“Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.  

My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.” 

Michael J. Sheehan Archbishop of Santa Fe

 News flashes

       Egypt recalled the Vatican ambassador in protest to the Pope saying the truth about Egypt not doing enough to protect Christians from mob violence. (comment: Guilt does have a voice.)

The International House of Prayer in Kansas City is being sued for using its abbreviated name of IHOP. (Solution might be to serve pancakes for the religious meetings)

 The nun, who is in charge of the Apostolic Visitation of U. S. women religious, acknowledged that there are more U. S. nuns over 90 than under 60. 

The Chinese State Administration for Religious Affairs has blasted the Vatican for its “attack on religious freedom in China.” (comment: the Vatican is right but as we in America owe so much money to China, we had better lay low on this one.) 


Today’s Martyrs

In the latest of a series of targeted attacks on Iraqi Christians, Dr. Nuyia Youssif Nuyiz, a prominent Christian cardiologist, father of 4 children and faithful Chaldean Catholic, was shot by gunmen in his medical clinic. Miraculously, he survived his serious injury.

(Since our “rescue” of Iraq, over a million Christians in that devastated country have had to evacuate.) 



My favorite priest, layperson, breathing saint or organization

 No recommendations today – shame on you!


(Now, tell me about your favorite Catholic priest, layperson or organization that is making a difference – aljagoe@comcast.net)

 Interesting sayings


Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

Benjamin Franklin




O Lord Jesus Christ, teach all men that the see of Saint Peter, the Holy Church of Rome, is the foundation, center, and instrument of unity. Open their hearts to the long-forgotten truth that our Holy Father, the pope, is your vicar and representative, and that in obeying him in matters of religion, they are obeying you.

Blessed John Henry Newman


The great crime against life is not to feel.

The American poet, Archibald MacLeish


Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a swell preserved body, but rather to slide in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, “Hot damn—what a ride!”




 –         I especially like your “Chuckle time”, which always tickles my pylorus.

Archibald Whitfield


–         The relationship problem between clergy and lay-folks is that we tend to treat our priests as if they belong to a special species with no belly buttons.     

Margaret Kendall


–         Your “The Catholic Church is Finished” deserves my applause and gratitude for the wonderful job you have done today and the days beforehand. Keep up the good work!



Chuckle time

Teacher: I will give $10 to the student who can name the most famous man who ever lived.

Irish kid: St. Patrick.

Teacher: Sorry, but that’s not right.

Scottish kid: St. Andrew.

Teacher: No, not right.

Jewish kid: It was Jesus Christ.

Teacher: Congratulation! You win.

Jewish kid (after pocketing the $10): I know it’s Moses, but business is business.


Special Intentions List

As you pray with a broad brush, please include these loved ones, who have been submitted by our readers. You, too, are invited to send me names of your special persons who are in need of prayer.  My address is aljagoe@comcast.net. They will be on the list for 60 days. At the end of that time, if prayers are still needed, you merely have to renew the name.

Juanita Caldwell, Isola Todd, David Abbey, Linwood “Skip” Williams, Roseanne Somlock, Nicholas Gallagher, Tom Lewis, Donald Whitcomb, Violeta Zepeda, John Aylor,

Rev. Joseph Marini, Enrique Portillo, Sharon McPike, Tom Ryan,

 Joseph Normile, Jim Quimby, Russell Edwards, Gertrude Goldstein,

Rev. Stephen Huffstetter, Hugh Cannon, Eric Moore, Joan Barrett, 8-year-old Michael Fotta and his parents, Lolita Alvarez, Camilus Musselman,

 Ed Block, Isobel Milligan, Peter Bartkiewiez and his family,

 Joe Toles, Bob Earll, Camilus Musselman,   Ed Cole, Bishop Thomas Olmsted, Jay Parker, William Stephenson, Roger Stoven, Bob Abbott, Denny Kline, Lois Pinkin, Larry Mannino, Cheryl DeSantis, Lenore Sommers

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the cholera victims in Haiti, those in refugee camps throughout the world.



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