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Catholic ink? Tattoos, piercings, and the pursuit of holiness…..

Though Millennials and Gen Z’ers are generally less religious than previous generations, young adults who embrace Catholicism actually tend to be more orthodox in their beliefs and more traditional in their devotions than the majority of their Boomer and Gen X elders. But visit a Theology on Tap or another Catholic young adult event these days, and amongst the Marian consecration chains and scapulars you’ll also likely spot a different sort of visible expression marking the faithful: a smattering of tattoos, nose rings, and other alternative piercings. From college campuses to the urban young adult scene to which their graduates matriculate, reports are widespread that body ink and piercings have increased in prevalence among young adult Catholics in the past decade, including among those ...

50 states, 50 farmers’ markets: Here’s the top spot in each state for seasonal produce…..

Farmers markets are spectacular places to shop year-round. (Hooray for fresh produce that packs tons of extra flavor and for supporting local farmers and artisans by shopping local!) But in the fall, farmers markets truly shine. This is the time of year that the autumnal bounty arrives, from plump pumpkins ripe for carving to winter squash varieties that make hearty soups and side dishes. Did we mention the fresh-pressed cider that pairs perfectly with chewy cider donuts? Here are the best farmers markets in every state that not only sell fantastic fall goodies but also excel when it comes to serving as community gathering spaces. Plus, find out which seasonal food festival is best in your state. Cory B./ Yelp In addition to the fresh fruits and veggies, the Alabama Farmers Market sells He...

5 tips on how to be a great mother-in-law…

Sep 28, 2021 We have all heard mother-in-law jokes. They are usually negative humor with a bite to them. We all want to avoid the MIL stereotype and here’s some hints to help us do that. 1.When an adult child marries, parents go from front line caregivers to the bench. That means we’re there if needed for backup but it’s up to the newly created family to take the ball down the court. When Blessed Mother lost Jesus for three days, she had to stretch to accept the reality that Jesus was growing into his own mission. At that point, she was to decrease and Jesus was to increase. If that fact was a bump in the road for Mary, it will likely be for most mothers too. 2.That doesn’t mean our mission ends, of course, any more than Mary’s did. We have to struggle to give birth to our children spiritu...

Land, limits and the scandal of reparations…

We’ll call him Mr. Anderson. Featured not so long ago in The Wall Street Journal as his Kansas county’s leading farmer, the newspaper pointed to him as a model for the nation’s agricultural future. Owning thirty thousand six hundred acres, a full ten percent of the county’s cropland, he bases his decisions on “a constant analysis of efficiency and scale,” featuring the use of ever larger and more sophisticated machines operated by hired labor. Mr. Anderson avoids the farm cooperatives inherited from an agrarian past for they are becoming, in his words, “just a place to drink coffee.” They are unable to change quickly enough “to keep up with the competition that can turn on a dime.” Indeed, he can point to common measures of success. He owns a sprawling home just outside the county seat, va...

The Tuesday Pillar Post: Notes from the road…

Hey everybody, Today is the memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, and this is The Tuesday Pillar Post. This will be an unusually short Post, because I’m writing to you from the road; I am on a reporting trip for a few days this week. I spent about 12 hours Monday conducting interviews, and I’ve got several more scheduled for Tuesday. It will take a little while to publish the story I’m working on, but it’s the kind of thing that’s of importance to the life and holiness of the Church. In the news Bishop Andrew Cozzens was appointed Monday to lead the Diocese of Crookston, Minnesota. Why is that a national story? Because Crookston’s former leader, Bishop Michael Hoeppner, was the first American bishop to be investigated under the aegis of Vos estis lux mundi, a 2019 Vatican pr...

How is our Christian life driven by dogma?

The way man relates with God can first be identified by the image and likeness God gave man, and second, by how man freely engages in a relationship with Him especially through His Son Jesus Christ. One may argue that the seeds of our Christian life begin with Jesus’ suffering and death and then ignited by the Holy Spirit.[1] The reality of our own Christian life is, I propose driven by Christian dogma of which the Trinity serves as the chief dogma of the Church expressed in the Incarnate relationship between the Father and the Holy Spirit. The premise of the Incarnation is to introduce humanity to God in a most profound and loving way. God’s love for man is revealed and expressed through the Son as a sacrifice for the sins of humanity. Jesus’ death reveals the degree to which God would de...

Police kept a priest from giving Last Rites to Sir David Amess as he lay dying. Is this a news story?

The basic facts are clear and powerful: A member of of the UK Parliament is stabbed to death by a terrorist during an open, low-security town-hall meeting with citizens in Essex. It also appears that religion is part of this story. The key question, apparently, was whether to mention that Conservative MP David Amess was Catholic. This created the following equation — the more “Catholic” details, the more “conservative” the story. This is especially true about a poignant, and some would say outrageous, fact about police actions that prevented a priest from being able to say Last Rites for the victim. Hold that thought. Believe it or not, it was possible to find a faith-free version of this story, as in this report from ABC News. Then there was this watered-down fact paragraph way down in th...

Exorcist details his ongoing battle against demons in new book about possession…

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God loves you — but did you know He also respects you?

Christ died to offer you salvation, but he’d never force it on you. This video originally appeared at Real Life Catholic and is used with permission. Sign up for Chris Stefanick’s email list here. “Jesus loves you, this I know.” But did you know he also respects you? Think about what that means. God respects your freedom. As mighty as he is, the one force in the universe he’s chosen not to be able to overcome is your will. He died to offer you salvation, but he’d never force it on you. If you were there when he walked to the Earth 2,000 years ago and he came to your door, he’d ask, “Is it okay if I come in right now?” And even though he could do all the work of spreading the Kingdom and helping the poor all by himself, he chose in his plan of salvation to need YOU. If you don’t say Yes, if...

Dorothy Day and Catherine de Hueck’s lessons for thinking…

“The modern man looks for thought / so he can have light,” Peter Maurin wrote in one of the short poems he called “Easy Essays.” Dorothy Day’s inspiration, mentor and friend, and possibly a saint, Maurin believed that everyone needed to think about the world in which they lived. The poor aren’t just people with needs, they’re people with minds. And so are the average, everyday middle-class Catholics. But the Church doesn’t really encourage us to use our minds. In theory, yes. A bishop writing in his diocesan newspaper might encourage his people to read the latest papal encyclical or a good book he likes, and that’s good. But few if any of his parishes will organize people to do that. The bishop won’t be urging his priests to start reading groups. That’s not how parish life works these days...

Group of 17 American missionaries, including children, reportedly kidnapped in Haiti…

Show Caption Hide Caption US missionaries kidnapped in Haiti after building an orphanage A group of U.S. missionaries and their families were reportedly kidnapped by gang members in Haiti after leaving an orphanage on Saturday. USA TODAY, Wochit A notorious gang with a history of major kidnappings organized the abduction of a group of U.S. missionaries and their families seized as they left a Haitian orphanage, Haitian police said Sunday. The abductions Saturday came days after a team of U.S. officials visited the impoverished nation and pledged support for its anti-gang measures. Seventeen people, including five children, were seized near the capital of Port-au-Prince, the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries said. A voice message from the ministry, obtained by the...

No Cross, No Crown — A homily for the the 29th Sunday of the Year…

In the Sunday Gospel, the Lord Jesus speaks of crosses and crowns. The apostles have only crowns in mind, but Jesus knows the price of the crown. So, He must teach them and us that crowns—the things we value most—come only through the cross. It may help to review the context of this Gospel. Jesus is making His final journey to Jerusalem. He is on his way to the cross and has already announced this to His disciples on two occasions. Throughout Jesus’ final journey, the apostles prove unwilling and/or incapable of grasping what He is trying to teach them. This Sunday’s Gospel is a perfect illustration of a common biblical theme that I refer to as the inept response. It is a common situation in the Gospels wherein Jesus presents a profound teaching, yet within a matter of verses or sometimes ...