“We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics. My motto
Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”
- The European Court of Human Rights ruled that crucifixes can be displayed in Italy’s public schools.
- The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate released a report showing that “the number of Catholic parishes in America has declined by 1,359 since the year 2000 to 17,784 in 2010, representing a7.1% decrease.”
My favorite priest, layperson, breathing saint or organization
Originally from Ohiowhere she attended The University of Dayton, Paula Benson, active mother of three children, has touched the lives of hundreds of new Catholics in her 13 years of teaching RCIA at Our Lady of Lourdes in Bethesda, Maryland. She is a radiant Joyful Catholic!
Last year, when the pastor told her to find a way for parishioners to meet-and-greet after Mass, she set up a coffee and donuts stand in the porch area at the front of the Church. Beginning after the 7:30 AM Mass, she has it in full operation. As a radiant hostess, she sees to it that no one is a stranger. Every parish should be blessed with a Paula Benson!
(Now, tell me about your favorite Catholic priest, layperson or organization that is making a difference firstname.lastname@example.org)
What priests deserve is not only thanks but listening ears. Perhaps if everyone quit telling them what they should be, they might tell us what they need in order to be successful and healthy. Bryan Cones, managing editor of U.S. Catholic
Never stop going into unknown territory of growth Joyce Rupp
I intend to live forever, or die trying. Groucho Marx
What is the thing that matters beyond all else, the thing that should give us utmost joy? It is this: that our names are written in heaven, that we belong to heaven, that we are the children of the Father who is in heaven.
Dom Anscar Vonie, O.S. B., abbot of Buckfast Abbey in Devon, England
The reason for leaving the Catholic Church is not lack of faith but the lack of friends. We have to make friends – we have to take the first step. Sometimes ultimately, our own fault is the reason. Behave as a true Christian in all situations and then you will get happiness.
K. C. Thomas
I enjoyed the epigrammatic style in your “Invite Jesus to the pub”. Edgar Whitworth, Akron, OH
What right do you have to discuss why people are leaving the Church? Rebecca Eddy, Boston, MA
(Reply: Good question, but somebody should do it. What are your thoughts about this?)
Your blog’s desire to assist the Church is palpable. Julius Torres, Little Rock,AR
My mother said, “I don’t want to advise you, but you should discuss this with your priest.”
“I did,” she replied, “and he told me to do nothing—just sit steady in the boat and act as if nothing wrong was going on.” My mother said, “I don’t want to advise you what to do, but
don’t you know another priest?”