Archives for 2017

Happy New Year

New Year 2018

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.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas 2017

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:

“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

7 Quick Takes Friday (set #219)

7 Quick Takes Friday

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. Ascension Press explains the meaning and purpose of marriage. Humanum beautifully depicts it, as expressed in cultures around the world. Christopher Stefanick shares some thoughts on…   death. What one personal attribute determines happiness? A millennial enters the workforce. Protestant vs. Catholic Heaven (as envisioned by The Simpsons).

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New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #60, December 2017, of New Evangelists Monthly is ready for your enjoyment! Scores of faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from November. Contributing authors this month include: Stephen Korsman, Matthew Coffin, Fr. Stephen Morris, David Wong, Virginia Lieto, Aimee O’Connell, Frank Rega, John Schroeder, Carolyn Astfalk, Colleen Martin, Susan Stabile, Fr. Ben Hadrich, Fr. Nicholas Blackwell, Vijaya Bodach, Kirby Hoberg, Nancy Ward, Scott Smith, Rick Becker, Jean Heimann, Jamie Jo, Claire McGarry, Thomas and Deborah Richard, Blythe Kaufman, Tony Agnesi, Lianna Mueller, Elizabeth Reardon, Bartimaeus Timeo, Ellen Kolb, Mike Landry, David Cooney, Bonnie Way, Chris Capolino, Melanie Jean Juneau, Lawrence and Susan Fox, Sr. Maresa Lilley, Ellen Gable Hrkach, Dn. Greg Horton, Robert Collins, Fr. Gilles Surprenant, Brian Gill, Leslie Klinger, Dave Wanat, Fr. Errol Fernandes, Rich Maffeo, David Torkington, Michael Seagriff, Christian Miraglia, Tucker Cordani, Jim Hahn, Julian Barkin, Tom Perna, Tom Ponchak, Jeff Walker, Fr. Richard DeLillio, Kim Padan, Ruth Ann Pilney, Larry Peterson, Christina Nagy and Lisa Ponchak.

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

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In this time of confusion, the Catholic understanding of marriage remains steadfast and faithful to God’s revelation. No person, no interest group, no government — no one — not even the pope can change God’s Word. Ascension Press offers this video:

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Real marriage (not the legal fiction called “marriage”) stands in stark contrast to the emptiness the world offers in its “hookup culture.” Humanum beautifully depicts this:

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Death. While the only thing which concludes a marriage, is not our end. This is something we Christians know for certain. Christopher Stefanick shares some thoughts:

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What is the key to unhappiness? Dennis Prager, as usual, hits this one out-of-the-park.

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Yup, I have yet another “millennials video.” This one on entering the workforce.

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This classic is funny! The Simpsons imagine “Protestant Heaven” vs. “Catholic Heaven”:

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!

New Evangelists Monthly – December 2017, Issue #60

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2017

A psalm of thanksgiving.
Shout joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
serve the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful song.
Know that the LORD is God,
he made us, we belong to him,
we are his people, the flock he shepherds.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name;
good indeed is the LORD,
His mercy endures forever,
his faithfulness lasts through every generation.