Archive for April 2012

Servant of God: Fr. Augustus Tolton

Father Augustus Tolton has been declared a “servant of God” by the Catholic Church.  That means an investigation phase can “go forward” according to Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry, postulator of the cause. It is the first step of four to sainthood.  The following stages of canonization are:  Venerable, Blessed and then Saint (after a second... Read more »

The War on Women and St. Gianna Berretta Molla

At a doctor’s visit when my daughter was about five years old, the doctor asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up.  “A doctor or a lawyer?” he asked.  “No,” my daughter answered.  “I want to grow up and be a mommy, just like my mommy!” The doctor actually wrinkled his nose,... Read more »


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“Here’s a cool video that uses tweets from #WhatSistersMeantoMe in tribute to Catholic sisters. And while I wouldn’t say that Sr. Theresa Kane, RSM, “stood up” to the pope (more accurate to say that she boldly in his presence) and I’m not crazy about the F-bomb in the song…overall this is beautiful! The more I... Read more »

Extra! Extra! Nuns Being Scolded and Reprimanded by Bishops!

Nuns in the news?  Stories of nuns being scolded and reprimanded?  Shouldn’t the nuns be doing the scolding and reprimanding? When I was a kid, I wasn’t Catholic so I had very little contact with women religious (or any religious for that matter).  When I became Catholic the nuns that I knew were different from... Read more »

Is Our Economy Being Strangled by Entitlements?

A brief conversation with one of my co-workers revealed that she has a Link card.  I work with a lot of people who have a Link card, but this particular situation was a big surprise to me. This young woman works 32-40 hours which is considered full-time.  She’s also a manager in her department. She... Read more »

No One Wanted Her to Marry Him: The Tragedy of the Jennifer Hudson Family Murder

On Monday (April 23), the focus rested squarely on Jennifer Hudson. Dressed all in black and wearing little make-up, the Academy Award-winning actress struggled at times to maintain her composure during a half an hour on the witness stand. Her voice cracked as she described how no one in the family wanted her sister, Julia,... Read more »

You Stiff-necked People!

Stephen said to the people, the elders, and the scribes: “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always oppose the Holy Spirit; you are just like your ancestors. Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute? They put to death those who foretold the coming of the righteous one, whose betrayers and... Read more »

Sitting Bull Was A Catholic ... Really

Sitting Bull (sitting) wearing his crucifix. I wrote this last year.  I have since bought the biography mentioned here, but haven’t read it yet. I was reading Taylor Marshall’s article about Sitting Bull wearing a crucifix in this often used, but cropped photo of him.  I stared at it for the longest time, completely fascinated.  I then... Read more »

Peace Be With You

“Peace be with you.” – Luke 24:36 I will hear what the Lord God has to say, a voice that speaks of peace, peace for his people and his friends and those who turn to him in their hearts. His help is near for those who fear him and his glory will dwell in our... Read more »

Experiencing the Real Presence

My daughter and I had a long conversation the other night.  It was about a lot of things, but one of the subjects we talked about was her experience of going to church. As a 21 year old woman, she is the only person in her group of friends that attends Mass regularly.  It irritated... Read more »