Archives for January 2017

A Reminder

When you are done celebrating or protesting, remember this:

Hope Obama

Hope Trump Hope Jesus

7 Quick Takes Friday (set #208)

7 Quick Takes Friday the 13th

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. Dan Burke reflects on the value of prayer. Taking our blessings for granted. Bishop Barron’s “the Homer Simpson effect”. Understanding the Trinity (as much as we can). Progressive Christmas carols.

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New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #49, January 2017, of New Evangelists Monthly is ready for your enjoyment! Scores of faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from December. Contributing authors this month include: Fr. Stephen Morris, Stephen Korsman, Larry T, Thomas and Deborah Richard, Allen Hebert, David Wong, Fr. Ben Hadrich, Blythe Kaufman, Carolyn Astfalk, Tracy Smith, Birgit Jones, Adam Crawford, Ellen Gable Hrkach, Virginia Lieto, Jennifer Short, Billie Jo Stoltz, Ellen Kolb, Tucker Cordani, John Schroeder, Kirby Hoberg, Rick Becker, Tony Agnesi, Melanie Jean Juneau, Nancy Shuman, Tom Smith, Larry Peterson, Roxane Salonen, Susan Stabile, Tom Perna, Matthew Plese, Dn. John Donaghy, Scott Smith, Elizabeth Reardon, Robert Collins, Chris Capolino, Margaret Felice, Michael Seagriff, Meg Kemmery, Alicia, Vijaya Bodach, Brian Gill, Claire McGarry, Matt Marks, Rich Maffeo, Fr. Richard DeLillio, Barbara Szyszkiewicz, David Torkington, Dave Wanat, Lianna Mueller, Kathleen Laplante, Rita Buettner, Bartimaeus Timeo, Leslie Klinger, Fr. Gilles Surprenant, Barbara Hosbach, Sr. Maresa Lilley, Fr. Errol Fernandes, Rick Rice, Fr. Adrian Danker, Bonnie Way, Christina Nagy, Carissa Douglas, Laura Pearl, De Maria, Julian Barkin, Christian Miraglia, AnneMarie, Christina Sawchuk, Jeff Walker, Deanna Babineau, Vinny Carr and Jim Hahn.

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

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Dan Burke looks at some reasons for prayer. I would add another – all the faithful would agree that God is with us always. How could we go through a day and ignore Him? Speak with God. Often.

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Igniter Media has a humorous piece on taking our many blessings for granted.

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Bishop Barron looks at Hollywood’s common portrayal of men. He calls it “the Homer Simpson effect”:

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Inspiring Philosophy takes a good crack at explaining the Trinity:

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Christmas ended on Tuesday. That would be news to many, but for that matter many have lost any notion of what it is. Jon Cozart produced this classic – Progressive Christmas Carols:

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You may be surprised to learn that not everyone values human life, at least in comparison to animal life. This is not good.

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 – January 2017, Issue #49

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year 2017

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.