. We thank you this day for all that you have given us:

For the Passion and Death of your Divine Son, we thank you Father, through the Cross, He redeemed the world.

For the Church, we thank you Father, it is our beacon for salvation.

For the martyrs and saints who give testimony to your Son, we thank you Father, their witness to your Son is our inheritance.

For our loved ones and friends who have died and gone before us, we thank you Father, their love abides with us forever.

For loving spouses, we thank you Father, together we seek you.

For the gift of children, we thank you Father, they are your precious gifts to us and to the world.

For the gift of our families, loved ones and good friends, we thank you Father, Through them we see the reflection of your Son.

For jobs, our homes and all that we have, we thank you Father, give us only that which we need, as we seek Your Kingdom.

For the bounty we are about to eat, we thank you through Christ Our Lord.


I hope that you and your family have a blessed, happy and safe Thanksgiving.

7 Quick Takes Friday (set #206)

7 Quick Takes Friday

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. Remembering the electoral process — a quick visit of some selected elements: Les Deplorables. Condescending white kids. A meteor chosen as a better outcome. Just an elaborate prank. Bad lip reading of a convention. A serious look at ideology vs. pragmatism.

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New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #47, November 2016, of New Evangelists Monthly is ready for your enjoyment! Scores of faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from October. Contributing authors this month include: Shannon, Fr. Stephen Morris, David Wong, Chris Capolino, Stephen Korsman, Dave Wanat, Matthew Plese, Maria Johnson, Carolyn Astfalk, Ellen Kolb, Fr. Ben Hadrich, Kim Padan, Fr. Austin Fleming, Sarah, Erin Cupp, Birgit Jones, Adam Crawford, Nancy Shuman, Ellen Gable Hrkach, Jennifer Short, Katie O’Keefe, Tucker Cordani, Rick Becker, Roxane Salonen, Laura Pearl, Monica McConkey, Virginia Lieto, Larry Peterson, George Sipe, Denise Hunnell, Matthew Bellisario, Dn. Scott Dodge, Barbara Hosbach, Tony Agnesi, Leslie Klinger, Kathleen Laplante, Elizabeth Reardon, Kirby Hoberg, Alicia, Blythe Kaufman, Fr. Errol Fernandes, Bartimaeus Timeo, Mark Langley, Aaron Martin, Melanie Jean Juneau, Fr. Adrian Danker, Sr. Maresa Lilley, Anna Coyne, Michael Seagriff, Bonnie Way, Tom Perna, Allen Hebert, Dn. John Donaghy, Robert Collins, Larry T, Rich Maffeo, Brian Gill, Claire McGarry, Vijaya Bodach, Susan Stabile, John Schroeder, Jeff Walker, David Torkington, Fr. Gilles Surprenant, Barbara Szyszkiewicz, Christina Nagy, Chibuzor Ogamba, Eric Johnston, Fr. Richard DeLillio, Rick Rice, De Maria and Carissa Douglas.

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

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Out of their hobbit holes (I know, mixing themes) they came, from vast fly-over country, carrying their Bibles and their guns. Then they voted. They voted not for the good, because that was not offered. They chose the merely bad over the evil.

As a result of their clear thinking and well-formed consciences, in the next decade or two, countless children may be born who would have otherwise suffered violent deaths in their mother’s womb. It is a victory…   but only for the moment. Now we go back to work as there is much to do.

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This is priceless. Condescending, arrogant, privileged white college students protecting the interests of blacks (because they know everything about their challenges). You know, without any means of obtaining ID cards, no access to the internet or even the skills to use it. Say what? Stupid, racist, ignorant — yup.

(Click through. Annoyingly, must be viewed on YouTube.)

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We had choices. Clinton. Trump. A meteor hitting earth and wiping-out all life.

When this poll was done at the end of June, 13% of the respondents chose the meteor. What does that say about our primary process?

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Trump, never an actual candidate but an elaborate prank. You have to admit, this is just funny. Or sad. It is what it is. (Warning, some inappropriate themes.)

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Ah, the memories of this crazy, zany election season. From Bad Lip Reading:

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Ideologue or pragmatist? Every election season is full of labels. Jonah Goldberg, Senior Editor for National Review, explores the subject for Prager U.

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!

Test Day

Tuesday is YOUR big test. As a Catholic or other Christian, will you pass?

Thou shall not kill.

One candidate has pledged to do everything in her power to promote and further entrench abortion. It is a top priority for her and if elected, she will be able to do great harm. Through her Supreme Court appointments the damage will last far, far beyond her presidency.

She can not do it without your help.

Life is a top priority for God Almighty. Will you be in obedience to His will when called before His throne to account for your vote?

Test Day

NBC Meet the Press

New Evangelists Monthly – November 2016, Issue #47

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