A Case for Eucharistic Piety

It is a scene we are all familiar with. Do you remember the long lunch line from back in high school? You grabbed your tray and slugged through the line. As you reached the lunch lady, you peered back at her and she reached out with her ladle to slop a big pile of something on your plate which she assured you was a sloppy joe. For my generation, it was chicken nugget day. In the big health food craze that has hit the country in the past few years, we learned that it wasn’t actually chicken they were serving, nor are we sure what was in the mystery meat in your sloppy joe. This is a humorous exchange that has been played out in countless high school based movies and television shows. While this may be funny to observe, have we ever considered if we have experienced this feeling elsewhere?

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The Heart of Every Man

“In the heart of every man is a desire to be brave, to be good, and to protect.” This quote by Catholic apologist Matt Fradd speaks powerfully to my feminine heart.  Ever since I was a little girl, I knew these truths about men.  I was shown them in a deep and genuine way by the men in my life.  My Dad was (and still is) one of my heroes.  Himself a farm boy, he was hardworking, self-sacrificing, full of faith and affectionate to his four children.  When I was young, it seemed to me that Dad never made the wrong choice and was the wisest man in the whole wide world!  He was exceptionally brave (even releasing the dead mice from the traps – which none of us girls could ever do).  I had an overwhelming sense that all was well if Dad was near. Continue reading “The Heart of Every Man”

Summer Reading Challenge

Q: What do these have in common? St. Patrick’s Summer: A Children’s Adventure Catechism; Twenty Tales of Irish Saints; The Golden Legend of Young Saints; My Path to Heaven: A Young Person’s Guide to the Faith.

A: They make great books to read out loud to your children this summer and are all available free on Formed.

My 9 and 7 year old LOVE these stories. They are full of substance, and are written to capture the hearts and minds of parents and their children. Continue reading “Summer Reading Challenge”

The Holy Ghost Is Strong With This One!

By now we are all familiar with the Facebook Star Wars meme; When I watch Start Wars and hear the line, “May the force be with you,” I respond “And also with you.” It’s a humorous similarity that many Catholics have observed between the now legendary series and their faith. The similarity exists on purpose. George Lucas has admitted that the inspiration for his films and characters came from many sources, classic literature, westerns and more. Among other influences was various aspects of Catholicism. Specifically, the Jedi Knights were inspired by the long-gone monastic military orders of the middle ages. The Order of Malta is the only one of these monastic orders remaining (pictured above, looking like Jedi), though their focus is now no longer militarily!

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The Perception of Sin

This Sunday (Pentecost) you’re going to hear in the First Reading how the Apostles were given the Gift of Tongues.

And suddenly there came from the sky
a noise like a strong driving wind,
and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak in different tongues,
as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

I’ve often wondered where this miracle occurred; with the Apostles as they spoke the Word of God, or with the people in the crowd as they heard the Word of God? The Gift of Hearing doesn’t seem to have the same ring to it, does it? Continue reading “The Perception of Sin”